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'''Kungsholmen''' is in [[Stockholm]].
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'''Kungsholmen''' is an island-borough in western [[Stockholm]], best known for the '''City Hall''', ''Stockholms stadshus''.
Kungsholmen is a district as well as an island. The district of Kungsholmen consists of three islands - Lilla Essingen, Stora Essingen and the Kungsholmen island.
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==Get in==
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==Understand==
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The eastern part of Kungsholmen is densely urban. The north-western part of the island is under development, with new hotels, shops and restaurants, as well as residential areas. The islands '''Stora Essingen''' and '''Lilla Essingen''' also belong to the borough. The E4/E20 expressway '''Essingeleden''' runs across these islands, as well as Kungsholmen.
  
There are several subway stations in Kungsholmen. On the green line you have Fridhemsplan, Thorildsplan and Kristineberg and on the blue line you have Fridhemsplan, Rådhuset and Stadshagen. There are also several buses available.
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==Get in==
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Most of Kungsholmen is reached by subway, from [[Stockholm/Norrmalm|Norrmalm]] or [[Stockholm/Northern and Western Suburbs|the northern and western suburbs]]. The scenic '''Västerbron''' ("Western Bridge") connects to Södermalm.
  
 
==See==
 
==See==
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[[Image:StockholmStadshuset.jpg|thumb|right|Stadshuset (City hall) at sunset]]
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* The '''Stockholm City Hall''' ('''''Stadshuset'''''), Hantverkargatan 1 (''T T-Centralen'') [http://www.stockholm.se/stadshuset]. The city hall, where the Nobel Prize Banquet takes place every year, is an imposing brick building in the city centre. Guided tours are held daily, and allow you to see the impressive halls used for the Nobel festivities, the Blue Hall and the Golden Hall. The '''tower''' offers a great view of the Old Town and can be climbed (optionally, a lift can take you half the way). To avoid congestion and crowding, you have to get tickets in advance.
  
The City Hall [http://www2.stockholm.se/cityhall/index.htm] or Stadshuset as it is called in Swedish is a fascinating building and one of the landmarks of Stockholm. It is here that Nobel Prize Banquet takes place on the 10th of December every year.
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* The '''Customs Office museum''', ''Tullmuseum'', [http://www.tullverket.se/museum], free entrance.
  
 
==Do==
 
==Do==
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*The largest beach in inner-city Stockholm is the child-friendly '''Smedsuddsbadet''' (''T Fridhemsplan''), next to the Rålambshovsparken Park.
  
* <do name="Sunbathing and swimming" address="" phone="" email="" fax="" hours="" price="free" url="">On a sunny summer day it is possible to get a suntan and take a swim at the rocky beach in Fredhäll. To get there, take bus 62 to Fredhäll and get off at the end station or take the subway to Kristineberg.</do>
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*'''Fredhällsbadet''' (''T Kristineberg'') is a rocky beach on western Kungsholmen.
  
* <do name="Kayaking" address="" phone="" email="" fax="" hours="" price="150 SEK for 2 hours" url="http://www.kafekajak.se/">Another nice activity is to rent a Kayak and explore the islands from the water. Kafe Kajak has coffee and food, but also provides kayaks for rent. It is a good idea to give them a call first and make a reservation, as sometimes the kayaks can be fully booked.
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==Buy==
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* '''Västermalmsgallerian''', Sankt Eriksgatan 45 (''T Fridhemsplan'') [http://www.vastermalmsgallerian.com/]. Open M-F 10:00-19:00, Sa 10:00-17:00, Su 11:00-17:00. Opened in 2002, Västermalmsgallerian on Kungsholmen is good-looking but relatively small.
  
* <do name="Picnic in Rålambshovsparken" address="" phone="" email="" fax="" hours="" price="" url="">In summer a lot of people go to Rålambshovsparken which is a big park, or rather a grass field, where you can have a picnic or just spend some time in the sun.
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* '''Vilse i Garderoben''', Hantverkargatan 59, second hand store.
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==Buy==
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* '''Lindhagenhuset''' [http://www.lindhagenhuset.se/] is a shopping mall mainly consisting of a parking garage and conveyor belts, and about a dozen shops. The Thai diner at the top floor has a good view of the neighbourhood.
  
 
==Eat==
 
==Eat==
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Eastern Kungsholmen is packed with restaurants of different price levels.
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===Cafes===
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* '''Cafe Fix''', Sankt Eriksgatan 35. Stockholm's oldest coffee shop. 25&snbsp;SEK for coffee, 5&nbsp;SEK for refill. Nice food.
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===Budget===
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* '''Restaurang Ät Gott''', ''S:t Göransgatan 74'', a diner with traditional Swedish food.
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===Mid-range===
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* '''Mäster Anders''', Pipersgatan 1 (''T-Rådhuset''), +46 8 654 20 01. French and Swedish cuisine with an emphasis on grilled meats. Mains 145-295&nbsp;SEK.
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* '''Kungsholmen''', Norr Mälarstrand, kajplats 464 (''T Rådhuset''). Maybe on the expensive side of what constitutes mid-range, but this refined food court concept in a beautiful Kungsholmen quay location offers large portions of really tasty food in a variety of styles. Mains 175-260&nbsp;SEK.
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* '''Mälarpaviljongen''' [http://www.malarpaviljongen.se/], a self-service café at the waterfront.
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===Splurge===
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* '''Lux''', Primusgatan 116 (''Lilla Essingen, bus 1''), +46 8 619 01 90 [http://www.luxstockholm.com/]. Open Tu-Fr 11:30-14:00, 17:00-23:00, Sa 17:00-23:00. In a waterside location on one of Stockholm’s smaller islands, Lux offers both a relaxed atmosphere and some very good modern cooking. Mains 315-345&nbsp;SEK, tasting menu 940&nbsp;SEK. One ''Guide Michelin'' star.
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* '''Katana Grill & Sushi''', [http://restaurangkatana.se], ''Moa Martinsons torg'', an upmarket sushi restaurant at the waterfront.
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* '''Wijnjas''', [http://www.wijnjas.com], ''Scheelegatan 3'', an old-fashioned basement with cheese and wine tasting.
  
 
==Drink==
 
==Drink==
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Bars in Kungsholmen are concentrated around Fridhemsplan, and along Fleminggatan and Hantverkargatan. Prices are usually lower than the rest of the inner city.
  
There are some splendid bars around the Fridhemsplan district of the island, for instance Dova's which is known for its cheap ale prices and quirky clientele, and Johnny's, whose resident barmaid bears some resemblance to 90s American TV star Pamela Anderson. These are some of the best value for money drinking establishments in the city - just don't spill anyone's pint.
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* '''Dovas''', S:t Eriksgatan 53 A. Cheap beer, 30&nbsp;SEK for a 500&nbsp;ml bottle of Norrlands Guld or another local ale. There is a nightclub opposite which most of the young locals seem to disappear into when this place closes.
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* '''Theodoras''', S:t Eriksgatan 53 B. Located about 10 metres further down the street, with the same owner, it is basically a quieter copy of its brother, Dovas.
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* '''Nivå 22''', Fridhemsgatan 17. Very popular place in Stockholm, particularly in winter time as the upper deck is considered outside, and smoking is allowed.
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* '''Sommar!''', Fleminggatan 2-4 (''T Rådhuset'') [http://www.tradgarden.com/]. A popular summer club, probably owing much to the fact that half of the club (including one dance floor) is situated outdoors, since Swedes love to spend as much of their brief summers as possible outdoors. Cheaper entry, and accommodating to larger groups and younger people.
  
 
==Sleep==
 
==Sleep==
  
<b>Hotels</b>
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===Budget===
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*'''Belman Hostel [http://www.belman.hostel.com/], T-Stadshagen: A low-cost hostel.
  
Hotel Haga Kristineberg 
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*'''STF Fridhemsplan''', Sankt Eriksgatan 20,  [http://www.fridhemsplan.se/] (''info@fridhemsplan.se''). One of the largest and most modern hostels in Stockholm.  Doubles from 625&nbsp;SEK.
Hjalmar Söderbergs väg 10, Stockholm
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===Mid-range===
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* '''Connect Hotel City''' [http://connecthotels.se/?lang=en] has rooms of different size, cabins as well as extra large ones.
  
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* <sleep name="Connect Hotel City" alt="" address="Ahlströmergatan 41" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="http://www.connecthotel.se/default.asp?id=yqnptfytphv" hours="" price="From around 1,000 SEK for a double">The cheapest rooms are very small and windowless.</sleep>
  
<b>Youth hostels</b>
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* <sleep name="Marriott Kungsholmen" alt="" address="Ralambshovsleden 50" directions="T: Thorildsplan" phone="+46 8 4413100" email="" fax="+46 8 4413199" url="https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/stocy-courtyard-stockholm-kungsholmen/" checkin="" checkout="" price="Around 1,200 SEK for a double">Rooms with internet, aircon, coffee maker, ironing board, fridge and safe.  The hotel has a fitness centre and a restaurant with local and international cuisine.  Expensive parking at 295&snbsp;SEK.</sleep>
  
STF/HI Fridhemsplan
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* <sleep name="First Hotel Amaranten" alt="" address="Kungsholmsgatan 31" directions="T: Rådhuset" phone="+46 8 6925280" email="amaranten@firsthotels.se" fax="+46 8 6504050" url="http://www.firsthotels.com/en/Our-hotels/Sweden/Stockholm/First-Hotel-Amaranten/Rooms/" checkin="" checkout="" price="Around 1,300 SEK for a double">Rooms with internet.</sleep>
S:t Eriksgatan 20, Stockholm
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* <sleep name="Aldoria" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="http://www.hotelaldoria.se/se" checkin="" checkout="" price=""></sleep>
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* '''M/S Monika''' [http://msmonika.se/], a refurbished 1908 sailboat.
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===Splurge===
  
 
==Contact==
 
==Contact==
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Latest revision as of 16:58, 14 August 2013

Kungsholmen is an island-borough in western Stockholm, best known for the City Hall, Stockholms stadshus.

Understand[edit]

The eastern part of Kungsholmen is densely urban. The north-western part of the island is under development, with new hotels, shops and restaurants, as well as residential areas. The islands Stora Essingen and Lilla Essingen also belong to the borough. The E4/E20 expressway Essingeleden runs across these islands, as well as Kungsholmen.

Get in[edit]

Most of Kungsholmen is reached by subway, from Norrmalm or the northern and western suburbs. The scenic Västerbron ("Western Bridge") connects to Södermalm.

See[edit][add listing]

Stadshuset (City hall) at sunset
  • The Stockholm City Hall (Stadshuset), Hantverkargatan 1 (T T-Centralen) [1]. The city hall, where the Nobel Prize Banquet takes place every year, is an imposing brick building in the city centre. Guided tours are held daily, and allow you to see the impressive halls used for the Nobel festivities, the Blue Hall and the Golden Hall. The tower offers a great view of the Old Town and can be climbed (optionally, a lift can take you half the way). To avoid congestion and crowding, you have to get tickets in advance.
  • The Customs Office museum, Tullmuseum, [2], free entrance.

Do[edit][add listing]

  • The largest beach in inner-city Stockholm is the child-friendly Smedsuddsbadet (T Fridhemsplan), next to the Rålambshovsparken Park.
  • Fredhällsbadet (T Kristineberg) is a rocky beach on western Kungsholmen.

Buy[edit][add listing]

  • Västermalmsgallerian, Sankt Eriksgatan 45 (T Fridhemsplan) [3]. Open M-F 10:00-19:00, Sa 10:00-17:00, Su 11:00-17:00. Opened in 2002, Västermalmsgallerian on Kungsholmen is good-looking but relatively small.
  • Vilse i Garderoben, Hantverkargatan 59, second hand store.
  • Lindhagenhuset [4] is a shopping mall mainly consisting of a parking garage and conveyor belts, and about a dozen shops. The Thai diner at the top floor has a good view of the neighbourhood.

Eat[edit][add listing]

Eastern Kungsholmen is packed with restaurants of different price levels.

Cafes[edit]

  • Cafe Fix, Sankt Eriksgatan 35. Stockholm's oldest coffee shop. 25&snbsp;SEK for coffee, 5 SEK for refill. Nice food.

Budget[edit]

  • Restaurang Ät Gott, S:t Göransgatan 74, a diner with traditional Swedish food.

Mid-range[edit]

  • Mäster Anders, Pipersgatan 1 (T-Rådhuset), +46 8 654 20 01. French and Swedish cuisine with an emphasis on grilled meats. Mains 145-295 SEK.
  • Kungsholmen, Norr Mälarstrand, kajplats 464 (T Rådhuset). Maybe on the expensive side of what constitutes mid-range, but this refined food court concept in a beautiful Kungsholmen quay location offers large portions of really tasty food in a variety of styles. Mains 175-260 SEK.
  • Mälarpaviljongen [5], a self-service café at the waterfront.

Splurge[edit]

  • Lux, Primusgatan 116 (Lilla Essingen, bus 1), +46 8 619 01 90 [6]. Open Tu-Fr 11:30-14:00, 17:00-23:00, Sa 17:00-23:00. In a waterside location on one of Stockholm’s smaller islands, Lux offers both a relaxed atmosphere and some very good modern cooking. Mains 315-345 SEK, tasting menu 940 SEK. One Guide Michelin star.
  • Katana Grill & Sushi, [7], Moa Martinsons torg, an upmarket sushi restaurant at the waterfront.
  • Wijnjas, [8], Scheelegatan 3, an old-fashioned basement with cheese and wine tasting.

Drink[edit][add listing]

Bars in Kungsholmen are concentrated around Fridhemsplan, and along Fleminggatan and Hantverkargatan. Prices are usually lower than the rest of the inner city.

  • Dovas, S:t Eriksgatan 53 A. Cheap beer, 30 SEK for a 500 ml bottle of Norrlands Guld or another local ale. There is a nightclub opposite which most of the young locals seem to disappear into when this place closes.
  • Theodoras, S:t Eriksgatan 53 B. Located about 10 metres further down the street, with the same owner, it is basically a quieter copy of its brother, Dovas.
  • Nivå 22, Fridhemsgatan 17. Very popular place in Stockholm, particularly in winter time as the upper deck is considered outside, and smoking is allowed.
  • Sommar!, Fleminggatan 2-4 (T Rådhuset) [9]. A popular summer club, probably owing much to the fact that half of the club (including one dance floor) is situated outdoors, since Swedes love to spend as much of their brief summers as possible outdoors. Cheaper entry, and accommodating to larger groups and younger people.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

Budget[edit]

  • Belman Hostel [10], T-Stadshagen: A low-cost hostel.
  • STF Fridhemsplan, Sankt Eriksgatan 20, [11] (info@fridhemsplan.se). One of the largest and most modern hostels in Stockholm. Doubles from 625 SEK.

Mid-range[edit]

  • Connect Hotel City [12] has rooms of different size, cabins as well as extra large ones.
  • Connect Hotel City, Ahlströmergatan 41, [13]. The cheapest rooms are very small and windowless. From around 1,000 SEK for a double.  edit
  • Marriott Kungsholmen, Ralambshovsleden 50 (T: Thorildsplan), +46 8 4413100 (fax: +46 8 4413199), [14]. Rooms with internet, aircon, coffee maker, ironing board, fridge and safe. The hotel has a fitness centre and a restaurant with local and international cuisine. Expensive parking at 295&snbsp;SEK. Around 1,200 SEK for a double.  edit
  • First Hotel Amaranten, Kungsholmsgatan 31 (T: Rådhuset), +46 8 6925280 (, fax: +46 8 6504050), [15]. Rooms with internet. Around 1,300 SEK for a double.  edit
  • M/S Monika [17], a refurbished 1908 sailboat.

Splurge[edit]

Contact[edit]

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