Stockholms Tunnelbana is the only metro system in Sweden. The operator is MTR Stockholm, the Swedish subsidiary of the Chinese enterprise MTR Corporation.
Tunnelbana – Stockholm metro
The metro network is 105.7 km long and has 110 stations. More than 90 stations were designed by about 150 different local artists. This makes Tunnelbana the longest art gallery in the world.
Currently, the Tunnelbana has three colored main lines, the red, the green and the blue line. All lines meet under the central station Stockholm, in the station T-Centralen.
Not all stations have the same artistical design. One finds the most beautiful works of art in the city area.
We start our tour with the green line at Bagarmossen. But we mainly find colored luminous rows, so we continue straight to Hötorget. Here we discover light installations at the ceiling there. In the station Thorildsplan a sundial.
We were already a little disappointed and decide not visit the station Solna Centrum. Later it turned out to be a mistake because you also find an imposing design there.
Thus we continue to Fridhemsplan. Here we get an impression of the fantastic design of the subway stations, for the first time. The platforms have been driven into the granite rock and covered only with a thin concrete layer for stabilization. So one preserved the impression of a natural cave.
The artists Möller and Renqvist created exhibits that relate to the sea. Nautical objects and paintings loosen the monumental walls.
The blue line takes us to Radhuset station. The artist Sigvard Olsson created a bronze underground grotto, which impresses with its imposing simplicity. An archaic column structure, symbolizing the plinth of a huge chimney stack, completes the overall impression.
The design of the platform of the individual lines at T-Centralen differs from each other. The blue color, partly interrupted by white ornamentation, dominates the stations of the blue line.
Now we take the red line. Graffiti dominates in the station Östermalmstorg. Here, the artist Siri Derkert addresses the subjects world peace, the rights of women and the green movement.
We very much like the Station of the Royal Institute of Technology, Tekniska högskolan. The artworks symbolize the four elements of the universe and make reference to physics, mathematics, and geometry.
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In Stadion, colorful rainbows, representing the five rings of the Olympic movement, decorate the metro station. Furthermore, you can see many symbols and sculptures related to the sports. The Olympic Games in Stockholm in 1912 are often recalled.
This time we reach T-Centralen with the red line. Tiles and wall reliefs from the 1950s embellish this floor.
Last but not least, we visit the station Kungsträdgarden with the blue line. Kungsträdgarden is perhaps the most elaborate station; designed by Ulrik Samuelson 1977.
It represents an underground garden, decorated with sculptures of Viking gods and Greek mythology. Ancient columns and other details symbolize archaeological digs.
Huge painted ornaments decorate the long corridors.
Intoxicated by the many impressions we reach the daylight again, although there is much more to discover.
Free Walking Tours Stockholm offers a free Tour Stockholm Subway every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 16:00. You only need a valid metro ticket. The perfect tour during bad weather.
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