5 must-see buildings from the 20th century in Stockholm

1) The City Hall

This is not much of a hidden secret. In fact, it is probably the most famous silhouette in Stockholm, but still, you should really visit Stockholm’s City Hall. The beautiful brick building by Ragnar Östberg was completed in 1923 and is one of the country’s most prominent examples of National Romanticism in architecture.

Stockholm - The City Hall

Hantverkargatan 1, Kungsholmen

+46 (0)8 508 290 00


2) The City Library

Stockholm’s public library, which was founded in 1928, is one of the capital’s most spectacular structures. The distinctive exterior with its circular rotunda has become an iconic landmark and a great example of a style called Swedish Grace. Architect Gunnar Asplund, however, also put a lot of effort into the interior, so make sure to step inside.

reading hall and ceiling of the Stockholm Stadsbiblioteket

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3) Stockholm Concert Hall

Another architectural masterpiece is Stockholm’s Concert Hall. Inaugurated in 1926, this magnificent neoclassical building was designed by Ivar Tengbom for the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and to host the Nobel Prize Award Ceremony. Take a guided tour or visit the foyers, which normally open one hour before concerts begin.

front side of Concert Hall building

4) Ericsson Globe

The world’s largest spherical building is located to the south of Stockholm’s City. Since its inauguration in 1989, it has hosted a variety of sports events and concerts. If you are interested in a spectacular view of southern Stockholm you can take a ride in one of the glass gondolas that run along the outside of the Ericsson Globe(n).

Ericsson Globe building

Globentorget 2, Johanneshov

+46 (0)77 131 00 00

5) Kulturhuset Stadsteatern

Envisioned as a space that could accommodate all art forms, this modernist concrete building with its glass façade, facing Stockholm’s most famous public square, was designed in 1974 by the radical post-war architect Peter Celsing. It was built at a time when the city’s centre was ravaged by demolition as part of an urban renewal project.

interior of Kulturhuset Stadsteatern

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