Västerlånggatan (Western Long Street), Stockholm

Västerlånggatan (Western Long Street), Stockholm

"Western Long Street" (Västerlånggatan) is one of Old Town Stockholm's most picturesque and busiest tourist magnets. Previously united with its eastern counterpart – "Eastern Long Street" (Österlånggatan) – it was collectively known as "The Common Street" (Allmänningsgatan) or "The Long Street" (Långa gatan), running well beyond the city walls. The current name for the Western section was coined officially in 1885.

Originally, this street was little more than a pathway following the shoreline, linking the northern city gate to the southern. In the 15th century, it became a high-traffic paved artery lined with dwellings and shops on both sides. During the Middle Ages, the street was densely packed first with the blacksmiths' and coppersmiths' workshops which were confined outside the city limits due to the risk of fire and then, starting from the 17th century, was inhabited by goldsmiths who added much prestige to the area.

From the mid-19th century, the medieval facades were transformed with plaster ornaments and cast iron colonettes mail-ordered from Germany to reflect the taste of the day, often resulting in the large shop windows displaying lavish interiors.

Throughout the second half of the 20th century, the street had another face-lift amid revitalization marked by the arrival of hotels, high-end businesses, and restaurants pushing out many of the old-time shops, unable to compete with the more fitting successors marketing tourist-oriented gewgaws.

Despite that, today the crowds of shoppers mingling in the boutiques, blustering pub crawlers vexing stoic dwellers, and musicians entertaining Stockholmers hurrying to work in the morning successfully preserve the street's vibe in its old ways.
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Sight Name: Västerlånggatan (Western Long Street)
Sight Location: Stockholm, Sweden (See walking tours in Stockholm)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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