Södermalm Cultural Walk, Stockholm

Södermalm, or "Söder" for short, is a borough in central Stockholm, incorporating a large island of the same name (formerly known as "Åsön"). Although considered an island, the water surrounding Södermalm to the north and south does not flow freely, but passes through a series of locks. Visitors are charmed by the borough's narrow, cobbled streets and neat squares, as well as the cute little red cottages - a mixture of working class housing and wealthy dwellings (summer houses and pavilions, including Emanuel Swedenborg's pavilion, originally built here, but later relocated to an open-air museum in Skansen, Stockholm). For anyone wanting to appreciate Stockholm fully, a visit to Södermalm is a must!
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Södermalm Cultural Walk Map

Guide Name: Södermalm Cultural Walk
Guide Location: Sweden » Stockholm (See other walking tours in Stockholm)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 9
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.3 km
Author: rose
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Konsthantverkarna

1) Konsthantverkarna

Konsthantverkarna, established in 1951, is both a gallery and a store. The oldest professional handicrafts dealer in Sweden, it features the work of 160 craftsmen, including unique items made of glass, ceramic, silver and wood, as well as jewelry and sculptures.

Operation hours: Monday - Friday: 11 am - 6 pm; Saturday: 11 am - 4 pm
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Grafiska Sällskapet

2) Grafiska Sällskapet

Grafiska Sällskapet displays a large collection of contemporary Swedish prints, which is regularly updated by association members. The Swedish Printmakers Association, established in 1910, has about 450 members today, with varying styles and techniques. The prints are also for sale and the staff is available to assist you with professional advice.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Thursday: 12 pm – 6 pm; Friday - Sunday: 12 pm – 4 pm
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Galleri Blås & Knåda

3) Galleri Blås & Knåda

Galleri Blås & Knåda offers a large selection of contemporary Swedish ceramics and glass, as well as works of art. Established in 1975, all items on display and for sale are made by a society of about 45 potters and glassblowers from all over Sweden.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Friday: 11 am - 6 pm; Saturday: 11 am - 4 pm; Sunday: 12 pm - 4 pm
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Knall Gallery

4) Knall Gallery

Knall Gallery is run by Swedish artist Christina Knall. Located near the main galleries in Södermalm, it displays a permanent exhibition of Knall’s art. Nowadays her work specializes in watercolor, canvas and graphic art.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Friday: 11 am - 6 pm; Saturday - Sunday: 12 pm - 4 pm
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Maria Magdalena Church

5) Maria Magdalena Church

Located in the center of Stockholm, the Maria Magdelena Church has a history which goes back as far as the 14th century. King Magnus Eriksson built a funeral chapel on the site which was dedicated to Mary Magdalene. The chapel was torn down with the introduction of Protestantism in the 16th century only to be rebuilt in 1577 by King John III. Designed in Baroque style of architecture, the spire was destroyed by fire in 1759 along with most of the neighborhood. The church, once again, was rebuilt in 1763 with care given to preserving the church’s original appearance. Visitors come from all around to see the painting at the High Altar which depicts the Adoration of the Shepherd at the Nativity by Louis Masreliez. The pulpit is encrusted with an elegant medallion with a portrait of Mary Magdelene. The church houses three organs, one which has been there since 1774 and designed by Carl Fredrik Adelcrantz, a second 50-stop organ which was added in 1927 and a smaller organ which was added to the choir in 1986. The fabulous baptismal font, which is made of rich copper, dates back to the 1600s and has managed to survive both fires and rebuilds.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Seriegalleriet

6) Seriegalleriet

Seriegalleriet specializes in artwork from comic books and animated films. Established in 2002, it organizes exhibitions of numerous artists, including Arne Anka, Rocky, Nemi, Lotta Geffenblad and many others. Old collectible comic books are also for sale here.

Operation hours: Monday - Friday: 11 am – 6 pm; Saturday: 12 pm – 4 pm; Sunday: 1 pm – 4 pm
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Katarina Kyrka

7) Katarina Kyrka

Built on the site of the famous Stockholm Bloodbath, Katarina Kyrka is a church with a long history which began in the 1600s. This church is one of the most known churches in Stockholm. Destroyed by fire two times during its lifetime, the church has been rebuilt as recently as the 1990s. Named after the mother of King Charles X of Sweden, Princess Catherine, it took many years to build this facility as funding was a challenge for its patron. The church reflects the stylistic design of three architects. Jean de la Vallée was the original architect, in 1723 Göran Josua Adelcrantz designed the octagonal tower and the reconstruction following the first fire and, Ove Hidemark oversaw the reconstruction in 1990 when all but the exterior walls burned to the ground. The last reconstruction took many painstaking years, as care was taken to make sure the church was replicated and restored to its original 17th century appearance using materials common to the time period. Visitors will want to come by at noon on Tuesday or Thursday, when organ music can be heard coming from within the religious facility. The church is open for visitors Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and, on the weekend 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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125 Kvadrat

8) 125 Kvadrat

125 Kvadrat, open daily, is both a gallery and a shop, featuring a wide range of textiles and works created from ceramic, glass and wood. Artists such as Elisabet Wahlström, Eva Rittsel and many others contribute to its collection.

Operation hours: Monday – Friday: 11 am – 6 pm; Saturday – Sunday: 11 am – 4 pm
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Saint Eric's Cathedral

9) Saint Eric's Cathedral

The historic Saint Eric’s Cathedral is located in the Southern section of the city of Stockholm. Constructed in 1892, this Roman Catholic cathedral has hosted many religious celebrations throughout the years. The cathedral was named after Saint Eric, who was a martyred 12th century king, who later became the patron saint of Stockholm. King Eric died on Ascension Day, May 18, 1260 when he was attacked, beaten and beheaded. He was buried near the alter of the Old Cathedral of Uppsala. After miracles were attributed to him, following visits from the faithful, he was canonized by the Roman Catholic Church. In 1983, the diocese of Stockholm made the decision to expand the cathedral due, to growth in the Roman Catholic community. The expansion was designed by the architects Has Westman and Ylva Leonormad and was completed in 1983, just in time for the 200th anniversary of the re-establishment of the church in Sweden and, following years of Lutheran predominance in the region. On Sundays, the cathedral celebrates mass in Italian, Latin, Swedish, Croatian, Spanish and Polish, which truly represents the international population of the city of Stockholm. On weekdays, mass is celebrated at 8:00 a.m. in Swedish. This is a religious facility, so women may want to carry a veil when visiting the cathedral to cover their heads out of respect.
Sight description based on wikipedia

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Travel Distance: 1.1 km
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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.3 km
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Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.5 km
Norrmalm Cultural Walk, Part 2

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 km

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