A Perfect Day in Stockholm: a walk along the cliffs, plus a cafe or a pub

October 10, 2012

in Life as an expat,Living in Sweden,Stockholm,Stockholm walks,Sweden,what to see in Stockholm

sodermalm views

The view from Monteliusvägen in Södermalm.

sodermalm walk

Even though there is construction being done (as you can seen in the top photo in particular), the view is still stunning.

stadshuset as seen from sodermalm

The path also has a terrific view of Stadshuset or city hall.

One of my very favorite walks in Stockholm is along the cliffs of Södermalm. Called Monteliusvägen, the 500-meter long walking path looks out over Lake Mälaren, Stadshuset, Riddarholmen and Gamla Stan.

Monteliusvägen is in the heights of Mariaberget on Södermalm and follows along the rocky cliff above Söder Mälarstrand. It begins at Kattgränd on the west and ends at Skolgränd on the east. There are terraces, park benches and picnic tables along the path, making it easy to stop and enjoy the view. (By the way, this is a great spot to catch both sunrise and sunset.) Opposite the view you’ll find old Stockholm at its most charming – steep hills, cobblestone streets and ocher-painted buildings.

And after you’ve enjoyed the up high view, you can take the staircase down the cliff and you can go directly to the water along Söder Mälarstrand. Still another great option is to walk down the hill toward Mariatorget via Blecktornsgränd. Along the stairs that make up this street are cafes and art galleries such as Magnolia and Cafe Mariaberget. There’s outdoor seating and somehow, this street has a Spanish or Italian feel to me. This is not a touristy area, but rather a more arty, casual one. I like the vibe. A lot. And if you need a drink, a great option for a stop is the Bishops Arms on Bellmansgatan.

See other options for A Perfect Day in Stockholm here.


Checking out the view.


A little autumn color on the walk.


Hanging out on the walkway.


1 Antropologa October 11, 2012 at 13:58

We tried to do some of this when we were in Stockholm but my phone’s map led us astray and we didn’t get to the right path soon enough before we had to had back…but I got an idea and it’s a pretty area!

2 Sandra October 11, 2012 at 21:59

Oh, that’s too bad that you didn’t get to check it all out Antropologa. Those maps can be dangerous! Maybe next time?

3 Rog October 12, 2012 at 09:00

Excellent choice Sandy – walking around Mälaren in the inner city is one of my favorites, and it’s also many Stockholmians favorite training round (the Norr/Söder mälarstrand round, that is).

4 Sandra October 18, 2012 at 22:51

Thanks Roger. I do love doing the entire walk too.

5 christian October 21, 2012 at 02:24

Hi Sandra, I’m enjoying these “perfect day in Stockholm” posts! Thinking about adding this one to our itinerary in December as I type… I can imagine the views would be incredible with a Winter snow over the city.

6 Sandra October 21, 2012 at 22:25

Thanks Christian. I am glad you are liking this new series. More posts are coming and hopefully they will help with your trip planning. This view is good in the winter as well.

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