A visit to the Stockholm City Hall is worth while. It is not a museum but a functioning municipal building with offices, conference rooms and ceremonial halls. Most famously known as the location of the Nobel Prize banquet.
The tour guide gives you a lot of information about the building’s history, and it’s unique architectural quirks as well as the building’s day to day functions.
The most impressive halls that you will see on the tour are the Blue Hall and the Golden Hall.
The Blue Hall is not actually blue, but it is the hall used for the Nobel banquets, and it houses the largest organ in Scandinavia, which has 10,270 pipes. The Blue Hall also has arcades and is reminiscent of a courtyard.
The Golden Hall, above the Blue Hall is covered with mosaics made up of over 18 million tiles. The mosaics tell the story of Sweden’s history. The mosaics are incredibly beautiful and the guide will tell you a few stories about the mosaic’s execution and point out a number of “secrets” in the tiles.
The City Hall is on the water’s edge, and it’s outer courtyard gives you a wonderful photo opportunity, as the sun shines through the arches on the water’s edge.
Another feature is the tall tower of the City Hall which you can see from quite a distance.
Tours are run daily at 10:00 and 12:00 in English and Swedish, but as it is a public building it is sometimes closed due to city business. There is no need to reserve a place on the tour. In the summer there are tours in other languages, and also the opportunity to climb to the top of the tower and get a bird’s eye view of Stockholm. The price is 70SEK in summer and 50SEK in winter with discounts for children and students.