In this episode of Places of interest, we explore the Bromma Borough in the western part of Stockholm. The places I show you in this post are spread out across the borough which makes it difficult to visit them all at once. However, I believe they are all worth seeing so even if you are not staying in Bromma or do not feel like having a several-hour-long walk, you can always come to Bromma several times.

Bromma Church in Stockholm

Historically speaking, Bromma sits quite far from the centre of Stockholm. Therefore, it has never been a place where there would be many state administrative buildings or noble residences. Even centuries ago, some individuals preferred living outside of the city rush and a few of them could also afford to build a castle of their own. That is why you can visit a number of castles in Bromma still today. While some of them are more impressive than others, all of them certainly have interesting stories to tell.

Let’s begin our tour of Bromma right at its shores closest to the city. You are most likely to arrive in Bromma by car or by metro. No matter which of these modes of transportation you choose, you will get to see beautiful shores on both sides when crossing Tranebergsbron (‘The Traneberg Bridge’) from the Kungsholmen Island. If you look south, this is where you find the first attraction I want to show you, which is a great introduction to the character of the entire borough.

1. Alviks strand (‘Alvik’s Beach’)

Just like in many parts of Bromma, at Alviks strand you get to enjoy the best of nature only metres from all the benefits a big city like Stockholm offers. The path that starts at this beach near Alvik continues along the edge and then takes you virtually as far to the inner parts of the borough as you let it. Seriously, thanks to the extensive grid of paths stretching across Bromma, there are no limits to how long your weekend walk can be.
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2. Ulvsunda Castle (Ulvsunda slott)

Ulvsunda Castle in Stockholm
Now, strolling around without a clear destination in mind is certainly nice but after a while, you might want to explore a piece of history instead. Ulvsunda Castle is one of the former residences of distinguished individuals who decided to spend their days away from the city where all the nobles where building their impressive palaces.

The castle was built in 1647 by one of the outstanding Swedish generals from the Thirty Years’ War, Lennart Torstensson. Remember that the Thirty Years’ War marks the beginning of the era of the Swedish Empire which means that the social status of the generals was pretty high at the time.

The castle was renovated in the 1970s and has since been used as an educational and conference centre and a hotel.
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3. Brommahöjden

Brommahöjden in Stockholm

In contrast to the previous place, Brommahöjden is a very modern attraction. The apartment house standing in the heart of Bromma, overlooking Brommaplan, was completed in 2008. It is one of many notable examples of modern architecture in Stockholm, though Bromma is commonly known as a place with older buildings that do not particularly stand out. This 16-floor building was nominated for Stockholm’s Building of the Year Award in 2010.
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4. Åkeshov Castle (Åkeshovs slott)

Åkeshov Castle in Stockholm

Åkeshov Castle is a 17th-century castle located near Judarskogen Nature Preserve. The property was owned by several noble families over the centuries but it is named after Åke Axelsson Natt och Dag who had the original castle built in 1640. Similar to Ulvsunda Castle we have visited previously, it served multiple social purposes during the 20th century before it was acquired by a private company and turned into a hotel and conference centre in the 1980s.
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5. Judarskogen Nature Preserve (Judarskogens naturreservat)

Judarn in Judarskogen Nature Preserve (Judarskogens Naturereservat) in Stockholm

Judarskogen Nature Preserve is the first and largest nature preserve in Stockholm founded in 1995. It is located right next to Åkeshov Castle and stretches around the Lake Judarn. Judarskogen is a well-preserved and tranquil natural area right in the city with a diverse fauna. You will be especially impressed if you are interested in amphibians that live in the wetlands in the northern part of the preserve or if you like bird watching as you can spot quite a few species between the trees in the southern part of Judarskogen. You are also free to enjoy some barbecue, have a walk or a jog there, though.
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6. Ljunglöf Castle (Ljunglöfska slottet)

Ljuglöf Castle in Stockholm

Photo: Holger.Ellgaard – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,

Ljunglöf Castle is named after its original owner Knut Ljunglöf, the ‘King of snus’ (snuskungen), who bought the land under the building in 1861. Afterwards, he had the castle built in the 1890s. The castle was luxuriously furnished right from its early days when it used to be somewhat smaller than today. The orangery was added to the castle before it was sold to Freemasons. In the modern day, it is once again used primarily as a conference centre.
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7. Bromma Church (Bromma kyrka)

Bromma Church in Stockholm

If there is a single attraction in Bromma that you should absolutely not miss, it is the Bromma Church. This unusual round church and one of the oldest buildings that still stand in the Swedish capital was originally built in the late 12th century as a fortress church. You will quickly notice that it is not made of red bricks as most other churches in Sweden but instead features a unique white façade made of stone where the parts with exposed stones in the exterior are the oldest ones. The church and its furnishing have been altered many times since it was built but it is still considered one of the prettiest churches in the Stockholm County.
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These are some of the most interesting places in Bromma in Western Stockholm. If you are not familiar with Stockholm, note that the Bromma Airport is located right in the borough so if you are lucky and have a flight there, you can literally be in your room at one of the castle hotels in a few minutes. Otherwise, you can still get there in around 20 minutes from the Central Station, so no worries.

Bromma is also known as the “garden city” because the city residents used to have their allotment huts and summer houses in this area. These picturesque neighbourhoods hidden among the numerous small forests and nature preserves are definitely worth seeing, too.

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Photo: Holger.EllgaardOwn work, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link
Photo: Holger.EllgaardOwn work, CC BY-SA 4.0, Link
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