The old part of Stockholm is Gamla Stan, a little place filled with colorful old buildings built close together to form a really thrilling atmosphere. It is empty in the morning but as the day grows, the tourist hordes begin to arrive and then the place is packed like sardines. I stayed in a hostel right in the middle of Gamla Stan so I was always in and out of it, I didn't have to go far, I was right in the middle of the action. It is close to the ferry that take to over to Tivoli and Skansen and close to the palace and all the beautiful government buildings. Stockholm is very grand and beautiful.