The only big building at the small island of Helgeandsholmen is the Riksdaghuset, the Parliaments building. It consists of two main parts that are devided by the Riksbron: an important connection between Gamla Stan and Norrmalm.
The oldest parts of the building were built around 1900. This is the part you can see the best from Norrbron, the other bridge towards the island. It has some tall pillars, all built in a style with huge bricks in a pink colour. This part is hardly used. The newer part was built at the other side of the Riksbron. In the 70's there was a big renovation of the building which also included the construction of the round, glass facade that is best visible from Vasabron. This part is where the Swedish Parliament has their meetings.
The members of the Parliament are often seen in the surroundings of the Riksdaghuset, having their lunch or dinner in one of the many restaurants. Another famous way to spend their time is in the day nursery that is inside the building. The story goes that this is very often visited during the long, boring parliament meetings.
It's possible to have a tour through the building. Tour in English are daily between the end of June and the end of August, and are at 12:30 and 14:00.
The Swedish House of Parliament is located where the Baltic Sea and the Lake Malaren meet, near Gamla Stan. Is is on a small island all its own. The building itself is beautiful. If you have time, take a free, guided tour. It's worth it.
This is a really beautiful building located just between the old town (Gamla Stan) and central Stockholm (Norrmalm). In English it´s known as the house of the Nobility. Actually it is situated on its own litle island called Helgeandsholmen. Architecturally the structure is gorgeous.
There are free guided tours in English at 12:30 PM and 2:00 PM Monday through Friday june through August. At othe times of the year it's best to check the hours at the Tourist Center.
In as early as 1435, representatives of different social groups were called to a meeting in Arboga to discuss and determine affairs of the Realm. The Arboga meeting is therefore sometimes referred to as Sweden's first parliament. However, it was not until 1527 and later 1544 at King Gustav Vasa's two assemblies in Västerås that representatives of all four estates - the Nobility, the Clergy, the Burghers and the Peasantry - were called on to participate. The Riksdag of the four estates was replaced in 1866 by a bicameral Riksdag. Between 1905 and 1917, a parliamentary system of government successively evolved, but was not enshrined in the Constitution until the introduction of the new Instrument of Government in 1974. A few years earlier, the bicameral Riksdag was also replaced by a unicameral Riksdag.
The Swedish parlament building is in my view one of the most beatiful buildings in Stockholm, located on an island between the city centre and Gamla Stan (The old town).
On the street Riksbron you can actually walk right through the building.
Between the city center and the Old Town you will find this beautiful and huge building called Riksdag (Swedish Parliament). It is built on an island of its own.
The Public Gallery is open to the public during all meetings of the Chamber.
Guided tours for the general public are held on Saturday–Sunday from September to mid-June, and on Monday–Friday in the summer.
Take a tour on the hop on/hop off sightseeing bus.
Of course it is just about the most touristy thing to do in any city. Still, we found out that if you don't have much time to spend, it is a good way to see the major points quickly.
The hop off/hop on system makes it easy to stay a little longer at sights that particularly interest you, while skipping the ones that you don't feel are so interesting.
The Swedish Parliament is called "Riksdag". It consists of 349 Members of Parliament. The building was built in the 1920s in modern style - even the glassy bulge was made in these times.
Swedish Parliment building is one of the most historical buildings and it is on a seperate 'Island'.
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