With a history of more than 750 years, Stockholm is an exciting European destination. The restaurants are full of inventive dishes, there are beautiful parks to explore and the city has an incredible art scene – on the subway.
It's easy to spend a whole week exploring the city's unique urban galleries with more than 90 decorated metro stations. I've reduced it to nine of my favorites that show some of the best arts to be seen.
Here is my guide to the Stockholm metro art!
Stockholm's art metro is the largest art exhibition in the world. Stretching over 110 kilometers, 90 of the 100 stations are decorated with colorful artworks.
It all began in the 1950s when the city decided to make art more accessible to its citizens and to beautify urban areas. Since then, more than 150 Swedish artists have contributed pieces to the Stockholm stations.
Tips for visiting the Stockholm metro Art
Tickets: If you are going to be using the Metro frequently during your time in Stockholm, take a SL Access Card (SEK 20 / $ 2) and fill it with an unlimited travel for 75 minutes, 24 hours or 72 hours.
AUXILIARY TIP: If you only go to the metro to take pictures, you can be strategic and get a 75-minute ticket for SEK 44 / $ 5 only. It applies for unlimited travel to all public transport so you can change routes and reach each station.
Best time to go: The best time for a special tour of the Stockholm metro art is during the week around 12 pm. You will miss the peak time and you will have an easier time to take a photo without anyone else. If you are busy during the day, you can also try the evenings. The stations are open until 12:30 every day.
Photo: It's easy to take pictures of Stockholm's metro art with any camera or smartphone. But if you want to get the best results, I suggest bringing together a tripod because you need to use slow shutter speed (there is no natural light down!). Take a look at my photo here!
Stockholm art of Stockholm
T-Centralen: The T-Centralen, which opened in 1957, became the first station in Stockholm to present works of art. Designed by local artist Per Olof Ultvedt, it has beautiful blue vines that climb the walls and pays tribute to the workers who built the subway.
Stage: Located near the home of the Stockholm Pride annual festival, Stadion is decorated with a vibrant and colorful rainbow. It became the first of the city's "cave" stations and is engraved directly from the rock.
Tekniska Hogskolan: Created by Lennart Mork, the station is inspired by the nearby Royal Institute of Technology. It has a dark, well-formed style and presents interesting facts from science, such as a giant polyhedral glass.
Universitetet Station: Universitet Station is the ultimate metro stop for travelers. Its main feature is a huge tile panel describing the trips of Carl Linnaeus. A famous Swede who is considered to be the father of the modern classification of organisms.
Thorildsplan Station: Ever wanted to be a character in a Super Mario Nintendo game? Go to Thorildsplan Station. Local artist Lars Arrhenius used tiles to create 8-bit video game art. Keep an eye out for Space Invaders, Pacman and more!
Solna Center: (Blue line) Founded in 1975, Solna Centrum station has a bright red sunset behind a lush Swedish forest. It has hundreds of free-hand designs depicting political issues such as deforestation, global warming and urbanization.
Hallonbergen: Hallonbergen Station is one of Stockholm's most idyllic metro stations. Local artists Elis Eriksson and Gosta Wallmark decorated the subway with childhood designs. There is also an escalator escalator – making it one of the most Instagrammable points in the city!
Radhuset: Located under the Court House of the city, the artist wanted Radhuset to look like an underground cave. You'll find complicated details such as a medieval market, a chimney plinth and metal roof shoes. There are many exciting things to see, so give yourself time to discover some hidden gems before leaving the station.
Mörby Center: As you walk to Mörby Centrum, you will see rather dull walls. While the station does not look impressive at first glance, it's all a visual illusion. Go to the center of the boarding platform and the colors of the walls are shifted, depicting a pastel geometric rainbow (complete with dyed caramel-colored clouds).
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Solna Centrum station
Whether you spend a day, a week or a month in the city – you have to visit the art of Stockholm metro. It's an incredible way to explore the city and one of the best things to do while in Sweden!
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