The Marten Trotzig Street

The Marten Trotzig Street

In the the old part of the town, Gamla Stan, there is one of the most peculiar streets in Stockholm. It was named after a German merchant and bourgeois, Marten Trotzig (1559-1617), who, after coming from Germany, bought a real estate and started a business. He mainly engaged in iron and copper trade. In 1595, he became a citizen of the Kingdom of Sweden, and at the end of the 16th century he became on the wealthiest traders in Stockholm. After a business trip in Copparberg in 1617, he was heavily beaten and died from the consequences of the assault.

After a hundred years since it was banned, pedestrian traffic was allowed in this street. By its size, Marten Trotzig street is rather small. It rises from narrow stairway, it consists of 36 stairs that only get more and more narrow, and whose width is only 90 centimeters. On both sides of the street there are old houses in which people have been living for more than 600 years. It is especially romantic in the evening hours because it is lit by lanterns across its entire length that bring tourists back in the 19th century.

From the sea terminal to the Gamla Stan district it takes 20 minutes on foot. You exit the terminal, turn right along the sea, cross the bridge and you are in the Old town. Along Westerlangatan street, up to the intersection with Presthtan, following the Marten Trotzgis Grand sign, you will reach this small “artistic” street.

Author of the article

Maja Glavaš, tour guide
cONTACT:[email protected]; instagram: travel_europe1

Contact uses cookies to improve and personalize the content and ads. Find out more about cookies and how to opt-out of tracing cookies in our Privacy policy.