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The Public Library of Stockholm

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Stadsbiblioteket Stockholm

There are quite a few photogenic spots in Stockholm. In terms of buildings, in addition to the City Hall, I also think the city library is such a photogenic building. The architecture of Stadsbiblioteket is unique both inside and out. So definitely worth a visit. By the way, the City Library of Malmö is also a real gem.

Architect Gunnar Asplund

Stadsbiblioteket was designed by the Swedish architect Gunnar Asplund (who also designed Skogskyrkogården, among others). He opted for a modernist building in the Nordic Classicism style with a striking round tower on top. The building opened in 1928. Construction took no less than 4 years. On April 21, 2018 they celebrated their 90th anniversary.

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The round-reading-room

The most impressive thing is the round reading room, also called rotunda, which consists of no less than 3 floors. What a gigantic space! What a wonderful collection of books. I’m not much of a bookworm, but my love for the Swedish language and the unseen architecture really enchanted me.

On the side you will find small rooms, a special children’s section and a cafeteria. In the library you will find more than 2 million books and as many audio tapes. You can find works in about 100 different languages.

Stadsbiblioteket was one of the first libraries where you could just walk around and choose books to borrow. Previously, you always had to ask the librarian.

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Practical information

How do you reach Stadsbiblioteket Stockholm?

The Stockholm City Library is located in the Vasastan district. You will find the library on the corner of Sveavägen and Odengatan. The most impressive entrance can be found on Sveavägen.

It is a good 20 minute walk from Stockholm Central Station. The nearest metro stops are Rådmansgatan and Odenplan.

Address: Sveavägen 73, Stockholm

Opening hours

Stadsbiblioteket Stockholm is open on weekdays from 10 am to 9 pm. On Fridays, the library closes at 7 p.m. On weekends, the library is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Nearby

  • Observatorielunden
  • Himlavalvet
  • Posh Living
  • STHLM Brunch Club

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17 July 2021
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Kafe Himlavalvet in Vasastan, Stockholm

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Himlavalvet Stockholm

Close to the Stockholm City Library you will find this small, cozy cafe. Kafe Himlavalvet is located in Observatorielunden, a park in the heart of the city. They are popular for their sunny terrace surrounded by greenery. Yet they are open all year round. In the run-up to Christmas you can even go there for a traditional ‘julbord‘.

Himlavalvet Stockholm

At Himlavalvet they serve fika, lunch and even dinner. In the summer months you can take a seat on one of the 2 large terraces. In winter you can find a place inside. There is seating for about 40 people. The building used to be a laundry.

My tip: try their homemade elderflower lemonade!

Just like you see in Rosendals Trädgård, at Himlavalvet they ask to put away your dishes is a disk station, a handy clearing station.

Disk station Himlavalvet

Practical information

How do you reach Himlavalvet?

Himlavalvet is located in the middle of the Observatorielunden park, right next to the Stockholm City Library.

It is a 20 minute walk from Stockholm Central Station. The nearest metro stops are Rådmansgatan and Odenplan.

Address: Drottninggatan 120, Stockholm (Vasastan)

Opening hours

The opening times vary according to the time of year. You can check the opening hours on their website before planning your visit. The opening hours are at the bottom of the site.

Nearby

  • Observatorielunden
  • Stadsbiblioteket

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Himlavalvet Stockholm
14 July 2021
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