Copenhagen City Hall
Copenhagen City Hall
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Neighborhood: Indre By (Inner City)
This is the heart of old town Copenhagen, with its blend of charming old buildings and bold new architecture, broad avenues and tiny streets as well as picturesque canals and a modern harbor. The inner city is home to the Royal Danish Theatre, which consists of three buildings, two of which are new and situated on the harbor front. The streets, squares and venues of the inner city and its surrounding neighborhoods, are alive all year round with everything from jazz festivals to outdoor ice skating rinks and parachuting at the lakes right in the center of the city. This compact area boasts beautiful old castles, tranquil parks, and bustling squares where you can always find a bench to stretch out your legs whenever you need a break.
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  • København Hovedbanegård Station • 6 min walk
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  • BrakiWorldTraveler
    Belgrade, Serbia17,756 contributions
    Beautiful City Hall with the highest tower in CPH
    CPH City Hall is set in the very center of Danish capital, right across the Tivoli gardens. It's a beautiful and massive edifice with the highest tower in the capital. It's home to famous Jens Olsen analogue clock, claimed to be the most precise one. You can enter the Hall for free, however I didn't notice the possibility to climb the tower.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 30, 2023
  • Ben F
    Bloomington, Indiana1,479 contributions
    A Central Point in Copenhagen
    City Hall, as well as the plaza at which it sits, give visitors some nice photo ops, even on rainy days (like when I was there, sigh). Nearby is the lovely pedestrian shopping street Stroeget, as well as many hotels and restaurants. Being such a walkable city, it’s straightforward to access City Hall from most popular areas of the Danish capital. Lots of tourists could be seen snapping pictures and enjoying themselves. Don’t spend a ton of time here, but still make the stop!
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written July 22, 2023
  • Peter M
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom271 contributions
    Worth visiting
    What a great place this is to have s look around , we had access to all floors and it was very interesting. We did see a few wedding parties waiting patiently and then after, getting photos taking in hall . Lots of interesting artefacts to see and nice courtyard garden too. It is free entry
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 24, 2023
  • jaybeeFL
    Palm Harbor, Florida3,350 contributions
    Take the Photo and Move On
    Not as ornate a facade as many of the German Rathauses but attractive nonetheless especially the clock tower. Hard to miss this structure as it sits on the large central square adjacent to Tivoli Gardens. It is usually mobbed with tourists, so take the photos and move on.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 4, 2023
  • T-SGlobetrotters
    Preston, United Kingdom2,946 contributions
    A masterpiece of turn of the century Danish design
    The City Hall was built between 1892 and 1905. It is free to enter and you get access to the main hall as you go in plus the first and second floor corridors giving elevated views across the main hall. A walk up the staircase to the top floor is particularly worthwhile to view a lovely large Art Nouveau style painting. There is also a 45/60 minute guided tour available three times a day, two in Danish, one in English giving additional access to the areas used for wedding ceremonies but we didn't take this. Although it is firmly Danish in design there are numerous Art Nouveau influences throughout the building. The attention to detail is amazing with beautiful design touches anywhere you look. Certainly worth taking an hour out of you schedule to view the building.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 7, 2023
  • Coryy20
    Port of Spain, Trinidad4,837 contributions
    Go get married
    It's a nice building on the exterior and it is also free to enter. I was told by someone outside the. building that anyone can walk and and walk back out married the same day. Nontheless it is a building to check out or take a photo and move on..
    Visited November 2022
    Traveled solo
    Written August 25, 2023
  • John B
    Toronto, Canada2,995 contributions
    Drop in to see the famous World Clock
    The true highlight of the city hall is Jens Olsen's World Clock. It's located in a small room on the right just inside the main door. The clock displays not just the time but celestial pole migration, solar time, sunrise and sunsets, planet revolutions, the Gregorian calendar and more. An intriguing piece of machinery.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 10, 2023
  • BaydeNoc
    188 contributions
    What a nice surprise
    The nice surprise was discovering the fantastic world clock in a room just inside the entrance. Absolutely amazing. Stroke of luck placed us there as the clockmaker came in to unlock the case and do the weekly winding. I was talking to him about the pendulum clocks i have, and he let me do some of the winding. The building itself is well worth a stop to appreciate the architecture and details.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 21, 2023
  • Mitchrj1
    Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom208 contributions
    Fantastic tour very interesting
    What a great tour. They do tours in English and danish and you book in the small shop to the left after the entrance. If you like history and interesting connected themes this is a must! Our guide was very informative and had some great information and get to see behind the scenes as well
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 28, 2023
  • Chang Percy
    Taipei, Taiwan163 contributions
    Positive Aspects
    It is located near the metro station and free to enter. The staircase is gorgeous. Paintings are beautiful. At the entrance, there is the stunning Astronomical World Clock designed and calculated by Jens Olsen. The intricate gears, weights and dials can be easily seen from all directions. It cannot be missed.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written November 6, 2023
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EmeraldDiva
Victoria, Australia3,657 contributions
Feb 2020
We took the tour of the tower. The guide only takes you up a few staircases within the building, then leaves you to continue on your own. Another guide waits at the top to keep an eye on things. I am a fitness freak and managed to power up the steps ahead of the others and had the top to myself for some time.
The 360 degree views are great of course. The wind was very, very strong when we were there which was kind of fun! I love to climb a tower, and although not a challenging climb, I thoroughly enjoyed my visit.
Written March 13, 2020
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NikaNumber1
Royal Oak, MI6,596 contributions
Feb 2020 • Solo
This is such a classic building with some beautiful gilded statues on the top half of the building. I was so intrigued by the exterior structure and it’s simplicity yet complex detailing.

It wasn’t open inside or at least I didn’t believe it was at the time I went.

This was a building I kept walking by while I was in the city for over a week m. Something kept drawing me to this edifice every day.
Written February 6, 2020
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Eileen108
Mount Shasta, CA4,314 contributions
Aug 2019
Beautiful big main hall, but most of the rooms were rather no-nonsense and plain compared to other fancy City Halls I've seen. Our guide was nice and friendly, but her voice was low and she tended to fade out at the end of sentences. The tour price of 60 DKK was not included in my Copenhagen Pass so I had to pay extra. If time is short, this sight can be skipped, in my opinion. (I visited in August 2019.)
Written May 21, 2020
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simply-peregrinating
Waddington, UK2,758 contributions
Sep 2019
A large bold building with some beautiful features on the outside like the golden statue under a golden canopy above the entrance. You can can inside and wander around the main hall which is well lit with the skylights showing off the coloured brickwork patterns, tiles, arches and friezes. There is access to its slender high tower for views if the city. Guided tours are available but we didn't go on one.
Written August 23, 2020
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AbbyBella
Washington DC, DC53 contributions
May 2022
I think this site is grossly underrated because few people seem to take the tour. Our guide took us through countless halls and rooms, including the city council chamber, that are not accessible without a tour, and he explained some of the hundreds of symbols represented in the art and architecture. It was an amazing experience that offered a much deeper understanding of the city's culture and history.
Written May 19, 2022
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T-SGlobetrotters
Preston, UK2,946 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
The City Hall was built between 1892 and 1905. It is free to enter and you get access to the main hall as you go in plus the first and second floor corridors giving elevated views across the main hall. A walk up the staircase to the top floor is particularly worthwhile to view a lovely large Art Nouveau style painting. There is also a 45/60 minute guided tour available three times a day, two in Danish, one in English giving additional access to the areas used for wedding ceremonies but we didn't take this.
Although it is firmly Danish in design there are numerous Art Nouveau influences throughout the building. The attention to detail is amazing with beautiful design touches anywhere you look. Certainly worth taking an hour out of you schedule to view the building.
Written August 7, 2023
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Tigeriffic69
Leyland, UK1,246 contributions
May 2022
Everything happens outside of the City Hall. In my time here I saw walking tours start from here, football matches, choirs singing, dancing with DJ. I went in on one of the days and there was a careers convention going on, and also a couple of wedding groups having photos taken. I went upstairs, and found a reading room, which was so peaceful, and beautiful. I also walked post some of the operating offices, and they were very open and spacey. I would definitely visit here again if in Copenhagen.
Written May 30, 2022
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Ronald L
Denver, CO2,951 contributions
Aug 2022
City Hall was built in the early 1900’s. Used every Saturday for weddings. Nobel dinner is held annually in the Blue Room, downstairs, and dancing and entertaining in the Gold Room, upstairs. Gold Room initially used for dinners but they outgrew the space. Gold Room made up of glass coated gold leaf in mosaic style. One end of room tells story of uniting the eastern and western worlds. Other end tells the story of how the architect screwed up and cut off the heads at the top of the wall. The Blue Room has a large set of organ pipes mounted along the ceiling. A long table is set for the Nobel Prize dinner with side tables shooting off the center table.
All past Laurits are welcome in addition to the new inductees. Two hundred college students also attend from winning a lottery. The architect who designed the building added his bust over a doorway in the Blue Hall.
Written October 11, 2022
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Jenny
87 contributions
May 2022
Called in at the City Hall specifically to see the World Clock, which is to the right of the entrance and free to look at. All the cogs and mechanisms of this extraordinary timepiece can be seen at the back of the various clock faces, which are all linked. The clockwork glows golden and the tiny movements of some of the cogs is fascinating. Photos and explanations on the walls are in English and Danish; the story of the clock is inspiring. It’s a shame that the little gift shop doesn’t sell wind-up watches - I would have bought one in an instant!
Written June 4, 2022
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Jordana T
69 contributions
Jul 2022
Touring the City Hall with a guide is a must to get a good initial foundational history of Copenhagen and a see the beautiful interiors of this beauty. Then, walk to the top of the tower and get an fantastic 360 degree view. Staff are wonderful.
Written July 14, 2022
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