The borough of Norrmalm (a prime area) consists of the city of Norrmalm and two districts. It is one of the city’s transportation hubs, having the Arlanda train station and the T-Centralen—the only station where all three of Stockholm’s lines meet. The ministries, the Government building, and the financial district are also in Norrmalm.

The district of Vasastaden, also known as Vasastan, is quiet and largely residential, with four parks, wide streets and many old houses and hotels. In the neighbourhood of Birkastaden, the buildings are all in the Art Nouveau style. The area has luxury boutiques and antiques stores, restaurants, bars and cafés.

Norrmalm’s other district, Skeppsholmen, is an island in Stockholm’s inner harbour, in the Baltic Sea entrance to the city. Due to its placement, the island was once a military stronghold that protected the city. These days, military presence is low and it is now a rather quiet place for a stroll and museum visits. The well-known youth hostel, the af Chapman, is a sailing ship moored at Skeppsholmen.

The district is connected to the rest of Stockholm by the Skeppsholmsbron Bridge.

Key residential areas
Norrmalm, Hötorget


The city district of Norrmalm is part of the borough of the same name. Many of the commercial and financial structures of the city is in Lower Norrmalm. The district’s residential area is in Upper Norrmalm.

Norrmalm was the home of the writer and playwright August Strindberg in his final years. He lived in a flat in the building he called the Blue Tower. The apartment consists of three rooms and a library, and is now a museum housing the great man’s works.


This area has a bustling market that sells the freshest fruits and vegetables, a Konserthuset (Concert Hall), a department store and the Filmstaden Sergel cinema.

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