The Kaknäs tower (Swedish: Kaknästornet) is a telecommunications tower located at Ladugårdsgärdet in Stockholm, Sweden. The tower is a major hub of Swedish television, radio and satellite broadcasts. It was finished in 1967, designed by architect Bengt Lindroos, and the height is 155 metres (509 ft) or 170 metres (560 ft) with the top antenna included. For a few years Kaknästornet was the tallest building in the Nordic countries until Näsinneula was opened in Tampere, Finland in 1971. It was surpassed in 2005 by the Turning Torso in Malmö. The tower is owned by the national Swedish broadcasting company Teracom. Its name comes from the ancient name of the area, Kaknäs.
The tower used to be open to the public, with an information centre and gift shop, indoor and outdoor observation decks as well as a restaurant, but has now been permanently closed to the public since 2018 on the grounds that the security repairs would have become too expensive. It was later revealed that the real cause is the threat of foreign intelligence. The fear is that a foreign power would seek to take control of important communication lines and systems of society. According to Swedish television, the Swedish security police have stated in a report in 2017 that the number of foreign intelligence companies has increased and the tower will be closed due to the report.
Damian Smith | Mar 29, 2018
Magnificent views is what this tower offers. The cafe is reasonable but isn't worth the trip alone. It might seem obvious but don't bother on a foggy day or if the visibility is poor because the view is what it's all about. When you get to the top you can take pictures from the cafe through the windows which were nice and clean but for better go up a level to the outdoor viewing area. You will have to be careful to get your camera lens positioned in line with the holes in the sturdy wire cage. This is obviously in place to protect anyone below from dropped objects as the holes are pretty small. We visited 23/03/18.
Faye G! | May 23, 2018
Perfect view of the city!The cafe has a pastry buffet full of cardamon breads,cinnamon rolls,fresh cheesecakes with different fruits,fluffy apple pies with whipe cream and many many different pastries and sweets.We tried many of them,everything perfect !There is also some sandwiches and of course the shrimp salad.The staff very friendly and happy.But unfortunately the interior of the cafe seems a little neglected.Some glasses,dishes and coffees were left from previous clients in the tables and the bars , some old and dirty blankets left in a corner, many of the glass panels where really dirty so the scenery was blurry.. It needs a renovation!In the basement the souvenir shop has a very good variety to choose from.
Martin Litnäs | Jun 20, 2018
One of the classic "must go" attractions in Stockholm and also a quite decent restaurant and cafe. It will be closed for some time from the middle of June 2018 due to repair of the escalators. Check out the homepage for up to date info.
Mika Salonen | Jun 20, 2018
Place was closed 20.6.2018. Nice to see but from below only. Elevators are under repair, so it may take time before its open again. Check status from their internet site.
Hans ter Veer | Jul 13, 2018
Great experience. Thr view is fantastic, 150m up. Food is okay, nothing special.
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