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Stockholm/Western Suburbs

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The Western Suburbs of Stockholm, Västerort, is the north-western part of Stockholm municipality, extending far from the inner city, bordering the northern suburbs Solna, Sundbyberg and Sollentuna, which are separate from Stockholm. Some districts in the western suburbs are Bromma, Spånga and Kista.

Understand

During the 20th century, the area transformed from farms to suburbs. Bromma and Spånga are affluent garden cities, and the areas of Järvafältet (Rinkeby, Tensta, Hjulsta) were built as part of the Million Project in 1960s and 1970s, at the subway, to provide low-cost housing.

Much due to successful co-operation between phone company Ericsson and telecom operator Telia, the Kista area has flourished as a high-tech cluster, and is now rivalling central Stockholm as the main business district.

Get in/Get around

Stockholm-Bromma airport is primarily for short-range flights. See Stockholm#By plane for transit.

Public transport covers most of the region. See Stockholm#Public transport.

While the suburbs are exempt from congestion tax, the bridge to central Stockholm, Tranebergsbron, has a toll station. See Stockholm#Car.

See

  • Bromma kyrka, Gliavägen 100 (Bus 117 from T Brommaplan) +46 8 37 34 48, [1]. Bromma church is Stockholm's oldest preserved building. It has also been voted the city's most beautiful church. The oldest part was built as a round church in the second half of the 12th century. The church contains medieval paintings from the late 15th century.
  • Tensta konsthall, Taxingegränd 10 (T Tensta), +46 8 36 07 63, [2]. Open Tu-Su noon-5PM (closed for much of the summer). Tensta Konsthall, an exhibition hall in the multicultural western suburb of Tensta, opened in 1998 and has been met with much interest from critics for its contemporary art exhibitions.
  • Vällingby: Built in 1954 as one of the world's first planned multi-functional suburbs, the area became an icon of the Swedish welfare state.
  • Blackeberg: A typical modernist suburb, known for the vampire film Let The Right One In.

Do

  • Several beaches for open-water swimming, especially at Hässelby.
  • Brommapojkarna plays their home games at Grimsta IP, Bromma (T Hässelby Strand). Brommapojkarna advanced to the top league in 2009.
  • Kistamässan is a convention center at the Helenelund station. Since 2008 they host a broad set of events, many of them about information technology. [3]

Buy

  • Vällingby Centrum, (T Vällingby), [4]. Most stores open M-F 10:00-19:00, Sa 10:00-17:00, Su 11:00-17:00.
  • Kista Galleria, (T Kista), [5]. Open daily 10:00-21:00.

Eat

Mid-range

  • Kista Food Court: An international food court with 20 restaurants.

Splurge

  • Sjöpaviljongen [6], T-Alvik, a waterfront restaurant.

Drink

As most residents venture to central Stockholm for nightlife, the suburbs mostly contain local hangouts and hotel bars.

  • Scandic Victoria Tower's Sky Bar: though the range of drinks is limited, the view from the 34th floor is rivalled only by Kaknästornet.

Sleep

Budget

  • Mornington Hotel [7], a sport-business hotel near Bromma airport, with gym, massage and healthy breakfast. The airport and traffic noise at the front can be disturbing, but the hotel is at walking distance from a waterfront park.
  • Hotel Äppelviken [8], a self-service hotel in a quiet suburban neighborhood.
  • Angby Camping [9] (T-bana: Angbyplan (come out of the station, turn left, keep walking). If you miss the last T-bana take night bus 198 from Sergels Torg/T-Centralen, direction Backlura, stop Angbyplan (right next to the T-bana)) Rents out cabins, has caravan/camper van lots, and space for free camping (with plenty of shade). Spotless toilets and showers (the latter cost 10 SEK). Laundry facilities, cooking facilities, internet café, mini-market which bakes its own bread and cakes every morning, small children's area. Very friendly staff who are prepared to go the extra mile to help out. A stone's throw from the campsite is Lake Malaren with beach, bar/restaurant, crazy golf, and the campsite's own water slide. . Cost - e.g. one adult, one child, one tent, 225 SEK per night.

Mid-range

  • Scandic Alvik [10] a waterfront hotel 4 km from central Stockholm.
  • Scandic Victoria Tower [11], a new-built skyscraper hotel at Kistamässan at the Helenelund railway station.

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