Rådhuspladsen - Town hall square, Copenhagen
The spire of St Nikolaj Kirke seen in the background of City Hall Square was built from a donation given by Carl Jacobsen of the Carlsberg Brewery. The church is no longer used for religious purposes but as an art gallery, concert venue and other cultural events. Also in the square is the statue of Bishop Absalon - founder of Copenhagen.
Dankjewel to maartenw for his invaluable help with spelling and in the making of this tip!! ;-)
The square is a place where most city buses converge apparently - as such you should be able to get to or from any part of the city of Copenhagen by using this logic.
The square has a number of nearby places of note - a staue of Hans Christian Anderson, a fountain with water spouting dragons, a column with two Vikings blowing lurs (horns) and of course the city hall itself.
The Town Hall Square or Rådhuspladsen is used for many public events. It is a hub of activity.
The Town Hall building rather aptly stands on this square, together with the Politikuns Hus (which is the HQ for the Danish newspaper).
You will find a charming statue of Hans Christian Anderson, dragon fountain, The Lur Blowers and, across the street, Tivoli Gardens.
Rådhuset (Copenhagen Town Hall) is located on Rådhuspladsen (the Town Hall Square) in the centre of Copenhagen and is home of the Mayor of Copenhagen and the City Council. The building is inspired by the city hall of Siena in Italy and was opened on September 12, 1905 after 13 years of construction. If you take a closer look you’ll see that it is richly decorated with sculptures and paintings - for example the big statue of Bishop Absalon, the founder of Copenhagen, above the main entrance.
In my opinion, the main attraction of Rådhuset is the impressive tower. It is 106 meters (350 ft) high and is open for public on guided tours. No elevator, so the only way up is to climb the 300 steps inside the tower, but the amazing view from the top is absolutely worth the effort.
The Town Hall also houses the Jens Olsen’s Verdensur (World Clock). The World Clock was designed and calculated by Jens Olsen and shows not only the time and date but also various astronomical constellations. The clockwork is so exact that it's accurate to within half a second every 300 years. The clock was started on December 15, 1955 by King Frederik IX.
The information desk and ticket sale is located to the left when you enter the main entrance.
Rådhuset is built around a small hidden garden. There is not that much to see or do, but it is a nice place to rest for a few minutes. You can gain access to the garden from the streets of H. C. Andersens Boulevard and Vester Voldgade.
The Radhuspladsen is Town Hall's Square. A lot of venues take place here and it is also the meeting place for Danish in varied occasions such as New Year's Eve.
Radhuspladsen is illuminated by neon signs at night. Some people compare it with London's Piccadilly Circus or New York's Times Square, but I'd say it's a bit far fetched. The neon sign that struck me the most around Radhuspladsen was the sign showing the temperature: 3ºC during the day. It's too cold for my Portuguese habits!
Radhuspladsen is a good starting point to explore Copenhagen as it is situated near the Central Train Staion, there is one Tivoli entrance here, it is near the Dansk Design Museum and the NY Carlsberg Glyptotek and Stroget - the long shopping street- starts here.
Radhuset (Town Hall) was built in 1892/1905 after a project of architect Martin Nyrop, which was inspired by Italian architecture (Siena's Town Hall). But this building marks a new era in Danish architecture to such an extent that I've read that some other Scandinavian cities inspired its own Town Hall in Copenhagen's Radhuset.
Radhuset's tower is the tallest building in Copenhagen (105,6 metres) and it's home to many official events, such as the celebration of Queen's birthday: actually the Queen stands on the balcony and greets her subjects. The building is decorated with statues, being that the one that stands out the most is the golden statue situated above the main entrance which depicts Bishop Absalon (founder of Copenhagen).
In Radhuset there is a clock - the Verdensur - built in 1955 by astromechanic Jens Olsen which displays not only time but also other information such as sunset and sunrise.
Although the name for this place in Danish is Rådhuspladsen, I just call it the Town Hall Square. It is quite big. The biggest thing in it is the Copenhagen Town Hall. Actually, you can see the tower of the Town Hall from many places in Copenhagen, such as the Ferris Wheel at Tivoli Gardens (photo 3). But there are other towers around the square such as the Palace Hotel, and there are also a lot of sculptures in the square. It took us a long time to walk across and we took a lot of pictures of the sculptures which when I got home and looked at my pictures I was surprised to find I was still in Town Hall Square when I took them.
Anyway, the Town Hall was built between 1892 and 1905 and is partly on the Italian Renaissance and partly medieval Danish architecture. If you are interested in statistics, the tower is 350ft tall.
A statue of Bishop Absalon in gilded copper is over the main entrance - there's a big statue of him on a rearing horse that we saw on the hop-on-hop off bus tour. He seemed an interesting character.
According to what I read on the internet, the World Clock at the main entrance was designed and constructed by Jens Olsen in 1955 shows not only the time and date but also various astronomical constellations. You might look for that when you are there.
The town hall square is a busy crossroads, but in summer also a nice place to sit and watch people and listen to the street musicians. There's always something going on!
This is also where the pedestrian street, Ströget, begins.
Town hall, or Rådhus, is a stunning building designed by architect Martin Nyrop and built between 1892-1905. Nyrop's model for the town hall and the square in front of it was the town of Siena in Tuscany.
The town hall tower is 105 m in height and you can climp up for a fee. I didn't go up there, but I'm sure the view would've been amazing.
The City Hall that houses the local city administration was built between 1892 and 1905 by the architect Martin Nyrop in a style mixture of Italian Renaissance with elements of Danish architecture from the Middle Ages.
The tower is 105.6 meter high and the largest in Denmark. If you climb up the 300 steps - no elevator is available - you will have from the top a wonderful view over the city.
Tours up the tower: October-May: Monday-Saturday at 12 noon. June-September: Monday-Friday at 10am, 12 noon and 2 pm. Admission DKK 20,- per person
Tours of the City Hall with English speaking guide: Monday-Friday at 3pm and Saturday at 10 and 11 am - price: DKK 30,- per person
The Rådhus (Town Hall) is located at Rådhuspladsen (Town Hall Square). Designed by Martin Nyrop, it was constructed from 1892 to 1905, and was modelled upon the town hall of Sienna, Italy.
The Town Hall is decorated with a large number of sculptures, and has a tower of over 106 metres. It is possible to take a tour of the tower (DKK20).
The Rådhus is open :
Monday to Friday : 08:00 - 17:00 General admission is free.
Tours are given :
October to May
Monday to Saturday at noon
June to September
Monday to Friday at 10:00, noon and 14:00
Saturday at noon only
This statue, one of many in Copenhagen, of famous author Hans Christian Andersen, is situated on the southwestern corner of Rådhuspladsen. The statue is well-worn from the tourists who have sat on the lap of Hans.
The statue sits on the corner of Rådhuspladsen and HC Andersen Boulevard.
The present Copenhagen City Hall is situated on Rådhuspladsen (English: City Hall Square) in central Copenhagen.
It was designed by architect Martin Nyrop and the design for the building was inspired by the city hall of Siena, Italy. Construction began in 1892 and the hall was opened on September 12, 1905.
The appearance of the city hall is dominated by its impressive front, the golden statue of Absalon just above the balcony and the tall, slim tower with a clock. The city hall tower is at 105.6 metres one of the tallest buildings in Copenhagen.
In addition to the tower clock, the City Hall houses Jens Olsen's World Clock.
Rådhuspladsen (The City Hall Square) is a city square beside Copenhagen City Hall at the center of Copenhagen, Denmark. The pedestrian shopping street Strøget begins at the square's northeast side. The square is home to a large statue of Hans Christian Andersen. It is often a venue for demonstrations and buskers, and several bars and nightclubs are located in the near vicinity. Rådhuspladsen is also one of the city's bus centrals.
This is the main square of Copenhagen. Our hotel was on one of the sides and so was excellently located.
When we were here there was a huge stage in the square for the MTV music awards. Hopefully when you get here the square will be clear and you will be able to enjoy it in its full glory.