I’m pretty sure everyone had a fabulous spring break. Since we are all in Europe, it is really convenient for all of us to travel to other European countries during the break. I really enjoyed sharing our experiences about the spring break last week, and after that, I decided to write about the most exciting and shocking part of Stockholm.
Like many tourists, I went to most of popular attractions in Stockholm, such as the town hall, the old town, and the royal palace. I have to say they were all amazing. However, if you preferred to walk around by taking a bus, you probably would miss the world’s longest art gallery which was designed and painted by more than 150 artists. It is really easy to appreciate the incredible art exhibition – one metro ticket (about 4 euros), and then you will feel free to enjoy the wonderful underground trip. Following the sign and going down the escalator, it is a way to enter the colorful and dramatic cave-like art space. It is hard to tell how Swedish designers and engineers got the inspiration to create the underground system in such a unique and creative way, but the unforgettable spaces that are decorated with paintings, sculptures, mosaics, and engravings show that they made a huge contribution to the development of art and design in Sweden. The massive natural rock face was designed to cover the walls and ceilings that support the station, which makes the underground space seem to be really mysterious. Walking into it, you might forget you are waiting on a train and that you need to go somewhere else.
The different metro stations have different themes, and there are no two stations that look alike. Perhaps it will take you at least half of a day to take the subway and get off at every station so you can look at the diverse spaces and find as many elaborate details as possible. I was really excited to walk into the different stations; I appreciated the art works and took some pictures. Most stations I explored looked like giant caves and were painted different colors. Some stations show natural or environmental themes, which are helpful to relieve people’s stress of a busy day. Some stations look historical or regional to educate people about Swedish history, culture, and customs. Others were decorated in remarkably modern or even futuristic ways to present some movie scenes, different emotions, and daily life. There are more than 90 stations, which were designed in different styles, so I promise you will not feel bored if you keep checking the different stations before you are exhausted.
To be honest, the awesome metro station is definitely the most interesting exhibition I have ever visited. I really hope I can go back some day to look at the others I did not have time to visit. Don’t hesitate to search “Stockholm metro station” online and prepare to be shocked by the fascinating world!