The perspective is making these switchback stairs look steeper than they actually are. I did walk up the stairs to get a sweeping view of Gamla Stan, Djurgården, and the Baltic inlet of Stockholm. Anyway, before I walked up, the contrast of shadow from the stairs and railing on the stonewall caught my eye. The perspective is much better from the bottom of the stairs than from above, because of the contrast and texture of stonewall. Also, the trees and sky add colors to the image and are better than boring asphalt street from the top.