Riksdagen - Swedish Parliament, Stockholm
The Swedish Parliament Building occupies a vast share of the small island of Helgeandsholmen between Gamla Stan and the new city centre. It was built in the 19th century and during summer can visit it with a guided tour.
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.
Continuing our walk, we cross a Bridge onto the small Island of Helgeandsholmen.
Here we walk through a massive Archway which belongs to the Riksdagshuset, Swedens massive parliament building which occupies almost half of the small Island of Helgeandsholmen
In 1889, a competition was held to select a design for a new Parliament building, a requirement being, it should not overshadow the Royal Palace nearby. The winning entry was this domed neoclassicist building completed in 1905. Parliament outgrew this building, problem solved, use the other half of the building which was being used at the time by the National Bank. The Bank happened to be moving elsewhere!
This old Parliament building has an impressive neo-Baroque facade flanked by two neoclassical wings with Corinthian columns. An enormous relief of the Swedish coat of arms stands over the central bronze doorway. The statue on top of the balustrade depicts Mother Svea, an allegorical representation of Sweden.
The two large arches connect the old parliament building with the new parliament building, which are divided by a pedestrianized street which we walked through. The new parliament building (the old National Bank building) is semicircular shape.
Visitors are welcome to follow public sessions of the parliament in the plenary hall from the modern glass gallery above the hall. There are also guided tours of the parliament buildings for those interested.
Bridge Stallbron conducts to Helgeandsholmen island. The island is insignificant, therefore we advise to get acquainted with it before to go deep into the confused lanes of Stadholmen.
The name Helgeandsholmen is translated as "an island of Sacred Spirit" and connected with a chapel which was settled down there in the XIV century. The main sight of island - the monumental building of Ricsdagen - the Swedish parliament. It was constructed in 1905 by an architect A.Juhansson.
Visiting only with excursion Saturday - Sunday 13.30.
Most visitors to Stockholm will check out the Swedish Parlament, Riksdagen. But when you are in this area, don't miss the Government building, Rosenbad.
The Government building have got it's name from an bath house located on this site. In 1680's a public bath called Rosenbad (Rose Bath) was opened on this location.
From the Gamla Stan it is easy to reach the Riksdagshuset (The Parliament House). Follow the Västerlångatan north to the short street of Riksgatan, which actually divides the Parliament building in two.
Riksdagshuset was built on the island of Helgeandsholmen in 1895 - 1904. The architect, Aron Johansson, was influenced by German new-baroque style. The building was renovated 1971-1978 while the parliament was residing at the present Kulturhuset at Sergels square.
The parliament consist of 349 members who are elected for a period of 3 years.
I've only seen the Riksdag from the outside, but it is possible to visit it. There are guided tours in English on Saturdays and Sundays at 13:30. Guided tours in Swedish are available on Saturdays and Sundays at 12 o'clock and 13:30. The entrance is free. During the weeks 26 to 35, there are even tours on weekdays in Swedish, English and German. See the calendar for an actual overview of these guided tours.
The Riksdag (or the Sveriges Riksdag) is the parliament of Sweden situated quite close to the Royal palace. It is on the small Helgeandsholmen island of Stockholm and occupies a major part of it. There are 349 members of the Parliament elected for a period of 4 years. there is a road going right through the inside of this beautiful parliament building. One can also take free guided tours in English to see the parliament from inside.
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.
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.
Not that many countries have a parliament where the public can walk straight in and a main pedestrian zone goes right through its yard (see the second photo)! A note outside the main entrance here will tell you when you can go on guided tours of the main sights in Swedish, English or German. This photo shows you the main building but the third picture here will show you an overview so you can find it :) Just to add to it, the fourth picture shows you the yellow "Rosenbad" across the water, where the Prime ministers cabinet works.
"Riksdagen" is the Swedish Parliament building, located on the "Helgeandsholmen" island(means “island of Sacred Spirit”) between Gamla Stan and new Stockholm city. 2 bridges has separated it from Gamla stan:"Norrbro" & "Stallborn".
So it’s near the old town and it’s interests(royal palace,city hall…) which you can visit at the same time by passing on foot.don't miss it's back facade from "Norrbro" st.(picture 2)
The attractiveness of the building with those specific pink bricks, is it’s situation on the edge of Baltic sea. it has a fascinating view by "Stallkanalen" canal beside.(see the main picture)
The building has constructed in 19th century in German new-baroque style.
it’s free to go inside… I heard thet the interior area is so picturesque but I didn’t visit inside it…
"Riksdagen" is one of the small number parliament buildings of the world which it’s visiting is possible during the workday,and you see the members of the Praliment on many occasions on coming and going…
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.
It was a pure chance to be there when the parliament sitting was open, I saw the parliament members and the new and former prime ministers of Sweden, I even saw the royal family (I think they noticed me too, but didn't say anything, was a bit offended I must say). The army band, or whatever they are called played few marches and toward the end they started playing ABBA songs like Mama Mia and Fernando which I found hilarious. I wonder if the brits play any of the Sex Pistols songs in one of their formal ceremonies.
The parliament of Sweden is a unicameral assembly with 349 members who are elected on a proportional basis to serve fixed terms of four years. It is located in the Gamla Stan in Riksdag building. 47% of the Members of the Parliament are women.
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.