Langholmen, Stockholm

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Långholmen Prison, officially Långholmen Central Prison, was historically one of the largest prison facilities in Sweden with more than 500 cells, located on the island of Långholmen in Stockholm. It was built 1874—1880 as the central prison of Sweden, and was temporary closed down between 1972—1975. Afterwards, Långholmens spinnhus was moved. Today the building is being used as a hotel/hostel and museum, as well as to accommodate a folk high school. Part of the prison was demolished in 1982. The prison is also noted for being the location of the last execution in Sweden prior to the abolition of capital punishment in 1921.The island itself was originally rocky and barren, but in the 19th century, the prisoners were made to cover the island with mud dredged from the waterways around it. After a few years, the fertile soil had turned the island into a lush garden with a somewhat exotic flora compared to its surroundings, caused by various seeds accidentally brought and spread by the trade and merchant ships from other places and countries that passed by the island. This peculiarity still persists, and today the island is known as a lush oasis.Notable prisonersBarbro AlvingJohan Alfred AnderJan GuillouMohammed Beck HadjetlachéZeth HöglundTure Nerman
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  • Here, I used to be many times on walk or get the impression to work! There are superb places to visit, prison, "JAS", open theatre, viewpoints etc. It offers tranquillity and peace!
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  • great place to visit and usually not to crowded. well worth a stop to visit this old prison when in town.  more »
  • A small island to the southwest of the Hauptbahnhof. Within walking distance from the main north and South Islands. Pleasant hotel renovation building was a jail or prison Museum is known for having a rich green in the walk.
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  • Visit the prison (1880-1975) museum. Beautiful view of city from bridge
  • Nice walking area. Interesting buildings
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