27 Sep STOCKHOLM SUBWAY – The Largest and Coolest Art Gallery in the World
You rarely will see me stepping in an art gallery or visiting a museum. So when it comes to art, I see nothing but a painting in a cool frame in a wall. That’s the reason I never visit art galleries when I travel, and literally, have no idea on how to interpret a painting. Hopefully one day I’ll enjoy my visits to art galleries.
But when I figured out that Stockholm had an incredible subway system I couldn’t keep myself to bring my sister and my own ass to explore it. And glad I did! It’s not like the other art galleries in the world, it’s kinda different, you don’t need to be an expert to like or understand it, it’s easier, and would let anyone amazed. I promise.
Stockholm subway is an absolute must when you visit Stockholm! I put together all the stations you cannot miss on a list, so here we go!
We began our self-guided tour at T-Centralen, as its name says, it’s the central and the main station of all Stockholm, every single line passes through this station. And even though we used this station every single day, we didn’t see the famous white and blue art that characterizes this station until we headed to the blue line part.
The artist wanted to honour the workers who built the station back in the 70s. And instead of carving their names on the walls, he decided to paint silhouettes of each profession, including the painter himself, you can spot him if you look closer! 😍
He also painted leaf-like patterns in the same style to lower the stress level of the station’s thousands daily commuters.
Solna is home to a 1-kilometre long mural picturing a spruce forest underneath a blood red sky. Artists, Karl-Olov Björk and Anders Åberg, used this station as a political statement for the environmental movement.
The escalators to hell were my favourite part of all the station.
As many of the stations built in the 70s, such like Solna, Kunsträdgården resembles a concrete underground cave.
The artist transformed this station into an underground garden to reflect the rich history of this suburb.
Definitely, the oddest station as far as art displays go.
YOU CAN ALSO STOP AT RÅDHUSET, BETWEEN T-CENTRALEN AND SOLNA.
We didn’t stop there because it’s so similar with Solna, and we were tired.
We had zero intentions in stopping along the green line. However, while on our way to Drottningholm Palace this station caught our attention, that we had the “obligation” to stop and snap it 😜
So different from the others we visited previously, Thorildsplan’s art is located outdoors and will make your inner child come out!
Artist, Lars Arrhenius, was inspired by popular video games (Super Mario & Pacman) and computers and used the grid of tiles that traditionally blanket subways stations as an enlarged canvas of gigantic pixels. Ha, genius! 🤗
As the artist once said, just like a subway station, old video games are filled with elevators, ramps. stairs and vehicles. It’s truly impressive how he brought the two together! 👾🎊
Unquestionably, this is one of the most popular and eye-catching stations. And I don’t blame it.
Stadion station is a tribute to the 1912 Olympic Games that took place in Stockholm, and the rainbow colours, against the blue marbled rock walls, represent the five rings of the Olympic movement.
And in case you were wondering if I did find the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow or not… Well, I only found my sister instead. Not a lucky day for me. 😭🍀
Anyways, this is still my favourite station! 😍
We stopped at this station as per error. I got confused by the Swedish names and thought we were stopping at Kunsträdgården (which is actually on the blue line). I know both names have nothing in common… just leave me alone. 😬
But glad we did stop. Tekniska Högksolan gets its name from the nearby Royal Institute of technology, and the four elements (earth, water, fire, and air), as well as the universe and technological advances, are represented in the station.
Once again, my favourite part of this station was the escalator. How cool is that rainbow escalator! Judge yourself:
- You can visit all the stations using only one single ticket. The price of it is SEK 43 per adult, about €4,50.
- If you are planning on photographing the stations, that’s perfectly fine and you can even bring your tripod and your camera gear as I did.
- Stockholm subway doesn’t tend to be so busy, except T-Centralen, so you will have the station to yourself once the people of the train leave the station.
- If you’d rather go on a guided tour and learn more about each station, SL runs free weekly guided art tours in English. All you need is a valid ticket to join.