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!)
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.
Since the most of Stockholm lies on a larger number of islands inbetween the Mälaren Lake & the Baltic Sea, bridges are naturally a very important component of the City & its life, so there's a lot of them. Along with their obvious function, they offer great views of surrounding areas! I've spent so much time just walking around the city & staring at the water, enjoying the sight...
If you're walking to the west end of Södermalm, take the Västerbron, which gives you a magnificent view of whole Stockholm! And note that it can get very windy up there! ;)
I think many tourists restrict themsleves to just the old town (Gamla Stan) and central Stockholm (Norrmalm), but it is worth checking out the island of Sodermalm. Sodermalm seems to be where alot of trendy young people are now living, with alot of artists and students and people of all kinds. It is located very close to the old town and you can simply walk from old town across the bridge to the main street of Sodermalm called Gotgatan. Gotgatan leads right to the central square of Sodermalm, which is called Medborgarplatsen. There are lots of cafes and the square is full of life, and it is conveniently located at subway stop Medborgplatsen as well.
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.
Medborgar-platsen means "Citizens' Square". This is one of the most popular places for people of all ages: shopping, cafes, restaurants, food markets, theater, fast-food, flower-market, ice-skating (winter), banks, meeting spots among friends, etc.
MP is also where you will see a church and a mosque standing to next each other. Each time I am delighted to see that !
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.
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.
The footpath along the edge of the cliff of Södermalm offers fabulous views over the islands and waters. The whole panorama of central Stockholm is at your feet: Gamla Stan, Riddarholmen, the city centre, Stadhuset. The changing light, sunshine and beautiful clouds which are so typical for Swedish weather add to the photo opportunities. This place seems to be popular for wedding photos, too...
Benches invite to sit and rest and enjoy the view. Part of the trail is a wooden boardwalk, other parts a gravel path. Steep stairways led down to Söder Mälarstrand. The trail is easier to reach on foot from the upper side through the pretty side lanes of Södermalm's old quarter, though.
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Devote an hour to this walk, and bring the camera.
Tours are in: Swedish, English, German, Spanish, French, Italian (and for tours departing at 10am, 12pm, 2pm and 4pm, Russian, Finnish and Japanese is also available)
You start off on a very comfortable bus, with large windows so you can see everything, you go over a few of the main islands, including: Gamla Stan, Kungsholmen, Norrmalm and Södermalm. On this trip you get a good overview of the historical importance of buildings, sites and the different islands. The bus tour goes for an hour and half before you get off the bus at Kungsträdgården. A guide will then lead you to a tour boat - this tour goes for an hour and you get to see a lot of Stockholm's inner archipelago. There is some repetition on the commentary, but still, a lot of interesting information is given. Worth it if you are not spending a lot of time in Stockholm.
Runs late March to mid-December
SEK 300 for 2.5 hours
Katarinahissen is an elevator that leads from the lakeshore up to the top of the cliff of Södermalm not far from Katarina Kyrka (hence the name). Do not count on using it: The lift has been closed in 2010 and when, and whether, it will be reopened is yet unknown.
Anyway, it is worth going there from the upper side because (photographers!) of the view from the bridge that leads from the clifftop over to the lift.
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.
This statue is a memorial over the 500 Swedes that went to Spain in the years 1938-1939. Together with other international voluntary fources they fought for democracy in Spain.
The Swedish words that are written on the monument have the following meaning:
"Of the 500 Swedes who during the years 1938-39 fought for the democracy in Spain each third man fell. They gave their outmost at Madrid, Jarama, Guadalajara, Brunete, Teruel, Aragon, Ebro.
Wanderer, stop and remember them with pride."
Beside the statue there is a map cut in stone with the names of Madrid, Brunete, Jarama, Guadalajara, Aragon, Teruel and Ebro.
The Swedish inscription on the small stone beside says:
"In memoriam of the Swedish volunteers in Spain.
Erected 1977. Liss Eriksson Born 1919."
The place for the statue is very well choosen, many of the soldiers came from the south proletarian part of Stockholm (Södermalm). The statue is more than 4 meters high.
The Swedish volunteers fought together with German anti-fascists in the well reputated Thälmann batallion. Of those who survived many were wounded.
All together the international voluntary forces reached 50,000 men.
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.
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.