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MALVA & ASTOR CREATED A GUIDE TOUR FOR GAMLA STAN
A modern audio tour for all ages - created by kids!
Download and use our Gamla Stans Guide App for free!
After participating in many city walks and guided tours in Sweden and abroad, Malva and Astor Cederlund decided to give it a go and create their own historical tour of Gamla Stan
Astor & Malva Cederlund, creators Gamla Stans Guide App
"We want the listener to feel like they're right in the middle of history!" Astor explains.
"It should feel like you've traveled back in time to the Middle Ages and landed in the Old Town!" Malva continues.
HOW DID IT ALL START?
When you are young, it is always more difficult to concentrate for a long time, especially if the person telling the story doesn't do it in an exciting way. There are many times we have been curious about a museum or a new city, but the guide (live or audio guide) is so boring that you just get tired, Malva explains.
We began by deciding what we wanted to show and how we wanted to tell it. At first we thought we should hire an adult narrator to do all the talking about all the things that had happened in Gamla Stan, but then our mother suggested, “Why don't you do it yourself?" So that's what we did!
Then we thought, what would it be like to suddenly end up in the Middle Ages? Without having mobile phones, computers or even electricity? What would we think?
Many kids will undoubtedly recognize themselves because we quarrel a little all the time. We are actually siblings, so it is impossible not to!
Our young tour guides, Callux and Aurora, will take you on a thrilling adventure through history!
A SELF-GUIDED TOUR IN GAMLA STAN - WHY?
Our grandparents lived for a time on Stora Hoparegränd in the Old Town, and we've
heard so many stories about everything that happened in the Gamla Stan, that it just felt natural to tell more people about it!
When we had created the guide exactly the way we wanted it, we first tested it on lots of friends and their parents. Then it spread, and eventually even older relatives and friends became interested. Initially, we created the Gamla Stan Guide App for kids, but we quickly discovered that adults too really liked it! So many people of different ages have now used our guide for Gamla Stan, so we dare say it's for everyone! From 6 years old, maybe we should add, as some episodes in the historic audio tour can be a bit scary for younger children.
We are currently working on the Dutch version of the Gamla Stans Guide App. We are Swedish but have lived our whole lives in Amsterdam, so in addition to Swedish, we also speak Dutch and English. The fact that we live outside Sweden has also made it easier to decide which events and places we wanted to show in our Gamla Stan guide. We have walked around the Old Town with Dutch and English friends many times, so we know what they think are the most exciting events and fun things to know more about in Gamla Stan, Stockholm and that is what we included in our guide.
Hope you like our Gamla Stans Guide App!
Malva & Astor Cederlund
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