Kastellholmen (left) and Djurgården (right)Fjällgatan is the name of a street in Stockholm that is famous for its views of the harbor as well as the quaint, historical houses in the area. "Fjäll" has a double meaning in Swedish. It can mean either scales, as in fish scales, or it can mean mountain (specifically the part above the treeline). Someone once told me that the "fjäll" in the street name referred to fish scales because many fishermen once lived in the area and the rocks would be littered with fish scales after they brought home their catch. Not sure if he was pulling my leg, but I can't find anything online to support this so the street name most likely refers to the street's location up on the heights.
At any rate, I visited the area after my recent visit to Fotografiska. Most of Stockholm is pretty flat, with the exception of the northern coastline of Södermalm island which rises above the harbor and provides good views of the city from several points. Fjällgatan is located on the eastern side of this rise. This is one of the most popular view points and is even on the route for the Panorama bus tour. The Hop On/Off bus tour also makes a stop a block or so away from Fjällgatan. As I was at the Fotografiska museum on the waterfront, I used the stairs behind the museum (called Söderberg's stairs) to get up to Fjällgatan.
Söderberg's stairs behind FotografiskaFrom Fjällgatan you have views directly over the islands of Skeppsholmen, Kastellholmen and Djurgården. And if you turn your gaze westward you can see the old town (Gamla Stan) and downtown areas. But, as I mentioned, it is not only the views which bring people to the area. The neighbourhood also has many quaint old houses and buildings from the 1700's (most were built after a major fire in 1723). This makes Fjällgatan a good representation of an 18th century Stockholm street. One bit of macabre trivia: the Stockholm gallows were located in this area in the Middle Ages, as the hang...