Last week I went to Stockholm for the first time. I loved it and would definitely go again.
I had five days and decided early on to stay outside as much as possible. The sun is up for about 22 hours a day. Why not take advantage of those long days and warm weather?
My indoor adventures were limited but in pretty much any building I entered, I saw many beautiful examples of public art and architectural decoration.
Stockholm’s entire subway system is sometimes called the world’s longest art gallery. At the individual stops, every wall is an original, and the stations each have a unique look.
What gets a little less attention is the main station itself, called “T-Central” for short, or “T-Centralen” in Swedish. The T-Central building is a classic grand railway station, built in the same arched style as you see in London, Paris, and so many other places.
The main public hall features panels of modern art on one side and traditional Swedish scenes on the other.
I also found an Art Deco metal grille, tucked away and easy to miss.
Always look up. On the way out via the main door, I almost fell over photographing the intricately painted ceiling. (I may have to start carrying a stick to support myself! Photographing ceilings is vertigo-inducing.)
The stained glass in the windows over the entrance was subtle but again charming.
One reason I like all this so much is because it’s work done by hand. There isn’t enough of that any more.