Västerlånggatan - the Western Long Street
Västerlånggatan has had, and still has, many different functions. It is Gamla stan's largest shopping and tourist street. In summer and during weekends it is often very crowded.
In medieval times Västerlånggatan was only a path close to the shore of Lake Mälaren, and a part of the main road between the region Uppland, north of Stockholm, and Södermanland, south of Stockholm. It was also the road on the outside of Stockholm's defense wall. If you follow Västerlånggatan from Järntorget and north, you should try to "think away" the houses on the right side of the street and instead imagine the high wall standing there. At that time, Västerlånggatan was named something like "the long street west of the wall". When the town in the 15th century grew out of the wall, Västerlånggatan and Österlånggatan on the other side of the wall became the main streets.
Västerlånggatan is 490 meters long. There are many beautiful portals along the street, which shows that it was the prime street in the medieval Stockholm.
Photo Västerlånggatan street, Stockholm, Sweden, Northern Europe by Mstyslav Chernov is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0