Stockholm Subway – Art Meets Function
The Stockholm Metro Subway system (or tunnelbana, as it’s called in Sweden) provides art lovers with a pleasant change from the grim, drab underground subway systems found in most cities. Started in the 1950’s, it’s dubbed the World’s Longest Art Gallery with currently 100 stations in use. Fifty-three stations are underground and forty-seven are above ground. Ninety of these stations sport unique sculptures, rock formations, mosaics, paintings, installations, engravings and reliefs by over 150 different artists.
If you enjoy photography, art or just unusual and attractive city features, visiting this 70 mile long art gallery is a must. Getting around the Stockholm Subway system is easy, even though the system carries over 900,000 people each day. There are only three lines – the blue, green, and red – and one 90 minute ticket will bring you to many of the more popular stations. While exploring the incredible underground world, it’s possible to have each station to yourself (at least for a few seconds) to take pictures and enjoy the art.
Which of Stockholm’s Subway Stations To Visit?
You can hardly go wrong simply getting off at random stations, as each has unique aspects to enjoy. From archeological digs to neanderthal caves, there’s something of interest at every stop. However, if you’re rushed for time, below are some of the stations Visit Stockholm recommends and the corresponding Stockholm Subway line.
We spent a few pleasant hours enjoying the scenes and exploring the many, many nooks and crannies of this fascinating underworld of art. Here are a few of our favorite shots – hope you enjoy the tour of Stockholm’s Subways!
While all were amazing, I think my favorite was Rãdhuset and Cheryl’s was Solna Centrum. What’s YOUR favorite?
If you’re visiting Stockholm and would like a more in-depth look at these tunnels, there are FREE GUIDED ART WALKS through the metro system. All you need is the price of your subway ticket.
Thanks for coming along with us as we explore the world!