Welcome to Filmstadens Kultur

Events in Filmstaden

Guided tours

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. Eight buildings still remain from the dream factory days.

Guided tours in English are offered on August 11 and 18 at 3 PM. Price SEK 100.

More information here. To book a guided group tour (max. 35) in English, German or French, please contact mikaela@filmstadenskultur.se. You can take a walk on your own with our excellent audio guide in English.

Café in the Gatekeeper’s lodge

The café serves waffles during weekends and also has a small exhibition dedicated to the Swedish films of the 30s, 40s and 50s.

Opening hours: Fridays to Sundays, 11 AM to 6 PM.

The café is closed in June 17 – August 8.

Bergman exhibition

It was here in Filmstaden, just north of Stockholm, that Ingmar Bergman (1918-2007) made his film debut and worked for decades while creating his most famous films. Our outdoor photo-exhibition tells the story of Bergman’s work in Filmstaden. You can find the exhibition behind the Gatekeeper’s lodge. Free admission!

Read more about our 2018 Bergman celebration here.

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 marvelous ”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 activities 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 outdoors tours to groups of all sizes and ages.

Our waffle café is open Friday to Sunday, 11 AM to 6 PM, in the gatekeeper’s lodge. Take a walk in the area our excellent audio guide.

Guided tours

A guided tour of Filmstaden – Sweden’s Hollywood

Book a guided tour

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. Eight buildings still remain from the dream factory days. We provide guided tours in Filmstaden in English, French or German. 
 
Price: SEK 2 500 plus VAT.
A guided tour around Filmstaden weekdays before 5 PM. This tour takes approx. an hour and is mostly out doors.

Book a guided tour – with a visit in Bergman’s cinema

You may also add a visit to the Bergman screening room to the guided tour. The Bergman screening room is located in the same building as the cinema, which is now called Filmstaden Råsunda. The cinema has been built underneath one of the studios in Filmstaden, called Studio 2, or Lilla ateljén. In this small screening room where 25 people can be seated, we will show you some of the most famous scenes from Swedish film history.
 
Price: SEK 3 000 plus VAT
A guided tour with a visit in Bergman’s cinema, weekdays before 5 PM. The tour takes approx. 1,5 hours.

Waffle café

Afterwards, you may want to visit Portvaktsstugan – the Gate Keeper’s Lodge –  which is where our café is open on weekends. The café serves waffles during week ends and also has a small exhibition dedicated to the Swedish films of the 30s, 40s and 50s.
 
Price: SEK 60 per person (incl. VAT)
Coffee/tea with cakes in Portvaktsstugan. Available for groups consisting of at least 15 persons, in combination with a guided tour.
 
Please contact mikaela@filmstadenskultur.se to book a guided tour!
 
The café is also available during our opening hours, Fridays to Sundays, 11 AM to 6 PM. The café is closed in June 17 – August 8.

Guided tours in English

On August 11 och August 18 there is a guided tour in English at 3 PM. Tickets for SEK 100 per person are available in the café.

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 gatekeeper’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 1920-1940s 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 AM to 6 PM.

The café is closed in June 17 – August 8.

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.