Långholmen is a small island situated between Södermalm and Kungsholmen. The narrow and lavishly green island is mostly populated by sunbathers during the summer months, but is gorgeous to visit all year round. Långholmen is a perfect place to spend an afternoon of walking and sunbathing and is a great escape from the bustling cityscape just 5 minutes away.
During the summer, a lot of Stockholmers, including myself, have Långholmen as a favorite for taking a swim in lake Mälaren. Swimming in the trafficked and urbanized lake is a real rite of passage for someone visiting Stockholm and comes highly recommended by all us who live and love Stockholm summers! During wintertime, the island is a great place for a walk where you have a full view of lake Mälaren and the frosty Stockholm waterfront.
Next to being a spot for chillaxing, the island has a couple of different sites to it; there are uniquely historical Stockholmiana in the form of small gardening lots, Kolonilotter. Another testimony of Långholmens secludedness is the historical site of Långholmens prison, built in 1887 and operational until the 1970’s. The prison today is a combined museum, hostel and restaurant that serves up a mean brunch on Sundays!
Långholmen | Relaxing