On this Gamla stan walking tour, we will walk from the palaces of power to the places for the people, covering a wide swath of Old Town Stockholm. Spending time in Gamla stan (Old Town), we walk by the Riksdagen (Swedish Parliament) and the home of the Royal Family. We'll also turn towards the Kungliga Operan (Royal Opera) and depending on the day, may stop at the Medieval Museum to dive into Sweden's earliest years. Along the way, we’ll learn some of the history behind Sweden’s capital city and explore what makes Stockholm and its residents tick.
Gamla stan Walking Tour
Our time together on this orientation walk will mostly be spent on the main island district that forms Stockholm’s historical city center: Gamla stan, or Old Town. As we cross Gamla Stan, we'll develop a picture of how the city came to be and of life in Stockholm today. With cobblestone streets underfoot and waters of the archipelago rushing by, Stockholm’s atmosphere is thoroughly charming. This is a city deeply attuned to the natural environment that surrounds its urban geography.
From certain vantage points in Gamla stan, we'll also have amazing views across the water. The skyline when viewed from the west side of the Old Town is dominated by the City Hall. The municipal building is located in another island district, but luckily, the open water gives us a clear panorama of its red brick tower. We'll make sure to discuss this notable structure and take advantage of the wide-angle view to admire its distinctive architecture.
Old Town Stockholm
While on our walk together, we’ll find ourselves at the exteriors of the grandest buildings of the capital, such as the Opera House, Parliament, and the Royal Palace. (Want to go inside the home of the royals? Our Stockholm Royal Palace Tour
is the walk for that.) These stops will help us weave the story of Stockholm, touching on the sociopolitical factors that have shaped this region for centuries. Depending on the day and the inclinations of the group, our route may spend more time discussing major sites, lingering over a fika on cold days, or winding through the labyrinthine alleys of Gamla stan.
As our walk draws to a close, an image of Stockholm will have begun to emerge: that of a historical city, rooted in its relationship with nature, but thriving and alive today.
What happens if the weather is bad?
Our walks run rain or shine. That said, our experts will always make an effort to accommodate the needs of the group. On bad weather days, we may take an extra break inside, or spend extra time in an interior venue, such as the Medieval Museum (depending on venue opening hours).