Copenhagen City Hall is the headquarters of the municipal council as well as the Lord mayor of the Copenhagen Municipality. The current building was inaugurated in 1905. It was designed by the architect Martin Nyrop in the National Romantic style but with inspiration from the Siena City Hall. It is dominated by its richly ornamented front, the gilded statue of Absalon just above the balcony and the tall, slim clock tower. The latter is at 105.6 metres one of the tallest buildings in the generally low city of Copenhagen.

Before the city hall moved to its present location, it was situated at Gammeltorv/Nytorv. The first city hall was in use from about 1479 until it burned down in the great Copenhagen fire of 1728. The second city hall was built in 1728 and was designed by J.C. Ernst and J.C. Krieger. It burned down in the Copenhagen fire of 1795. It was not until 1815 that a new city hall, designed by C.F.Hansen, was erected on Nytorv. It was intended to house both the city hall and a court. Today it is still in use as the city court of Copenhagen.



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Founded: 1893-1905
Category: Palaces, manors and town halls in Denmark


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Jeff Burridge (2 months ago)
Free to enter and interesting interior. Make sure to visit Jens Olsen’s World Clock, a masterpiece with 14,000 moving parts that took 27 years to build. As you enter City Hall it’s on the right.
Perseus Thebes (3 months ago)
Extremely gorgeous city hall. With a visit. Ready for international foreigners to get married here. Building is from the early 1700’s. Make sure to stick around and watch the brides and grooms who are there for their wedding days. There’s a few coffee shops around with seeing. But walk about 5-10 mins from the main square. Everything here is tourist focused.
Sue Real (3 months ago)
This beautiful building offers free admission and a treasure trove of Nordic myths and history. The guided tour in English, available Monday to Friday at 1 pm and Saturday at 10 am, is a highlight not to be missed. The guide's depth of knowledge about Nordic myths is truly impressive, making the tour amazingly informative and engaging. The majestic architecture of the building only adds to the immersive experience. Overall, visiting this site is a must for anyone interested in Nordic culture and history. It's an unforgettable journey into the heart of ancient myths and legends.
Charlotte Yuk Yung LI (3 months ago)
A beautiful building. Free admission. We also joined the guided tour in English (Mon-Fri at 1pm, Sat at 10am) which is amazingly informative. The guide knows much about the Nordic myths and culture, and told us history of the building and symbolic meanings of many decorations. We enjoyed visiting the building and the tour very much.
Percy Chang (6 months ago)
It is located near the metro station and free to enter. The staircase is gorgeous. Paintings are beautiful.
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