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The Katarina hissen elevator is a must för a visitor to Stockholm and Södermalm. You have a wonderful view over and around Stockholm and the Old Town. It costs about 10 SEK to take the ride and my suggestion is that you walk down the stairs opposite the elevator on your way down. Slussen will be rebuilt soon so maybe you won't be able to get up here for a few years to come, better enjoy it while it's still here and open.
Sodermalmstorg - Slussen
GONDOLEN The best views over the city are from the long, narrow, pale-wood-panelled dining-room and bar beneath the walkway, though there are also good views from the private dining-room and a simpler restaurant in the adjoining building. Stockholm is built on an archipelago of islands and inlets - the views over Gamla Stan (the Old Town) and Skeppsholmen is a beautiful mixture of water, sky, trees and handsome 18th- and 19th-century buildings. Go at lunchtime and admire the cityscape; or go at night and watch the city lights.
Eriks Gondolen has been a Stockholm institution for more than 60 years and many smart couples like to come here, if only for a drink in the bar. The name means "gondola", and the dining-room suspended beneath the Katarinahissen walkway does indeed resemble the gondola of a Zeppelin. You can reach Gondolen by the bridge from Mosebacke Torg or take the lift from the waterfront. The food is mostly Swedish with occasional French specialties (the menu is in English and Swedish and the staff, and it seems the city's entire population, speak excellent English).
The standard of cuisine is good, rather than outstanding. Starters are items such as smoked salmon on a spring salad. Main courses include fish-and-shellfish casserole.
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This is a large island, where approximately 100 000 people live. Before, Södermalm was known as Åsön. Nowadays, it attracts with its boutiques, shops, interior design showrooms, etc. SoFo – the area south of Folkungagatan – along with Götgatan, has become a diverse scene for the new and unexpected, as well as top-class vintage merchandise. This is a place for fashion and design mavens to find things that have been much written about as well as unique items.
The picture is taken from Norr Malärstrand, just opposite it.
Soder covers the large island called Ason. This part of the city has a population about 100.000. Sodermalm is connected to its surrounding areas by a number of bridges. It connect to Gamla Stan by Slussen.If you want to see a good panoramic view of Gamla Stan, go to the top of Soder. The view is amazing. In this part of the city there are lot of churches. My hostel was located there.
Sunday afternoon walkabout
Södermalm is now known as home of bohemian,
alternative culture and a broad range of cultural amenities.
Taking a brisk walk from Mariatorget to Gotgaten gives a good idea
of the pulse of Sodermalm.
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Söder Torn (Swedish: Tower of Söder) is a highrise building at Fatburstrappan 18 by Fatbursparken on Södermalm in Stockholm. The building is 86 metres tall and contains 24 floors of flats. Söder Torn is, shared with Skatteskrapan, the tallest residential building in Stockholm.Very funny the main Tax Office turned into student flats and the top floor is a bar....
The building was designed by Danish architect Henning Larsen and was finished in 1997.
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This elevator was built 1883, turned down 1933 and rebuilt 1935. Here you have a wunderful view over the water around Stockholm and the Old Town. From this view you have such a wonderful look over Stockholm and it´s water. It cost 10 SEK, almost 1 euro, to go up with the elevator.
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Know the city more
I was one lucky soul to have put up in a hostel at Södermalm and therefore had the chances of seeing more of this beautiful city just on my foot. Södermalm is a big island south of Gamla Stan and is a very happening area where one must visit. The place is a bit hilly at some areas and you would be a bit tired walking, but nevertheless, you will love it. It's the heart of the city that you can discover on your foot. It is full of big and small streetside shops of all kinds like restaurants, cafés, bars, souvenir shops, fashion stores, medicine shops, stationeries, toy shops, and infact everything. There are also houses and it is a nice feel just walking down the narrow lanes and discovering so many unknown things about the city. I discovered a nice green park while walking there and the park was full of amazing sculptures. I saw crows there, quite unusual, and I also discovered an ice-skating rink. The lift katarina is also situated in this island and one may go up it to see a view of the city.
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Södermalm (often shortened to "Söder", South), is an island that forms the southern district of central Stockholm. With a population of over 100,000 (2006), it is one of the most densely populated districts of Scandinavia.
Södermalm is connected to its surrounding areas by a number of bridges. It connects to Gamla Stan (Old Town) to the north by Slussen, a grid of road and rail and a lock that separates the lake Mälaren from the Baltic Sea, to Långholmen and Kungsholmen to the northwest by one of the city's larger bridges, Västerbron, to the islet Reimersholme to the west, to Liljeholmen to the southwest, to Årsta and Johanneshov to the south, and, finally, to Nacka to the east by Danvikstull Bridge.
I rek a visit, and it is near from the Central Station in Stockholm.
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Go beyond the Old TOwn
Stockholm is more than the ferry groups tour. The southern island is a modern but beautiful place to walk, with many squares, parks and churches. From its hills you can get the best views of the Old Town.
This island that forms the southern district of central Stockholm is so romantic, considered a fashionable place to live or to go to, and it boasts prominent shopping districts, a wide range of cafés, restaurants, barsand and known as home of bohemia, alternative culture and a broad range of cultural amenities.
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Sodermalm is a large island south of Gamla Stan, and is largely residential. The Katarinahissen lift climbs from sea level up the steep cliffs of Sodermalm, taking you up to the Gondola cafe, with fabulous panoramic views of Gamla Stan. Cost: 70 SKr one-way.
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The most southern island of Stockholm is Södermalm. It's not really the area with the most touristic attractions, but especially the skyline is impressive. The banks of Sodermalm are rocky and have high cliffs, especially at the western part of the island that you can see from Riddarsholmen and Kungsholmen.
The eastern part of the island is less rough and has offices, clubs, restaurants and bars. This is the part you can see from Skeppsholmen and Gamla Stan. This is the part where you will enter the island when you cross the Centralbron or the Skeppsbron when coming from Gamla Stan.
Sodermalm has some nice museums and churches to visit and the Tantolunden Park at the southwest is a popular park on the island.
Södermalm is a big island south of Gamla Stan filled with little [and big] street shops, all kinds of restaurants, ice cafés, sushi bars aso. The most of the big cruisers to Finland, Estonia & other countries depart from the north-eastern part of the island, so a day-trip like that would be such a great idea - read about it on my Åland, Finland page!
Södermalm's all small streets, nice spots, a lot of churches & green parks, so you can just take a walk until you find a place that best suits you. Globen (City), situtated in the southern part, is a symbol of Stockholm with four arenas where concerts, matches & conferences & everything else is held, dozens of bars & restaurants & more than sixty shops & boutiques. It's almost a city itself, very good connected & planned to become an interesting destination. When I was in Stockholm, I read about a couple of new bars & restaurants being opened & the day I was leaving Coldplay were playing there...
The best way to check out Södermalm is by foot. Although it can take a while, you're gonna get a feeling of the city. ;) Take the Tunnelbana (or T-bana) to Slussen [two stops from Centralen] & start cruising... There is Katarinahissen & its restaurant from which you have a great view of the central Stockholm, but prepare for paying big money for that pleasure. The alternative is to go a bit more to the east through Katarinavägen to Fjällgatan - you have a nice view from there & you're gonna see all kinds of things on the way! (Thanx, Mark!)
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The northernmost part of Soder is called Slussen. Sluss means "locks", and this is where boats are shipped through from the Baltic to Lake Malaren. Slussen is also a connection point for the subway, and a nice place to start a visit to Sodermalm, the South part of downtown Stockholm.
Above the lock is the square Sodermalms torg. There is a cart selling herring fast food (try it!), the usual market business with flowers and fruits, and also the Museum Stockholms Stadsmuseum. The museum is devoted to the history of Stockholm.
In the picture is Slussen area seen from Gamla Stan island.
From slussen you can start your visit of Sodermalm. Either you stroll south on Gotgatan, or you take Hornsgatan to the west, or you climb up towards Mosebacke torg to stroll the eastern parts of Sodermalm. You should take all of these walks if you have the time. Especially in the east part you will pass picturesque houses and get a marvellous view of the city. Try Fjallgatan for great views. Hornsgatan and Gotgatan are great for shopping.
At the Slussen itselt, note the tall steel structure called Katarinahissen. Up there is a restaurant where, it you have the means, you can enjoy a dinner with a great view.
Note also the neon sign for toothpaste Stomatol, up on the houses on Sodermalm. It has ben there since the 1920:s, or 30:s. It was one of the first ever neon commercial signs in Sweden.
When you've done central city and old town...
Go to Sodermalm! Sodermalm is the big residential island south of old town (Gamla Stan). It has a completely different feel to it than central Stockholm and seems to be a very up and coming district. I would either walk over from the old town or take the subway to the stop called "Slussen", and then walk the main street called Gotgatan browsing the shops and people watching. You'll finally end up on the main square called Medborgarplatsen with lots of lively cafes and people.
If you're looking for a great view of Stockholm, you can get it here in Sodermalm from the so-called Katarinahissen. It is an elevator which takes you up about 40 meters or so to a restaurant above Slussen, and there is a marvelous view from there.
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