Copenhagen City Hall

Copenhagen City Hall (Danish: 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 City Hall Square in central Copenhagen.

Copenhagen City Hall
Copenhagen City Hall in 2018
Location within Copenhagen
General information
Architectural styleNational Romantic style
Town or cityCopenhagen
Coordinates55°40′31″N 12°34′13″E
Construction started1893
ClientCopenhagen Municipality
Design and construction
ArchitectMartin Nyrop


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.[1]

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


The current city hall was designed by architect Martin Nyrop and the design for the building was inspired by the city hall of Siena, Italy. Construction began in 1892 and the hall was opened on September 12, 1905.[2]

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 erected on Nytorv. It was intended to house both the city hall and a court. Today it is still in use as the Copenhagen Court House.

In 2007, the National Bank of Denmark issued a 20 DKK commemorative coin of the tower.[3]

Cultural references


  1. "Rådhustårnets ur / City Hall Tower Clock - Copenhagen, Denmark". Retrieved 2009-11-08.
  2. Barbara M. Lane, National Romanticism and Modern Architecture in Germany and the Scandinavian Countries (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000).
  3. "Copenhagen City Hall Tower". National Bank of Denmark. 8 July 2011. Archived from the original on 16 October 2013. Retrieved 16 October 2013.
  4. "Tour The Danish Girl locations". Retrieved 9 October 2017.

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