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Norr Mälarstrand, a waterfront walk.

Kungsholmen is an island-borough just west of central Stockholm, where the Stockholm City Hall, Stockholms stadshus, is a dominant landmark.

Understand[edit]

The eastern part of Kungsholmen is densely urban, and contains much of Stockholm's legal system: the national police board, the Kronobergshäktet jail, and the Stockholm district court (Stockholms tingsrätt), as well as many government functions, such as the City Hall, and the County Council building.

The north-western part of the island is under development, with new hotels, shops and restaurants, as well as residential areas. The islands Stora Essingen and Lilla Essingen also belong to the borough. The E4/E20 expressway Essingeleden runs across these islands, as well as Kungsholmen.

Get in[edit]

Most of Kungsholmen is reached by subway, from Norrmalm, Vasastan, Västerort and Solna. The scenic Västerbron ("Western Bridge") connects to Södermalm. See Stockholm#Public transport.

See[edit]

Stadshuset (City hall) at sunset
  •   Stockholm City Hall (Stadshuset), Hantverkargatan 1 (T-Centralen). The city hall, where the Nobel Prize Banquet takes place every year, is an imposing brick building in the city centre. Guided tours are held daily, and allow you to see the impressive halls used for the Nobel festivities, the Blue Hall and the Golden Hall. The tower offers a great view of the Old Town and can be climbed (optionally, a lift can take you half the way). To avoid congestion and crowding, you have to get tickets in advance.
  •   Kungsholmen Church. Not Stockholm's greatest church. However, it is centrally located, still calm and secluded. Occasional concerts.
  •   Stockholm Court HouseStockholms Rådhus. The courthouse from the turn of the century with its massive tower is regarded as one of the foremost examples of Swedish national romanticism architecture.
  •   Kristineberg Palace. Built around 1750 by the merchant R. Schröder, with a beautiful park. Today used partially as a school and partially as dwelling, though you can still watch it from the outside.
  •   Sankt Eriksbron. Connecting the island to Vasastan, this is the only two-level bridge in Stockholm with cars, bikes and pedestrians on the upper level and subway trains on the lower.
  •   Dagens Nyheter Tower (DN-Skrapan). Home to one of the country's largest newspapers, this used to be Sweden's tallest building for almost four decades.

Do[edit]

Smedsuddsbadet is good for all ages.
Wildlife at Lilla Essingen.
  •   Smedsuddsbadet. The largest beach in inner-city Stockholm is child-friendly.
  •   Fredhällsbadet (T Kristineberg). A rocky beach on western Kungsholmen.
  •   Boulebar (T Fridhemsplan), Smedsuddsvägen 2. Food, drinks and boule pétanque.
  •   Hornsbergs strand (T-Stadshagen). A popular artificial beach. Not quite finished, and as of 2014, bathing has been at your own risk.

Buy[edit]

  •   VästermalmsgallerianFleminggatan 43 (T Fridhemsplan). Open M-F 10:00-19:00, Sa 10:00-17:00, Su 11:00-17:00.. Opened in 2002, Västermalmsgallerian on Kungsholmen is good-looking but relatively small.
  •   LindhagenhusetLindhagensgatan 118. A shopping mall at the front of a big parking garage, with about a dozen shops. The Thai diner at the top floor has a good view of the neighbourhood.
  •   Vilse i GarderobenHantverkargatan 59. Second hand store.

Eat[edit]

Eastern Kungsholmen is packed with restaurants of different price levels.

Cafés[edit]

  •   Café FixSankt Eriksgatan 35. Stockholm's oldest coffee shop. 25 SEK for coffee, 5 SEK for refill. Nice food.
  •   RådhusetScheelegatan 7. A café inside the impressive district courthouse, Stockholms tingsrätt. A metal detector (for courtroom security) at the entrance might deter some guests.

Budget[edit]

  •   Restaurang Ät GottS:t Göransgatan 74. A diner with traditional Swedish food.
  •   SaltHantverkargatan 34. A casual diner with Swedish and international food.

Mid-range[edit]

  •   Mäster AndersPipersgatan 1 (T-Rådhuset) +46 8 654 20 01.. French and Swedish cuisine with an emphasis on grilled meats. Mains 145-295 SEK.
  •   KungsholmenNorr Mälarstrand, kajplats 464 (T Rådhuset). Maybe on the expensive side of what constitutes mid-range, but this refined food court concept in a beautiful Kungsholmen quay location offers large portions of really tasty food in a variety of styles. Mains 175-260 SEK.

Splurge[edit]

  •   LuxPrimusgatan 116 (Lilla Essingen, bus 1),  +46 8 619 01 90. Open Tu-Fr 11:30-14:00, 17:00-23:00, Sa 17:00-23:00.. In a waterside location on one of Stockholm’s smaller islands, Lux offers both a relaxed atmosphere and some very good modern cooking. Mains 315-345 SEK, tasting menu 940 SEK. One Guide Michelin star.
  •   WijnjasScheelegatan 3. An old-fashioned basement with cheese and wine tasting.

Drink[edit]

Kungsholmen by night. The cranes are building Hagastaden in Solna.

Bars in Kungsholmen are concentrated around Fridhemsplan, and along Fleminggatan and Hantverkargatan. Prices are usually lower than the rest of the inner city.

  •   DovasS:t Eriksgatan 53 A. Cheap beer, 30 SEK for a 500 ml bottle of Norrlands Guld or another local ale. There is a nightclub opposite which most of the young locals seem to disappear into when this place closes.
  •   TheodorasS:t Eriksgatan 53 B. Located about 10 metres further down the street, with the same owner, it is basically a quieter copy of its brother, Dovas.
  •   Nivå 22Fridhemsgatan 17. A low-end pub with a roof deck, where one can drink and smoke at the same time.

Sleep[edit]

The accommodation options in Kungsholmen are limited, so you can consider staying in neighbouring Norrmalm or Vasastan where there are more thereof.

Budget[edit]

Mid-range[edit]

Splurge[edit]

  •   Courtyard Stockholm KungsholmenRålambshovsleden 50 (T: Thorildsplan),  +46 8 4413100fax: +46 8 4413199. The only Marriott hotel in Stockholm. Rooms with internet, aircon, coffee maker, ironing board, fridge and safe. The hotel has a fitness centre and a restaurant with local and international cuisine. Expensive parking at 295 SEK. Around 1,200 SEK for a double.

Connect[edit]

This district travel guide to Kungsholmen is a usable article. It has information for getting in as well as some complete entries for restaurants and hotels. An adventurous person could use this article, but please feel free to improve it by editing the page
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