Långholmen is an island in central Stockholm, Sweden, that has a rich and varied history. It was once a prison island, where convicts were forced to work and live in harsh conditions. Today, it is a green oasis with beautiful gardens, beaches, museums and a hotel. Here are some things you need to know before you visit Långholmen:
- Ticket discounts: You can get discounted tickets for the prison museum and the Bellman museum if you book online or show your Stockholm Pass. You can also get discounts for the hotel and the restaurant if you are a member of STF (Swedish Tourist Association).
- Open and close days and hours: The prison museum is open daily from 10:00 to 17:00 from May to September, and from 12:00 to 16:00 on weekends from October to April. The Bellman museum is open on Sundays from 12:00 to 16:00 from June to August. The hotel reception is open 24 hours a day, and the restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner every day.
- How to get there: You can reach Långholmen by bus, subway or bike. The nearest bus stop is Långholmsbron, which is served by bus number 4. The nearest subway station is Hornstull, which is on the red line. From there, you can walk for about 15 minutes or rent a bike from the hotel. You can also take a ferry from Södermalm or Kungsholmen to Reimersholme, and then walk across the bridge to Långholmen.
- Tips and tours: If you want to learn more about the history and culture of Långholmen, you can join a guided tour of the prison museum or the Bellman museum. You can also rent a kayak or a canoe from the hotel and explore the surrounding waterways. If you are feeling adventurous, you can try the escape room at the old prison, where you have to solve puzzles and clues to get out.
- Prohibitions: Långholmen is a protected nature reserve, so you have to respect the environment and the wildlife. You are not allowed to camp, make fires, pick flowers or disturb the animals. You are also not allowed to swim in some areas where there are signs indicating danger or prohibition.
- What to see: Långholmen has many attractions for visitors of all ages and interests. You can see the old prison cells, the spinning house, the execution site and the gallows at the prison museum. You can see the life and work of Carl Michael Bellman, Sweden’s national poet and songwriter, at the Bellman museum. You can enjoy the scenic views of Stockholm from the east side of the island or from the top of Västerbron bridge. You can relax on the sandy beaches or in the cozy cafés. You can also admire the architecture and craftsmanship of Mälarvarvet shipyard, one of Stockholm’s oldest shipyards.