Stockholm is a city with many secrets. One of those is its extensive free art gallery in the subway. Hiding beneath its busy streets lies a network of some of the best art in the city. For the cost of a single subway ticket you can zip around the stations and admire rainbows of colour, eerie caves and mysterious sculptures. On a recent visit to Stockholm, I thought I’d check out some of the stations and discover the Stockholm Subway Art for myself!
One of the most colourful things to do in Stockholm, Stockholm’s subway art is reportedly the world’s longest art exhibit and consists of 110 kilometres of track, with over 90 of the 100 stations being decorated with mosaics, paintings and installations by more than 150 artists. Began in the 1950s, the stations are an eclectic mix of styles and are well worth exploring.
According to Visit Stockhom, these are the best stations to visit for their art. Most can be easily reached with a single subway ticket which allows unlimited changes within 75 minutes for 36 SEK. However, if you plan to do a lot of travelling within the city, then I’d recommend a 24 hour or 72 hour ticket for 115 or 230 SEK respectively, which also gives you more time to take photos of the stations! I prefer shots without people, if you’re the same then time your visit to avoid rush hour and other peak times.
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Kungsträdgården Hötorget Tekniska Högskolan
T-centralen Thorildsplan Stadion
My favourite was the rainbow at Stadion, and the Super Mario inspired Thorilsplan, as well as the pretty blue & white vines at T-centralen. Take a look for yourselves, which is your favourite?
Thank you to Visit Stockholm for providing my subway pass.
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