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Södermalm is a central district of Stockholm and at the same time an island. Once a working-class area, it is a popular district for intellectuals and artists today. Here the ABBA member Benny Andersson has converted a cinema to the Hotel Rival.
Before we stroll through Södermalm, we first visit Fotografiska and the observation platform Katarinahissen.
We take the subway to Slussen and walk from here to the Fotografiska. Although Fotografiska is referred to as photo-museum, it does not only exhibit individual pictures. It is a center for contemporary photography and introduces photographers and their works in changing exhibitions.
The museum is housed in an Art Nouveau hall of a former tollhouse, right on the water’s edge. The American photographer Annie Leibovitz opened the museum in 2010.
During our visit, we were able to see a unique exhibition about a Greta Garbo on the ground floor. The vernissage “The image of Garbo” shows photos and other memorabilia about the unforgotten Swedish actress. The presumably the largest private Garbo collection in the world is owned by the entrepreneur Lars Nordin.
Another exhibition devoted itself to the work of Bryan Adams who has not only made a name as a rock musician. He was also awarded several times as a photographer. Bryan Adams is also known for his social engagement.
The Hurricane Season by Hannah Modigh particularly impresses us. The exhibition captures the events surrounding Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.
After visiting the exhibitions, you can relax in the Fotografiska Café upstairs and enjoy the views of Stockholm Bay.
Actually, Slussen is the name for the locks between the Baltic Sea and the Lake Mälaren. But the roads, subways and bus lines, made this square the most frequented traffic hub in Stockholm. It has grown steadily over the last few years but has not kept pace with the requirements of modern times.
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Since 2013 the traffic hub has been completely rebuilt. Completion is expected from 2022 onward. It is currently the largest construction site in Stockholm.
On the south side of Slussen, the Katarinahissen rises 38 m. Since 1881, this lift had transported millions of passengers. From the top, you have a beautiful view of the harbor of Stockholm. But at the moment it is out of order. After completion of the construction works in Slussen, a new elevator will be in operation.
But the observation platform is also open during the construction. To reach it, we have to walk around the city museum, which is also under renovation at the moment and go up the hill to Södermalm. On the way, we pass a suitable construction site artwork, which was already created by Karl Göte Bejemark in 1967.
The island of Södermalm slopes steeply to the sea in the east. Here lies the Mosebacke hill with many restaurants and the Södra theater.
In 1905, Greta Garbo was born as Greta Lovisa Gustafsson in Södermalm. As she grew up in poor circumstances and had no money to visit a theater, she went to the backstage of the theater to watch the actors passing by.
The Mosebacke terrace is particularly popular. You can reach it through the Mosebacke arch, right next to the Södra theater. From the garden, you have a magnificent view of Stockholm.
We do not stay there for a long but walk along the Götgatan, the district’s aorta, to the Medborgarplatsen.
Around this square are many department stores, restaurants, and guest houses. It seems to be a popular meeting place in the evening hours. We visit the Södermalm Hall (Södermalms saluhall), Stockholm ‘s most recent market hall.
On the opposite side of Götgatan is Björns tradgard, a small park with green spaces. Next to the park you can see the Stockholm Mosque.
Not least through the Millennium Trilogy of Stieg Larsson, Södermalm became known across the borders. The Stockholm City Museum offers Millenium Tours in the footsteps of Stieg Larsson. The walking tour brings you to various locations of the movie series and ends outside of Lisbeth Salander’s house at Mosebacke square.
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