I promise to take you back to Stockholm and I will take you to “Gamla Stan” this time. This aerial photo I have borrowed from wikipedia.org.
The city between the bridges, as it also is called. It’s a MUST when visiting Stockholm. Every time I’m back I go there, doesn’t matter that it doesn’t change from time to time. Same shops, cafes, restaurants, galleires and buildings – it’s only the atmosphere and beauty it fills me and that makes me go back.
Gamla stan has everything of importance; the Royal Castle, the Parliament building and up to 13 years ago even Stockholm Stock Exchange – the rest is just wonderful add-ons.
Stortorget, Stockholm’s oldest square, located in the Old Town. Great Square formed from the beginning the central point around which the city grew. At Stockholm there since 1300 – to the 1700s the city’s Town Hall. Stortorget was the site of Sweden’s first pharmacy opened by pharmacist in 1575th Stortoger is held annually Christmas market since 1915 – my grandpa was always going to the Christmas market … to sell his wooden figures.
Since 2001 has the Nobel Museum been in the old Stockholm Stock Exchange Building.
Stortorget also had some bloody memories to share; the Stockholm Bloodbath, or the Stockholm Massacre took place as the result of a successful invasion of Sweden by Danish forces under the command of King Christian II. The bloodbath itself was a series of events taking place between November 7 and November 9 in 1520, climaxing on the 8th, when around 80-100 people (mostly nobility, religious rulers and clergy supporting the Sture party) were executed (beheaded, hanged and then burned), despite a promise by King Christian for general amnesty. The history tells that the ground of the square was red from all the blood.
One of the houses as a canon ball in it’s wall – I missed that completly – took a photo of the house from the street instead of the square. Next time a photo and the story behind it.
Today it is a very unique to live. There are only 400-500 condominiums in Old Town. It has fewer than 3,000 people in the district; most of the houses are really old. Many are from 1600 – and 1700’s. Gamla Stan is a paradise if you want to experience the pulse of the city, the district has Stockholm’s biggest selection of restaurants, tourist shops, art galleries and museums.
The narrow, winding cobblestone streets with houses in all yellow shades have given the Old Town its unique character. Behind the visible facades can still today find cellar vaults and frescoes from the Middle Ages. And during the snowy winter days feel the district is like something straight out of a storybook.
The Royal Castle is one of the biggest in the world with over 600 rooms. Glad I don’t have to clean them. If visiting Stockholm – DO NOT miss the parade and the daily changing of the guard. Not as pompous as Buckingham Palace, more down to earth. Our King, Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Sylvia lives at stunningly beautiful Drottingholm Castle since 1981 – about 240 km (149 miles) from Stockholm. In the Summer you can go there with boat (stunning journey) or maybe by bike, a special bike path from Stockholm City Centre.
Gamla Stan is one of the largest and best preserved medieval city centers.
It also holds the Mother Church of the Church of Sweden Diocese of Stockholm. Lutheran in tradition, Storkyrkan – also the church of the Royal family.
So enjoy my walk about and my lunch at “Agaton” a cozy and very welcoming restaurant with red and white checked table cloths, candles and very good food. I had a delisious fish soup together with a great chilled Chablis and I finished of with the most creamy Crème brûlée and a cappuccino. Not cheap, but Gamla Stan is more expensive than the rest of Stockholm. In Sweden is it very difficult to get a bad meal or bad service.
All photos here is taken in and around the Gamla stan and Oscar had no part in this what so ever. Only Hulda and me. *smile
Gamla Stan, is a tourist trap – but the most beautiful one.
“If it’s tourist season,
Why can’t we kill them”