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Guided tour/walkabout in Old town - Stockholm
 
An exciting 1,5 -hour walk through the narrow streets of the Old Town.
The guide will take you through town and tell about the Stockholm Bloodbath/Massacre of 1520, as well as recounting the legend of St George and the Dragon. The tour continues with a stroll through the courtyards and lanes of the city's oldest section, where other visitors normally rarely go. The group consists of maximum 15 people. A show of a lifetime!

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 nobel PrizeNobel Prize winners' banquet at Golden Stockholm City Hall
Stockholm City Hall - Also visit the Vasa ship and the Green grove/Gröna lund
or book a Whiskytasting in Old town, Stockholm
or book a London dry Gintasting in Old town, Stockholm

Phone the guide direct+46 764 198 007
Book a winetasting - Vinprovning

Some thoughts about Old Town

There are a few question marks regarding the founding of Stockholm’s Old Town (Gamla stan). Stockholm is first mentioned in writing 1252, and that is most often the year connected to the founding. However, there is highly convincing evidence suggesting that the town had already existed for approximately 50 years or so at that time. It could even have been the case that the town was founded as early as 1187, when Sigtuna, the only town in Sweden at that time, was burned and ruined by a people from the other side of the Baltic sea. The ducument “Visbyannalerna”, writings from a Franciscan monastery, mention the founding of Stockholm together with the year 1187. It is known that both Stockholm and the original city wall already existed in 1252, and it is the remnants of this wall that can be found in the cellar of our house.

Birger Jarl (Earl Birger Magnusson) is commonly known as the founder of Stockholm and the one most often referred to would be Birger Magnusson, who lived in the mid 1200s. Interestingly however, is that there was another Birger -Birger Brosa, who lived in the 1100s and who was earl in 1187 and a period thereafter. Is he perhaps the one who really should be called the founder of Stockholm? The reason to why Stockholm was built on Stadsholmen was to protect the land around lake Mälaren from attacks like the one directed towards Sigtuna.

Stockholm-1570

Österlånggatan

Österlånggatan reaches from Slottsbacken (the Royal Palace) to Järntorget (the Iron Square). It was one of the town’s main streets and was located, like Västerlånggatan, outside the city wall. It was mentioned already in the 1400s as “Långa gatan” (The Long Street).

Early in the history of Stockholm the street was situated only a narrow beach away from the water and functioned as harbour quarters. The ships’ cargo was lifted up into the attics, which often functioned as storage since there was a severe lack of space in town. You can still see the lifting devices at the front of some buildings, ours is one of them.

In the 1600s, when Sweden was most powerful, Skeppsbron was constructed and overtook the role as the eastern main street. Today Österlånggatan have a more modest role. The pace and atmosphere is calmer and the shops less focused on cheap buying tourists than on Västerlånggatan.

Prästgatan

Prästgatan goes parallel with Österlånggatan and was situated just inside the old city wall. It was named after the admiral Jacob Bagge who was given a house here (now No.30) by famous Swedish king Gustav Vasa in 1536. For starters the street was called “Between the walls, to the east” but the name was changed in 1596.

There are many famous addresses on No.14 used to be the home of Sweden’s first opera singer Elisabeth Ohlin, who according to legend performed when King Gustav III opened the Opera. Österlånggatan 24 was between 1762 and well into the 1800s a well-known brothel called “Ahlström’s virgin-cage”. It was mentioned by the national skald Bellman. The sea captain Magnus Ahlstrom had bought the house believing that there would be hidden a silver treasure from a nunnery that formerly existed in the same spot.

The Golden Peace/Den Gyldene Freden

We highly recommend a visit to the historical restaurant Den Gyldene Freden. Amazing food experiences and an impeccable service are here combined with a historical atmosphere. The restaurant has been honoured with Guide Michelin’s award the “Bib Gourmand”, which is presented to the best restaurants in Europe with price-worthy food of high quality. The food served here is mainly traditional Swedish dishes with a modern take, just as it has been since 1722.

A lot of famous Swedes that have been associated with “Freden”. The national skald Carl Michael Bellman was a frequent guest in the 1700s, and in 1920 the famous artist Anders Zorn played a big part in the funding and renovation of the restaurant. The lower cellar vault was found and restored during his time. Sadly, he never got to experience the finished result of the renovation since he died in the fall of 1920, but all of his wishes and directives were thoroughly met. However, famous Swedes have frequented Freden more recently, for example ballad singers Fred Åkerström, Cornelis Vreeswijk and Evert Taube (statue at Iron square), whose regular table closest to the door is always set. Today it is the Swedish Academy who owns the building, and the members have dinner at the restaurant every Thursday.

Phone the guide direct: +46 764 198 007

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