The mighty Stadshuset dominates Stockholm’s architecture. Topping off its square tower is a golden spire and the symbol of Swedish power: the three royal crowns. Entry is by guided tour only; tours in English take place every 30 minutes from 9am until 3.30pm in summer, and less frequently the rest of the year. The tower is open for visits every 40 minutes from 9.15am to 4pm or 5pm from May to September; it offers stellar views and a great thigh workout.
Punctured by two courtyards, the building’s interior includes the glittering, mosaic-lined Gyllene salen (Golden Hall), Prins Eugen’s own fresco recreation of the lake view from the gallery and the very hall used for the annual Nobel Prize banquet. Part of the tour involves walking down the same stairs you’d use if you’d won the big prize.