Solna is a Swedish municipality located 6 kilometres north of Stockholm City Centre. The area is home to both rural and urban attractions which include the Friends Arena, Hagaparken, Karlberg Palace and one of the largest shopping malls in Sweden.
A good place to begin exploration of Solna is to venture to the ancient church of Solna. A charming round church dating back to the 12th century,it was built for defensive purposes. The beautiful Romanesque structure consists of a choir, weapon house, roundhouse, nave and a sacristy. Gaze at the ornate domed cupola while admiring ceiling paintings and beautiful colours of the stained-glass window. Karlberg Palace is another major location in Solna. The palace was constructed in 1630 and houses the Military Academy of Karlberg. The lush parklands of the palace are equally as interesting to see, as the temple of Diana and its charming gardens are a delight to stroll through. Everyone will enjoy a visit to Hagaparken. In addition to the grassy areas and picturesque boating lake, there is King Gustav III’s Pavilion, Haga Palace and Echo Temple to explore. It’s a picture-perfect place for a picnic or fun activity day out with friends and family. Those in need of retail therapy should head to the Mall of Scandinavia. It houses cinemas and restaurants to boutiques and supermarkets. Solna offers diners a wide variety of culinary choices. From Michelin rated establishments to quaint Swedish cafes there is something to suit all tastes and budgets. Those wishing to indulge in live entertainment or a sporting match while in Sweden will enjoy the amenities of Friends Arena. Located in Solna, it is the home of local football team AIK and has hosts international football games. Pop and rock concerts are held in the arena and can be booked in advance.
Solna is easy to navigate with many attractions in the municipality a short walk from each other. The Mall of Scandinavia is 15 minutes’ walk, and Friends Arena is a 20 minutes’ walk from central Solna and Hagaparken 25 minutes. There are frequent trains and subway services from Stockholm Central Station and taxis are readily available.
Solna dates back to the early 1300s when the old parish was named Solnön. The municipality is celebrated for its beautiful parks and palaces, ancient church and attractive metropolitan area. Many visitors journey to Solna to explore the outdoor spaces and picturesque palaces, while others enjoy the arena events, world class shopping facilities and dining.