City Hall Stockholm

The city hall of Stockholm was really fun to visit.

We were there just before an election and there were campaign signs up everywhere. We walked there, which was quite a ways, and the signs for candidates became denser the closer we came to City Hall.

This is the approach.


We passed the back side of the castle and saw some of the foot guards going up this back road, which was on the other side of the wall where we had watched the changing of the guard the day before. We had been standing by a door, which they opened to admit the guards who started the ceremony. On the way to City Hall, we saw the guards queued up behind the door.   (This shot doesn’t have the guards, it just show the bridge leading up to the back of palace.)


There’s a cafeteria in City Hall where we had, for Sweden, a moderately priced lunch.

This shot isn’t city hall, actually, but it’s across from it.


City hall is more of a traditional looking building.

There’s a funny story behind this weird Medusa looking figure, which is in a very beautiful room. That’s real gold paint, by the way. Anyway, what happened was the artist died and the architect had to get someone else to do the figure. I think the substitute artist wasn’t quite as good. The citizens of Stockholm weren’t too pleased with the result! It’s quite huge, too…he he.


This is the roof of the meeting room, which is lovely. I was wishing I had Leanne Cole’s photography skills. Stockholm-City-Hall-2 I didn’t get great shots of the meeting room, but you can see what it looks like here:

Stockholm-City-Hall-1The blue room is a huge hall where they seat the Nobel Prize laureates for the formal dinner.


Here is the what the place setting for the Nobel prize dinner looks like:


They have around 1,300 guests. The number is exact, and all the places are measured precisely so everyone can fit.

At the end of the tour there was this brightly colored board. We figured out all the colored discs were people’s tour stickers. So we added ours. It was kind of fun.


Overall, the tour was really good. I recommend it.


3 recommendations for dining vegetarian in Stockholm, plus Gamla Stan walking tour tips

Fortunately, we are “occasionarians” because it was a little hard to find veg choices in Scandinavia. We consumed a lot of fish. But in case you are a dedicated veg, here are 3 places we found where you can have more than one boring choice.

These are my recommendations:

#3 Hermans, in Sodermalm (South Stockholm)

Here is a photo of the view from the windows of this fabulous place.

View from Hermans
View from Hermans

Pluses: Friendly, filled with life, great views, awesome buffet, totally vegan. Minuses, a tad expensive.

#2 Ciao Ciao, in Ostermalm (west Stockholm)

Pluses: awesome flatbread pizza offering 7 vegetarian choices and reasonably priced. (Price is relative; Scandinavia will give Americans sticker shock.) Loved the service.

#1 The Hermitage, in Gamla Stan (old Stockholm)

This was a Rick Steve’s recommendation, and as usual for his recommendations, we loved it. We arrived as the owner was opening up, so the lovely baskets of herbs shown here were later placed outside, along with outdoor tables. I loved the atmosphere here. The vegers who showed up were all so quiet and respectful, lending a pleasant and peaceful atmosphere. We met a traveler from the U.S., from Washington state. The food was great. I had a veggie patty, lentil veggie stew, rice with a mushroom sauce (hidden in the metal heating drawers below the buffet…be sure to look!), some horseradish dip and cold ratatouille made in a Greek style. The mushroom sauce was so good it almost made me weep.

The Hermitage Restaurant in Gamla Stan
The Hermitage Restaurant in Gamla Stan


Oh…and when you step out of here all full of veggies, you can walk up the street to the left and make your way up past this nice vine covered building to the big church (Storkyrken), the obelisk and the palace.

Looking up the street next to The Hermitage restaurant
Looking down the same street. Alley?


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The changing of the guard, Royal Palace, Stockholm

We were going to skip the changing of the guard in Stockholm, but we happened upon it just as it was about to start, getting a great position to boot. So we hung around for about 15 minutes, maybe 20, and just when I was ready to bail, we heard the horses. I’m a sucker for horses. I put the horses in slideshow galleries at the end so you can flip through them fast and it looks like a video.

Here are some pictures from the palace, the old town in Stockholm and one from the ferry ride.

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