David & Diana's Excellent Vacation In Sweden

Tuesday, July 27, 1999

Today we visit the Stockholm Stadshuset (City Hall). I can hear you wondering, "What's the big deal with the Stockholm City Hall?" Well, for one thing, it's a beautiful building, even though it's fairly new by Stockholm standards. It was built between 1911 and 1923. For another, this is the location of the Nobel Prize banquet held December 10 of every year.

Hour long tours of the City Hall are available in Swedish, English, French, and German. We pick the English tour (big surprise). The tour starts here in the Blå Hallen (Blue Hall).

The Nobel Prize Banquet is held in the Blue Hall.

These photos were taken in Prinsens Galleri (The Gallery of the Prince).

This is a view looking out from The Gallery of the Prince across Riddarfjärden toward Gamla Stan (Old Town).

There are other interesting rooms but we couldn't get good photos of them. These include:

Here's Diana in the open courtyard within the City Hall.

Next, Diana and David decide to climb to the top of the City Hall tower (106 meters/348 feet). There's an elevator to take us halfway up. Unfortunately, it isn't working. So, we walk the whole way. The passages are narrow but it's not too bad. The interior of the tower would make a good Doom level.

Photos From The Balcony Halfway Up (Almost) The Tower

These gold figures line the roof of the Stockholm City Hall. You can see these figures from below in this photo taken yesterday.

We Made It To The Top Of The City Hall Tower

This is Gamla Stan (Old Town) as viewed from the Stockholm City Hall tower. You can see the Royal Palace in the left side of this photo.

Here's Diana with Old Town in the background.

You can look down from the tower to see the Stockholm train station. Notice the articulated city bus at the bottom of the photo. If you look carefully, you can see that it has three axles.

Here you're looking west from the tower toward Lake Mälaren.

After pizza near the Cuban Embassy, we visit Kaknästornet (The Kaknäs Tower). This tower is 155 meters (508 feet) high but there is an elevator. This tower is one of the tallest buildings in Scandinavia and Northern Europe. The tower is used by the Swedish Radio & Television network. There's an observation platform with an excellent view but the photos didn't turn out well because the platform is surrounded by reflective glass.

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David & Diana's Excellent Vacation In Sweden

Copyright 1999 David Jones & Diana Hartman
Last revised: November 05, 2005.