Gamla Stan, the old heart of Stockholm

This is where Stockholm was founded in 1252

Gamla Stan and the island of Riddarholmen are similar to living in a pedestrian-friendly museum piece, full of sights, attractions, restaurants, caf├ęs, bars, and some of the best retail outlets in Stockholm. It's very popular with lovers of souvenirs, handicrafts and curiosities. Bright vibrantly painted buildings line the narrow winding cobblestone medieval streets giving Gamla Stan its unique character. Cellar vaults and frescoes dating from the Middle Ages can still be seen around every corner, and on snowy winter days, the district feels like something from a fairytale.