If you’re interested in architecture then Rådhuset – Stockholm’s courthouse – is worth a quick visit. Built between 1911 and 1915, it’s a superb example of the national romantic architectural style that was popular across Scandinavia at the time.

Rådhuset is the main courthouse in Stockholm

The building’s façade was modelled partly on Vadstena Castle, located midway between Gothenburg and Stockholm, but has some unique adaptations that mark it out as a courthouse. Notice the sculptures above the entrance, which depict four men – two sentenced and two acquitted – standing before a seated judge.

Rådhuset is still a working courthouse but you can take a look around inside if you want to. You’ll have to pass security control first but there’s no admission charge to get in.

There isn’t a great deal to see save for screens showing some of the cases being heard in courtrooms around the vast building, and corridors whose design was inspired by Gothic churches in northern Sweden.

Scheelegatan 7

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Last updated: September 2014

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5 years ago

Oh wow yes it is beatiful and I can confirm it as I live in Stockholm! 🙂 Thanks for sharing!