A Stroll around Gamla Stan

Gamla Stan is one of the best preserved medieval city centres in Europe

Gamla Stan

It was hot.

I’d expected to find Sweden a bit on the chilly side. I’d packed thermal underwear and a winter sleeping bag. Instead I’d arrived in the middle of a tropical heatwave and found temperatures soaring. News reports were gleefully informing people that parts of Sweden were hotter than Bangkok and Istanbul.

Fortunately I’d also packed sunscreen and sandals.

I left the hostel and caught the subway to Gamla Stan, the old part of Stockholm. My plan was just to wander round and get a feel for the place before I caught the Arctic Circle Express train that evening.

But it was so HOT.

I wandered round colourful narrow streets dating back to the founding of Stockholm in 1252, watched buskers and window shopped.

Gamla Stan Gamla Stan Gamla Stan Gamla Stan Gamla StanGamla StanEveryone seemed in a jolly mood and the ice cream shops were doing a roaring trade.

winter wear in Gamla Stan shop window
This shop wasn’t very busy though

During my wanderings I stumbled across a lovely old church.

St Gertrude's German ChurchSt Gertrude’s is known as the German Church because of the number of Germans who lived in this area during the Middle Ages. As St Gertrude is patron saint to travellers and cats I decided I liked her.

And I really liked the cool interior of her church.

St Gertrude's church St Gertrude's church St Gertrude's church St Gertrude's church St Gertrude's churchOutside the church was a small cafe, shaded by trees. I sat for a while with a coffee. It was so peaceful and even the temperature felt quite pleasant.

cafe at St Gertrude's churchFeeling rejuvenated, I headed back into the tourist melee that is Gamla Stan, for a last look around before heading back to the hostel to collect my backpack and catch the train to the Arctic. Surely it would be cooler up there?

Author: Anne

Join me in my journey to live a life less boring, one challenge at a time.
Author of the forthcoming book ‘Walking the Kungsleden: One Woman’s Solo Wander Through the Swedish Arctic’.

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