Do you know what one of the main tourist attractions in Stockholm is? It’s the underground. No, really, it is. Stockholm’s tunnelbana (underground) is called the city’s longest art gallery. So many of the stations have themes or specially designed art work. The public transport company even provides a Stockholm tunnelbana art tour.
And I’ve really not made the most of my travel card and explored until recently.
Where to start?
I would recommend starting any tunnelbana tour at the two most popular and impressive stations: T-Centralen (central station) and Kungsträdgården.
You wonder, don’t you, if those commuters ever just stop and look at the decorated walls at T-Centralen and really appreciate them?
The station at Kungsträdgården, right in the city centre, is built on the site of a palace that burned down in the 1800s. The art underground reflects that, with statues, a fireplace and marble flooring alongside modern art displays, like the ceiling above.
After those two beauties, the boys and I took a trip out to some other stations to the north of the city to see what we could find there.
Our first stop was Fridhemsplan, as we needed to change lines there. It was not an auspicious start as, although I liked that anemone, the boys were unimpressed by the drawings there. (Except for giggling at the illustration of the naked man doing a handstand, of course.)
Hallonbergen was more their style.
Next stop: Solna Centrum. And it’s no surprise that this station’s nickname is “The Gates of Hell”.
But if you look if the artwork on the platforms, you’ll see that it actually focuses on social issues affecting Sweden – the environment, farming, the lose of people from small towns to the cities.
And then we went on to Västra Skogen. Something about these stripes makes me happy. Perhaps their bright colours, or maybe just the way they liven up an otherwise dull concrete wall.
And out of the other branch of the tunnelbana’s blue line, the art at Solna Strand gives you blue skies underground.
This was another of the boys’ favourite stations. These blocks of sky appear randomly at different parts of the station, making it fun for us to try and spot them all.
Changing to the red line
Heading back through the city on the way to investigate stations on the red line, we stopped at Östermalmstorg station, the walls of which are decorated with art by Siri Deckert.
The walls of Stadion station are the opposite of the muted shades of Östermalmstorg. This rainbow really makes you smiles, doesn’t it?
As you might guess, this is at Universitetet – the station for Stockholm University’s main campus.
Complete with the added bonus of E jumping into the shot.
It ended up being a fun trip for all of us as we talked about what we’d seen and which we liked best.
Which of the stations that we visited is your favourite? I think mine is T-Centralen, followed closely by Stadion and its cheerful rainbow.
Our next adventures on the tunnelbana will take us south. The boys are looking forward to that – coming soon!