City parts located off the conventional traveller path traditionally have a different atmosphere than those in the historical city centres. These are the places where one can explore the local way of life, see what the residential neighbourhoods are like, how the locals spend their days and enjoy the areas they live in. All of this is not to say that there are not any interesting places, historical or modern, that are worthy the travellers’ time.
In this post, I show you a few of my favourite places located in the area known as Hornstull on the western side of Södermalm in Stockholm. If the places in this post are not enough for you, you have nothing to worry about as Hornstull is close to many other interesting city parts including Långholmen with an intriguing history and Mariaberget, which is a beautifully preserved historical area.
Without much doubt, Högalid Church is the most dominant place to see at Hornstull. The church was built essentially simultaneously with Stockholm City Hall and there are many resemblances between the two monumental buildings on the opposite sides of Riddarfjärden. In fact, Högalid Church might not have become what it is if there was not for the City Hall.
It is said that thanks to the interest in architecture Stockholm City Hall generated, the prominent church at Hornstull became more ambitious and also more expensive in the end. The similarities between these buildings designed in the same architectural style are the reason behind the church having two towers, too, as the authorities wanted to distinguish it.
Högalid Church is surrounded by a pleasant hill park with several walking paths and a children playground. Högalidsparken was completed nearly a decade after the church, in 1932, but several additions have been made later. The sculpture of ‘The girl with a jumping rope’ was added in 1967, for instance.
Hornstull Library is one of many Stockholm libraries but not all of them reside in such beautiful industrial brick buildings. The building originally served as a shoe factory founded in 1890. Today, it is the oldest remaining shoe factory building in Stockholm and while the factory was closed in the 1950s, only a few decades earlier it was Stockholm’s largest shoe factory with approximately 500 employees.
Tantolunden is one of Stockholm inner city’s largest parks and a cabin area with around a hundred diverse cottages and gardens. It is also one of the hill parks built in the late 19th century as a part of the plan to make nature more accessible to city residents and improve the air in Stockholm. It was ready in 1899 after years of stocking soil on the hills on which it resides, and planting trees and shrubs, similar to other hill parks in Stockholm.
5. Hornstull Beach (Hornstulls strand)
Along the edge of Tantolunden and the shores of Lake Mälaren stretches a nice long promenade with beautiful waterfront views. You can follow the path all the way from Hornstulls strand, passing under Liljeholm Bridge (Liljeholmsbron), to Bergsunds strand which will lead you to Västerbron and the next place on our list. (Discover more waterfront promenades in Stockholm.)
6. Långholmen Boat Clubs
In the narrow bay dividing Södermalm and Långholmen, are docks where many boats belonging to the members of local boat clubs rest. Together with a nice promenade, views of the green island of Långholmen, and colourful architecture on the edges of Hornstull, this is a pleasant place to visit and walk around.
These are the places I recommend you visiting when you find yourself in the western parts of Stockholm’s Södermalm. Do not forget that places outside of the most historical parts of the city have a lot to offer and continue exploring Mariaberget with beautiful views and historical architecture or Långholmen, the green island housing the former prison.
Stay tuned if you would like to learn more about places on this list as I am going to tell you the whole story of Högalid Church already in a few days. In the meantime, join our growing community of travellers on Instagram where we share images of beautiful places to visit.
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