City Hall Square (Radhuspladsen), Copenhagen

City Hall Square (Radhuspladsen), Copenhagen

Sitting in the shadows of the stately and historic City Hall, Radhuspladsen is a main hub of the many miles of Copenhagen's beautifully historic pedestrian streets, as well as a gathering place for, street performers, public message boards, and folks from all corners of the globe. As in so much of this magical city, English is not only understood widely, but spoken better than what one would hear in the public plazas of most major American cities.

Once Copenhagen's fortified west end, it contained much of the city within its walls, with as much as 150,000 people packed inside by the mid-19th-century. The overcrowding led to hygiene problems (including a cholera outbreak), so after nearly seven centuries the walls eventually had to come down. Today, the redesigned square features the Dragon Fountain (1904) depicting a bull and a dragon in combat, and the impressive Weather Girl (Danish: vejrpigen) that tells when the rain comes. There is also a statue of Hans Christian Andersen, one of the most popular Danish writers in history, and a bronze depicting two lur blowers mounted on top of a tall terracotta column – the latter having been a gift to the city from the Carlsberg Foundation on the occasion of the centenary of the birth of Carlsberg founder J. C. Jacobsen.

Just across the street is the very interesting Dansk Industri building that contains a showroom for green technologies (House of Green), as well as a series of two-storey flagship stores and restaurants on Vesterbrogade. Down the same street towers the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Copenhagen's only skyscraper, built in 1960 as the world's first design hotel.

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City Hall Square (Radhuspladsen) on Map

Sight Name: City Hall Square (Radhuspladsen)
Sight Location: Copenhagen, Denmark (See walking tours in Copenhagen)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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Walking Tours in Copenhagen, Denmark

Create Your Own Walk in Copenhagen

Create Your Own Walk in Copenhagen

Creating your own self-guided walk in Copenhagen is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Hans Christian Andersen's Copenhagen

Hans Christian Andersen's Copenhagen

The 19th-century author of "The Little Mermaid," "The Emperor's New Clothes," and "The Ugly Duckling" was born in Odense (central Denmark) but lived and died in Copenhagen. His compelling tales appeal to children and adults alike: full of magic and touching on strong, universal emotions, it is no wonder that they made him the country's best-known author.

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.9 Km or 1.8 Miles
Copenhagen Introduction Walking Tour

Copenhagen Introduction Walking Tour

A fairy tale of a city full of peculiarities, the Danish capital Copenhagen has a fairly straightforward etymology, derived from Kopmannahafn, which roughly translates to “merchant's harbor”. Originally a fishing village simply called Havn (port), probably dating back to the Vikings, it was given as a fief to Absalon, the church father of Denmark in the second half of the 12th century,...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.7 Km or 1.7 Miles
City Center Souvenir Shops

City Center Souvenir Shops

It would be a pity to leave Copenhagen without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of shops where one can find authentic Danish products which are unique to Copenhagen and Denmark. Follow this self guided shopping tour to hunt for that perfect trip momento.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.4 Km or 0.9 Miles
Castle Island (Slotsholmen) Walking Tour

Castle Island (Slotsholmen) Walking Tour

Step onto the island of Slotsholmen, the birthplace of Copenhagen in the 12th century, dominated by the royal palace complex. Also known as the "Island of Power", it has been recognized as the center of Denmark's government since the Middle Ages. Nowadays, it's a great area to get away from the crowds and take photos of the area's splendid public buildings. Christiansborg...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.6 Km or 1 Miles
Little Mermaid Walking Tour

Little Mermaid Walking Tour

Constructed in the 18th century, during the reign of King Frederick V (hence the name), the district of Frederiksstaden is now regarded as one of the most important rococo complexes in Europe. This tour guides you through its broad streets, lined by bourgeois houses, mansions and palaces, built to glorify the absolute monarchy. Denmark was in the throes of an economic boom, and the beautiful...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 Km or 1.7 Miles
Museums and Galleries

Museums and Galleries

Wandering through the cobblestoned streets of the Danish capital, culture vultures will surely find plenty to sink their claws into. For a small city, Copenhagen boasts a wealth of outstanding museums and galleries, all perfect for English speakers. No matter where one's interests lie, there’s something for everyone here. Follow this self-guided walk to visit some of the top museums of...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.7 Km or 1.1 Miles

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