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

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