Stare into the devil’s mouth. The escalators ascending into the monstrous red cave consume every passenger who dares to enter into the darkness. The effect is quite impressive as the rough red cave texture contrasts to the sleek, modern silver of the escalators in Solna Centrum. Stand awe-inspired at this magnificent combination of art, nature, technology and practicality. This is just one of the intriguing subway stations in the ‘world’s longest art gallery’ you can visit on a self-guided tour of Stockholm’s subway art.
Stockholm’s subway system has hundreds of colourful stations full of incredible art. During your trip to Stockholm you should allocate some time to discovering the subway art. Yet with over 100km of tunnels, it can be overwhelming to know which ones to visit, how to make a logical route and how long you will need to visit the famous subway stations. This post answers these questions and contains a free map outlining nine amazing subway stations so you do not need to work out the logistics!
How much does it cost to go on a self-guided tour of Stockholm’s subway art?
Whilst Stockholm along with other Scandinavian cities has a notorious reputation for being incredibly expensive there are many FREE things to do in the city. Visiting the world’s longest art museum is one of them. (Check out this epic guide to Stockholm for more useful tips on how to save money when visiting the Swedish capital). Well, almost free as you will need to purchase one subway ticket.
You can go on a guided tour of Stockholm’s subway art or use this self-guided map to discover some of the best subway stations for yourself!
How long is the longest art museum in the world?
there are over 110km of tunnels of this free art gallery! Given the size it can seem a little overwhelming trying to work out a logical route and which ones to visit. Fear not! Read on to grab your free subway map!
How long do I need to visit several subway stations in Stockholm?
You could easily spend hours or even a few days discovering all the amazing subway art in Stockholm! Yet most visitors will allocate a few hours to exploring the Stockholm subway art. If you have a couple of hours, 9 subway stations is a realistic amount of stations to visit.
Where should I start my self-guided Stockholm subway art tour?
Start in T-central and work your way through the stations in the order below until you end at Kungstradgarden.
The best subway stations to visit in Stockholm
T-central is in the heart of Stockholm and is a logical place to start your subway art self-guided tour.
There are a few different pieces of art to admire in T-central. T-central reminds its passengers of peace. The blue and white branch motives seems to only be missing a dove to complete this feeling. The blue leaves also gave the illusion of nature being present despite being deep underground. Further imagery includes motives of workers who built the subway. This seemed a fitting way to remember their achievements in the central station of this vast underground world.
Now you have seen T-central, head to the furthest point on this self-guided subway tour and work your way back.
Akalla is an interesting subway station displaying ceramic tiles which were created in the late 70ies depicting daily life, work and leisure. Spend 5-10 mins here then leap on the next train .
Release your inner child at Hallonbergen! This station, whose name translates into Rasberry Hill, displays child-like drawings. They were not actually drawn by children but by two artists mimicking an infant’s drawing style in 1975. Most people’s favourite part of this station is a hopscotch on the platform! All platforms should have hopscotches on them as that would transform the boring wait for public transport into a fun activity. Well, there may be health and safety hazards on some platforms… Oh well have fun on the hopscotch! You will be quite sad to leave this cheerful platform as your subway train arrives but there is more subway art to discover.
Solna Centrum is home to the devil’s mouth. This station must be on your things to see in Stockholm list. It is very impressive.
The colour, the cave-like interior as well as the many environmental issues it depicts bedazzle commuters. On the platforms the red is transformed into a demon sky destroying forests and habitats. Humans are seen as spreading this red mist through pollution, rapid urbanisation and forgetting Sweden’s lush green nature. It’s a powerful political statement which is solidified by humans ascending into the escalator to ignore these issues and be consumed by dark capitalism. Well maybe that reading is a little bit far and considering Sweden is one of the countries who is leading the way in socialism and environmental conservation. However, these issues were very relevant when the artists created the station. If you don’t have time to do many of Stockholm’s subway stations make sure you have time to see Solna Centrum Station.
Fridhemsplan displays an odd subterranean world of a compass, a plane and cave men carvings. Confused? Yes, we were a little bit too.
Leave reality and step into the world of Mario. This station should probably be renamed as ‘the Pixel Station’. The artists were clever to use singular tiles as individual pixels to depict space invaders, Pacmen, hearts and even bombs. Embrace the geek within and take photos of these fun images to your hearts content at Thorildsplan.
Next stop is Universitat. You only have a few subways left on this self-guided subway tour.
As one may assume, the university station was covered in information from the world of academia. There were maps of the world, mountains and lakes for the geographers as well as animals for the biologists. There was an incredible amount of detail in this station. University students are hopefully inspired by these images on their way to lectures.
The rainbow at Stadion Station epitomises the feel good atmosphere at this subway station. Everyone who must wait or takes photos at this station cannot help but have a smile on their face. Stadion Station will easily be your favourite subway station you visit in Stockholm. It is so vibrant and colourful. If you are visiting during winter, the pale blue sky and flowers will remind you of spring and allow you to forget the very cold, white and grey world that is waiting for you above ground.
Kungstradgarden is your final station on your self-guided subway tour in Stockholm. Kungstradgarden consisted mainly of green, red and white colours. It seemed to present an eclectic mix of styles, patterns and textures. This station was very controversial when it was being built as one of the entrances was supposed to be in the park above, but required a large number of trees to be torn down for this entrance. Residents of Stockholm protested by chaining themselves to trees to save them resulting in the exit being relocated. Maybe the green interior was chosen to represent nature, the red to show the potential loss of trees and the white that the conflict was resolved peacefully?
Regarless as to what the colours and patterns are meant to present, appreciate this unique art museum as a truly interesting free thing to see in Stockholm.
Which Stockholm Subway station would you like to visit?
I hope this has inspired you and helped you plan your visit to the longest art museum in the world! Which subway station would you like to visit the most? Let us know in the comments below.