The Oslo City Hall houses the City Council and administration. Also an studios and galleries. It was build from 1931 to 1950, with a break during World War II. The Nobel Peace Prize ceremony takes place here.
The Nobel Peace Prize is presented to the winner on 10th of December each year in Oslo City Hall.
The building dates back to the 20's of the 20th century. It was voted as the Oslo's construction of the century.
On weekends, entrance is free of charge for all visitors.
The sculptures and relieves look however somewhat socialistic but I like them.
Picture No. 5 is my pride - this document and artwork presents a passport from Bulgaria in French (look at "Royaume de Bulgarie" and "residence actuelle - Sophia").
When I was looking for information for my planned trip in Oslo, first bad comments were related to the “horrible” new City Hall. Looking for the photos I have found on Internet I was thinking that it is really ugly.
Going there, my feeling was completely different.
OK, we have to agree that it is not so nice like the “Rathaus” in Vienna or “Hotel de ville” in Paris…but it is something anyway… And it is unique I believe.
Living for few years in Norway I can appreciate that the building is representing in a way the Norwegian spirit… “simple, straight, solid and useful”.
The statues in front of the building have just brought back in my mind the ones built during the socialist period… Please keep in mind that I am not saying that I don’t like them.
Some think the Oslo Town Hall is simply ugly and others see it is the pride of Norway. Visit it and make up your own mind. Built in 1950, it houses splendid murals by some of Norway's most respected artists. The murals depict life in Oslo during World War II and include illustrations of the Nazi occupation. There are also tapestries, frescoes, sculpture, and woodcarvings on display.
Oslo's city hall (Radhus) houses the city's administrative body and city council. Guided tours are available in the summer. Open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Located next to the City Hall, Aker Brygge - Oslo's Harbour area is filled with shops, restaurants (all price ranges), and pubs, most of which have an outside sitting area. Aker Brygge is a pedestrian only zone and walking along the waterfront is a great way to spend a sunny afternoon. Enjoy an evening meal and/or drinks, while watching the ferries and cruise ships coming in.
This twin towered building is located by the waterfront and is the administrative and political heart of Oslo.
In 1915, a programme of slum clearance was ordered by the then mayor, to clear the harbourside buildings, making way for the site for the new City Hall.
Architects Arnstein Ameburg and Magnus Poulson took 10 years to modify their plans, with the foundation stone being laid in 1931. Apparently the twin towered building is inspired by the Nidaros Cathedral at Trondheim. There are conflicting opinions as to whether this building is aggresively ugly or a pride to Norway! Hmm, not too sure what I felt, but in the overcast sky and surrounded by snow, it looked quite austere.
During the Nazi occupation of 1940 -45 building work was halted. (Artwork depicting Oslo during the occupation can be seen in the City Hall)
Eventually the City Hall was inaugurated in 1950 during Oslos 900th anniversary.
Oslo City Hall is famous for being the venue for the Ceremony to award the Nobel Peace Prize. (Held in the Main Hall)
Although We didn't view inside, I understand that besides the afforementioned Occupation works, there are many early 20th century paintings , frescoes and sculptures by Norways leading artists.
Outside on the steps are many impressive statues. Although the clock on the tower is highly visible, it is very basic in design. Around the back of the building (on the North side) is a more elaborately designed clock.
Open daily 08.30 - 1600hrs (1700 in summer)
Free admission except for summer months (11th May to 31st August)
Adults 25NK, Children 15 NK
Guided Tours Mon - Fri 10.00, noon and 1400hrs
The modern city hall of Oslo is a landmark of the Norwegian capital. The idea of having a modern city hall in the harbor area (which was then more or less a slum) was born in 1915, but it was only in 1931 that the townhall was erected. Due to WW II and the German occupancy of Norway it was only in 1950 that this building was inaugurated!
There are guided tours through the city hall, which we did not take due to lack of time. We just had a glimpse inside and it looked interesting!
Oh, and nice toilets as well.....
The City Hall building is known for its trademark twin towers and also the elaborate reliefs and paintings on the outside and inside of the building. It's free to go inside and on the way to the harbor
the radhuset, (city hall) is a huge brick building located in cental oslo. the building was opened in 1950 to commenorate the 900 th anniversary of the city. over 8,000,000 bricks were used in the construction of this building. the radhus hall is used for the presentation of the nobel peace prize. in the hall is henrik sorensen's oil painting, "work, art and celebration". this painting is the largest in europe. other interesting rooms are, the feast gallery, bystyre hall, and the banqueting hall.
After you have enjoyed yourself in Vigelandsparken, you may catch the #12 tram to Rådhusplassen (The City Hall). The tram stop is just opposite the main entrance. Ask for the direction of Aker Brygge and the City Hall and go off as soon as you see the twin-peaked red brick building.
The City Hall with its twin towers was finished in 1950 when Oslo celebrated its 950 anniversary. The building is decorated by the works of Norway's most prominent artists of the first part of the last century, and the motifs for decoration are based on Norwegian history, culture and working life. If you walk around the building you'll see the representatives of many trades and crafts, including (controversially I must admit) a corner bas-relief of a prostitute, her pimp and her client. The interior of the building, rich in frescos and gobelins is more exciting than the exterior and is also interesting because this is where the Nobel Peace Prize laureates get their prizes handed over to them by the king each December. The building is open all year round: from 9am to 5pm in May-August, and from 9am to 4pm rest of the year (ticket costs 40kr), the guided tours are held every weekday at 10am, 12am and 2pm (and in july and august also at the same times during weekends)
The City Hall has a nice-sounding corillon of 49 bells, and every hour from 7am to 12pm a different melody is played, especially sweet are those lullabies played in the evening.
Oslo's city hall is one of the most popular landmarks of the city. This massive brick building facing Oslo's harbour was inaugurated in 1950 when Oslo celebrated its 900th anniversary.
Although the building is used as offices for the cities administration you can visit it by a guided tour and see the interesting art works which decorate the hall and some of the rooms. Norwegian artists choose motifs from the Norwegian history, culture and working life.
The city hall is also the location where the Nobel Peace Price is awarded every year on December 10.
Oslo Radhus (Oslo Town Hall) is located in the city centre, just next to the harbour. The building doesn't look very nice from the outside, as it was built in the 50's (it was inaugurated for the 900th anniversary of the city), however I reckon it's worth seeing because exactly in this building the Nobel Peace Prize award ceremony takes place every year.
In front of the Pipervika and just behind the Radhus there is Radhusplassen. In the square you can see some nice monuments: a nice fountain in the middle of the square and, on the right side, the statue of Nordenskioud (1869-1928) an Antarctic Explorer.
In the Oslo City Hall there are others works made by Werenskiold: he made the marble frieze above the fountain that you can see in the Grand Hall. The great staircase is decorated with stylised seagulls, sculpted in open-work marble. the banisters bear a relief paraphrasing the city arms with two swans as shield-beareres, created by Arne Durban.
The Radhus, the city hall of Oslo, is probably the most famous building of Oslo known in the world. It was built by the architects Arnstein Arneberg and Magnus Poulsson between 1933-1950 to celebrate the 900th anniversary of the founding of the city of Oslo. The City Hall combines national romanticism, classicism and functionalism. The foundation stone was laid in 1931. It has got a big main building and two big towers. The main building has got paintings made by Munch and Sorensen.
Every year on 10th December the King of Norway give the Noble of the Peace in the Room of Parties.