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Stockholm Katarina viewing platform and elevator

I'm looking for good viewpoints on my upcoming Scandanavia tour. Besides Stockholm City Hall Tower, the RS book mentions the Katarina viewing platform as another place to go. The book says the elevator up to the platform is pemanently closed, but the googlemaps streetview shows construction going on in July 2014. Has anyone been up there lately and can confirm status of elevator? The book says you can access the platform without the elevator, but the route seems a little confusing.

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According to the Stockholms Stad website, the earliest that Katarinahissen (elevator ) will reopen is 2019. It doesn't note what the status of the platform is, but to get to it, you'd walk up Götgatan, turn left on Hökens gata and then left towards Katarina gångbro (foot bridge).

If you are looking for a scenic view, the view from Fjällgatan is spectacular. I'd suggest walking up there.

http://www.visitstockholm.com/en/See--do/Attractions/fjallgatan/

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Must be a complicated elevator repair.

Thanks for the suggestion on another viewpoint in Stockholm. The book also mentions the Kaknas Tower but it appears to be pretty far away from the City for good pictures.

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If you can get a view from Sodermalm/Slussen back in to Gamla Stan or Stockholm City Center, you are in business. There is a Hilton Hotel on that side that has great views back into the City. I didn't know the platform was out of business but this may be an inexpensive cure for that....Stockholm is great, especially during the summer months....enjoy.

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There's a lovely, high, scenic walk along Sodermalm from Slussen. It has a wonderful view of Gamla Stan, and across the water to Kungsholmen. In the evening people seem to picnic along the walk. You will see a building with a black tower to your right when crossing Slussen. The walkway is begins just beyond that. Several people said to walk up "the mountain" to get there. It's a lovely walk. Regarding Katarina, I walked along there, but specifically don't know if the name applies just to one area, there was an elevator from a street/walkway on that side that I saw people using (they did not appear to be tourists), but I'm not sure if that was the elevator referred to by RS or is one used by residents. If you can't climb, why not take a quick taxi up and enjoy the walks on each side, which are fairly flat once you are up there? Stockholm is a lovely city, and I particularly enjoyed staying on Sodermalm, which appeared to be more of a 'real' neighborhood.

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I think Wray may be talking about Monteliusvägen which also offers a lovely view.

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Thanks for the suggestions. Monteliusvagen and Fjallgaten are on my photo safari list.