The Old City of Stockholm dates back to the 13th century and consists of the relatively small island of Stadsholmen. It has been beautifully preserved and certainly deserves its status as an UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Old City is compact enough to explore by foot in one day. You can expect to see lots of beautiful old houses, chic boutiques, small curiosity shops and interesting antiques shops. Perhaps the best part of your day would be just sitting in one of the many nice outdoor cafes, watching people pass by and slowly sipping down your cafe latte.
The Old City seen from the Baltic Sea
Alley in the Old City
The "Sundbergs Konditori" Cafe
Liz is enjoying a sunny afternoon and a nice cup of coffee in the Old City
There is lots of art in the Old City, in this case a statue on the street
Dramatic view of a church tower
Nicely preserved cobble stone street
There are antiques shops everywhere in Gamla Stan. This is the entrance to one of them.
Too many nice must-have items in this shop!
Back in the sixties and even seventies the Old City had a reputation of being a somewhat "colorful" neighbourhood. Sometimes you can still see the odd hobo or two in the streets.
Horse and rider statue, probably a war hero of the Sweden's glorious but violent past.
Lord Nelson boutique hotel - doesn't really suit a backpacker's budget, we're afraid...
Swedish toy wooden horses aka dalahästar on sale in this gift shop
Or perhaps you'd prefer a replica Viking helmet?
Rooftops of the Old City
A nice touch!