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 !
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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! ;)
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!)
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.
Katarinahissen is a public elevator and such elevators are unique in Stockholm. The original elevator was built between 1881 and 83 and was replaced by a modern elevator in 1935.
The interesting structure is 38 m high with the name 'Gondolen' on the bridge. Gondolen is one of the most expensive restaurant in Stockholm. We didn't have our dinner there. Rather, we went to the Macdonald nearby with our budget travelling. :)
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.