After I have shown you the most beautiful buildings from the 17th century in different parts of Stockholm in the previous two episodes of our series Places of Interest, now is the time to visit the most glorious of all historical areas in the Swedish capital. In this post, you will discover the prettiest and most monumental places there are to see in Stockholm’s Old Town that were built during the country’s most prosperous era.

The places on the list below are ordered so that you can visit them in the given order while seeing most of the Old Town (Gamla stan). You are, of course, welcome to pick only a few of your favourites to visit and you should not have any trouble finding them thanks to the directions available next to every place on the list.

1. Tessin Palace (Tessinska palatset)

Tessin Palace in Stockholm

We begin our tour at Tessin Palace which was erected at the very end of the 17th century on Slottsbacken, near the residence of the Royals. The palace shows off some unusual, experimental architectural features, which is thanks to the fact that its original owner was also one of the most remarkable Swedish architects. Although the beautiful garden belonging to the property is hidden from the public sight, the Italian façade certainly makes this place worth a visit.
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2. Oxenstierna Palace (Axel Oxenstiernas palats)

Axel Oxenstierna's Palace in Stockholm

Oxenstierna Palace standing on the western side of the Royal Palace was erected between 1653 and 1654. Despite the fairly quick construction, its owner, Lord High Chancellor of Sweden Axel Oxenstierna, never got to live in the residence as he passed away months before it was ready. The palace with its stunning façade was originally meant to be only a part of a larger property. However, the plan has never been fully carried out.
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3. Beijer House (Beijerska huset)

The original owner of the Beijer House was a person you probably would not expect to own a house next to one of the most influential men of the era. General Postmaster Johan von Beijer had the house built around the same time as the Oxenstierna Palace was constructed. The house is considered to be the only one in the city with a preserved 17th-century backyard and it has been a listed historic site since 1949.
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4. Bartel House (Bartelska huset)

Bartelska Huset in Gamla Stan in Stockholm

While the history of this house dates all the way back to the 15th century, the building as we can admire it today was mostly created in the latter half of the 1600s. It is named after Lydert Bartel who is responsible for the construction including the employment of the well-known stonemason Johan Wendelstam who crafted the stunning portal visible from Själagårdsgatan.
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5. German Church (Tyska kyrkan)

Tyska skolgränd in Stockholm

The German Church located in the area which was historically occupied by German population is another example of a building whose history started before the 17th century. However, its modern-day looks, too, come from the period around the Thirty Years’ War which began the era of the Swedish Empire. It was inaugurated in 1642 and thanks to its tower, built in 1886, the church is now the tallest building in the Old Town.
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6. Southern Bank House (Södra bankohuset)

Southern Bank House (Södra Bankohuset) in Stockholm

The building standing at Järntorget known as the Southern Bank House was the first proper residence of the world’s first central bank. Opened in 1680, the house is a work of some of the most remarkable Swedish architects including the father-son duo forming the Tessin dynasty and Carl Hårleman who was responsible for the reconstruction of the Royal Palace after his predecessor’s death.
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7. Ryning Palace (Ryningska palatset)

At the northern end of Stora Nygatan, you will find one of the oldest buildings on the list. I am sure you will notice that the façade of the palace built for Admiral Erik Ryning between 1640 and 1644 is significantly simpler compared to other buildings in this post. The portal accompanying the main entrance, on the other hand, is truly monumental.
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8. Bonde Palace (Bondeska palatset)

Bonde Palace in Stockholm

Bonde Palace was built between 1662 and 1673 for nobleman and influential state officer Gustav Bonde. It was the original owner’s goal to build the most prominent residence in the country after he became Lord High Treasurer. However, he has never seen the palace completed as he passed away in 1667 after having lived in his new residence for around a year while it was still under construction.
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9. House of Nobility (Riddarhuset)

Axel Oxenstierna Statue in Stockholm

The House of Nobility opened in 1668 belongs to the most beautiful structures in Stockholm. Four different architects left their mark on the main building which was originally meant to be even more glamorous. Due to later financial difficulties of the nobility, parts of the plans were abandoned which is also why the existing wings were only added in 1870.
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10. Wrangel Palace (Wrangelska palatset)

Wrangel Palace (Wrangelska Palatset) in Stockholm

Wrangel Palace located on Riddarholmen is one of the most remarkable results of the work of Nicodemus Tessin the Elder. The modern-day looks of the palace come mostly from the second half of the 17th century when Tessin designed the residence for nobleman Carl Gustaf Wrangel. Unfortunately, the façade has later been simplified which has caused it some of its charm.
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These are the prettiest places built during the 1600s that you can still admire in Stockholm’s Old Town today. With them, I concluded the series of posts dedicated to Stockholm architecture from the century and next time, we are going to look at another topic.

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