Radhus - City Hall, Copenhagen

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  • Visit on your own, don't pay for the tour

    by BlomsterJente Written May 30, 2015

    I went on a guided tour in the City Hall on 8 May 2015. The tour (which cost 50 DKK) was hugely disappointing. The guide just led us through the corridors and stairs, stopping from time to time at some monuments or paintings and giving us a long lecture about them. All these can be viewed when visiting on your own (for free) and, if you wish to know more about the City Hall, you can pick up a free information booklet in English at the cash desk near the entrance.

    By the end of the first hour, we had only been shown 2 rooms that are otherwise not available for sightseeing - the audience hall and the adjacent tapestry room on the 2nd floor. The guide did not even show us the library, which is situated next to the audience hall (I managed to glance inside later when somebody left the door open).

    I especially wanted to see the assembly hall, but our guide walked past it without stopping. When I asked him whether we were going to see it, he told me, "No, there is a council meeting taking place inside". At that moment I decided to leave the tour and walk around the City Hall by myself. To my surprise, two minutes later the door of the assembly hall opened and out walked a group of school children accompanied by their guide! I asked him to let me look at the assembly hall just for a moment (explaining that I was on another tour but they did not allow us inside), but no, he refused to let me in, saying he did not have the time. So how come the school children are allowed to visit the assembly hall while the people who paid for the tour are not?!

    Advice: visit the City Hall on your own. You will be able to see the world clock at the entrance, the great hall on the ground floor, the monuments and paintings in the corridors. But if you are really eager to see the assembly hall, ask at the cash desk whether it is open - before you buy your ticket!

    There is a staircase leading directly from the great hall to the bridal hall and balcony on the 1st floor. The bridal hall has beautiful wall murals (see pictures attached). Unfortunately it is usually only open for the wedding ceremonies (and not included in the guided tour either), but I managed to look inside during a short break between two weddings.

    The City Hall also offers a separate guided tour to the City Hall Tower, which costs 20 DKK and takes place only twice a day at the most (full schedule here: http://www.visitcopenhagen.com/copenhagen/copenhagen-city-hall-tours-gdk688394). The view from the top is spectacular, however we were given less than 10 minutes to enjoy it - after we've climbed about 300 steps. I'd recommend to visit the Christiansborg Tower instead (http://taarnet.dk/?lang=en) - it is open Tue-Sun 9am-11 pm, free of charge, and you can take a lift to the top and stay there as long as you like.

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    City Hall

    by solopes Updated Mar 3, 2015

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    A big lively square enhances the palace of City hall.

    Too dark and heavy at first glance, a closer look reveals a harmonious building, with fine golden details.

    Only with one century, it was inspired in Siena's City hall.

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    A quiet spot for a bit of dragon-spotting.

    by leics Written Sep 13, 2014

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    Along the sides of the ornate Copenhagen Radhaus you'll find the entrance to its interior courtyard, a pleasant little spot with fountain, flowerbeds, benches and a peaceful feeling.

    I spent a while sitting here just enjoying the calm before setting off once more onto the city's streets.

    The Radhaus isn't particularly old...it was built in 1905...but I liked the way its architects had incorporated a few faux-Medieval elements. The dragons which line the stone steps are very striking indeed and there are a few small 'gargoyle' faces set into the structure. I particularly liked the crab carving, tucked away towards the bottom of one of the courtyard entrances and the 'Tree of Life' over another.

    It's definitely worth wandering through this little courtyard even if you have no desire to sit and rest awhile.

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    Radhus (City Hall)

    by antistar Updated Jun 1, 2013

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    Copenhagen's City Hall and mayoral residence is a striking building that towers over the huge Radhuspladsen square. Its Italianate look and soaring clock tower were inspired by the City Hall in Sienna, Tuscany. Its steps are guarded by some of the strangest sculptures you will see gracing a government building anywhere. Absalon, the warrior-bishop who founded Copenhagen, stands guard above the entrance, gilded but without his horse.

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    City Hall

    by kris-t Written Apr 22, 2012

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    Copenhagen City Hall (Københavns Rådhus) is the headoffices of the municipal council as well as the Lord mayor of the Copenhagen Municipality.

    The current building was build in 1893-1905 in the National Romantic style.

    Copenhagen City Hall has also very impressive interiors.

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    City Hall

    by mickeyboy07 Written Oct 16, 2011

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    City Hall is the headquarters of the Municipal council as well as the Lord Mayor of the city of Copenhagen.The current building was inaugurated in 1905.It was designed by the architect 'Martin Nyrop'in the National Romantic Style but with inpiration from Siena city hall in Tuscany,Italy.It is dominated by the slim clock tower which is 105 metres tall making one of the tallest buildings in the city.The City hall sits at the south end of 'Radhus Pladsen'The city's main square.

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    CITY HALL

    by alyf1961 Written Apr 16, 2011

    City hall sits proudly in City Hall square in the middle of Copenhagen.
    The building was opened on 12th September 1905 and was designed by Martin Nyrop.
    The gold statue on the front of the building is of Absalon who was a Danish bishop in the 12th century.
    The clock tower is 105 meters high.

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    Radhus

    by Jim_Eliason Written Oct 24, 2012

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    Built in 1905 with what was then the world's most accurate clock, the city hall features the clocktower and numerous sculptures

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