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“Not much to see but interesting” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Oslo City Hall (Oslo Radhus)

Oslo City Hall (Oslo Radhus)
Fridtjof Nansens plass, Oslo 0160, Norway
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Small-Group Oslo Bike Tour: City Highlights
Ranked #23 of 171 Attractions in Oslo
Type: Architectural Buildings, Government Buildings, Historic Sites, Cultural
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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“Not much to see but interesting”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2013

The grand room in which the Nobel Peace Prize is presented, decorated with murals that cover the walls, is the main highlight of the visit.

Visited February 2013
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“Great visit of Oslo City Hall.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2013

Oslo City Hall is certainly worth a visit if you have time during your stay. This is the place where the Nobel Peace prize is awarded! The murals are amazing!The tour is free and the visit is quite enjoyable.

Visited July 2012
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“Free entry, free guided tour, place where Noble Peace prize is awarded and some beautiful murals.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2013

Oslo CIty Hall is situated directly across the road from the waterfront and the Radhusbrygge Boat Terminal (from where you catch the ferry to the Bygdoy Peninsula) although the main entry is on the opposite side (back) of the building from the waterfront. I did not find the exterior of the red brick building that attractive but the interior is certainly more impressive, particularly the main hall where the peace prize is awarded and which is adorned with a number of very large murals largely depicting Norwegian history, culture and working life.

There are further interesting murals to be seen in a number of the other main rooms on display as part of the tour, some of which have references to the Nazi occupation and Norway's quest for freedom generally.

Our guide spoke perfect English, was informative and delightful. Apparently the building took nearly 50 years to complete after the concept to build it was first agreed in 1905. The building opened in 1950.

Worth a visit and time it to co-incide with one of the free tours.

Visited September 2012
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“Worth your time”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2013

City Hall is right on the waterfront a few hundred yards away from the Nobel Peace Center. It also located near some nice tourist shops and an official information stop. I would walk up to the building from the front going along one side of the u-shaped front and then down the other with a stop at the fountain in the middle because of the beautiful wooden frescos that line the walkways. The carvings are intricate and there are plaques explaining the story behind the picture. The Nobel Peace Prize ceremony and presentation takes place in City Hall, and it is very beautiful inside. We happened to be there when it was set up for another presentation and it looked just like the pictures. There is a display area to the right with pictures of previous recipients. Also, you should see the bathroom in the basement - wow!

Visited October 2012
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“Interesting chance discovery”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013

I only went here before I got a train to the airport because it was free, but it turned out to be one of the things I enjoyed most in Oslo. Outside the building on the steps leading up to the doors there are wood carvings depicting scenes from Norwegian folklore which I found very interesting. Inside the Radhaus the murals of Norwegian life and history are very impressive and well worth a look. Some rooms are even artworks themselves, with the entire walls an ceiling painted. They also have a Munch painting, The Tree of Life, in one of the rooms. Definitely worth a quick tour.

Visited January 2013
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