With the monumental Stockholm City Hall being right at the edge of the Kungsholmen Island, you might think there is nothing that could overcome its beauty on the rest of the island. Perhaps you would be right and perhaps not, but I can guarantee you that the City Hall has some tough competition among landmarks in the eastern part of Kungsholmen.

Most neighbourhoods on Kungsholmen are not very old as even the few that used to stand there were replaced by more modern areas during the past two centuries. Therefore, you will not find many historic sites significantly older than a hundred years on the island.

However, in my opinion, the architects who have designed the neighbourhoods have done a great job and thanks to them, we can enjoy both the geographical location of the island with respect to other parts of the city and the places located on the island itself. As you shall see later in the post, Kungsholmen offers a nice combination of beautiful landmarks and places from which you can admire natural and urban beauties of Stockholm.

1. Stockholm City Hall (Stockholms Stadshus)

Stockholm City Hall (Stockholm Stadshus) in Stockholm

First on my list is the aforementioned Stockholm City Hall (Stockholms stadshus). If you arrive at Kungsholmen from the Old Town (Gamla Stan) or from Norrmalm, the City Hall will be there to greet you immediately. Originally, it had been designed as a building meant to house law courts but the plans were revised before the construction even started. It was completed in 1923 on the 400th anniversary of Gustav Vasa’s entrance to Stockholm.

What makes the exterior of the City Hall especially interesting is the intentional asymmetry which gives you very different impressions depending on which side of the building you are looking at it. Admiring the dark shadows created by the pillars separating the inner yard from the nearby park is also a special experience.
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2. Stadshusparken

Panorama of Riddarholmen in Stockholm

Riddarholmen as seen from Stadshusparken.

You could argue that Stadshusparken and the City Hall are one and the same place and, in a way, you might be right. However, the small park between the Lake Mälaren and the City Hall deserves its own space. It is a beautiful place to visit, especially on sunny days when you can admire all the different shades of the bricks which form the walls of the breath-taking City Hall on one side and the islands of Riddarholmen and Södermalm just across the lake on the other.
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3. Norr Mälarstrand

Norr Mälastrand in Stockholm

Norr Mälarstrand in southern Kungsholmen in Stockholm

If you exit the park on its western side, walking further from the city centre, you will find yourself on the promenade known as Norr Mälarstrand. This long street stretching along the shore of the Lake Mälaren offers a beautiful environment with exclusive views, several interesting cafés and a few restaurants.

On the other side of the road, you should notice the nice colourful apartment buildings. Even though the construction of a boulevard similar to Strandvägen in Östermalm was proposed already in the 1860s, it was not until Stockholm City Hall was built that the urbanisation of Kungsholmen would actually get off the ground.
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4. Kungsholms Church (Kungsholms Kyrka)

Kungsholms Church in Stockholm

Kungsholms Church (Kungsholms Kyrka) is the first attraction that brings us to the inner part of the island from where the water is not visible. It is a parish church first opened in 1688. However, many parts of the present-day church were built later while some parts of the original church are no longer present. The church has gone through a couple of fundamental reconstructions during the latter half of the twentieth century, thanks to which it is currently in near-perfect condition.
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5. Stockholm County Council (Landstingshuset)

Stockholm County Council's House (Landstingshuset) in Stockholm

Not far from Kungsholms Church, you will find the Stockholm County Council House (Landstingshuset). It is a prominent, nearly 200-year-old, building which was born as a military hospital. After having served as a hospital for more than a hundred years, it was reconstructed and repurposed in the early 1970s for the Stockholm County Council. The building is surrounded by a charming little park with nice flowers and a few benches available for romantic souls and folks who would appreciate a little break.
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6. Graver House (Graverska Huset)

Graver House (Graverska Huset) in Stockholm

A few additional historic sites can be found in the immediate neighbourhood of the Stockholm County Council. One of them is the Graver House (Graverska Huset), a house built in 1754 for the tanner and factory owner Jacob Graver. It is said that during Graver’s time as the house owner it was inhabited by 18 people. During the era when the house belonged to the military hospital, it was used mostly as a residence for the personnel. Today, it houses offices and reception rooms of the Stockholm County Council.
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7. Stockholm Court House (Stockholms RĂĄdhus)

Stockholm Court House in Stockholm

The next location on my list is the Stockholm Court House (Stockholms rådhus). This building is where the law courts which were originally meant to reside in the present-day City Hall were relocated. It was built between 1909 and 1915 as one of the representatives of the architectural movement known as the National Romanticism. From the massive façade, you can see that the movement was inspired by the style of castles and defence structures from the era of Gustav Vasa in the 1500s.

An interesting comparison can be made between the costs associated with the construction of the Court House and the City Hall completed only a few years later. The total cost of the Court House reached around 2.9 million Swedish kronor compared to the staggering 18 million spent on the City Hall.
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8. Stockholm Police House (Polishuset)

Polishusparken in Stockholm

Interestingly, the Court House is connected to Stockholm Police House (Polishuset) located across the street by an underground tunnel. The Police House was built in an obviously different architectural style which, at the time, did not please everyone. Personally, I find the structure completed in 1911 appealing and always like to stop by when I am in the neighbourhood.
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9. Piper Wall (Piperska Muren)

Piper Wall in Stockholm

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Only a stone’s throw from the previous two locations is one of the oldest landmarks on Kungsholmen. At the height of its fame, in the first half of the 1700s, the Piper Wall (Piperska Muren) used to be known as the prettiest garden in Stockholm. Unfortunately, what you can see in the location today is only a small remainder of the once renowned baroque garden.
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Now that I have shared some of my favourite locations in the eastern part of Stockholm’s Kungsholmen Island with you, make sure to read the whole stories of these places to get the full picture.

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