Where: Enter from David Bagares gata or Tunnelgatan
An infinitely long tunnel beneath the concrete of Stockholm is Brunkebergstunneln. This unique yellow tunnel is 231 meters long, 4 meters wide and 3.9 meters high and was inaugurated by King Oscar II himself back in 1886 after being steadily built for two years prior. From outside, the entrance looks typical and inconspicuous but within is the steel lined pedestrian and cycling tunnel. A hidden gem in plain sight, Brunkebergstunneln is a shortcut that will take you between Luntmakargatan/Tunnelgatan and David Bagares Gata/Birger Jarlsgatan.
2. Stockholm City Library
Where: Sveavägen 73
There is something incredibly wistful about stepping into Belle’s dream of being surrounded by books. The quiet comfort of blowing off the thin layer of dust from a book long been held, flipping through delicate pages and being swept away into the story of its pages. The Stockholm Library is characterized by the tall cylinder that, within, houses thousands of books on open shelves and makes for the most beautiful of photos.
3. Stockholm City Hall
Where: Hantverkargatan 1 at Kungsholmen
The romantic silhouette and beautifully symmetrical architecture makes city hall one of the most popular buildings in Stockholm. Architect Ragnar Östberg put together eight million bricks to create this masterpiece. When you visit the hall, be sure to climb to the top of the tower for great views of the city. The deep color of the bricks, the striking spire and three golden crowns are just a few of the things that make this building special. Stockholm City Hall is home to the great Nobel banquet which includes a dance for guests in the magnificent Golden Hall – featuring 18 million gold mosaic tiles. Yes, 18 million!
4. Streets of Gamla Stan
Where: This photo is shot at Stora Gråmunkegränd 7
Gamla Stan is the Old Town of Stockholm and one of the best preserved medieval city centers in Europe. The neighborhood retains a quaint, charming feeling with narrow cobblestone lanes full of cafes, bars, restaurants and shops with handmade crafts and souvenirs. As if you could make Gamla Stan even more delightful, it is essentially a little island that is only accessible via boat or bridge. Whether you find yourself on the main streets of the Old Town or get off-the-beaten track, Gamla Stan will have you ooh-ing and ahh-ing around every corner. See if you can find your way to Mårten Trotzigs, the narrowest alley on the island.
5. Stenbock Palace
Where: Birger Jarls torg 4 at Riddarholmen
The bright color of Pepto Bismol pink might not be what you imagined for a house of royalty but the cheerful color has made this noble home an Instagram sensation. The house has been passed down within families of nobility since the 1640s and has transformed from a simple stone house into the modern-day appearance that it has today. 38 shuttered windows line the front wall of Stenbock Palace, an arched doorway stands invitingly in the center and numerous wall anchors hang for decoration.
Where: Stortorget in the center of Gamla Stan
The main square in the old town of Stockholm looks like it’s taken straight from a page in a storybook. Some of the buildings here are from as long ago as 1640 and their colorful facades make them some of the most photographed buildings in Stockholm. The square itself is decorated by a scattering of flower pots and benches to sit and take it all in. If you’re really lucky you might even catch a performance being held in the square.
7. Stadion Subway Station
Where: Enter from Nybrogatan/Karlavägen or Grev Turegatan/Valhallavägen
Just one of the subway stations that make up an enormous, underground art gallery in the city is Stadion station. The artists who created the work at Stadion brought the sky underground by splashing the cave-like ceiling in bright blue paint. They added a vibrant and cheerful rainbow that not only brings a little joy into the daily lives of commuters but ties in the history of the 1912 Summer Olympic Games. This subway station is, in fact, very nearby the stadium that hosted the games.
Want to explore more of Stockholm's Subway Art? Find our full guide here!
8. Stockholm Odenplan Commuter Station
Where: Enter from Odenplan
Stockholm’s Odenplan station is one of the newest commuter train stations in the city and is also home to an intriguing light installation. It is considered one stop in the world’s longest art exhibition. The art concept within this station is done by artist David Svensson who celebrated the birth of his son by using the child’s actual heartbeat to create the illuminated lines that are suspended from above. The lines create a dramatic reflection of the station’s floor in the escalating corridors between the lower and upper platforms.
Find our full guide to Stockholm's metro art here!
9. Tower of Storkyrkan
Where: Trångsund 1 in Gamla Stan
Europe is full of rich history, castles and churches. Here in Gamla Stan of Stockholm, Storkyrkan is the oldest church that dates back to the 13th century. An incredible display of Gothic architecture, the interior of this church is immediately impressive thanks to a huge collection of artwork, sculptures and furniture. While it’s hard to say what part of this church is most beautiful, we love the stained rose window above the main altar – made in Paris in the 1850s, it is truly the epitome of delicate beauty.But for those of you with an adventurous heart, you will want to climb to the top of Storkyrkan tower. The tower dominates the skyline of the Old Town, soaring high above other structures at 216 feet. And yes, you can climb a series of disconnected stairways to reach the top. Worn stairs of brick and wood lead the way through low doorways and the tower’s bells. Once you reach the top you’ll be awarded with a beautiful view of the colorful Gamla Stan.
10. Snösätra Graffiti Wall of Fame
Where: Snösätragränd 1 in Högdalen, 30 minutes south of Stockholm
An abandoned industrial neighborhood was given new life when artists transformed it from a forgotten community into a buzzing epicenter of graffiti art. If part of your traveling dreams include deserted places, eerie spaces, or vibrant artwork then you can’t skip this off-the-beaten-path spectacle. It’s a little bit grungy, a lot inspiring, and just a 0.8 mile walk from the Rågsved metro station. Come explore creative canvases in every direction, art curated by artists from all around the world, and even a free wall that is open to the public to add their own artistic expressions.
11. Gretas Hötorget
Where: In Haymarket at Hötorget
A mix of classical glamour and contemporary inspiration, Gretas is a chic coffee shop and restaurant. They offer healthy food in a beautiful location with dashes of pink coloring smattered throughout. While the food is good it is the interior décor that has landed this café on our list of top instagrammable places in Stockholm. It’s a bright space filled with soft pinks and golds and a distinct 1920s inspired vibe.
12. Swing at Gröna Lund
Where: Gröna Lund, Lilla Allmänna Gränd 9 at Djurgården
Amusement parks bring back all the glorious memories of childhood indulgence. While Gröna Lund is a fairly small amusement park it brings visitors from far and wide to take a ride on their famous chair swing. At 456 feet tall, this chair swing is the tallest in the world and will spin you around at up to 43 miles an hour! Grab yourself some cotton candy and a friend to be the next in line for this ride – it’s pretty much a right of passage now.
An Overview: Top 12 Instagrammable Places in Stockholm
Stockholm is a city filled with beautiful and unique photo spots. From the colorful streets of Gamla Stan, to the artsy interiors of the subway stations, there is something for every type of photographer to capture on their travels. Whether you're a professional or an amateur, Stockholm is a city that offers endless opportunities to take amazing photographs. So next time you're planning a trip to Stockholm, don't forget to pack your camera and explore all of the places on this list and more!
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