14.19 Tisdag, 18 Juni, 2013
In May, I came up with the crazy idea of visiting every tunnelbanestation (subway/metro station) in Stockholm. So, I went on several excursions to try to accomplish this, but since there are about 100 stations in the Stockholm tunnelbana system, I didn’t finish. But, I did visit about a third of the stations!
To find the nearest station, look for the ‘T’!
Before I continue, though, I should probably explain why I would even want to do this. The Stockholm tunnelbana is somewhat unique because many of the stations are elaborately decorated by artists according to different themes, so there is something interesting to look at and discover at every station! Each station also has a plaque explaining the theme of the artwork. I have even seen the tunnelbana referred to as the ‘longest art gallery in the world.’ So, I wanted to visit all of the stations to see what they all looked like!
The tunnelbana is made up of three lines: red, blue, and green. All three lines intersect at the central station (T-Centralen), making it easy to get anywhere in the city, and most of the lines split once they get out of the city center in order to serve more neighborhoods. In addition to being extensive, it is also exceptionally clean and very efficient.
Since I have pictures of so many of the stations, I thought I would share some of them in this post so you can see what an interesting place Stockholm is, even underground! The following pictures are only a few of the most interesting stations I visited, and the stations become even more interesting when you read the plaques!
The Blue-Line Platform at T-Centralen
Rissne – The wall contains a timeline of world history, with corresponding maps on the opposite wall
Universitetet – The stop for Lappis, decorated with maps showing the routes of famous explorers from Sweden
Tekniska Högskolan – The stop for KTH
Östermalmstorg – The musical notes go all the way down the platform and form La Marseillaise, the national anthem of France, to go with the French-style architecture in the district of Östermalm
The Red-Line Platform at T-Centralen