I loved this little square. It's so small and surrounded by colorful houses. It seems like something out of a fairytale. The really interesting thing is that from it came the city of Copenhagen. It was its historic center, therefore, it is still the heart of all the celebrations, town meetings and even the typical Christmas market. I particularly liked the well, especially knowing that even though it dried up in 1856 because of the land elevation and was moved elsewhere, it was taken back by the neighbors and connected to the city water system. It also has a dark side because Stortorget was the location of the Stockholm bloodbath in November 1520, when, for three days, the Danish-Swedish King Christian II beheaded and hanged 90 people. Every house that forms the square has a story, the stock exchange building, the home of the Grill, major retailers, some homes which continue to be private and others that have become tourist attractions. What is clear is that the place is still the most happening place in Gamla Stan for locals and foreigners.
It's more beautiful by night, with its light and attractions (one day a jazz concert, the next a protest for Tibet with lights and songs), but it's livelier during the day. This is one of the nerve centres of the Swedish capital; in the square you'll find the theatre, the headquarters of the Swedish bank, shopping centres, a supermarket, the Centro Metral Station and some traders' galleries. It is named after Johan Sergel, a sculptor whose studio once stood in the square. In the centre is a pedestrian area where people go to eat before going shopping. The central monument is a glass obelisk, which lights up at night. It was built in 1962 after a competition, and is 37m high. It's called Crystal, and is made from glass and steel. It was quite controversial when it opened; not all the citizens like it.
This is the most important and central square on the island of Sodermalm in Stockholm. There are shops and public services, as well as plenty of places to eat - cafes, Asian restaurants, French and Italian, and more. It's amazing to see how the ambiance of the square changes between winter and summer: it's either full of life, water, trees and children, or empty with snow on the skeletons of the trees. On one side there's a large building containing a library, cinema and gym. On the other side is the market (Sodermalm Saluhall) which, together with the markets of Hotorget and Ostermalm, is one of the most popular in Stockholm. In the centre of the square is an area that is frozen as an ice rink in winter. You can also see a monument in honour of Anna Lindth, a politician who was assassinated in 2003. On the side of the street is Gotgatan subway station, opened in 1933.