ROYAL PALACE AND OLD TOWN
A fascinating itinerary introducing us to the oldest district in Stockholm where the original city began to take shape in the 13th century. We'll walk along its narrow streets lined with magnificent historic residences and visit what is without doubt the area's most important building: the Royal Palace.
What we will see
- Gamla Stan
- Royal Palace
- Storkyrkan (external visit)
- Stock Exchange Building
What we will do
- Our tour takes us to the historic centre of the magnificent Scandinavian capital, Gamla Stan or Old City. We'll be fascinated by the characteristic little streets and delightful cobbled squares of the Stockholm residents' preferred location for meeting, eating out, shopping or simply taking a walk.
- At the end of one of these narrow streets we can see the enormous, imposing Royal Palace, built in the 18th century on the same site as the 13th century Vasa fortress which was destroyed by fire in 1697. The current complex, the official residence of the Swedish monarchy, is made up of a series of robust stone buildings in baroque style comprising over 600 rooms.
- Our tour allows us to access the Palace and visit the Apartments with their magnificent baroque and rococo interiors, fully admiring this highly important historical and cultural monument, one of the most fascinating royal palaces in Europe.
- At the end of the visit to the Royal Palace an enjoyable tour of the Old Town awaits. Walking through its typical narrow streets, we'll breathe in the bohemian atmosphere, admiring the characteristic residences dating back to the 15th and 16th centuries, adorned with baroque gateways and old heraldic shields. We'll also take the opportunity to shop in the numerous boutiques, galleries, antiques shops and craftsmen's workshops.
- Unmissable sights include the oldest church in Gamla Stan, the cathedral known as Storkyrkan or Big Church, near the Royal Palace. The church has always been the site of major events in Swedish history, such as coronations and royal weddings and funerals.
- Behind it is the main square of the Old City, Stortorget, or Large Square, around which the city developed in the 1300s. Among others, it is home to the Stock Exchange Building, the headquarters of the Nobel Museum and the Swedish Academy.
What you need to know
- Space is limited, so please book early.
- The tour involves a lot of walking. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
- This tour is not recommended for guests with mobility problems.
- Headsets are included in the tour.
- Wheelchairs and pushchairs are not allowed inside palaces and museums.