Ghosts and Ghouls of Old Town

Explore the dark side of Stockholm with a chilling walking tour game

2 km
Start location
End location
Birger Jarls torg
1 hour(s)
Age rating

79 kr

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Ghosts of Old Town

Curious about the ghosts and ghouls wandering the streets of Stockholm? Join Gideon, one of the city’s oldest spirits, for a tour of Old town’s most haunted locations.

Gideon came to the North in the 10th century as a missionary. However, as he couldn’t complete his mission before he died, he had to accept an unorthodox agreement. Long story short; the only reason why he’s still here is a contract with the Devil.

It takes a lot to make Gideon smile these days, but he is pleased with your company. Maybe you could even help him with some of his tasks, since he is now the caretaker of the dead?

Stockholm’s dark history

Gideon will bring you with him to visit a few Old town ghosts, like The White Lady, Lasse Lucidor and The Grey Man. In each location he’ll need your assistance to keep the ghosts calm and complacent.

Sound, illustrations and game elements turn this walking tour into a spooky stroll through the Stockholm underworld. Participate in the story in each location through gamification. Set ghosts free from their graves, listen to the testimonies of the city executioners, and throw rocks at Gideon’s immortal enemy; the folklore creature Näcken. Gideon tells you about the dark history of Stockholm as you walk through the narrow alleys of Old Town.

The StoryTourist app will show you the way

To walk this tour, you’ll download the user-friendly StoryTourist app. The app is equipped with a map, GPS, a narrator and digital guide which makes sure you walk in the right direction. Once you have purchased the tour it is yours to keep. You can use it at any time and as many times as you wish.

Through the StoryTourist-app, you’ll hear the stories of Stockholm’s most well-known ghosts. The only thing you need to be able to explore the city in a brand-new way is a smartphone with headphones. You will find practical information about the tour under the “instructions” tab.

This StoryTour is written by Myrna Moström.

Read this in — Svenska

How this tour works:

Your smartphone is your guide on this tour! Once you have purchased a tour, this is what you do:

  • Download the StoryTourist app from Apple App Store or Google Play, while connected to Wi-Fi.
  • Log into the app using the same email address you filled in when purchasing the tour. You will create your password the first time you log into the app. The tour you have purchased will be ready to download in the tour library once you have logged in. Make sure you are still connected to Wi-Fi while downloading the tour.
  • Go to the starting point of the tour, open the app, put your headphones on and head out on your StoryTour adventure!

Important information:

  • This is a location based experience. You have to be at the tour starting point in Solgränd alley in Stockholm, Sweden, to start this walking tour.
  • Once the tour is downloaded to your phone, you can use it offline.
  • There is a map, GPS and a digital guide in the app, making sure that you’ll walk the right way.
  • This tour is available in English and Swedish.
  • Once you have purchased the tour, it is your to keep. You can use it whenever you want and as many times as you would like. You can start, pause and end the tour whenever you would like.
  • This tour is pet friendly – feel free to bring your dog on this walk!
  • Public transport is available close to both the tour start point and end point.
  • This tour is accessible with a wheelchair, but please keep in mind that the tour route mainly runs over cobblestone streets, and in one instance gravel.
  • We recommend for participants to not be younger than 12 years old, due to the dark theme of the tour.

What to bring:

  • Your smartphone, with the StoryTourist app and the tour you purchased already downloaded. 
  • Headphones, for the best possible listening experience
  • Make sure that your smartphone battery is fully charged. If you know that your phone has poor battery capacity, it can be a good idea to bring a powerbank as well.


You are standing in the middle of Old town, Stockholm's historical center. Solgränd (Sun alley) is named after an old tavern (Solen) which used to be here.

Stortorget square

Stortorget was once Stockholm's epicenter, but it was also at the center of a tragedy. Around 100 people were executed at this square during the Stockholm bloodbath in 1520.

Fimmelstången tavern

This house was built in 1673, and a tavern called Fimmelstången opened here shortly thereafter. A bard named Lasse Lucidor was killed at the tavern when he challenged a friend to a duel.


A home for the sick and poor called Själagården (Soul's yard) was located here 1420-1530. The building was torn down, but parts of it still remain in the basement of the current building.

The Royal Palace

Stockholm's Royal Palace has been in this location since the 1200's. The current palace was built in the 1700's after the original building burned down.

Norrbro execution site

One of Stockholm's oldest execution sites was once located here. Insurgents were beheaded in this location in the 1280's by King Magnus Ladulås.


Legend says that the folklore creature Näcken once showed himself to King Karl IX in the water below the Royal Palace. The king supposedly try to shoot Näcken.


This was once called Helvetesgränd (Hell's alley), because the area north of a church, where criminals were buried, was referred to as "Hell". This is also were the executioner lived.

Riddarholmen church

The Riddarholmen church is Stockholm's oldest preserved building, inaugurated ca 1300. All of Sweden's regents (except for Queen Kristina) from 1631-1950 are buried here.

Former parliament building

The oldest parts of this building are preserved from the Franciscan monastery that was here in the 1200's. This building has been used as a hospital, prison, school, and parliament.

Locations you'll visit on this tour:

  • Stortorget square, where the Stockholm bloodbath took place.
  • The alley previously known as "Hell alley", where the city executioner lived.
  • The location of the Fimmelstången Inn, where Lasse Lucidor was killed in the 1600's.
  • They Royal Palace, which is said to be haunted by the White Lady and the Grey Man.
  • The execution site at Norrbro.
  • The Riddarholmen church, where many of Sweden's former regents are buried.
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