Kungsholmen travel guide
You don’t need to travel far from the hustle and bustle of Norrmalm for a much calmer vibe to take hold. Kungsholmen, the big island just to the west of downtown Stockholm, feels laid-back and suburb-like in comparison.
Sights are thin on the ground here but it’s a refreshingly tourist-free neighbourhood with some nice parks and plenty of opportunities for lazy waterfront walks. The only big attraction here is Stadshuset, Stockholm’s city hall, which runs regular guided tours and affords great views across to Riddarholmen.
Another reason you may want to visit Kungsholmen is the relatively cheap accommodation: prices are far lower than you’d pay in Norrmalm, Södermalm or Gamla Stan.
Some of the hotels and hostels we’ve recommended are a little out of the way, sure, but there are a few subway stations dotted around the place, making it fairly easy to get back into the centre. On a weekend break you could easily save several hundred kronor just by choosing to stay out here.
The dining scene in Kungsholmen isn’t nearly as diverse as those in more central parts of Stockholm, but you can find some good traditional-style cafés and restaurants.