Walking or jogging is a great way to explore a city. In Stockholm I have a few favorite routes. The tour around Kungsholmen was the first run I explored in Stockholm. The tour is about 10 km and because you can follow the water almost all the time, it is also completely flat and easy to navigate. Jogging around Kungsholmen is one of the most popular walking routes in Stockholm.
Jogging round Kungsholmen
I opted for a start at Stadshuset in Stockholm. From here I ran, counterclockwise, around the island. On the north side of the island you follow Kungsholmstranden. A bit further you pass Hornsberg Strand . After that, it’s a little bit more tricky. If you are lucky, there are other runners who follow the same route because a round of Kungsholmen is very popular among the Stockholm joggers. If there is no one to follow, keep to the right.
In practice, this means that you do not walk through the gate on a certain stretch but stay by it as short as possible until you see water again. At Marieberg you have to watch out again. Here you have to run a bit uphill, unless you continue to run on the cliff edge. If in doubt, you can always consult Google Maps.
The last piece is in a straight line to the Town Hall where you pass beautiful gardens on the waterfront. For a change, you can run the opposite direction.
More city jogging in Stockholm
City jogging around the smaller islands of Stockholm
Anyone who is in Stockholm during the summer months and would like to swim in the fresh water of Lake Mälaren certainly has the possibilities. One of the most accessible (and free) places is Hornsberg Strand, in the north of Kungsholmen. On sunny days it can be very busy and difficult to find a place on this beach. My tip: walk as far as possible until you find a pontoon somewhere at the end of the bend. There, it is usually a bit quieter. And you also have a staircase to get in and out of the water.
Hornsberg Strand is a fairly new neighborhood in Stockholm. There used to be factories here and the neighborhood first had to be thoroughly cleaned up. Now it is one of the most popular neighborhoods on real estate sites. The park on the waterfront was designed by architect Bengt Isling who won the Siena prize for best landscape architecture.
Despite what the name suggests, this is not a real beach. It is a promenade along the water where they have laid out terraces in different levels and where the sun-lovers gather. What makes it a ‘beach’ are the various pontoons, the closed sections of water where no motor boats can come and where you can swim safely, and the many swimming ladders so that you can get out of the water quickly and safely. You don’t have to worry about water quality. There are no rescuers present so use common sense and never go swimming alone.
Watching boats at Hornsberg Strand
Hornsberg Strand is a popular neighborhood where funky addresses and tasty ice cream stalls are opening at a fast pace. It can therefore be quite busy but it still has a calming appearance. You see boats passing by. Hornsberg Strand is also a great place to see the sunset. Even those who just want to walk along the water to relax can come here all year round.
How do you reach Hornsberg Strand?
I walk as much as possible when I am in Stockholm. You reach Hornsberg Strand, starting from the town hall, by following the north coast of Kungsholmen along the water, all along Kungsholmen Strand. It is a pleasant walk. Hornsberg Strand is located at the end of Kungsholmen.
Those who prefer to take the bus take line 50. It runs close to the water. You can also take the metro to Kristineberg. Then you go via the Nordenflychtsvägen to the Lindhagensgatan. Then it’s on your left.
When I see the city hall of Stockholm popping up on the horizon it feels like being home. Stockholm City Hall (Stadshuset) is a rather impressive building. The red stones against the blue sky are so photogenic! On top of the tower, the 3 crowns show off. It is my favorite building in Stockholm. Even though the city hall looks much older, it is a quite recent building. It is the place where the annual Nobel dinner takes place after the Nobel Prize ceremony in Konserthuset and it is the only reason that first time tourists during their city trip also go to Kungsholmen Island.
The building was built between 1911 and 1923 by Kreuger & Tall and the architect of the building is Ragnar Östberg. No less than 8 million bricks were needed to build Stockholm City Hall. Stadshuset is a landmark and you can see the building from many places in Stockholm. Because you have a beautiful view from Riddarholmen during sunset and the city hall fits in beautifully, it will without doubt be the building that I have photographed the most. It is a real Stockholm view for me. Visiting Stockholm’s City Hall can only be done by following a guided tour. These are organized every day both in Swedish as in English.
The Blue Hall is the first room where a tour in Stadshuset takes you. You’ll see it immediately: the blue hall is not blue. The hall is 1500m² and 22m high and was originally intended as an open courtyard where you could see the blue sky. The architect Ragnar Östberg gained his inspiration from the Italian Renaissance. Because of the weather conditions in Scandinavia, the room also needed a roof so that the room could be used throughout the year.
The aim was to paint the red bricks blue to have a blue sky in the room, but when the architect saw how beautiful the light fell on the red stones, he eventually decided to let the stones like this. In the meantime, the name had already been used by everyone so it has always remained the Blue Hall.
In the corner of the Blue Hall you will find Scandinavia’s largest organ with 10,000 organ pipes and 135 registers. It is in the Blue Hall that the Nobeldiner is served on December 10 each year.
The Golden Hall – Gyllende Salen
The moment the doors of the Golden Hall open are one of the most spectacular moments of the tour. Every door weighs 1 ton and is made out of copper. Inside, 18 million tiles from gold leaf form a breathtaking mosaic. The gold leaf is attached between 2 glass plates. The design is from Einar Forseth. Pull & Wagner was responsible for the manufacturing. The mosaic shows all kinds of scenes from Swedish mythology and legends.
It is here that the guests to the Nobel Banket are invited to a dance party. Originally, dinner was served here but because there is room for 700 people, it is now the dance hall and serves the blue hall as a banquet hall.
The Prince Gallery – Prinsens Galleri
In this hall, the important guests are received. On one side you are facing Lake Mälaren and Södermalm. On the other side of the table you have the same view, but painted on the wall! This way, the guests had a nice view of Stockholm on both sides of the table. It was Prince Eugen, the youngest son of Oscar II, who painted these paintings, named Stockholm’s Shores.
The town hall tower is 106 meters high. 2.5 million bricks are used for construction. The tower weighs 24,000 tons which is twice the weight of the Eiffel Tower! You can climb to the top of the tower. You have 365 steps to take (there is also an elevator which allows you to skip a large part of these stairs). A great view of Gamla Stan and the rest of Stockholm is your reward. This viewing platform is 73 meters high.
In the tower there is also a museum with a 7.6 meter high statue of Erik IX, the patron saint of Stockholm, designed by the Sandberg brothers. It was originally intended that this statue would be placed on the tower but eventually they chose the 3 golden crowns (Tre Kronor has been Sweden’s national symbol since the 14th century). The copper crowns have a diameter of 2.2 meters and are 1.1 meters high. They weigh 70 kg / piece. Other models of the images that you can see on the tower and the town hall can be seen here in this tower museum.
9 clocks up to 3000 kg hang in the tower. Every hour, the clocks sounds and there is a special melody at 12 o’clock and 6 o’clock.
Of course, Stadshuset also serves as a city hall. Both the city council and the college are in the building. In the council hall, the city council meets every three weeks. As you can expect from Sweden, there are equal numbers of men and women. Look up here because the ceiling is quite impressive, unlike the rest of the pretty sober room.
Courtyard and Gardens
The inner courtyard Borgargården is often a bustle of people and movement. On Saturday you will see a lot of wedding couples and bridesmaids at the inner courtyard of the town hall. Even those who do not live in Stockholm can marry here. There is also a garden on the waterfront.
Practical information Stadshuset Stockholm
The courtyard and garden can be visited free of charge. A tour of the building costs 110 SEK for adults. Students pay 90 SEK and children can join for 50 SEK (prices 2018). Count on an hour for the tour.
How do you get to Stadshuset in Stockholm?
From the central station T-Centralen you walk to Stadshuset in about 5 minutes, across Stadshusbron, the bridge that goes from Norrmalm to Kungsholmen. There are arrows on the spot. You first have to go under Centralbron, the bridge with the trains on.
If you choose public transport, you can choose between the metro and the bus. Nearest metro stop is the blue line stop Rådhuset. From here it is an 8 minute walk. If you come by bus (bus 3 and bus 53) you can get off close to Stadshuset.
Address: Hantverkargatan 1, Kungsholmen – Stockholm
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