Lidingö

Lidingö [ˈliːdɪŋˈø:] is a suburban island east of Stockholm in Sweden, at the innermost part of the Stockholm archipelago. With 45,000 inhabitants and a long coastline, it is known for the Millesgården sculpture museum, the annual cross-country race Lidingöloppet, and a cluster of conference hotels.

Understand

Lidingö, together with the Fjäderholmarna islets south of Lidingö, and a few residential islets, forms a municipality with about 45,000 inhabitants, with a land area of 30 square kilometres.

Founded as an upper-class sanctuary in the 1910s with detached houses along the Lidingöbanan railroad (closed down until some time during 2015), and the AGA industries, Lidingö got city privileges, and the municipality still styles itself Lidingö stad. Lidingö contains suburban areas with high-rise buildings as well as single-family houses, several diplomatic missions, conference hotels, a few farms, and a nature reserve.

Get in

Lidingö is connected to Stockholm by two parallel bridges at Ropsten, the end station of the subway in the Östermalm district. Buses carry on to Lidingö (see Stockholm#Public transport). Just as inner Stockholm, Lidingö is in the inner public transport zone.

The Stockholm congestion tax has an exception that favours Lidingö. A vehicle that travels along the Norra Länken tunnel to or from Lidingö, is exempt from tax.

Lidingö is well within reach for bicycles from central Stockholm, and has some stands for Stockholm City Bikes.

Sjövägen [ˈʃøːˈvɛːgən] is a public transport ferry from Nybrokajen in central Stockholm, passing Nacka on the way to Lidingö.

The light rail line Lidingöbanan departs from T-Ropsten in Stockholm, serves southern Lidingö, and ends at Gåshaga brygga, a dock for the Stockholm archipelago ferries. Following years of renovation, the line opened in October 2015, with new rolling stock.

Get around

Stockby Lake.

Most of Lidingö is accessed by bus, car, walk and bicycle. Timetables for the public transport on SL.se

You can rent the Stockholm City Bikes at three locations at Lidingö: Stadshuset, Baggeby and Torsvik.

See

Lidingö has a lot of nature reserves and a beautiful scenery, with most of the coastline open to the public. Lidingö was also the home of sculptor Carl Milles, humanitarian Raoul Wallenberg, and engineer Gustaf Dalén. Several other celebrities, such as German playwright Bertolt Brecht, have also lived on the island.

Waterfront at Bosön.
Fjäderholmarna.
Lidingö church.

Do

Lidingö is good for casual outdoor life, with a lot of hiking and cycling trails, beaches, big meadows and even two farms.

The Lidingöloppet circuit is 30 km, but there are several shorter racing classes.

Buy

The competition from central Stockholm has to some extent drained shopping and nightlife opportunities from Lidingö. There is however a broad range of shops in Lidingö Centrum.

Eat

Farmhouses at Elfvik.

Budget

Mid-range

Splurge

Sleep

Lidingö has a cluster of conference centres, most of them on the Elfvik peninsula. Many of them also cater to travellers, though all do not post rates online. Also, accommodation is often part of a package, including meals, which means yet higher rates. If you're looking for a budget hotel, Lidingö is not a good place.

Mid-range

Splurge

Connect

Visit the City Hall, Stockholmsvägen 50, for brochures and maps.

Go next

A lot of boats out in the Stockholm archipelago departs from Gåshaga brygga, the end station of Lidingöbanan.

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