Lidingö

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Lidingö [ˈliːdɪŋˈø:] is a suburban island east of Stockholm in Sweden, at the innermost part of the Stockholm archipelago.

Understand[edit]

Lidingö is an island belonging to the Uppland province. Together with the Fjäderholmarna islets south of Lidingö, and a few residential islets, it forms a municipality with about 45,000 inhabitants, with a land area of 30 square kilometres.

Founded as an upper-class sanctuary in the 1910s with detached houses along the Lidingöbanan railroad (closed down until 2015), and the AGA industries, Lidingö got city privileges, and the municipality still styles itself Lidingö stad. Lidingö contains suburban areas with high-rise buildings as well as single-family houses, several embassies, conference hotels, a few farms, and a nature reserve.

Get in[edit]

Lidingö is connected to Stockholm by two parallel bridges at Ropsten, the end station of the subway in the Östermalm district. Buses carry on to Lidingö (see Stockholm#Public transport). Just as inner Stockholm, Lidingö is in the inner public transport zone.

The Stockholm congestion tax has an exception that favours Lidingö. A vehicle that passes a toll station at Ropsten, and another toll station within 30 minutes, pays no fee. This means that a car can pass from the national road system to Lidingö, or the other way around, without paying. This requires the passage takes less than 30 minutes, which cannot be guaranteed during rush hours.

Lidingö is well within reach for bicycles from central Stockholm, and has some stands for Stockholm City Bikes. [1]

Sjövägen [ˈʃøːˈvɛːgən] [2] is a public transport ferry from Nybrokajen in central Stockholm, passing Nacka on the way to Lidingö.

Get around[edit]

Stockby Lake.

Most of Lidingö is accessed by bus, car, walk and bicycle. Timetables for the public transport on SL.se [3]

You can rent the Stockholm City Bikes at three locations at Lidingö: Stadshuset, Baggeby and Torsvik.

See[edit]

Lidingö has a lot of nature reserves and a beautiful scenery. Lidingö was also the home of sculptor Carl Milles, humanitarian Raoul Wallenberg, and engineer Gustaf Dalén. Several other celebrities, such as German playwright Bertolt Brecht, have also lived on the island.

  •    Millesgården ([ˈmɪlˌəsˈgoːɖən]), Herserudsvägen 32 (T Ropsten and then the Lidingöbanan train to Baggeby or buses to Torsvik),  +46 8 446 75 90. Open M-Su 11:00-17:00 15 May-30 Sep, Tu-Su 12:00-17:00 1 Oct-14 May..
    In the former residence and studio of the famous sculptor Carl Milles, his own work is showcased alongside contemporary Swedish and international artists. A new extension was recently built for temporary exhibitions. Adult admission 80 SEK.
Waterfront at Bosön.
  •    Bosön. [ˈbuːsˈøːn] is the Swedish Sports Confederation's training centre. Several athletes of the international elite work out here. Many training facilities are open to the public, as well as the hotel and restaurant.
Fjäderholmarna.
  • Fjäderholmarna [ˈfjɛːdərˈhɔlmaɳa] [4] is a group of small islands, with craft shops and restaurants during warm seasons (opening in late April). Several Waxholmsbolaget and Strömma boats call at the islands, as well as the local Fjäderholmslinjen [5].
Lidingö church.
  •    Lidingö Church (Lidingö kyrka).
    A 16th century town church on a hill at the Kyrkviken bay of the Baltic Sea. The cemetery contains graves of prominent Swedes, such as Nobel laureates Gustaf Dalén and Pär Lagerkvist.
  •    Långängens Gård. Nowadays this nature reserve is the home of a café/restaurant surrounded by spectacular nature and walking trails. But the area around here dates back to Viking times. Just north-west of the farm's buildings is a grave field where Viking Age residents were buried.
  • There is also a lot of public art on Lidingö. Come and get your map (Cykel- och Fritidskartan) at the Town hall (Stadshuset).

Do[edit]

Lidingö contains a lot of hiking and cycling trails, beaches, big meadows and even two farms.

  • Hiking and cycling all across the island. There are six culture walks across the island. Maps and information about them are found here: [6]
  • Fågelöudde [fɔgəlˈɵdə], a beach, most frequented by families.
  • Kottlasjön, a lake for bathing in the summer, and ice-skating in the winter.
  •    Ekholmsnäs. [eːkhɔlmsˈnɛːs], a semi-artificial hill, a downhill ski slope, with equipment rental. With artificial snow, it keeps open as long as temperatures are below zero. Great view. Mountainbiking during warm seasons.
  •    Lidingö Golfklubb. An 18-hole golf course. The area is open for hiking during summer, and cross-country skiing during winter.
The Lidingöloppet circuit is 30 km, but there are several shorter racing classes.
  • Lidingöloppet the world's largest cross-country running race. Held annually in September, with approximately 45,000 participants, effectively doubling the island's population during the racing weekend. One of four legs of the Swedish Classic Circuit. [7]
  • Rod fishing is allowed without a license along the island's coast, but not in Kottlasjön or other lakes.
  •    Elfviks Gård. A farm with horses, pigs, cats, dogs, rabbits, chickens, cows and sheep. There are also several boutiques with local products and during summer there is a small café.

Buy[edit]

The competition from central Stockholm has to some extent drained shopping and nightlife opportunities from Lidingö. There is however a broad range of shops in Lidingö Centrum.

Eat[edit]

  • Jernet, a diner in Lidingö Centrum.
  • Konditori Princess, a Swedish-style café and bakery.
Farmhouses at Elfvik.

Drink[edit]

Sleep[edit]

Lidingö has a cluster of conference centres, most of them on the Elfvik peninsula. Their name is Destination Lidingö [8]. Many of them also cater to travellers.

The list below shows all accommodations on the island:

  •    Alfa HotelStockholmsvägen 35.
    Close to the city center.
  •    Ariston HotelStockholmsvägen 70. Cosy 3-star breakfast hotel central Lidingö, close to Lidingö Centrum and to Stockholm. Free parking and WiFi, breakfast included.
  •    Blue Hotel.
    With view of the archipelago, and a Turkish hamam spa.
  • Bosön. Hotel and hostel in an athletic environment.
  •    Högberga GårdGrindstigen 5. A high-class conference hotel at the southern waterfront.
  •    RönnebergaRönnebergavägen 1.
    A conference hotel, close view of the archipelago, open as a hostel during summer.
  •    Scandic Foresta. [fɔˈrɛˈsta] near Millesgården. Great view of the Stockholm harbor.
  •    Södergarn. In a rural area 15 minutes from Stockholm city center.
  •    Villa BrevikSödra Kungsvägen 254.
    A hotel inspired by South Africa.

Get out[edit]

A lot of boats out in the Stockholm archipelago departs from Gåshaga brygga, the end station of Lidingöbanan.

Connect[edit]

Visit Stadshuset, Stockholmsvägen 50 at Lidingö for brochures and maps.

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