The View from Stadshuset over Stockholm


Stadshuset, Stockholm’s City Hall, is home every year to the Nobel Prize banquet in the Blue Hall. While you might not be able to get an invite to one of the most prestigious events in Sweden, you can still explore Stadshuset.

Guided tours allow you to see City Hall, and the Blue Hall where the banquet takes place. But for anyone willing to do some hiking, the City Hall Tower is the place to be.

From April through September, for 30 SEK you can hike to the top of the Tower. But a few tips:

  • Go to the toilet beforehand. There are no toilets in the building, at least none for the general public. 
  • Bring a camera. The view is one of the best in all of Stockholm.
  • Be prepared to wait in line. They only allow a certain amount of people in at a time.
  • Stretch. There are a lot of stairs, 365 of them. And the elevator only goes half-way up. 




Once at the top you are offered a 360 degree view of all of Stockholm. Soak it all up, because on a clear day, there is no better place to be. The entire city unfolds in front of you. The numerous islands of Stockholm become obvious, and the city comes alive.



Stadshuset is well worth the 30 SEK and the climb to the top. Even if you do really have to pee because of the lack of toilets.

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About Marcus Cederstrom

I was born in Sweden and moved to the US just before my 6th birthday. I grew up in the United States eventually graduating from the University of Oregon. After graduation and about 17 years in the US I made the decision to move back to Sweden. I have been living in Stockholm since the summer of 2007. Since graduation I have traveled throughout eastern Australia as well as in Sweden and Europe.