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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Edel Coradi (4 months ago)
For a public office you would never think it could be so interesting. The world clock itself worth the visit, truly a mastership of craftsmanship. Special attention to the workers there, really polite and nice to us.
M P (5 months ago)
very memorable place where we got married! The City Hall is huge, can accommodate all of our guests (23 people), beautifully decorated and historical. It is really worth a visit if you are in Copenhagen
Merry Go Round (サトウ) (6 months ago)
We been coming here in Copenhagen many times but this is the 1st time we visited this City Hall and it's beautiful big stairs with painting of what Denmark or Copenhagen used to be with amazing chandelier's and marble stairs. Definitely worth visiting
Binoi (9 months ago)
Very impressive city hall. It's easy and free to visit. The tower was unfortunately closed during our stay in Copenhagen.
Nikos Gkekas (9 months ago)
Really nice place to visit during your stay in Copenhagen. It worth taking also the two tours. The tower tour is not something special, but you can see the visit from really high and take some breathtaking views. The guided tour is much more informative as you learn things about history of the building and the city. Do not forget to visit the garden. The entrance is on the right side, next to Christians Andersen statue. The place is very beautiful and peaceful.
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