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The kungholmstorget (square of Kungholmen) is located in the same quarter. At the end of the 18th c. at the edge of the water, there was a little harbour. 100 years later, the Graham brothers started an engineering workshop there on the east side of the square. They were the first to build lifts in Sweden.
Kungsholmen is one of the least known areas of Stockholm, even though is provides pleasant walks and interesting architecture. This route suggestion links most places that's worth visiting around this island. The entire trip takes about 3-4 hours, but you can shorten it by starting or finishing at one of the listed underground stations (T-bana) along the route.
Start from the underground station at S:t Eriksplan (on the green line) in the area called Vasastaden. Head west along Rörstrandsgatan. At the end of the street, keep left and downwards towards the railway tracks.
After you cross the tunnel under the railway and the bridge above the road, you will get to Karlberg Palace (Karlbergs Slott) which today houses the Military Academy Karlberg. Though the inside of the building is closed to the public, you are free to walk around it and inside the park behind.
From here, you can already see the island of Kungsholmen across the water. To get there, continue along Karlsbergkanalen, until you get to a small bridge called Ekelundsbron.
After crossing the bridge, take the stairs on the left down to the waterside promenade. In this small green area called Mariedal, you will find some tiny wooden houses that are used as weekend houses by locals. It is refreshing to see such an area right in the middle of the city. (T-bana: Stadshagen, blue line)
As you continue the walk along the canal on Kungsholms Strand, you will have great views across the water over the typical buildings of Vasastaden, build mostly in the early 20th century. I would like to draw your attention especially to the small towers on both sides of the bridge called Sankt Eriksbron. (T-bana: Fridhemsplan, blue/green line)
As you cross under the bridge, you will soon get to a rather modern double-tower called S:t Eriks Torn. Leave the waterside, and walk between the two towers to get to a small park inside an oval building. Leave this park in the opposite direction to get to a wider road called Fleminggatan. You will find some restaurants and cafés in this area.
Turn left and then take to first street to the right, which is Södra Agnegatan. This will take you to a beautiful tower-capped building which houses the headquarters of the Stockholm Police (Polishuset). The neighbouring castle-style building is the Stockholm Court House, which is connected to Polishuset by a tunnel. (T-bana: Rådhuset, blue line)
To continue the trip, keep straight on along Södra Agnegatan. This will take you to the neo-classical building called Landstingshuset, built between 1816-1834, which contains the offices of the Stockholm County Council. The park aroung the building is open to the public.
Cross the park, or take any neighbouring street to get to the southern shore of Kungsholmen on Norr Mälarstrand, overlooking Lake Mälaren. To the right, you can see the bridge Västerbron, with its large arches. Across the lake you find the heights of Södermalm and the Högalid church.
Turn left, and continue walking along the lake. The most representative buildings here all feature stepped gables and a small statue on top, which are typical features of Northern architecture.
As you continue your walk, the well-known tower of the Stockholm City Hall is already visible in the distance. At the City Hall, enjoy the view from the terrace over the charming little island of Riddarholmen, with its 13th-century church. If you would like to visit the inside of the City Hall, you can do so on organised tours which start at various times during the day.
You can finish the trip by catching the underground at T-Centralen, or by walking over to Gamla Stan, the Old Town.
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Another part of the modern Stockholm is Kungsholmen, meaning "Island of the King". The island is much more quiet in comparison with Norrmalm. There is more green at Kungsholmen, less offices and more housing areas. To get here you have to cross the Stadshusbron from Norrmalm.
Most tourists only see Kungsholmen as a great view from Riddarsholmen and Gamla Stan. The skyline of the island is beautiful with its Cityhall at the waterside. At Kungsholmen there also is a rich nightlife with a lot of restaurants and pubs.
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