- Lindhagen is a colloquial name for an area in the western part of the Kungsholmen Island in Stockholm
- It is named after Claes Albert Lindhagen
- The area hosts some of the most modern architecture in Stockholm
Modern architecture, sea views, waterfront promenades, and proximity to greenery, as well as historic sites, all in one place. Too good to be true? Perhaps not quite. Keep reading and discover why you should visit the area of Stockholm colloquially known as Lindhagen.
To begin with, it is interesting to know that Lindhagen is named after the man who led the effort toward building the modern Stockholm as we know it. Claes Albert Lindhagen was the head of the committee which presented the new city plan for Stockholm in 1866 most commonly known as the ‘Lindhagen Plan’ (Lindhagenplanen).
In this plan, the committee showcased their detailed vision for the city. The changes it proposed were in many ways radical. Paths of existing streets were often meant to be changed, new streets were to be built and many old buildings were to become victims of this process.
One of the unique ideas which was also part of the Lindhagen Plan was the concept of hill parks. Essentially every hill in the city that has not been affected by construction yet, was going to be turned into a place for relax and a small piece of seemingly untouched nature right in the middle of residential areas.
Parks such as Kronobergsparken on the Kungsholmen island, Vanadislunden in Vasastan and others that I have covered in earlier posts are only some of the remaining evidence that the large-scale plan was not left on the paper.
With that being said, it is also important to remember that, like in most cases when it comes to such ambitious visions, the Lindhagen Plan was never fully carried out. Despite the fact that the new city plan encountered a strong opposition from the very first day of its existence, though, the aforementioned parks are not the only places you can visit in Stockholm today that resulted from it.
Large boulevards lined with long tree alleys such as Strandvägen, Karlavägen, or Valhallavägen and some of the most well-known squares in the city including Karlaplan and Stureplan were all parts of the original city plan proposed by the committee led by Albert Lindhagen.
Although I believe that Stockholm has managed to preserve its fair share of greenery for a modern capital, the circumstances in the mid-19th century were very much different. One of the strongest critiques of the proposed plan was the lack of nature in the city. People argued that the plan involved too much concrete and stone and that the hill parks were not enough to make up for it. All of that despite the original plan including significantly larger green areas than there are actually available in the inner city of Stockholm today.
For instance, nearly all of the western half of Kungsholmen was meant to be reserved for nature. Perhaps ironically, then, the area named after Lindhagen is located in this part of the city. On a side note, it might be worth knowing that Lindhagen is only an unofficial name for the city part that stretches over officially recognised districts of Stadshagen and Kristineberg.
For a long time, the now-modern part has been a place with rather scarce urban development. The first noteworthy residence grew there after Queen Christina donated the land under the modern-day Kristineberg Palace (Kristinebergs slott) to Lennart Torstenson who consequently built a pleasure castle in the location.
This was then turned into a courtyard by its new owner, Roland Schröder, in the mid-1700s. The palace you can currently admire near the Kristineberg metro station comes from this era, too. Its long wings, though, were constructed by the Freemasons during their time at the location when they ran an orphanage there.
Around the same time, a sugar refinery was established not far from Kristineberg Palace. Although the sugar business was going well for a while, the third generation running the family business was forced to shut it down which is when the ‘Big Brewery’ (Stora Bryggeriet) took over as the most important industrial establishment in the area. Parts of the beautiful 1890’s industrial building are still standing and after a recent reconstruction, they became one of the few historical places enchanting the area.
While the majority of buildings at Kristineberg are from the period right after the city acquired the land in the 1920s, the modern-day story of what can be considered the centre of Lindhagen essentially began as recently as in 2006.
The streets in the neighbourhood of the Hornsbergs Beach (Hornsbergs strand) are almost entirely made of modern buildings completed in the last decade or so with the above-mentioned brewery being virtually the only exception. Therefore, if you would like to see what a modern urban area might look like, this is one of the best places to go.
So, although Lindhagen is not an officially recognised city district, it is absolutely a place which offers a plenty of things one might wish for. The views are worth a trip to western Kungsholmen all year round which means there is no reason for you to hesitate and not visit the charming, modern Lindhagen.
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