City Hall Garden
Deep in the heart of City Hall is the City Hall Garden. In the midst of Copenhagen’s busiest, most hectic area, this oasis, with its birdsong and babbling fountain, offers an escape from the traffic on H.C. Andersens Boulevard.
City Hall Garden is a great place with lots to see and do, and a welcome green respite in an area of heavy traffic.
There are exquisite flowerbeds, including rhododendrons in the spring, and tables and benches are brought out during summer.
The garden is a bit of a secret, even though it is signposted. It rarely has many visitors, but tourists from Japan are among the most regular, suggesting that it may feature in a Japanese guide book. It’s also popular with City Hall staff, who gladly swap their computers and paperwork for its greenery during their breaks.
At the centre of the garden is a fountain, with a statue of a sitting bear that captures the water jets in its mighty jaws. The fountain has stood here since the garden was built, at the same time as the City Hall.
It was created by Joakim Skovgaard and Thorvald Bindesbøll, the same duo we have to thank for the Dragon Fountain on City Hall Square, a few hundred metres away. The bear is simpler than the Dragon Fountain – but still very impressive.
City Hall Garden was originally called City Hall Courtyard and stretched out to H.C. Andersens Boulevard. It was popular with city residents, but when the boulevard was expanded the garden was temporarily closed to the public.
It is open during the day, but it may be closed for private events. The garden is a popular place for guests to toast the happy couple after weddings at City Hall.
Photo: Scanpix/Kennet Havgaard
DATA & LINKSRodhushaven
(City Hall Garden)
H. C. Andersens Boulevard
1550 København V
- Cultural history
- Copenhagen City Hall was built between 1892 and 1905. The architect was Martin Nyrop, who paid tribute to Copenhagen by taking inspiration from the city’s castles and manor houses.
- The City Hall is richly decorated throughout by some of the finest artists of the day, and a guided tour is highly recommended.
- The City Hall Tower stands 105 metres high. Should you happen to be in the garden when the clock strikes, you will be deafened by the resounding echo between the walls.
- Tulips, rhododendrons, roses and other bushes. Against the wall are a few fig trees. These are rare in Denmark, because they love a hot climate. Today, they thrive in several places but require a sheltered spot – like this garden.
- The garden is wheelchair-friendly.
- None, but enjoy your packed lunch at the tables and benches.