AUG 03,2018 - AUG 03,2018 (1 DAYS)
Stockholm - day 5 - Södermalm.
Main Attractions: Centralbron Bridge, Stallbron Bridge, Café Schweizer, Södermalm, Pustegränd, Mariahissen, Monteliusvagen, Söder Mälarstrand, Långholmen, Pålsundsbron, Västerbron, Riddarfjärden, Rålambshovsparken, Boulebar Rålambshov, Norr Mälarstrand, Stockholm City Hall,
Duration: 1 day. Distance: 7 km. Weather: Sunny Day only. The walk is along open spaces with maritime landscapes. Most of the route is without a shelter.
5th day route: First, we shall repeat viewing several scenic spots in the centre of Stockholm - favored by a clear, sunny morning in this wonderful city. From our hotel, Scandic Norra Bantorget, Wallingatan 15, we headed southwest on Wallingatan toward Upplandsgatan, 100 m. We turned left onto Upplandsgatan, 110 m. We continued onto Vasagatan, 400 m. We slighted right to stay on Vasagatan, 450 m. Turned right toward Klara Mälarstrand, 15 m. We turned left toward Klara Mälarstrand, 40 m. Turned right onto Klara Mälarstrand, 120 m. We turned left onto Norra Järnvägsbron, 290 m (or via Centralbron Bridge). The Norstedt Building in Arkivgatan is opposite us:
From Norstedt Building we head southeast on Arkivgatan toward Tryckerigatan, 130 m. Turn left onto Riddarholmsbron/Riddarhusbron, 60 m. We enter the Gamla Stan.
View of Ryddarholmen Kyrkan:
Slight right onto Riddarhustorget, 120 m. Continue onto Myntgatan, 90 m. Turn left onto Mynttorget/Stallbron Bridge , 15 m. We enter the Helgeandsholmen small island with the Parliament complex:
You can see the City Hall on your left (west):
There is a couple of bridges further east (from west to east): Riksbron (Norbrro):
While on Stallbron - we see the Royal Palace in front of us:
From the Stallbron Bridge we cross the Gamla stan from north to south. We continue walking southeast toward Slottskajen. Continue to follow Mynttorget, 35 m. Continue onto Västerlånggatan, 55 m. and on your left is Café Schweizer, Västerlånggatan 9. A quaint, cozy , lively, little and delicious cafe in the middle of the busy, cobbled streets of the old city of Stockholm. During the morning hours - these roads are very packed with tourists along with lorry trucks full with food and furniture - striving their way in the narrow allies of Gamla Stan. Very atmospheric cafe !:
While walking along Gamla Stan roads - you can observe, here and there, the Bilbi (Gilgi), the famous Swedish girl/doll:
We continue southward on Västerlånggatan toward Klockgjutargränd, 200 m. Turn right onto Skräddargränd, 50 m. Turn left onto Stora Nygatan, 25 m. Turn right onto Schönfeldts gränd, 210 m. Turn left onto Södra Järnvägsbron. Take the stairs, 200 m. We entered Södermalm. Södermalm is connected to its surrounding areas by a number of bridges. It connects to Gamla stan to the north by the Slussen (bus, ferries) station. Slight right to stay on Södra Järnvägsbron. Take the stairs, 120 m and turn left onto Pustegränd (the Puff Alley). The alley is approximately 130 meters long. The last bit up to the Hornsgatan consists of stairs. You see a sculpture in the end of the flight of stairs:
We continue climbing WEST along Bastugatan (the Baths Street). The street is about 600 meters long. The whole area had, hardly, changed during the last 350 years. From 1877-1944, Södermalm's laundry and bathing facilities at Bastugatan 4 lay in a house that has now been torn. Continue with more right leg of Pryssgrand (not continuing with Bastugatan). The whole district is very pictorial, pastoral and and with a great deal of "retro" feeling:
When you cross the Bellmansgatan road on your left, you see the huge brown building of Mariahissen on your right. The building is blue-graded by the Stadsmuseet in Stockholm , which means that the building has "very high cultural historical values" corresponding to the requirements for buildings. Mariahissen at the foot of the Mariaberg was built in 1885-1887, after drawings by architect Gustaf Dahl. The site at Söder Mälarstrand was partly blown into the rock of Mariaberget. A total of 22 500 m³ of mountains were erupted before construction work with the house could begin. Gustaf Dahl gave the building a neo-Gothic style with arcade windows, toes and towers. The arcades of the ground floor are carried by iron columns with decoratively designed capitals:
You make half-circle walk along Pryssgrand and continue southward to connect with Bastugatan again. Turn right and continue along Bastugatan westward. On your right you connect with the the observation terrace of Monteliusvagen. A WONDERFUL SCENIC PATH !!! Walking along this path from south-east to north-west you have perfect views on Gamla Stan, Riddarholmen, Stockholms stadshus (Townhall) etc'. Perched high up on the cliffs of Sodermalm, this vantage point overlooks Stockholm. Try to pick a day where the sun is out and enjoy this beautiful view of Old Town Stockholm. A 500-meter long (quarter mile) walking path with a magnificent view of Lake Mälaren, City Hall, and Riddarholmen, especially at sunrise and sunset. Bring your food and drinks and enjoy the sunset. Alternatively, come in the morning with your coffee and you will have great start for your day. The path is lined with charming houses on one side and a beautiful view on the other. There is, of course, a safety rail on the path, but be careful in the wintertime when parts of the path might be a bit slippery. There are a few benches for visitors to take a rest and enjoy the view. The view is especially beautiful at sunrise or sunset. Sunset pictures are spectacular. Breathtaking and stunning scenery if you go during sunset. Warning: be careful if you go in winter, since the pathway is frozen and you can easily fall:
Walk along the path of Monteliusvagen until its end. Only the eastern part is very scenic. The rest goes among the trees with no views. The path goes westward, then its changes direction and descends southward.
In the end of the path we face Kattgränd (but continue westward with Batsugatan). Batsugatan continues westward and slights southward. Here we turn right and connect with Torkel Knutssonsgatan. We turn RIGHT and continue NORTHWARD (with our face to the water) along Torkel Knutssonsgatan. It is difficult to find the hidden path connecting to the promenade of Söder Mälarstrand. Ask the locals (they speak English) how to find the stairs leading to Söder Mälarstrand. Arriving to Söder Mälarstrand we head WESTWARD and continue walking along Söder Mälarstrand with our face to the west. The largest building complex is at Söder Mälarstrand 29 is the Munich Brewery . The wholesale trade company CC Brusell & Co. began in 1857 to manufacture and sell beer under the name of Munich Brewery Company. He named his brewery after the Bavarian brewery of Munich . Here beer was produced for over a hundred years, the last bottle was filled as late as 1971. The construction company ABV bought the brewery's main building in 1979 by the municipality and was completed in 1985 with a total renovation of the approximately 50,000 m². Today, the Munich Brewery is a trade fair and conference center. Söder Mälarstrand is a coastal street with a quay on Södermalm. It extends along Riddarfjärden from Centralbron in the east to Pålsundet in the west and is approximately 2,200 meters long. We shall walk approx. 1700 m. along Söder Mälarstrand - until we'll arrive to Långholmen island (see below). The views of Riddarfjärden, on your right (north) are pleasant and pretty:
Riddarfjärden from Heleneborgsgatan (further to the west...):
Our next destination is the island - Långholmen. The views along Söder Mälarstrand as we approach Långholmen - are still attractive:
Långholmen is an idyllic island and a popular spot for picnics, swimming, and recreation for Stockholmers and visitors alike, but this wasn’t always the case. From the eighteenth century up until 1975, Långholmen was a dreaded prison island. Since 1989 Långholmen Prison has been a 112-room hotel and hostel, renovated in 2007/2008. In the former prison hospital there is now a restaurant and pub. The small beaches, located right outside the former prison, are usually crowded in summer. There are more beaches, open-air stages, charming buildings and a nice allotment garden area on Långholmen. The island is also home to Mälarvarvet (The Mälaren Yard), one of Stockholm’s oldest shipyards, and a small Bellman museum with a café. There is a wonderful view from the east side of the island over Riddarfjärden and Gamla Stan.
There are 3 bridges connecting Södermalm and Långholmen. We chose crossing the water over the most eastern one: the Pålsundsbron. Pålsundsbron ( "The Pole Sound/Strait Bridge") is a bridge stretching over the small water course Pålsundet. The name Pålsundet, refers to the poles blocking the canal from ships trying to reach central Stockholm without paying the required duty. Also, an iron chain served the same purpose of forcing the ships pay a visit to the custom house (Winter Tullen) demolished during the 1930s. The bridge was known as Mälarvarvsbron ("The Mälaren Shipyard Bridge") or more locally Varvsbron until 1948 when it received its present name. The sights all around the small bridge are charming:
After crossing the Pålsundsbron bridge and stepping on Långholmen island we turn left (west) we see a black fence and red house and we skip them (from their left side) and continue to north, crossing the park from south to north: Head north on Pålsundsbron toward Skutskepparvägen, 50 m. Turn left onto Skutskepparvägen, 50 m. Turn right, 210 m. Turn right, take the stairs and continue 350 m. northward to the Västerbron, West Bridge. Västerbron is an 600 m. (340 m of which stretches over water) and it is one of the major bridges in Stockholm, offering one of the most panoramic views of the central part of the city centering on Gamla stan, the old town. Its inauguration on 20 November 1935 made it the second stationary connection between the southern and northern parts of the city, saving the citizens the effort of a ferry ride, which had previously been required. We walk along the Västerbron, along the section which extends over the Riddarfjärden, the eastern-most bay of Lake Mälaren. It is a very popular spot for watching the New Year's Eve fireworks. It is a splendid walk with distant, wonderful views of the northern parts of Stockholm (but with with bustling, noisy transport along the giant bridge). First, from the southern part of Västerbro bridge we have wonderful sights of Långholmen beaches, forests and rocks:
The more we advance along the bridge - we see mighty panorama of the Riddarfjärden:
The last, most northern parts of the Västerbron bridge meet the Rålambshovsparken on Kungsholmen. Rålambshovsparken is a popular park for activities during the summer. The park is located between two popular residential areas, with a great view over Riddarfjärden, the City Hall and Gamla Stan (the latter two - from its eastern parts). Rålambshovs has a great skate facility. It has a multitude of play areas and splash ponds, as well as mud-pie kitchens, spooky forest and indoor facilities. People come here to play soccer, boules, beach volleyball or brännboll or take part in an aerobics sessions, but also to swim and sunbath or meet with friends. Young people prefer Rålambshovsparken, while families with children prefer the nearby Smedsuddsbadet. The park is also a popular event location for events including the Parkteatern outdoor theater. “Rålis,” as the park is nicknamed, also has restaurants and cafés (see below). Nice walking routes to the park are along Norr Mälarstrand or over the Västerbron bridge from Södermalm (from where we made our way):
We continued walking EASTWARD along the park - where the water (Riddarfjärden) is on our right (south). We had a fantastic lunch at the Boulebar Rålambshov. For 250 SKR we had (for two persons): Steak, Salad, Pommes Frites, Truffle, Cafe and free water. Very friendly service and superb quality food in the open air:
Rålambshovsparken, in its east end, ends with a path which stretches parallel to Rålambshovsleden, and further east, parallel to Norr Mälarstrand. Norr Mälarstrand ("Northern Shore of Mälaren") is a street on Kungsholmen. Bordering Riddarfjärden. Norr Mälarstrand is a southbound boulevard stretching 1,4 km west from the southern end of Baltzar von Platens gata in the west to the City Hall in the east. It is a walk of 1.7 km:
The most notable structures along the street are the series of functionalist residential buildings lined-up along its western part On your left - with your face to the east):
As we approach the City Hall from the east (with a sunny, bright afternoon hours) - we get, again, marvelous sights of the Stockholm City Hall from the west:
The Cathedral (Storkykrkan) from the City Hall:
It is our second time in the City Hall. BUT, it is the first time we stay here during the afternoon hours. In a sunny day - it is an exceptional experience with breathtaking sights of the water, Riddarholmen island and Gamla stan (Stockholm Old City). DO NOT MISS the CITY HALL - during the afternoon hours:
Since we arrived to the City Hall during a typical Friday evening (and during the dry summer months) - we could take part in a chain of public wedding ceremonies. Most of them were same-sex marriages:
From the City Hall we returned to our hotel in Norrmalm (Scandit Norra Bantorget). From the City Hall we headed east, took the stairs, 210 m. We turned right onto Hantverkargatan, 15 m. We continued onto Stadshusbron, 95 m. We turned left at Klarastrandsleden, 30 m:
Turn right at Klarastrandsleden, 30 m. The view from Klarastrandsleden to T-Centeralen in Norrmalm:
We turned left onto Blekholmsgatan, 40 m. We turned right onto Centralbron, took the stairs, 90 m. We took the exit on the left toward Centralplan, 100 m. Turned left onto Centralplan, took, again, the stairs, 95 m. We turn left onto Vasagatan, 650 m. Continue donto Upplandsgatan, 110 m. and turned right onto Wallingatan, 110 m to arrive to the Scandic Norra Bantorget Hotel.