Designed by the architect Ragnar Östberg and built from eight million bricks, Stockholm City Hall has been the venue of the traditional and sumptuous Nobel Banquet since 1926.
With its spire featuring the golden Three Crowns, the impossing building is the country’s leading examples of “national romanticism” and the most visited attraction in Stockholm City.
The Nobel Prize
Regarded by far as the most prestigious award in the world, the Nobel Prize has been given to people and organisations every year since 1901 for outstanding contributions in the fields of physics, chemistry, physiology or medicine, literature and peace.
Except for the Nobel Peace Prize laureate(s) who are honoured in a solemn ceremony in the Oslo City Hall, the Nobel laureates receive their prize in Stockholm on 10 December, the date on which Alfred Nobel died.
But who was the founder of the Nobel Prize? Alfred Nobel was a successful chemist and businessman who discovered a way to make nitroglycerin safer and less volatile to handle and it could be easily detonated. The inventor of dynamite and holder of 355 patents left much of his immense fortune for the establishment of the Nobel Prize.
The Nobel Banquet
The annual Nobel Banquet is held in the exclusive Blue Hall of the Stockholm City Hall for about 1,300 people. Among the guests there are members of the academe, government, cultural and industry sectors, diplomatic corps and the Swedish Royal Family.
Holding a successful large- scale event like this requires a lot of synchronization and hard work. More than 6,730 pieces of porcelain, 5,384 glasses and 9,422 pieces of silverware are carefully laid out for the special occasion. 470 metres of linen adorns the banquet’s 65 tables as the 23.000 flowers coming all the way from San Remo fill the hall with subtle fragrances. The menu, which is decided upon months in advance, is to be kept top secret until the actual day of the Nobel Banquet.
The Goden Hall
With its 18 million gold mosaic tiles depicting scenes from Stockholm’s history, the impressive Golden Hall provides a magnificent setting for the traditional dance following the Nobel Banquet.
The views from Stockholm City Hall
Stockholm City Hall (Stadshus) is located on Kungsholmen, one of Stockholm’s fourteen islands. From the city hall tower you can enjoy fantastic views of Riddarholmen, Gamla Stan and beyond. Facing the islands of Riddarholmen and Södermalm, the views from its grounds are absolutely amazing as well.
As the City Hall can only be visited with organised tours, there are no general opening hours. Guided tours are held daily in Swedish and English, however during summer months, they are available in several other languages.