Usually, metro (or subway) stations are not the nicest and cleanest places in the world. Trash scattered all around, unpleasant noises and smells, crowds of rushing people – these are the things that most people would actually associate metro stations with. Fortunately, not all metro stations look like that. There are many cities known for clean and reliable rapid transit systems that make using the public transport a highly enjoyable experience. Moscow, Budapest, Naples, Munich, Shanghai or Lisbon – using the metro in any of these cities is said to be a pleasure, but there is a city that beats them all. That city is Stockholm, the capital of Sweden. Dating back to 1950’s, Stockholm’s metro is often referred to as “the world’s longest art gallery,” and there is a good reason why it was given this graceful nickname. In fact, a vast majority of local metro stations have been decorated with impressive sculptures, rock formations, mosaics, paintings, installations, engravings, and reliefs by over 150 different artists. Consequently, many of those 900,000 riders who use the Stockholm metro every day feel like they are visiting a giant art gallery rather than just travelling from one stop to another. To show you how beautiful something as mundane as a metro station can actually be, we present you with this list featuring 25 Stockholm Metro Stations That Will Truly Amaze You.
Sundyberg Centrum Station
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Photos: 25. Jakub Hałun, 20130601 Stockholm Solna centrum Metro station 6879, CC BY-SA 3.0, 24. Tim Adams, Train at T-Centralen T-Bana station in Stockholm Sweden, CC BY 3.0, 23. Ingolf via flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0, 22. Kevin Cho (Kee Pil Cho), Kungsträdgården Station, CC BY-SA 4.0, 20. Arild Vågen, Universitetet metro station January 2015 02, CC BY-SA 4.0, 19. Arild Vågen, Duvbo Metro station September 2014 01, CC BY-SA 4.0 18. Arild Vågen, Vreten May 2014 03, CC BY-SA 3.0, 17. Arild Vågen, Rådhuset metro station June 2015, CC BY-SA 4.0, 16. Arild Vågen, Akalla metro station August 2014 03, CC BY-SA 4.0, 15. Arild Vågen, Alby metro station September 2014 01, CC BY-SA 4.0, 14. Allgau, Bergshamra C, CC BY-SA 3.0, 13. Tony Webster via flickr, CC BY 2.0, 12. Allgau, Solna centrum C, CC BY-SA 4.0, 11. Arild Vågen, Vreten May 2014 02, CC BY-SA 3.0, 9. Thomas Fabian via flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0, 8.Arild Vågen, Universitetet metro station January 2015 01, CC BY-SA 4.0, 7. Arild Vågen, Huvudsta May 2014 01, CC BY-SA 3.0, 6. Arild Vågen, Skarpnäck Metro station October 2014 02, CC BY-SA 4.0, 5. Arild Vågen, Sundbyberg centrum May 2014 03, CC BY-SA 3.0, 4. Daniel Mott via flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0, 3. Caesar, Duvbo tunnelbanestation, konst, CC BY-SA 3.0, 2. Ingolf via flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0, 1. Gumisza – art of Lars Arrhenius, Tunnelbana metro station thorildsplan stockholm, CC BY-SA 3.0