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The sun is going down over Kungsholmen in Stockholm, view from the City Hall Tower in April.

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Categories: Tourist attractions

Things to do on Kungsholmen

Publish date: 24 November 2023

The residential district of Kungsholmen offers great architecture and popular parks. It's also home to one of the defining features of Stockholm's skyline; The City Hall.

Kungsholmen is primarily a residential island, where you'll have a great opportunity to mix with the locals. Lots of lively restaurants, bars, and cafés are found here, especially along Hantverkarhgatan and Fleminggatan.

It's also in this area of the island – the southeast parts – that you'll find its most prominent buildings, like the Stockholm District Court, the headquarters of the Swedish Police, and the City Archive.

The most famous though is without a doubt the City Hall. Completed in 1923 it's become a defining feature of Stockholm's skyline, as well as a prime example of Swedish Grace architecture. The 106-meter-tall (almost 3048 feet) tower offers a great panoramic view of Stockholm and is open to visitors during the summer. The City Hall also hosts the annual Nobel banquet in "The Blue Hall".

Culture in Stockholm. A large crowd of people in Rålambshovs parken, gathered during the annual summer cinema.
The annual Summer Cinema in Rålambshovsparken has become a summer staple on Kungsholmen. Every year, hundreds of film lovers gather to watch both classics and cult favorites in the balmy August night.Photo: Visit Stockholm

From here anyone up for a walk has a lovely promenade ahead of them, along the shores och Norr Mälarstrand with a great view of Lake Mälaren and Södermalm on the other side.

At the end of this avenue is one of Stockholm's most beloved parks. Rålambshåvsparken, also called Rålis, features a skatepark, playgrounds, an amphitheater, a basketball court, and large open areas perfect for a picnic. Located in the park is also Boulebar Rålambshov; a summer-open bar, bistro, and petanque court. Boulebar also has a year-round indoor location on Kungsholmen, close to the Rådhuset metro station.

Summer in Stockholm. Summer at Hornsbergs strand. People are sitting at the waterfront, enjoying a summer evening.
Hornsbergs strand on the northern end of Kungsholmen is a beautiful location for a walk, with its view over te Ulvsunda Lake. During summer the park becomes a popular beach hang-out for the locals.Photo: Visit Stockholm

Kronobergsparken and Hornsbergsparkens strandpark are two more nice parks on Kungsholmen. Kronobergsparken is perfect for some mid-day exercise or an open-air takeaway lunch, with its central location. Hornsbergsparken on the other hand is a popular swimming area during the summer months. The park was finished in 2012 and received Architects Sweden's Sienna-award.

Looking for more tips on Kungsholmen? Read our district guide for more inspiration and suggestions.