Stockholm/Västerort, Solna and Sundbyberg

Marabou Park in Sundbyberg.
Ulvsundasjön, part of Lake Mälaren.

Västerort [ˈvɛstərˈuʈ] is the western part of Stockholm municipality, extending far from the inner city, nearly encircling the autonomous towns Solna [ˈsoːlˈna] and Sundbyberg, just north of the Vasastan and Östermalm districts of inner Stockholm. Bromma is connected by bridges to the inner-city island Kungsholmen in the east, as well as Ekerö in the south-west. The municipalities further north of those (Danderyd, Sollentuna, Järfälla etc) are covered in our guide to Stockholm's northern suburbs.

Understand

During the 18th and 19th centuries, men of wealth and power have built themselves palaces and manors west of Stockholm. Most of them remain as conference facilities. During the 20th century, the area transformed from farms to suburbs, as rail, subway and light-rail lines were drawn. While Bromma and Spånga [ˈspɔŋˈa] are affluent garden cities, the areas of Järvafältet [ˈjærvaˈfɛltət] (Rinkeby, Tensta, Hjulsta) were built as part of the Million Project in 1960s and 1970s, at the subway, to provide low-cost housing. On the west coast of the lake, Blackeberg [blakəˈbærj] is a typical modernist suburb, known for the vampire film Let The Right One In. Vällingby [ˈveliŋˈbyː], built in 1954 as one of the world's first planned multi-functional suburbs, became an icon of the Swedish welfare state. Much due to successful co-operation between phone company Ericsson and telecom operator Telia, the Kista [ˈɕiːsta] area is a flourishing high-tech cluster, rivalling central Stockholm as the main business district.

Solna and Sundbyberg grew along the rail lines, with rectangular city blocks as well as modernist apartment rows. With the Karolinska Institute, famous for selecting the Nobel Prize laureates in medicine, Solna is a centre for health science and biotechnology. Solna also contains the royal park Hagaparken, and no less than three Royal Palaces.

Ericsson's office in Kista.

Get in/Get around

The Bromma airport is an old-fashioned aerodrome from the 1930s, still serving 2 million passengers a year.

Stockholm-Bromma airport (BMA) is primarily for short-range flights. See Stockholm#By plane for transit between the airport and central Stockholm.

Public transport covers most of the region. See Stockholm#Public transport.

Highways E4 and E18 pass through the region. Traffic is usually heavy during rush hours, and major events. While the suburbs are exempt from congestion tax, the bridge to central Stockholm, Tranebergsbron and the road connections between Solna and inner Stockholm have toll stations. See Stockholm#Car.

See

Hagaparken Copper Pavilions.
Ulriksdal Palace.
Bromma church.
Vällingby received international attention back in the 1950s, and inspired many similar projects around the world.

Do

Buy

Eat

Budget

The suburban centres have low-end diners.

Mid-range

Splurge

Stallmästaregården.
Kistamässan and Victoria Tower.

Drink

As most residents venture to central Stockholm for nightlife, the suburbs mostly contain local hangouts and hotel bars. A few places beyond the usual are:

Sleep

Ulvsunda Slott is today used as a conference hotel, just as several other mansions and palaces west of Stockholm.

Budget

Mid-range

Splurge

Stay safe

Some suburbs along the blue line (Rinkeby, Tensta, Husby) have a reputation for crime. While incidents do happen, visitors who do not look for trouble are usually safer than in central Stockholm.

Cope

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