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Langholmen, Stockholm

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Långholmen is an island in central Stockholm, between Södermalm and Kungsholmen.Långholmen is a green oasis in the city, and a popular spot for walks, picnics and swimming. The small beaches, located right outside the former prison, are usually crowded in summer. However, up until 1975, Långholmen was used as a prison island. Since 1989 Långholmen Prison has been a 112-room hotel and hostel, renovated in 2007/2008. In the former prison hospital there is now a restaurant and pub.Långholmen was originally rocky and barren, but in the eighteenth century, prison inmates covered the island with mud dredged from the surrounding waterways. After several years, the fertile soil transformed much of the island into lush gardens with a somewhat exotic flora, due to the introduction of various seeds that were spread via trade and merchant ships passing by the island. This peculiarity still persists, and today the island is considered a lush retreat.In 1993 a JAS 39 Gripen fighter aircraft crashed on Långholmen during a display at the Stockholm Water Festival. The plane caught fire on impact, but the fire was soon put out. The pilot successfully ejected, and despite large crowds of spectators, only one person was injured. A sculpture in stainless steel by Thomas Qvarsebo, depicting a paper plane with its nose drilled into the ground, was placed on the spot in 1994.
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  • Långholmen is a small island near the busy center of Stockholm which used to host the city's prision from 1880 to 1975. The main attraction of the Island is the building containing the prision barrack...  more »
  • Långholmen is a fantastic little island in the midst of Stockholm - here you can swim, have a picnic, or just take a walk among the trees and flowers. Or you can visit Långholmen's prison museum, whic...  more »
  • ♥ an oasis of relaxation, mid i natures? A surprise is here ♥ even grilling possible ♥ something irritating the hullabaloo is the next morning ♥ a small recommendation to avoid the chaos of shopping ♥
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