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Copenhagen Town Hall, Denmark

Rådhuspladsen København, Danmark – Major Public Space in centre of the Danish Capital City

page updated 4 Sep 2016

Rådhuspladsen København

Town Hall Square Copenhagen

Rådhuspladsen contains the Danish capital’s Town Hall building along its southern edge and the ‘telephone building’ in the northern section by the bus stops, containing tourist information.

Copenhagen Town Square Copenhagen Town Hall Rådhuspladsen København
Copenhagen Town Hall images © Adrian Welch 2006

View of SAS Hotel Copenhagen from Rådhuspladsen:
photo © Adrian Welch

Palace Hotel Copenhagen on the east side of Rådhuspladsen:
Palace Hotel Copenhagen Palace Hotel Copenhagen
photos © Adrian Welch

Raadhusplads København
photo © Adrian Welch

HT Bus Terminal, Rådhuspladsen
Date built: 1996
Design: Knud Holcker, architect
‘Telephone Building’ Bus Interchange / Tourist Info on north side of Rådhuspladsen:
HT Bus Terminal Rådhuspladsen Bus Terminal Rådhuspladsen
photos © Adrian Welch
Copenhagen’s controversial ‘Black Telephone’ building is due to be removed 2007/08 to facilitate construction of a new Metro station

The Strøget on east side of Rådhuspladsen, and building to northeast:
The Strøget The Strøget
photos © Adrian Welch

Rådhuspladsen context : Tivoli Gardens Hotel proposal

Tivoli Entry building from Rådhuspladsen – east
Tivoli Entry
photo © Adrian Welch
Tivoli Copenhagen

Københavns Rådhus is the headquarters of the municipal council as well as the Lord mayor of the Copenhagen Municipality, Denmark. The building is situated on The City Hall Square in central Copenhagen.

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.

In addition to the tower clock, the City Hall also houses Jens Olsen’s World Clock.

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.

In 1815 a new city hall designed by C.F.Hansen was built on Nytorv. It was intended to house both the city hall and a court. It is still in use as the city court of Copenhagen.


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Panda House Copenhagen Zoo
photo : Rasmus Hjortshøj
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Royal Playhouse Copenhagen
photo : Jens Lindhe

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Copenhagen Harbour Gateway
image Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects

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