I believe one of the most unique things about Stockholm’s transit is the art! In the Tunnelbana, Stockholm’s metro network, there is a theme or motif included at each station. In some instances, there are stories attached to the art itself. I think now that I’ve been in Stockholm for almost four months, I am coming to the realization that I am going to miss having such lively and varying metro stops! They are certainly overlooked if you have spent some time here and I’d like to highlight some of my favorite stops here in Stockholm! In no particular order, here are some spots to check out!
T-Centralen is the most popular and most frequently used stop in Stockholm! It is the main station downtown and provides easy access to the pendeltåg (commuter train), Spårvag city (local tram), Arlanda Express (train to airport), and regional/long-distance trains! Safe to say you can get to a lot of places from here! But that is not only what makes this place great, the art is incredible! The bottom floor features a display of blue ferns contrasted by the white painted space! It’s a sight you’ll soon be familiar with if you take the pendeltåg into the city for your commute!
Kungsträdgården can only be described as an explosion of creativity! At first, I did not like the station because I felt it had too many ideas contrasting each other with no coherent theme; however, this station has certainly grown on me! The station is notable for its unique flora and fauna. It is the only place in Scandinavia where the Lessertia dentichelis spider can be found! The station also features relics rescued from the many buildings pulled down during the redevelopment of central Stockholm during the 1950s and 1960s throughout the station!
Fun fact: Kungsträdgården is the deepest station in the Tunnelbana network! It measures −29.3 m (−96 ft) deep!
#3. Stockholm Odenplan
One of the newer and more underrated pendeltåg stations on this list, Stockholm Odenplan has an sharp and intricate design for their station; with long, angular, luminescent light fixtures at the top. The design is mesmerizing and easily one of my favorite stations to visit! These fixtures are not random however, they were actually designed after the heartbeats of designer David Svensson’s soon-to-be born child. “The shape of the lights was inspired by the heartbeats of the artist’s son, as shown on the CTG-monitor during the childbirth.” The design is titled “Life Line.”
#4. Solna Centrum
Solna Centrum can be overlooked as it is not traveled much unless you are headed towards Hjulsta or Akalla on the blue line, but the sun-themed station brings incredible hues of red, orange, and green into the mix! It varies so much from the other stations and I always like the natural warmth it brings, juxtaposing well with the cold temperatures of Sweden!
#5. Mörby Centrum
Yet another overlooked stop (noticing a trend here?), Mörby Centrum is one of the ends of the red line and features a stream of vertical multi-colored lines in the middle of the station and a pink-green hue of paint blotches wrapping the remainder of the station. If you are leaving Stadion station from your DIS courses, why not ride the 14 train all the way up to Mörby Centrum to visit this relaxing stop!
Last, but certainly not least, we have Stadion! This is actually the station you will visit each time you have class at DIS! The station itself is named after the stadium where multiple events for the 1912 Olympics in Stockholm were held! The station leads right out to Kungliga Musikhögskolan (Royal College of Music), the Olympic stadium and to Östermalms IP (a skating rink in the winter and soccer field in spring/summer). This stadium features a remarkably well-known rainbow in the middle of the station that tons of people take photos of everyday! It is a fittingly vibrant station for the types of people it typically brings in such as athletes and musicians alike! I do not mind visiting this station every day for classes!
I would encourage anyone who comes to Stockholm to take the art walk through the subway stations and explore! There are plenty of other stations that did not make this list such as Thorildsplan and a few others, but that naming all of them would spoil the fun of exploring yourself!