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    Skeppsholmskyrkan och båten Af Chapman är välkända siluetter på Skeppsholmen. Photographer: Hans Landberg, Statens fastighetsverk


Small military islands turned into pleasure islands

Many people visit Skeppsholmen and Kastellholmen to enjoy the beautiful setting. Listen to the waves lapping as you stroll along roads and quays and around parks. Wander past buildings with names that tell the history of these small islands and society of those days gone by. Admiralty House, repslageriet (ropeyard), styckekranen (the gun crane) and drabanthusen (lifeguards' houses) are just a few examples.

Today the Royal Institute of Art has Kasern III (Barracks III) as its hub, and the folk high school is on the North and South foundations. A brand new building was inaugurated for the Museum of Modern Art and the Swedish Museum of Architecture in 1998. In 2010 parts of the previously top-secret rock shelter beneath the Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities were opened up.And this is thanks to a story that begins back in the seventeenth century when the navy occupied these small islands.

For three hundred years Skeppsholmen and Kastellholmen were a base for the military and largely closed to outsiders. From the 1940s Berga and Muskö took over as naval bases, and in 1969 the military's time on Skeppsholmen and Kastellholmen was over.
Today Skeppsholmen has regained part of the role the island had before the navy came. It was then called Lustholmen ("Pleasure Island") and was used by Gustav Vasa's sons. Johan III came here in the 1590s when he wanted to relax. Today Skeppsholmen and Kastellholmen are once more a place for recreation, art, music, boats and architecture.


  • WC
  • Hotel/hostel
  • Café
  • Restaurant
  • Parking
  • Museum
  • Park
  • Shop
  • Conference