Lonely Planet review
Designed by the Danish architect Martin Nyrop and completed in 1905, Copenhagen’s show-off town hall is an architectural fusion of 19th-century national Romanticism, medieval Danish design and northern Italian architecture, the last-mentioned most notable in the central courtyard.
Adorning the facade above the main entrance is a golden statue of Bishop Absalon, who founded the city in 1167. The entrance leads to the main hall, a grand room that serves as a polling station during municipal elections.
You can poke around the main hall on your own but it’s more interesting to climb up the 105m clock tower (tour 11am & 2pm Mon-Fri, noon Sat, min 4 people) for a view that could rival Google Earth (well, almost). An altogether more curious drawcard is the town hall’s Jens Olsens Clock , designed by Danish astromechanic Jens Olsen (1872–1945) and built at a cost of one million kroner. Not only does it display local time, but also solar time, sidereal time, sunrises and sunsets, firmament and celestial pole migration, planet revolutions, the Gregorian calendar and even changing holidays!