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In Stockholm, travelers don't necessarily need to venture to one of the city's museums to learn about its past. Instead, stroll through Gamla Stan, the neighborhood where Stockholm itself was founded in 1252. Cobblestone streets, winding alleyways and colorful, classic architecture abound, creating a medieval atmosphere visitors can't seem to get enough of. But Gamla Stan's charming ambience isn't all the area has going for it. The neighborhood is home to some of the city's top attractions, including the Stockholm Cathedral, Parliament, the Nobel Museum (which houses exhibits about the Nobel Peace Prize and its laureates) and the Royal Palace. Gamla Stan is also where you'll find Stockholm's oldest street, Köpmangatan, and Mårten Trotzigs gränd alleyway, the city's narrowest pathway at only 35 inches wide at its smallest point. 

Though travelers said there are plenty of cafes, shops and attractions here, some reviewers found Gamla Stan to be a tourist trap. Visitors said restaurants are often overpriced, and some were put off by the kitschy shops that catered to tourists. However, you don't have to spend money to get the best of Gamla Stan. Many tourists enjoyed simply strolling around the area and recommended everyone do the same, as they felt the scenery was the neighborhood's best asset. Gamla Stan is completely free to stroll through and aside from the various businesses that dot the area, is open for exploration 24 hours a day. For more information, visit the Stockholm Tourism Board's website.

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#1 Djurgarden In Stockholm, you don't have to travel far to experience the famous Swedish countryside. At Djurgården, you can get exactly that and so much more. The island of Djurgården ... Read more » ForsbergPhoto / Getty Images

#2 Gamla Stan (Old Town) In Stockholm, travelers don't necessarily need to venture to one of the city's museums to learn about its past. Instead, stroll through Gamla Stan, the neighborhood where Stockholm ... Read more » TanyaSv / Getty Images

#3 Monteliusvagen If you're the kind of traveler who can't leave a new city without experiencing a vista or two, consider a walk along Monteliusvagen. At less than a half-mile ... Read more » Westend61 / Getty Images

#4 Skansen Founded in 1891, Skansen is not only the world's first open-air museum, but also its oldest. The attraction illustrates five centuries of Swedish history through its showcase of ... Read more » ppl58 / Getty Images

#5 Vasa Museum On its maiden voyage in 1628, the most powerful warship in the Baltic, the Vasawas afloat only minutes before capsizing in front of stunned onlookers in the city's ... Read more » cb_agulto / Flickr

#6 Rosendals Garden (Rosendals Tradgard) Rosendals Trädgård is a public garden located on the island of Djurgården. When you need a break from the hustle and bustle of the city, or simply a scenic place ... Read more » Rosa Menkman / Flickr

#7 Fotografiska Stockholm is full of unique museums. There's one dedicated to the band ABBA, another to a sunken warship (the Vasa Museum), and of course there's Skansen, the world ... Read more » Rasmus Andersson / Flickr

#8 Royal Palace (Kungliga Slottet) While Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia actually live at Drottningholm Palace (some 20 minutes west of Stockholm), Kungliga Slottet (Royal Palace) serves as their workplace and is ... Read more » Dave and Les Jacobs / Getty Images

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If you're looking to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city, hit up Djurgården. The island is one giant park that offers visitors a taste of the Swedish countryside without the long travel time.  ForsbergPhoto / Getty Images

The old town of Stockholm, Gamla Stan, is the neighborhood where the city was originally founded in the 13th century. TanyaSv / Getty Images

Vistas galore can be found at Sodermalm, the neighborhood south of Gamla Stan. Recent visitors say a walk along Monteliusvagen at sunrise or sunset is essential during your time in Stockholm. Westend61 / Getty Images

Skansen is the world's first open-air museum, featuring 150 historical homes and farm dwellings sourced from all over Sweden. ppl58 / Getty Images

The Vasa Museum is dedicated to a massive warship that sunk almost immediatelty on its maiden voyage in the 17th century. cb_agulto / Flickr

Rosendals Garden on Djurgården is a favorite among both locals and travelers for its beautiful grounds and peaceful atmosphere. According to recent visitors, the attraction's greenhouse cafe is not to be missed. Rosa Menkman / Flickr

Fotografiska is considered to be one of the largest meeting spaces of contemporary photography in the world. This gallery has seen the likes of Annie Leibovitz and David LaChapelle. Rasmus Andersson / Flickr

The Royal Palace of Stockholm is one of the biggest in Europe, housing more than 600 rooms. It's so big that standard tickets allow visitors up to seven days to explore its interiors.  Dave and Les Jacobs / Getty Images

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