The City Hall
Photo: Yanan Li
Seat of Stockholm's government and site of the annual Nobel dinner and gala
Word to the wise: Avoid the tourists at the waterside cafe next to the City Hall, and take a short walk along Norr Mälarstrand (head away from the city centre) to leafy oasis of Orangieriet restaurant, instead.
Stockholm's City Hall is the seat of the city's government and houses the offices of about 200 politicians. Its Blue Hall is the site where about 1,300 guests, including Nobel laureates, the royal family, politicians and honored guests, gather for the annual Nobel banquet and gala on 10 December.
The building is a widely recognised symbol of Stockholm: built from eight million bricks and topped with the three golden crowns of the Swedish national coat of arms, which are rumored to each be the size of a small Volkswagen. It was opened in 1923 and boasts stunning views of Old Town, Riddarholmen and the city's largest island, Södermalm.
The City Hall has two main rooms: the Blue Hall, which is actually beautiful red brick; and the Golden Hall, which illustrates Sweden's history with 18 million pieces of gold mosaic. To see these rooms and the rest of the building, you'll need to take a guided tour.