The City Hall of Stockholm is one of the most beautiful and well known buildings in the world and the most exclusive ballroom in Stockholm, frequently used for e.g. the yearly Nobel Banquet. Behind the brick walls, several different activities take place.
The City Hall is known for its hospitality, its unique art treasures, magnificent banquettes and an intriguing history attracting close to 400,000 visitors a year.
From the City Hall, which is the main symbol for the capital of Sweden, the City of Stockholm is being governed. Around 200 politicians and civil servants have their offices in this building.
DONT MISS MY VIDEOS OF CITY HALL
I am SO glad I took the tour of the city hall, called Stadshuset. Located in Central Stockholm, but on the island of Kungsholmen, the building is quite unusual from the outside, but it is the interior which is really fascinating.
The picture shows the so-called "Blue Hall", which in fact is not blue at all. Though they architect origially wanted to make it all blue, he fell in love with the red bricks and decided to leave it that way. However, people already knew it as the Blue Hall and so the name stuck.
This is the room where the Nobel banquets are held. Of the 6 nobel prizes given out, 5 of them are given in Stockholm (and the Peace prize is given in Oslo).
The architecture is beautiful and is much more reminiscent of something you would find in Italy than in Sweden, and the way the light peeps in from the upper part of the inner courtyard is magical.
There are only a few tours per day, usually at 10 AM, 12 noon, and 2 PM, but hours change frequently so it's best to check with the Tourist Office for the day you want to go.
Price of the tour is 50 Swedish Krone, and it is well worth it. The tour lasts about one hour, and you are not allowed just to walk through on your own.
When I was there (May 2004), it was not possible to ascend the tower for the view over Stockholm due to a recent fire.
Stockholm's impressive City Hall was built from 1911-23 in National Romantic style and turned out 3-times more expensive than planned.
You can visit it with a guided tour in Swedish or English for 60 SEK. The tour takes about 50 minutes and you'll see the beautiful "Golden Hall" and the hall where the Nobel price banquet is held. The 106m high tower can only be visited during the sommer months, it was already closed for the season when I was there in October.
The City Hall is situated on the south-east corner of Kungsholmen [very near to Centralen] & is one of the favorite meeting points of Stockholmers. If the weather is nice, you'll see people hanging around there, wearing nothing but their underwear, jumping in the water, doing yoga, sleeping - whatever! I used to drop there every time I was around & I've spendt a lot of time there. There's also a great view of Gamla Stan from there, so that was really nice!
The City Hall's Blue Hall is also home to the annual Nobel Prize party! I haven't been inside last time, but it sounds pretty poshy, doesn't it? ;)
Not only impressive on the outside and as a great location for views across the waters and to the old town of Gamla Stan I would recommend taking a tour of the opulent and interesting interior - famous for its venue of the Nobel Peach Prize awards (lavish affairs!).
An extended tour time meant there was an additional tour being held at 4pm which was great for me - whereas hadnt been added onto any info available from the Tourist offices info. But about hourly normally during the summer they are held and take up to about 45 minutes.
Giving you loads of information - the building does look like its amazingly old but is not yet 100 years old! Made of materials from around and to symbolise Stockholm - including the beautiful marble and granite.
People are constantly enjoying themselves in front of the Stadshuset - including me! :) My friends kept saying that they were so lucky for having me there, because it seemed that I've brought nice weather to Sweden! The whole time I was there the temperatures were as high as 28°C, so we were able to sit outside the whole time, take strolls around the city & stay out a bit longer...
The stairs in front of the Stadshuset were my favorite spot! They offer an amazing view of Gamla Stan & it's perfect for dipping your feet, lying on the grass & reading a book... I just used to just sit there & stare... I miss it now.
First have a good look at the city hall known as the "Stadhuset". From the outside, it's not very graceful--dark stone, heavy thick walls, and very foreboding. It somewhat resembles a church, but instead of a cross on top of the tower, there are three crowns, the symbol of Swedish Royalty. You'll see these three crowns everywhere in Stockholm.
The City Hall was built between 1911-1923 and designed by architect Ragnar Östberg. It is one of Sweden's foremost buildings in the National Romantic style. The builing consists of 8 million bricks and has 2 courtyards--an outer and an inner--resembling those typical squares in Italy knownas piazzas.
The interior of the city hall is stunning and interesting. No visitor to Stockholm should miss the tour--you'll get to see the Golden Hall and the Blue Hall, which are both very beautiful. The tour costs 50 Swedish Krone and is definitely worth it!
The tour lasts about one hour, you can take photos inside, and you end the tour at the gift shop which has some nice things inside!
Again, I have to say the city hall (Stadshuset) is incredible! The picture shows the ceiling of the city council's meeting hall, which resembles an upturned viking ship. Apparently (I was told) that the Vikings would turn their ships upside down in winter and hold meetings under them (where it was warmer). The architect of the city hall felt it was important to weaving Viking history into the structure of the building and did so by constructing the ceiling in this way.
Be sure to check tour times with the tourist center for the particular day that you will be there, because times are not always the same. Price of the one hour tour is 50 Swedish Krone...
If your thirsty or just want to take a ice cream and cool of. Then go to the little ice cream place just outside the gates of City Hall.
You can buy a tourist map of Stockholm in several languages and souvenirs here, but i recommend that you buy souvenirs some place else! They are overcharging here.
OK, last photo of the city hall (I hope!). This picture shows the Golden Hall, which is where the dancing takes place after the Nobel Banquet, held in the city hall's "Blue Hall". All of the walls are mosaic--18 million pieces--and 10 kg of gold was used to make it. It truly is striking. This room is one of the several highlights you will see when you take the tour of the Stadshuset (city hall).
You can't walk through the city hall on your own, so be sure to take one of the tours for 50 Swedish Krone. The tour lasts for one hour.
The City Hall must be one of the prettier office-buildings in Stockholm, working-space for both politicians and civil-servants. There are lots of art and fantastic objects and furnishings everywhere. I have tended some meetings here, in awesome environment, big, old paintings and carpets and enormous heavy, wooden tables and chairs.
Famous eclectic ”National romantic” architecture by Swedish architect-icon Ragnar Östberg (1866-1945). The building was inaugerated in Midsummers-eve 1923. In the work, Östberg was inspired by Palazzo Ducale in Venice and Byzantine style mosaic. Ragnar Östberg has, among other buildings, also drawn The Stockholm Maritime Museum, the school Östra real at Östermalm and the sculptor Carl Eldhs studio-museum in the Bellevue-park.
The City Hall building houses the famous Nobel Banquet in the Blue Hall, which isn´t blue at all, but brick-coloured red (the architect changed plans about the colour after the working-name Blue Hall was established). The impressive Golden Hall is designed by artist Einar Forseth who also made a beautiful gold mosaic+fresco crypt in Högalidskyrkan.
There are daily tours (check out the view from the tower!) at 10:00am and 12:00 noon for individuals with no advance reservation (max 9 participants), sometimes more frequent. For tour-information call+46-8-508 29 058 or +46-8-508 29 059.
For those who want to stroll outdoors, the Stockholm City Hall is an excellent start on a promenade by the water. Just continue on the embankment either towards the city centre, or, my choice, the other way, through a winding path with lots of bridges, cafés and people. From the quay outside the City Hall “Stadshuskajen”, you can jump on a steamboat to Drottningholm and other places. Very nice!
Stockholm's City Hall (Stadshuset) is an imposing red brick building with an inner court and a 100 m tall tower. It was was built between 1911-1923 to the design of architect Ragnar Ostberg. The City Hall is home to the rooms where the Nobel Prize festivities take place.
The City Hall is located at the eastern end of Kungsholmen, which is one of the main islands in Stockholm's city centre. The nearest Metro stops (T-bana) are "T-Centralen" and "Radhuset".
the stadshuset, (city hall) is a large red brick building in cental stockholm. built in 1923 it is home to the noble prize ceremonies. there are guided tours of the stadshuset or you can go up to the top of the tower for an excellent view of gamla stan and the central city. pictured is the cenotaph of king birger jarl, a 13th century king of sweden.
The main sight of Kungsholmen-island is the City Hall (Stadshuset). It was constructed in 1911-1923 on a place of the first in Sweden steam mill. The building of the Town hall is an imitation of Venetian temples and medieval fortresses. The building is decorated by painting and sculptures in spirit of national romanticism. The tower has three gilt crowns on its top.
Excursions: Monday-Sunday 10.00, 12.00. In the summer 11.00, 14.00 and 15.00.
The city hall is a must see when in Stockholm. Not only the outside, but take the guided tour inside as well. We had the great fortune of a clear and blue winter sky which set off this early 20th century building very well.