Riddarholmen – the Island of Nobility – is located only a few minutes’ walk from the Stockholm Old Town. Already a thousand years ago people stopped on this small island. In the1270s Franciscan monks arrived from the European continent to teach and inform Stockholmers about new ways of living. The remarkable church with the latticed tower was originally built by them as a monastery church. Today it is more like a mausoleum where many Swedish monarchs have been buried.
Most of the surrounding buildings were constructed during the seventeenth century by prominent noble families as a reward from the King for participating in the wars.
From Evert Taube’s Terrace on the western shore of the island, you will have a magnificent view over the Lake Mälaren and the Stockholm City Hall as well as three more islands of Stockholm.
Your guide will tell you the stories, show hidden spots and explain a great deal of the early Swedish history as you stroll across Riddarholmen.