Skeppsholmen is one of the islands in central Stockholm that I have mentioned in multiple earlier posts. I have not, however, shown you my favourite places on the island yet but that is about to change in this post. Skeppsholmen is not too big and there are not too many buildings either. Nevertheless, the places that you will find there are more than worth your visit. Moreover, the island is another one of those places that, despite being in the city centre, manage to keep their pleasant, tranquil atmosphere, which is so typical of Stockholm.
There are not many ways to get to the island and so, it is almost certain that you will cross Skeppsholmsbron bridge connecting the island of Skeppsholmen to the Blasieholmen peninsula (Find more bridges in Central Stockholm). The bridge itself is very nice and it in a way extends the impression given by the island over the water. You will notice decorations in the middle of the bridge on both sides, which remind you of the royal heritage of the city. This is an unusually popular attraction among tourists so if you want to really enjoy its full beauty I recommend you visiting the bridge at less busy times. Lastly, I must mention the beautiful views on all sides. No matter if you face the Old Town (Gamla stan) or Djurgården the landscape is absolutely breath-taking.
Once you cross the bridge, you will notice a bright yellow building that welcomes you to the island. Högvakten does not stand in its place by accident as it was originally built as a building for guards who controlled access to the island. The island needed to be protected as it was used by the military. Even though the first building in the location was constructed at the same time as Skeppsholmsbron, in 1640, the current one was completed in 1777.
The building on the opposite side of the road, up on the hill is the Admiralty House (Amiralitetshuset). It was built in the mid-17th century when it replaced the former Admiralty House which used to stand on Blasieholmen in the place of the present-day Fersen Palace (Fersenska palatset). The building features some pretty unusual design elements and a stunning entrance portal so it deserves your closer examination.
One of the easily recognisable constructions in popular images from the bays in central Stockholm is the Eric Ericsson Hall (Eric Ericsonhallen). This concert hall was established in the former Skeppsholmen Church (Skeppsholmskyrkan) built in the first half of the 19th century. The building has recently been renovated to fit its new purpose but it still preserves its original historical character.
Thanks to the size of the island the next pretty place you should see is never far. Only a few dozen metres from the Admiralty House, you can see the Skeppsholmen Art Library and Archive (Skeppsholmen Konstbiblioteket & Arkiv). This library is one of the largest Nordic libraries specialising in art, photography, and design.
The Royal Institute of Art (Kungliga Konsthögskolan) currently residing on Skeppsholmen dates back to the 18th century. The entrance to the institution’s premises is especially interesting thanks to the sculptures of a lion and a boar standing in front of it.
Right next to the art institute there is the former Royal Swedish Naval Academy building (Gamla Sjökrigsskolan). The palatial building was constructed in the latter half of the 19th century as a facility for education of naval officers. The façade of the building contains an abundance of beautifully detailed decorations and moreover, names of Swedish Navy heroes. The academy moved to another location a few decades after the completion of this facility on Skeppsholmen, which now houses a private research institution.
The last building on my list is significantly more subtle than the previous one but without a doubt charming. The Eastern Chancellery (Östra Kanslihuset) was built in the 1860s and was used by the Navy guards. An interesting element to notice is the clock on the roof, which is unlike any other you can see on the island.
When you have seen all the individual attractions on the Skeppsholmen island, there is at least one last thing you should do before you decide to go explore other parts of the Swedish capital. There is a promenade stretching through the entire perimeter of the island. It will not take you long to walk around it and the views cannot be described. You will see all the surrounding places in their full glory. Gamla stan, Djurgården, Blasieholmen, Kastellholmen and even Strandvägen at Östermalm. Simply put, this might be the best place to admire the city landscape that you can find.
Apart from the places on my list, there is a nice selection of museums that you can visit on Skeppsholmen and if you still have some time and energy left, check out more beautiful places on the nearby Kastellholmen island, which is just across the bridge.
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