Welcome to Filmstadens Kultur

Welcome to the heart of Swedish film history

Filmstaden in Råsunda, just outside Stockholm, was Sweden’s Hollywood from 1920 to the beginning of the 1970s. For more than half a century, this was the place where over 400 films were made – many of them belong today to the international film heritage.

This marvellous ”Film city”, with its beautiful buildings made for creating films, was built for Victor Sjöström and Mauritz Stiller, the most famous directors of the Swedish silent era. Here, Greta Garbo made her first major film, The Saga of Gösta Berling, before becoming a Hollywood legend. And it was here that Ingrid Bergman’s wonderful career started, with ten films in the 30s before she also left Sweden for Hollywood.

Ingmar Bergman made a string of films here in the 50s that once again put Swedish film on the map of international cinema. Among these were Summer with Monika, Smiles of a Summer Night, The Seventh Seal and Wild Strawberries. It was here that he evolved into one of the true great film makers, creating his own very personal cinema.

Jan Troell came here in the 60s and returned to the great epic cinema that hade made Sjöström and Stiller famous. But by now, the studio system was in its decline and Filmstaden was no longer popular with the new directors and film makers. One of the last sets that was built in Filmstaden was the boat that carry Liv Ullmann and Max von Sydow to the United States in Troell’s The Emigrants.

Then, the studios were shut down and other activites took place in Filmstaden, now looking more and more like a ghost town. Filmstaden was for a long time bound for destruction – but eight of the old buildings from 1920 were saved in 1999. Today, Filmstaden has resurrected as a lively part of the city of Solna, and become a place where people live, work and – go to the movies.

Today, the Foundation Filmstadens Kultur is situated in the Gatekeeper’s lodge and our mission is to keep the memory of Filmstaden alive through different projects, such as offering guided tours to groups of all sizes and ages.

Our waffle café is open Friday to Sunday, 11 am to 6 pm, in the doorkeeper’s lodge. Every Sunday in August at 3 pm we are offering guided tours in English. The tour takes 30 minutes and the price is 50 SEK. Buy your ticket in the waffle café. Or take a walk on your own with our excellent audio guide.

Guided tours

 

A guided tour of Filmstaden – Sweden’s Hollywood

Enjoy a travel in time while strolling around the historical grounds of Filmstaden. Filmstaden was built in 1919 and during 80 years, groundbreaking art was created here. This is where legends such as director Ingmar Bergman and actresses Ingrid Bergman and Greta Garbo used to work, the two actresses made their debut here. The buildings that still remain from those days are protected cultural sites.

Every Sunday in August at 3 pm we are offering guided tours in English. Our guide will meet you at the entrance gate to Filmstaden, on Greta Garbos väg 3. From then on, for an hour or so, you will experience a short walk in actual time, but a long journey back in the history of Swedish cinema. Buy your ticket in the waffle café.

To make a reservation for a group visit, please send an e-mail to info@filmstadenskultur.se.

Would you like to have a coffee or lunch after the tour? Visit the former staff canteen, Restaurant Backstugan! Read more about the Restaurant Backstugan here.

Audio guide

Listen to our audio guide while walking around the area! The tour takes about 30 minutes, and you are welcome to rent an audioguide in the waffle café in the doorkeeper’s lodge.

The price for the audio guide 50 SEK.

Welcome to Filmstaden!

Waffle café and boutique

In the heart of Swedish film history!

Our own waffle café is situated in the doorkeeper’s lodge, or ”Portvaktsstugan”, which located at the entrance of Filmstaden just a few steps from the metro station Näckrosen.

A stroll around this historical place gives pause for thought, the calm and the change of environment inspires creative ideas. The waffle café is decorated in a 1920-1940´s style, and you might even recognize some props from old movies.

We serve coffee in porcelain pots, freshly made waffles and ”seven different cookies” according to the old Swedish tradition. We also recommend a visit to our small movie library. Enjoy a cup of coffee while reading about Filmstaden and our great movies stars.

Our gift shop offers a selection of interesting books, collectibles like a ”movie star” deck of cards, cinema candy and old movie posters. We also offer a large selection of movies from the good old days.

Opening hours: Friday–Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

How to find us

Subway: The ”blue” line towards Akalla. Get off at the station Näckrosen.

Bus: Bus 515 from Odenplan or Sundbyberg Station. Get off at the station Näckrosen.

By car: High way E4 to Solna, follow the main road Råsundavägen to number 150. Pull in at the Greta Garbos Väg. Park inside Filmstaden or outside along Råsundavägen.

Official address: Råsundavägen 150, Råsunda.