Stockholm City Hall
Stockholm City Hall
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The Stockholm City Hall is one of Sweden's most famous buildings, and one of the capital's most visited tourist attractions. It houses offices for 200 people including the Municipal Council, and is also famous for its grand ceremonial halls and unique art pieces. The Stockholm City Hall is the venue of the Nobel Prize banquet held on 10 December each year. Between May and September, the City Hall Tower offers a breathtaking view of Stockholm.
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Neighborhood: Kungsholmen
Kungsholmen is one of the largest islands in central Stockholm and one of the most popular places to live. Its most famous attraction is Stockholm’s City Hall, which stands out with its monumental architecture and is one of the most photographed buildings in Sweden. Kungsholmen has its own little city center and shopping mall, its own beach and a lovely pedestrian area next to the water, which charms both locals and visitors with beautiful little cafés, restaurants and of course an awesome view. This neighborhood is perfect for a relaxed stroll followed by some coffee on a Sunday afternoon.
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  • T-Centralen • 6 min walk
  • Rådhuset • 10 min walk
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  • Boyd J
    Maleny, Australia1,746 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not To Be Missed When In Stockholm
    Took a guided tour of the hall and I would strongly recommend this, as the amazing architecture downstairs and upstairs is explained, as is the importance of the hall as the site for the grand banquet for all Nobel prize winners (apart from the peace award). It was built with architectural flourishes inspired by the buildings of Venice. Our guide explained the history of the building and the significance of its two main features – the marvelous Gyllene salen, the Golden Hall, and the Blå hallen, the Blue Hall, where the Nobel Prize banquets are held.
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 26, 2023
  • Thomas Liam
    Montreal, Canada382 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    More Than Just a City Hall
    This was my favourite activity from my 5 days in Stockholm. Don't let the name fool you. "City Hall" can sound kind of boring and, most definitely, bureaucratic. Our city halls in North America aren't generally associated with architectural innovation and artistry. However, this building was utterly incredible. And not just the building, the surrounding property, including a outdoor area behind the city hall for citizens and tourists to admire their city from a distance, and relax on the green grass was just a beautiful wonder. There is a particular statue/fountain hidden on the premises that blew me away. It's of a man, bound and tied, and flanked on either side by snakes, being drowned in the flow of water disseminating from the fountain. I've attached a photo, as I'm sure this description doesn't quite do it justice, but it was like nothing I'd ever seen before and I was mesmerized. You can do a guided tour of the inside of the building, offered in either English or Swedish, in alternating time slots. This tour will take you to 3 rooms in particular; the "Blue" (you'll see why I put this in quotations when you get there) Hall, which is the main hall upon entering where they host the Nobel Prize Banquet. The next room is the chamber in which the city counsellors meet, debate, and discuss. And finally the Golden Hall, which is quite literally a room decorated in gold from top to bottom. Our guide, Magnus, was knowledgeable and funny. I can say that in years of travel, I have never seen architecture quite like this. The rooms in this building mix such an array of styles, materials, and artworks that you could be dropped in any one room and think you were in an entirely different country. The golden hall resembles a Byzantine style, the Blue hall a more modern Romantic, or post-industrial revolution aesthetic, and the council chamber, perhaps a more Norse tone overall. It was truly fascinating in every respect.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written July 29, 2023
  • Welsh NZers
    Auckland Central, New Zealand1,300 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    City Hall of Nobel Prizewinners
    This is where the Nobel Prize Banquet is held each year. This rather fabulous building is famous for its blue and gold halls. The copper domes are quite a feature of this notable building and in contrast to the red brick with a different sculpture on top of each one. The Garden in the courtyard was lovely with white flowering shrubs at the entrance.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 1, 2023
  • Autolysej
    Las Vegas, Nevada38 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A design masterpiece
    Every direction you look in has something interesting for the eye to view. Our tour guide was very knowledge and made sure we saw it all. The interior design was just plain glorious. Made sure you got on a tour, not to miss anything.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 16, 2023
  • Coryy20
    Port of Spain, Trinidad6,373 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The beautiful Nobel Peace Prize banquet building
    In this City Hall building they announce and host the banquet for Nobel peace prize nonimees and in Oslo they city Hall, the winners and prize -giving. It us one of the stand-up building in the city with its teracotta colum finish and green roof. It is one of the buildings that is hard to miss in the city.
    Visited November 2022
    Traveled solo
    Written August 27, 2023
  • rama1
    Melbourne, Australia1,187 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must visit
    Sensational building made to look ancient even if it is only 100 years old. You must take a tour as it is a working office building . Our guide was first class. The spaces are huge and the city legislature part has wonderful ceiling. Quite a bit about the Nobel ceremony which is understandable and interesting.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 1, 2023
  • Vivek Hesaraghatta
    London, United Kingdom100 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stockholm views - This is the place to go to
    100 year old building made to look older. The place that hosts the Nobel Prize Banquet (not the prize ceremony). The building has architecture inspired from across the world though it's typically called Swedish national romanticism. Mostly made from locally sourced materials, this place is a must visit in Stockholm. The big building is just a 12 minute walk from T-Centralen station and it's towering views are difficult to miss. On the bank of the lake Malaren this building is a fantastic way to see Stockholm. Try and take the guided tour to get information around the building. It's around 40 minutes and quite informative. Our guide was quite informative and learnt a lot around the building, it's architecture and stories around it. It's pretty interesting. For the best part, the top of the tower. It's a 360+ steps walk if you want to climb. There is a lift that drops you mid way and it's a relatively easy climb to the top from there. The views from the top are just breathtaking. This is the best way to see Stockholm in 15 mins. Beautiful views of Gamla Stan, the royal palace. Don't miss this if you are in Stockholm. Please be aware that there are limited tickets to go to the top and also it is timed. Make sure you buy tickets early at the counter to visit. Also it's open only during certain days between September and April. So make sure you check the same before you go there.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written September 10, 2023
  • researchplanaholic
    43 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Ornate and gorgeous architecture - fantastic tour
    Even though we approached our stroll over to city hall in the rain, it didn't dampen our experience and the tour of the building is definitely worth it. Our tour guide was very thorough and shared all the details regarding construction and planning and design of the building. Neat to see a "blue room" that isn't and she explains that on the tour. Also cool that the space is where the Nobel reception is held every December...if those walls could talk! I can only imagine how much work the staff and organizers must have to do to set up and take down for the event to host so many individuals. The most ornate space is the gold room. The artwork is stunning and symbolic. It's not to be forgotten that city hall is actually a functioning government building so your guide informs you to remain hushed in certain corridors and also not to touch the furnishings in the council room. A reminder for potential visitors -any backpacks and large purses must be stored away in the cloakroom so don't leave any valuables as the area is unattended. The tour ends in a small souvenir shop. You may also visit the building just to tour the grounds and stroll by the water for lovely harbor views (on a not so rainy day).
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 13, 2023
  • BaydeNoc
    182 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very Impressive
    Took the tour and it was well worth it. Architecture and story of the construction was very interesting. Loved the account of how they hold the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony and dinner in the hall, 1400 attendees. Great visit.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 21, 2023
  • hergest
    551 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderfull
    Went here to use up an hour or so. while the weather had turned nasty. I am so glad we did. The young lady that gave the guided tour was excellent and the interior is spectacular and totally unexpected. Definitely include this in a Stockholm visit.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 31, 2023
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William S
Clinton, NJ392 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
We walked a considerable distance to visit the City Hall, only to be told when we got there that they had stopped doing tower tours a few days before due to students going back to school. That was not mentioned on their website and the dates, times were quite different from our guide books. The general tours were sold out for the remainder of that day (plan for your tickets well in advance) and the staff told us to come back another day around 8:00 to que for a limited number of tickets. We decide to pass, view the outside (quite nice), and move on the other interesting sites.
Written October 31, 2022
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Eileen108
Mount Shasta, CA4,624 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
Though our Cruise Ship stop was only for 5 hours (August 2019), I was lucky to catch the one hour tour of City Hall. Our tour guide had hardly any accent and her English was nice and clear. It was interesting to hear the history from her, and see several different rooms, though unfortunately a couple of rooms (with the tapestries) were in use when we were there so they were closed off. Had a great time, overall!
Written May 1, 2020
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Michael A
Sydney, Australia162 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
We joined the English tour. The lady that took us around provided considerable detail about the building and had a good sense of humour both of which made the trip really enjoyable. Only thing to note is that the Tower is closed in winter.
Written January 4, 2020
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Cynicoren
Beersheba, Israel2,920 contributions
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Sep 2019
The Stockholm city hall is known for having the Noble Prize ceremonies.
The city hall has a small garden with a terrific views, and they get better from the city hall tower (extra charge, worth it).
Many people don't notice (not even the locals) but this tower appears for about a second in the clip of Europe's "The final Countdown".
We took the guided tour - the tour guide was knowledgeable, nice and patient. We learned about the building's history, Noble ceremonies, about the council chambers design and daily routine, and of course the Golden room.
For a first visit to the city, the Stockholm city hall is a must.
Written August 23, 2020
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ofran50
14 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
City Hall, a huge structure built of 8,000,000 red bricks. It can be seen from a distance due to its size and the spire on the roof. Inside is a large courtyard. On the ground floor there are 2 halls. The Blue Hall and the Red Hall. In the Blue Hall, a ball was held for the Nobel Prize winners together with the royal family, according to the rules of the ceremony. On the first floor there is a hall with amazing columns and paintings of one of the princes, instead you can get married in a civil wedding, of course for a fee. Next is a large hall with a mural. The walls are lined with 11,000 real gold leaves, the leaves are separated by glass. On one side of the wall - war heroes, kings. In the second wall - scientists, inventors, people who contributed to the development of Sweden.
Written June 23, 2021
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Esperanza W
11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019
It was a great experience when we visited Stockholm City Hall and to learn the story of Alfred Nobel. The beauty of the city hall is one thing, but the award that is held there every year for the Nobel Prize really touches me. It was a great feeling to walk into the blue hall and feel that every 10th of December someone who made a great contribution to mankind in academic field will be awarded, and acknowledged for the work that was done. Thank you Stockholm for the opportunity! Just to walk the hall feels great!
Written January 10, 2020
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samthevillan
The Royal Town of Sutton Coldfield, UK171 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
Amidst all of the jewels on the Stockholm tourist trail (The Vasa, The Old Town, The Viking Museum etc), there is a little gem that is hidden in plain sight that can be easily overlooked.

It's well worth the SEK130 admission fee and takes between 1-2 hours to go around it. The price includes an excellent guided tour. Our guide was very clear an informative.

It's incredible to believe it was only built in 1911, given that the style harks back to an older era.

Sadly we were not able to access the tower but it is still worth a visit.
Written September 4, 2022
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Emma M
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Our tour of Stockholm City Hall was certainly a highlight of our weekend break to Stockholm. At 45 mins in length it is perfect for keeping your attention and allows enough time to see each of the rooms including the hall used for the Nobel Prize Banquet.

You can only visit by booking a guided tour and I would advise pre booking as on the day we visited the first two tours were already sold out.

You can take pictures inside the hall during the tour and you are free to wonder around the courtyard and gardens ( which have fabulous views overlooking the water) without paying. There is a cafe and restaurant, although we didn’t use, them plus a gift shop.

I must take a few minutes to commend our fabulous guide. We were on the 2pm tour on the 19th Feb and although I’m sorry not to remember her name, she was amazing, friendly and professional. Interesting, knowledgable, and passionate about her work place and culture are three more words I would use to describe her. The pace of the tour was perfect and so was the group size ( I think there were around 10 of us).
The lady who sold us our tickets in the morning was also very friendly, helpful and patient while we took time deciding which tour to book. The ladies who welcomed us into the hall were also very friendly and welcoming.

A few things to note. A meeting is held in one of the rooms on the tour on the third Monday of each month so avoid the 3pm tour on that day as you may not get to see it and weddings are held on Saturdays so some rooms may not be available then either, although you may get to see the couples taking photos in the courtyard.
There are toilets inside the lobby you are able to enter 10 mins before the tour starts and a cloak room too. It is an unmanned cloakroom but you are able to leave things there if you wish. Backpacks must be worn on your front during the tour or left in the cloakroom.

All in all it is an excellent experience and very good value for money at approximately £11 per person.

Well done Stockholm City Hall.
Written February 20, 2024
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AnaA
Houston, TX318 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Family
Guided Tour was knowledgeable, she was very thorough about the building, and explained the history behind each room. She talked about the architecture and the history of it. She also shared pictures & spoke about Noble Prize banquet that is held there every December. Enjoyed it very much!
Written October 17, 2020
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maroua507
16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
They only do guided tours since it's an administration building, the tour last 45 min. You learn a lot about the history of the building and how it became the place that hosts the Nobel banquet. The golden room is very very impressive and worth seeing.
Written November 18, 2020
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