Stockholm is built on 14 islands that are connected by 57 bridges, it has 750 years of history, over 70 museums and a rich cultural life.
Stockholm is one of the most beautiful capitals in the world. The city is booming with fun activities and is known for its friendly and outgoing people. Just listening to the Swedes in their sing-song manner of speaking will put a smile on your face. Stockholm is great for a summer getaway or a relaxed city break. We recommend...
Check out Stockholm City Hall. You can climb the City Hall Tower where you will find a fantastic view over Stockholm. The city hall, with its spire featuring the golden three crowns, is one of the most famous silhouettes in Stockholm.
Stockholm City Hall is one of the country’s leading examples of national romanticism in architecture. The city hall was designed by the architect Ragnar Östberg, and opened on Midsummer Eve in 1923. The city hall is built from eight million bricks, and the 106 meter tall tower has the three crowns, with the Swedish national coat of arms at its apex. Behind the magnificent facades are offices and session halls for politicians and officials, as well as splendid assembly rooms and unique works of art. Stockholm’s municipal council meets in Rådssalen, the council chamber. The great Nobel banquet is also held in Stockholm City Hall. After dinner in Blå hallen, the Blue Hall, Nobel Prize recipients, royalty and guests, dance in Gyllene salen, the Golden Hall, with its 18 million gold mosaic tiles. The City Hall Shop features specially designed souvenirs and presents that commemorate the city Hall and Stockholm.
Open to the public through guided tours only, visitors are taken through the city hall daily with explanations in Swedish and English at certain hours. During summer months the tours are available in several other languages.
Gamla Stan (old town) is one of Stockholm’s oldest attractions and one the best preserved medieval city centers in the world. The old town is the heart of Stockholm where you can feel the pulsebeat of the city as you walk along its many wonderful paths through small winding streets lined with stores full of handcrafts, antiques, art galleries and cafés. The Royal Palace and Stockholm Cathedral are also located in Gamla Stan.
There are a lot of unique things to see when visiting the old town, which was the original Stockholm. If you like old buildings swarming with history you will like this part of Stockholm that was set up during the 13th century. Today there are about 3000 people living there, where most of the buildings are from the 17th and 18th century; the dominant building being the king’s castle. The old town area area has Stockholm’s biggest range of restaurants, tourist shops, studios and museums.
Text: Halldóra Anna Hagalín