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My travels in Sweden:
You can use the maps from Stockholmskällan. It has the function that you can compare maps from different years. It's only one map that cover the areas outside Stockholm City, the map from 1934.
I think a lot of people found that our walk along harbors in Stockholm was interesting. Here comes a new walk, this time from Årstadal to Eriksdal.
I have added links with deeper information, most of them are Wikipedia links. I have chosen the Swedish link, but in some cases you can shift to English. If there is no English version you can use Google translator or similar service. There are more information in the Swedish language.
Harbors from Årstadal to Eriksdal:
Map over our walk:
From Årstaberg Station to Erikdals, it's about a 6 km long walk.
We started our tour with the subway to Globen station and then the tram to Årstaberg station. From there we had a short walk to Liljeholmen where we start our harbor walk. This is a relative new station from when Stockholm reintroduced the trams.
More to read about the trams in Stockholm at Wikipedia:
Now we are at Årstaviken (Årsta Bay), the railway bridge in front of us is new and to the right is the old one from 1930s. With the new bridge it also came a walk path over to other side, Södermalm.
More to read about Årsta bridges at Wikipedia:
These buildings are new to me, earlier we had the big building, Vin & Sprit (Wine & Alcohol) here. In Sweden you are not allowed to buy wine and beers in the markets, you must go to the government controlled Systembolaget, even today. When this house was still active you could see big ships coming in with wine in its tanks. They had its own ships with the names: M/S Vindemia, M/S Vinia and M/T Vinlandia. I know because my father had his mahogany cruiser Monalisa in the boat club Ligna at the opposite side in the 1960s and I followed him to the boat and watched the ships here.
More to read about Vin & Sprit at Årstadal at Wikipedia:
Earlier it was impossible to reach the harbor up from here, very steep. We looked if there was a staircase which we could walk down through. The bridge we see looks to lead us out in the air.
We walked out on the bridge and from there we found an elevator which we could use.
The elevator take us down to the harbor.
With this elevator you can even bring the bicycles with you. It's a bit strange, they call this place Södermalm Årsta, but Södermalm is the island over the bay. Or maybe they just mean that the elevator lead us to that places.
Lot of new buildings and a new staircase up to the hill.
The houses in this area are not finished yet and we had to walk a while until we found an opening to walk down to the harbor. One more new colorful house.
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Bergrumsgaraget, did they built a garage of the former Wine storage?
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A new black building with a tower.
At last we found an opening down to the harbor.
To the right was the earlier building Vin & Sprit factory and in the background Årsta Bridges.
A 24 floor high building, a skyscraper for us who live in Stockholm.
A warning sign about weak ice, maybe it should be taken down now?
A floating bridge with sunbathing places.
It looks so different compare the view we had over here in the 1960s. To the left was a coal storage.
House with a hole, the architecture are a bit more exciting compare what we are used to.
More to read about Årstadal and nearby places:
A panorama view over the Årsta bay.
Cherry trees that will bloom soon.
This is the older part of the harbor, once one of the bigger in Stockholm. Now a place where people relaxing to have a sea view or sunbathing.
They have left the semaphore as a reminder of the railway that once took passengers to Stockholm Central Station. Stockholm's Southern main railway until 1933.
More to read about Liljeholmen Station at Wikipedia:
Vin & Sprit was placed in front of the white building in the background.
The last of Vin & Sprit, Liljeholmskajen:
There are a lot of places where you can have your private boat. This is an old minesweeper built 1941, now used as a summer house. Built in mahogany and protected with copper plates against the ice.
In this house they have a banquet and Stockholm's fashion center.
New office buildings, my girlfriend worked once here.
To the left of the bridge is Tanto Mountain.
More to read about Årstadal's and Liljeholmen's harbors at Stockholms hamnar:
Two new bridges appear, one built 1928 and the other 1954. Liljeholmen's Bridges, it has been a lot of bridges here over the years, the oldest from 1660. Today only these two bridges left. The two towers in the background belongs to Högalid Church.
More to read about Liljeholmen's Bridge at Wikipedia:
The foundation of the old railway, replaced by the Årsta railway bridge 1929, the bridge where we started todays walk. There are still some railways tracks left in Liljeholmen. One of them goes to Cementa, the concrete factory and the trams use the same embankment and the tunnel. When they deliver new trams they use the railway to transport the trams to Liljeholmen. The width of Tram and Train are the same. But the electric and signal system is different. The fundament in center was for the railway swing bridge.
On top of Liljeholmen's bridges, this is the new one built 1954, to the left the old from 1928, they are like twins. The control tower, I don't think they use it today, the bridge is remote operated. Until 1967 we had trams running over the left bridge. All trams were taken away when we in 1967 changed from left side driving to right side driving. There were also electric busses that disappear at the same time.
We are now walking over to the island Södermalm, Southern part of Stockholm City. The place where the bridge lands is Hornstull. One of Stockholm's customs was still here in the 18th century.
More to read about Hornstull at Wikipedia:
At the second bridge is the boat club Ligna. That's where my father had his mahogany cruiser Monalisa from 1964 to 1973.
Walking down from the bridge and over to Drakenbergsparken (Dragon Mount's Park).
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A very popular place for picnics and sunbathing.
This was very interesting for me, below the bridge there are a work shop and a marine shop, Gösta Berg. In the 1960s when my father had his boat here we was often at this place and bought spare parts. And he bought his compass here and I remember now he also bought a muffler made of rubber to reduce the noise from the diesel engine. It had no effect on the noise. Strange that these buildings still are here.
This was earlier a boat petrol and diesel fuel station, now a restaurant, Loopen. We was a bit thirsty after all this walking and need something to drink.
The bridge pillars, hard to see which is new and which is old. In this place in front of us was a crane that Ligna boat club used when taken the boats up and down in the sea.
Liljeholmsbadet (Liljeholm's bath). This bath is floating on the water. It's closed today and will be removed later. Just behind the bath was the custom placed, nothing left of it today.
More to read about Liljeholmen's bath at Wikipedia:
Where the brown building is was earlier a zinc factory, Stockholms Galvaniseringsfabrik. When my father arrived to Stockholm one of his first jobs was at this zinc factory. He told me about the workers here, those who had worked long here had lost all their teeth. One man felled down in the zinc bath, it hold melted Zink at temperatures about 700 C degree. They never found him.
More to read about Stockholms Galvaniseringsfabrik at Wikipedia:
A sailing boat pass through the Liljeholmen's bridges, the boat was to high and they had to open the bridges.
What's left of the old railway. At the end the railway bridge took over, that's where the restaurant is now.
On the other side, Hornstull, the railway was placed along the narrow street we see in the center here. If you follow that street you can see the remains of a foundation that had something to do with the railway, a storage building maybe.
Ligna boat club:
Ligna boat club. The yellow house is new Ray told me. Here I and my father had walked through the gate and out on the bridge many times the years 1964 to 1973. It looks almost the same as in the 1960s when we took our boat Monalisa out for a travel.
In the 1960s there wasn't that nice as it look now. Old abounded houses and small factories. Not a place that you walk through in the night. There was also a big building where homeless men lived. My mother called it with the nickname, old men house, or in Swedish Gubbhuset. The correct name was Arbetsinrättning or Vårdhemmet Högalid, like a place for old alone unemployed men.
More to read about Vårdhemmet Högalid at Wikipedia:
This bridge belonged to Ligna boat club. Two big boats were anchored here, one blue Pettersson look like and another more modern. Former it had been a bridge to the New Mortar Factory in Stockholm that was placed to the left of the street. My friend Hans has a painting with a crane in this area, maybe it belonged to the mortar factory.
More to read about Ligna area at Wikipedia:
A beach here, unbelievable 60 years ago, no one dear to take a bath in this dirty water then.
We walked on and leaved Ligna and closing in to the Årsta Bridge, then we also has come to Tanto. Here we fond the Varvsföreningen Tanto Sjögård (Shipyard member Tanto Seayard, or simplier a boat club). A lot of activity now, in a few weeks all the boats shall be in the sea.
More to read about Tanto at Wikipedia:
Tanto Sjögård, now I remember that I got contact with an old friend a half year ago, a friend that I meet last time 50 years ago at Ligna boat club. I found him when doing research on my father's old wooden boat. It took a while until I understood that we played together and were old friends. Have only talked to him by phone, but if I'm lucky today he is here and working with his boat.
I called Ray and he was here and working on his boat. I and Ray, what a strange feeling to meet each other after 50 years again. His father also had a boat at Ligna boat club as my father did in the 1960s.
Never been inside the Tanto boat club earlier, but I remember these old red buildings which you can see from the outside.
After we had talked to Ray and looked at his new boat we continue our walk. When walking along the coast and harbors you see many signs of old activity connected to boats. From this ramp you launch the boat.
This is a crane that is used to mount the mast on sailboats.
After the walk around the Årstaviken (Årsta Bay) we had now come back to the Årsta Bridges, but now from the other side.
Walked through the bridges and then we come to place where the old sugar factory was placed. The factory was tore down in the beginning of the 1960s, then they started to build houses here. Maybe I remember fragment of this sugar factory.
More to read about Tanto sugar factory at Wikipedia:
The old Årsta bridge could in older days be raised to let bigger ship through.
These are the houses they built on the old sugar factory yard.
More to read about Tanto at Wikipedia:
After we left Tanto we came to Södersjukhuset, (Southern Hospital). They built an oil harbor here at the 1970s, earlier they used coal.
More to read about Södersjukhuset at Wikipedia:
Thirsty trees? Along this walk there are a lot of these trees that are bent towards the sea, but what is the name of them?
Another ramp that's not in use anymore.
We are now approaching Eriksdal, maybe you remember that is where we ended the last walk. We have now come to the same place but from another direction.
Bicycling gently, there are walkers here too!
More to read about Eriksdal at Wikipedia:
In earlier days when I was young there were a lot of railways in Stockholm city. All the industry needs oil, coal and materials. Also at all harbors where ships anchored in the inner city. Here they have left one of the foundations that hold the electric wires to the trains.
More to read about the industry railways in Stockholm at Wikipedia:
At a narrow passage they have built a wooden bridge to the walkers..
The sun start to set and we get a bit cold.
Here we had come to all the small houses that people has as summer houses, in the city.
The owners love to have flowers in their gardens.
We have not counted how many recreational boats we have seen during this walk, but they are many.
Another ramp, this one is in use.
Facts about boat life:
Here was the Eriksdal's water plant placed.
More to read about Stockholm Cities Water plant at Wikipedia:
Last glimpse of the sea. It's cold, the legs hurts and we are once again hungry, lets go home. In the background where the bridges lands it was another custom. Some of the houses are still there.
More to read about Skanstull at Wikipedia:
Eriksdal's bath place.
In earlier times it was a defense wall here, Söders skans, the last remains of it was tore down in the 1920s.
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What's left of the old railway, very important railway in earlier days.
Ringvägen (Circle street). Here we have the subway. Same place as we ended the first walk at.