You can get a great, free view overlooking Stockholm from the Katarinahissen. Unfortunately, in December 2014, the lift from the street to the viewing platform was still under maintenance and not available for use. However, undeterred, we took the elevator inside the building to the Globen restaurant and managed to find our way out onto the walkway towards the elevator under construction. Although you cannot get to the end of the walkway, there is still plenty of opportunity for snapping that panoramic city shot. Be aware that there are two elevators in the building – one of which is the smallest elevator we have ever seen – two people only !
In 1909 the first luminous advertisement in the world was installed on top of Katarinahissen. Nothing special to us today but when it was first installed, it must have impressed people a lot. It promotes a toothpaste (the name of which I am not mentioning here;-)) The top of the lift structure is the perfect spot for advertising, visible all over the lake. Later on the ad has been transferred to a nearby rooftop where it still does its job more than a century later.
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 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.
Fjällgatan is a street in the Sondermalm area. It is situated on the edge of a cliff and has wonderful views over the city and the harbour.
Fjällgatan is lined with colourful wooden houses dating from the 18th century.
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.
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.
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.
One of the myriad boat trips on offer takes you around the maritime part of the city "under the bridges".
I don't remember the exact route, but we certainly went as far west as Lilla Essingen, and then back to the south of Södermalm.
Our trip left from Nybrohamnen and ended at Strömkajen. Took 2 hours, cost 190SEK each.
It passed really fast, and was the perfect thing for an afternoon when the weather was unpredictable. Like most boat trips, it gives you a completely new perspective on the city.
They have a headphone commentary, which no doubt tells you how many bricks or metric tons of concrete went into each bridge. We skipped that and gossiped.
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.
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.