Stadshuset - City Hall, Stockholm

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    Stadshuset (City Hall)

    by sim1 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    It's time to visit the Stadshuset (The City Hall), one of the highlights of my visit to Stockholm. Stockholm's City Hall was built between 1911-1923 and was designed by architect Ragnar Östberg. It is one of Sweden's foremost buildings in the National Romantic style. I think most of you might recognize the building as it is often used as a symbol for the city of Stockholm. Maybe the outside is characteristic and beautiful to see, but wait until you get inside! The architecture is simply amazing and breathtaking at times!
    I have quite a few pictures of the Stadshuset on this page as I loved the tour so much. I hope you won't be bored by them, but that you will enjoy my virtual tour through the Stadshuset, and maybe I can convince you to go here yourself when you are visiting Stockholm.

    On the extra photos to this tip you can see some details and views from the outside of the stadshuset:
    In the first extra picture you can see one of the two sculptures at the waterside called Dansen by Carl Eldh. Further on you can see an ornamental clock and the Monument to Birger Jarl.


    You can find more detailed information about the Stadshuset and its surrounding area on my Barnhusviken page

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    The "Blue Hall" in the Stadshuset

    by sim1 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Stadshuset is built with 8 million bricks and behind the imposing facades there are offices, meeting rooms and banquet halls. The guided tour will lead you through part of the building.

    The architect Ragnar Östberg was inspired by the palaces of the Renaissance and had the City Hall built around two squares or "piazzas", Borgargården and the Blue Hall. This "Blue Hall" (see picture), is the starting point of the guided tour.

    The feeling to stand here was really amazing, for a moment it was almost like I was in Italy on a beautiful square. The whole hall just has that atmosphere, and I loved it. The hall is huge, too big to capture in one photo, so you can see only a part of it. The ceiling is very high and there is lots of glass on top to let in a lot of daylight, making it feel like a real square instead of a hall inside a building. In the Blue Hall you will also find one of Northern Europe's largest organs with over 10,000 pipes and 138 stops.

    The Blue Hall, which is the building's largest hall, is famous for the Nobel Prize Banquet which takes place here every year on the 10th of December.


    You can find more detailed information about the Stadshuset and its surrounding area on my Barnhusviken page

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    Ceiling of the Council Chamber

    by sim1 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Ceiling of the Council Chamber, Stadshuset


    The part of the Council Room that I really loved was its ceiling. The ceiling is beautiful and it gives you the impression of being in a Viking long-house instead of being in a Council Room. The colours are great, and the ceiling itself is so high! The effect of the beams together with the paint effect make this feeling even stronger. I have no clue how high the ceiling is, but it seemed like at least 10 metres to me.


    You can find more detailed information about the Stadshuset and its surrounding area on my Barnhusviken page

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    Stadshuset - City Hall

    by yooperprof Written Jan 9, 2004

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    Noble Building

    Stockholm's City Hall is the creation of architect Ragnar Ostberg; its tower reach is one of the imposing sights of the city, reachihng a height of 106 meters (348 feet). The Blue Hall here is home to the annual Nobel Prize Banquet; and the Golden Hall features a mosaic of 18 million pieces depicting scenes from Swedish history. Definitely worth taking the guided tour!

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    The "Blue Hall" in the Stadshuset

    by sim1 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    You maybe wonder by now why it is called the Blue Hall, as it doesn't appear to be blue at all. In the original plans of the Stadshuset the Blue Hall was supposed to be painted blue, but the architect changed his mind. When he saw the beautiful red bricks, he did not want to cover them with blue plaster. And I think he made a good decision, as the Blue Hall looks fabulous the way it is. The reason that the name Blue Hall was kept for this beautiful room was a practical one. The name was found on all the plans of the building, and everyone knew the room by now as the "Blue Hall".


    You can find more detailed information about the Stadshuset and its surrounding area on my Barnhusviken page

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    The "Golden Hall" in the Stadshuset

    by sim1 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    I guess they left the best and the most spectacular part of the tour for last; it's time to see the GOLDEN Hall! This room will without a doubt trigger lots of ooooh's and aaah's! It is an amazing room to enter into, the gold glitters everywhere, and your eyes need some time to get used to this luscious display of gold and decorations.

    The glow of the room is warm because of the golden colour and the nice soft lighting. And the design is nothing I have seen before, with mosaics covering all sides of the room, not a spot is being left uncovered. I don't know if I can the "Golden Hall" breathtakingly beautiful, but amazing and spectacular it is for sure!!! The Golden Hall contains the amazing amount of over 18,000,000 mosaic pieces, all made of glass or gold.

    Being in this room, you almost forget about the purpose of it. The hall is a banquet hall and has room for up to 700 people to sit down. The Hall is dominated by the "Queen of the lake Mälaren" on the northern wall. On the left and the right side of this huge mosaic, there are scenes from the East and the West. It is just amazing to see how a huge mosaic like this was made out of tiny pieces of glass and gold.

    Taking pictures in the Golden Hall isn't so easy. You're allowed to use a flash, but the flashlight will reflect against the golden surface and give annoying bright spots. Without the flash the room is too dark, and the picture will get blurry. So a steady hand is handy for taking pictures in the Golden Hall. Hahaha, the best remedy is to take lots of pictures! Some will turn out good for sure :-)


    You can find more detailed information about the Stadshuset and its surrounding area on my Barnhusviken page

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    The tower of the Stadshuset

    by sim1 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The tower of the Stadshuset


    Besides taking a tour through the Stadshuset it is also possible to go up the tower. The tower is closed in wintertime though, and maybe that is not surprising in these weather conditions ;-) From the tower you have a beautiful view over Stockholm, so it's something I will certainly do on one of my next visits to the city.

    It's not that clear in the picture because of all the snow, but on the top of the tower you can see the "Three Crowns" or in Swedish "Tre Kronor". This sign is a copy of the one on the old castle "Tre Kronor". This sign of the 'three crowns' is often used as a Swedish symbol. It is for instance the symbol for the Swedish ice hockey team and you can also see it on the backside of the 50 öre coin.

    The Tower is open daily from May to September and also Saturdays and Sundays in April, from 10.00-16.30. Adults 20 SEK, children under 12 free of charge.


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    Stadshuset

    by Rupanworld Written Oct 20, 2008

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    The stadshuset is the City Hall of Stockholm from where the entire city of Stockholm is administered. It houses many offices. It is one of the tallest structures in the city with it's tower rising 106 meters high above City Hall from where one can have an arial view of the city. There are 365 steps through a narrow passage and it takes quite an effort to go up, but is well worth the effort. Also there is an elevator that goes halfway up the tower. The city hall has an exclusive ballroom in which the yearly Nobel Banquet is held. It is one of the most visited buildings in Stockholm. Civil marriage are also organised in the city hall.

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    Politics and Nobel prizes

    by cheezecake_deli Written Jun 1, 2006

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    Red-brick Ciy Hall

    The City Hall, located by the shore of Lake Malaren, is a red-brick building with a 106-metre high tower and arches reminiscent of Venetian palaces. Dating from the early 1900s, it remains very much a working building. Nobel prize-giving ceremonies are held annually in its Blue Room, and its tower offers fantastic city views.

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    The City Hall - Stadshuset

    by vec Written Jan 31, 2004

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    Statshuset in Stockholm

    With the three golden crowns on the top, the Stockholm City Hall is maybe the most known building in Stockholm. The building was built in 1923.

    It's in the blue hall in Stadshuset where the Nobel Prize dinner is served at December 10 each year.

    You can get a guided tour in Swedish or English all days at 10.00 and 12.00. During June to August they also give tours at 11.00, 14.00 and 15.00, during the summer some guides also speaks Spanish, Italian, German and French.

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    Stadshuset

    by magor65 Written Nov 16, 2004

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    City Hall

    The massive red brick building of City Hall (Stadshuset) was completed in 1923. At the top of the 106 meter tower there are three golden crowns, the symbol of Sweden.
    You can get inside only with a guided tour.
    Do it, because the interior is really impressive. You will see the Blue Hall, where the Nobel Banquet is held on December 10th every year. The hall was intended to be in blue, but in the last moment the architect decided to change his mind. But the Golden Hall is truly golden due to gold foil pressed between two layers of glass. Its walls are covered with handmade mosaicas.

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    CITY HALL

    by balhannah Updated Feb 4, 2012

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    The City Hall Tower, which feature's three Crown's, I could see from many places on my walk.
    I found out that it is one of the most visited landmarks and each year almost half a million people visit this famous building, often photographing its red-brick facade reflecting into the adjacent calm waterfront.
    Unlucky for me, it was an overcast day, with some wind, so no pretty reflection photo's!
    The three crowns on the Tower, is the Swedish national coat of arms.

    The great Nobel banquet is also held in City Hall. After dinner, Nobel Prize recipients, royalty and guests dance in the Golden Hall, with its 18 million gold mosaic tiles.
    Would be worth seeing if you have time.

    The City Hall is open to the public through guided tours all year round.
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    During the same period you can also climb up inside the tower and enjoy a fantastic view over the city. Tours can be canceled with short notice due to events.

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    City hall - when I get the Nobel award..

    by satara Written May 30, 2003

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    City hall in Stockholm

    Oh yeah yeah.. City hall.. I was told by a local we met on a ferry I must definitely visit this place so that's what we did.. We went up the city hall tower and took many nice photos of the Stockholm city. And of course we found many tourist groups in the tower so it was kinda crowdy.. Be careful, if your health is not well, better don't climb up..

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    City hall

    by Erkmen Updated May 20, 2003

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    city hall

    Vist City hall.. And also If you catch the sun like we do, have some rest in the beatiful colorful garden and look at this red building covered with all those wonderful trees..

    The buillding was built in 1923 and millions of bricks has been used..

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    THE CITY HALL

    by Marionbcn Written Apr 11, 2003

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    Stockholm's City Hall was built between 1911-1923 to the design of architect Ragnar Östberg. It is one of Sweden's foremost buildings in the National Romantic style. Behind the imposing facades, built with 8 million bricks are found offices, meeting rooms and banquetting halls. Inspired by the palaces of the Renaissance, Ragnar Östberg had the City Hall built around two squares or "piazzas", Borgargården and the Blue Hall.

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