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Rådhuset, Oslo

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The site of the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony each year, Rådhuset also serves as the nexus for the municipal government and one of the city's most recognizable buildings. Built over a period of nearly 20 years beginning in 1931, the building survived German occupation during World War II. The central facility features modern brick architecture, including two towers rising to a height of 66 m (217 ft). Be sure to listen for the carillon that rings out from one tower on the hour. Explore the interior to see the extensive frescoes and oil paintings that cover the walls, depicting famous events, legends, and themes from Norwegian history. The banquet hall also features paintings of royalty and more oil frescoes. By using our Oslo trip itinerary planner, you can arrange your visit to Rådhuset and other attractions in Oslo.
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  • August 17, 2017
    So that a bicharraco of red brick with some sculptures on the wall that will have its meaning but that visually seemed a Communist building that said me nothing. Do not hit enter.
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  • August 17, 2017
    You can visit the hall where Nobel prizes are delivered free of charge. It has murals with images of the history of Oslo and the image of the town of Oslo (san Harvald). They visit in about 10 minutes
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  • August 17, 2017
    Oslo City Hall is not special. It reminds almost anything on the typical Communist buildings, although Norway was never Communist. The Town Hall is directly at the Oslo port "Aker brygge". There, the beer or the other prices for drinks and food is very expensive. A 0.5 liter beer costs on the Hafenprominade Aker brygge over 100 Norwegian Kronen(!). But Aker brygge is beautiful and you can enjoy the view there on kosteblosen benches.
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  • July 9, 2017
    The outside looks a bit weird, but the inside is incredible! Amazing murals through the rooms and lovely views of the harbour. There are also free toilets downstairs, which can be hard to find in Oslo...
  • July 12, 2017
    A Truly European Facade in a silent town square as we arrived early in the morning. How I wish we could have at least be allowed to take a peek inside of the building. But anyhow, it was fine.
  • July 26, 2017
    Pretty impressive place. Lots of paintings that tell the story of Norway. Unmatched as a city hall.
  • July 20, 2017
    Recognizable and peculiar, functional building. It is visible from a lot of places in Oslo. I recommend to see the interior. I really liked the murals, pictures, views from the windows over the harbour and the Oslofjord. Entrance is free, as well as the toilets downstairs. Outside there are cool reliefs relating to the nordic mythology:) Moreover, the ceremony of awarding the Nobel Peace Prize is held in here!
  • July 22, 2017
    Looks strange, not a typical town mall, but then you realize that's it's unique and fits very good!

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