Langholmen

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Langholmen showing a river or creek and a bay or harbor

Scenic forests, open picnic areas and stunning gardens on this rural islet today offer family fun, but also hide the ghastly history of its former prison.

On the fringes of Stockholm’s city center, the picturesque island of Långholmen provides a bucolic outdoor escape. On a hot summer day go for a swim in the water. Aside from the remarkable natural scenery and swimming options, the area also has a fascinating and grisly backstory as an infamous prison island.

Climb out of the water and lie down on a blanket for sunbathing or picnicking on the grassy banks. Enjoy the excellent views of the lake and appreciate the serene atmosphere that will make you forget the hustle of the city center.

In summer, open-air stages bring all types of performances to the enchanting gardens spread across the island.

Make your way to the eastern edge of the island for a spectacular vista of Gamla Stan and the rest of Stockholm’s city center.

Learn about the macabre past of the area, which served as a notorious prison island from the 18th century until as recently as 1974. You can still visit the former prison, which today takes the form of a hostel.

Stay overnight at this historic attraction and imagine being incarcerated here centuries ago. Browse the intriguing items in the hostel’s museum, which helps to trace the story of the prison.

Staying with the island’s historic themes, wander through the Mälarvarvet, one of the oldest of Stockholm’s shipyards. Enjoy snacks and hot beverages at the Bellman Museum’s café after viewing the museum’s displays about its namesake songwriter, composer and entertainer.

Find the island of Långholmen a little west of the center of Stockholm. From Gamla Stan, enjoy a scenic walk along the southern shore of Mälaren Lake to get here in about 45 minutes. You can also get off the metro at Hornstull Station and walk north for a few minutes to get here. While visiting this area, check out the Reimersholme, Liljeholmen and Lilla Essingen districts.

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Hotel C Stockholm
Hotel C Stockholm
3.5 out of 5
Vasaplan 4, Stockholm
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The price is $83 per night from Nov 14 to Nov 14
Located in Norrmalm, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Stockholm City Hall and Royal Swedish Opera. Stockholm Cathedral and Stockholm Palace are also ...
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"This hotel is next to central train station and airport buses, very handy. Rooms are well laid out but on the small side for space. Enjoyed."

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Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel
Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel
4 out of 5
Nils Ericsons Plan 4, Stockholm
The price is $119 per night from Nov 21 to Nov 21
Located in Norrmalm, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Stockholm Waterfront Congress Centre, Casino Cosmopol Stockholm, and Oscar Theatre. ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (1,795 reviews)
"Perfect location - city center and old town within comfortable walking distance from the hotel. Extremely happy that we were updated to rooms with a view of the water. No issues with the property at all, and the COVID restrictions and adjustments (empty mini bar etc) were not intrusive at all. Only ..."

Reviewed on Sep 11, 2021

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Haymarket by Scandic
Haymarket by Scandic
4 out of 5
Hötorget 13-15, Stockholm
The price is $121 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 1
Located in Norrmalm, this hotel is steps from Drottninggatan and Stockholm Concert Hall. Stockholm City Conference Centre and Sergels Square are also within ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (2,053 reviews)
"I liked the intimate feeling - it doesn't feel like a large hotel. The front desk employees were very friendly and helpful. I found the electric system in the room with multiple switches at different locations overly complicated and confusing. Missed a tea cup size cup for my favorite morning beverage, ..."

Reviewed on Oct 25, 2021

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Stockholm Classic Hotell
Stockholm Classic Hotell
3 out of 5
Lundagatan 31, Södermalm, Stockholm
The price is $58 per night from Nov 28 to Nov 28
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4 out of 5
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The price is $119 per night from Nov 21 to Nov 21
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Haymarket by Scandic
4 out of 5
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The price is $121 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 1
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3.5 out of 5
Vasaplan 4, Stockholm
The price is $83 per night from Nov 14 to Nov 14
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Comfort Hotel Xpress Stockholm Central
Comfort Hotel Xpress Stockholm Central
3 out of 5
Kungsbron 1, Stockholm
The price is $79 per night from Nov 22 to Nov 22
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5 out of 5
Brunkebergstorg 6, Stockholm, Stockholms Laen
The price is $176 per night from Nov 21 to Nov 21
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Radisson Blu Royal Viking Hotel, Stockholm
4.5 out of 5
Vasagatan 1, Stockholm
The price is $112 per night from Nov 21 to Nov 21
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4 out of 5
Vasagatan 22, Stockholm
The price is $141 per night from Nov 26 to Nov 26
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Clarion Hotel Amaranten
Clarion Hotel Amaranten
4 out of 5
Kungsholmsgatan 31, Stockholm
The price is $120 per night from Oct 31 to Oct 31
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