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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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  • Amazingly beautiful nature in Stockholm. Is away from the bustling city centre. The perfect place for a picnic or simply relax. The island stands on the Lake, lots of greenery, comfortable paths. Beautiful views of the water and the city on the other side. In General, an oasis of calm. After excursions there relax just great!
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  • .....there are few better spots in the busy city of Stockholm which are more tranquil and pleasing to the senses than the Long Island! 
  • Langholmen is a very lush island just next to Södermalm. If you are looking for a spot to swim in lake Mälaren, Langholsem is the place to be!