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Stockholm/Southern Suburbs

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The southern suburbs of Stockholm, Söderort or Söder om Söder, is the part of Stockholm municipality that lies south of Södermalm, at the northern edge of the Södertörn peninsula.

Understand

Most of the area was built up during the mid-20th century parallel with the subway, as suburban residential blocks. The industrial zones at the waterfront, such as Hammarby Sjöstad and Liljeholmen, have more recently been re-developed into rectangular urban blocks.

Get in

Public transport serves most of the area. See Stockholm#Public transport.

See

The Globe
  • The Globe (Globen, officially "Ericsson Globe"), Globentorget (T Globen) [1]. Located just south of Södermalm, the giant white sphere that is "the Globe" has been one of the most eye-catching features of the Stockholm skyline since its inauguration in 1989. The 16,000-seat arena claims the title as the world’s largest spherical building. It is frequently used for ice hockey games (see Do/Sports section below) but is also used for other sporting events, as well as concerts and galas. Guided tours are currently available for groups only, by prior arrangement, but organized public tours will be held June 22-August 16 (Adults 80 SEK).[2]
    • Skyview is an elevator at the outside of the arena, to the very top, with a panoramic view of Stockholm. The ride lasts 20 minutes, and costs 130 SEK for adults, and 100 SEK for children and seniors. [3]
  • Skogskyrkogården, the Woodland Cemetery (T Skogskyrkogården) [4]. Skogskyrkogården is a UNESCO World Heritage site, famous for its architecture. The two architects Gunnar Asplund (who later also would design the Stockholm Public Library) and Sigurd Lewerentz were 30 years old when they won the architecture competition in 1915. All chapels and other main buildings are designed by Asplund, with the exception of the Chapel of Resurrection, designed by Lewerentz, the landscape architect. The site also features works of art by famous Swedish artists such as Sven Erixson, Carl Milles and Otto Sköld. With some 100,000 graves spanning 102 hectares, Skogskyrkogården is the second largest cemetery in Sweden. The film star Greta Garbo is one of several notables buried there. In addition to the large Christian Protestant section, there are also Orthodox, Catholic, Jewish and Muslim sections.
  • Färgfabriken, Lövholmsbrinken 1 (T Liljeholmen, Tvärbanan tram to Trekanten), +46 8 645 07 07 [5]. Open Th-Su noon-18:00 (closed for much of the summer). An exhibition hall housed in an old paint factory from 1889 (the name translates to "the paint factory"), calling itself "laboratory of the contemporary". It is perhaps one of Sweden's most interesting scenes for contemporary art. Unfortunately, it is closed for most of the summer.
  • University College of Art, Crafts and Design (Konstfack), LM Ericssons väg 14 (T Telefonplan), +46 8 450 41 00 [6].
  • Hammarby Sjöstad is a neighbourhood founded in the 1990s, just about to be completed, intended to be ground-breaking in sustainable development, with a waterfront good for pedestrians.

Do

  • Hammarby plays their home games at Söderstadion, Arenavägen (T Globen), a 1950s stadium just south of the inner city. The club's home games are known for their atmosphere, although recent incidents of hooliganism have somewhat marred the reputation of its enthusiastic supporters. The stadium will be closed down in 2013, to be replaced by Tele2 Arena.
  • Djurgården plays some of their ice hockey home games in Globen (the giant Stockholm Globe Arena) and others at the smaller, neighbouring Hovet, both Arenavägen (T Globen).
  • AIK plays their ice hockey home games at Hovet.
  • Stockholm International Horse Show [7]. A major international indoor equestrian event, held annually in the Stockholm Globe Arena, featuring the World Cup in dressage, show jumping and World Cup Four in Hand driving.
    • Stockholm International Horse Show 2010, November 26-28.
  • Stockholm International Fairs, Stockholmsmässan, [8] in Älvsjö, an exhibition center for business and hobby conventions.
  • Hammarbybacken at Hammarby Sjöstad, alpine skiing in case of persistent sub-zero temperature. The view from the summit is great around the year.
  • Flottsbrobacken in Huddinge, alpine skiing.
  • Tele2 Arena is a 30,000-seat stadium under construction at the Globe Arena, to open by summer 2013.
  • Heron City, (T Skärholmen), [9] an American-style shopping and entertainment venue, with bowling alleys and motion pictures.

Buy

  • Farsta Centrum, (T Farsta), [10]. Open M-F 10:00-19:00, Sa 10:00-17:00, Su 11:00-17:00.
  • Globen Shopping, (T Globen), [11]. Next to the Globe Arena, Globen. Open M-F 10:00-19:00, Sa 10:00-17:00, Su 11:00-17:00.
  • Skärholmen Centrum, (T Skärholmen), [12]. Open M-F 10:00-19:00, Sa 10:00-17:00, Su 11:00-17:00.
  • IKEA Kungens Kurva, Kungens Kurva (buses from T Skärholmen). The largest IKEA in the world.

Eat

  • IKEA Kungens Kurva has the cheapest meals in the area, if you happen to pass by.

Drink

  • Slakthuset in Slakthusområdet ("the meatpacking district") is, with inspiration from the New York counterpart, a nightclub for alternative dance music. With very casual furnishing, the livestock blood has barely been washed off the walls.

Sleep

Budget

  • Globen Villa, Dammtrappgatan 13 (In between metro station globen and Enskede Gard), [13]. checkin: 16-18. In this quiet neighbourhood of traditional working-class houses a welcoming lady rents 3 units for bed and breakfast. Two of the units are separate buildings, which are well equipped. The breakfast consists of several fresh things like bread, fruits and drinks. The cabins are cosy and great value. The metro is a 5 minute walk and from there 10 mins to the main attractions. Short, the location is fine. The units have their own kitchenettes, so you can cook yourself. The supermarket is a 10 minute walk. Discounts apply if you stay longer. 1200 SEK for a weekend from friday evening to Sunday. 3500 SEK for a week and less if you stay longer. Single night is 600 SEK.

Mid-range

  • Quality Hotel Globe [14] next door to the Globe arena.
  • Rica Talk Hotel, Mässvägen 2, (commuter train to Älvsjö) [15]. The Rica Talk Hotel is next door to Stockholm International Fairs, and a short stroll from the Älvsjö station. The hotel is spacious, clean and modern, with the bathrooms extremely pleasing; big bath, good temperature-control shower. All toiletries were in big wall-fixed dispensers, but nice ones, with good quality contents! The breakfast buffet is extensive and plentiful.

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