Oslo Rådhuset (Town Hall)
29 Fridtjof Nansens Plass, Oslo, Norway
23 46 16 00
Oslo Rådhuset (Town Hall) Reviews
Ugly building but nice paintings inside Jul 24, 2012
Well the Town Hall shouldn't or wouldn't win any design prizes. Building started in the 30s and finished in the 50s, this building is locally known as the 'Brown Cheese building' as it resembles blocks of brown cheese. (Make sure you try some brown cheese during your time in Norway)
The building is the home of Oslo's mayor, the location for civil weddings etc, but has some fantastic paintings which you should go in and take a look at. The paintings fill the foyer area and there are also extra rooms which you can visit. There are free guided tours every day during the summer and on Wednesdays during the rest of the year.
The Town Hall is located at the end of Aker Brygge an area popular for restaurants and bars. From these you'll be able to hear the bells chiming the hour from the Town Hall. They play a different tune each hour and it can be fun trying to work out what they're playing - although I will admit I was beaten during Eurovision 2010 when they played Norwegian Eurovision/MGP songs. You can check your guess afterwards on this site.. http://www.radhusets-forvaltningstjeneste.oslo.kommune.no/klokkespillet/ritorneller/
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Disagreements galore - decide for yourself! Jul 02, 1997
I usually put up a website for a review, sometimes after a certain doubt about which to choose.Not this time however - they disagree too much, not only about the subjective matter of its looks but even about the date of building!
I hope the 4 rating gives an impression of my feelings on the first question. I am impressed but within limits.
As for the date, some say the 30s. Some say 1950 to celebrate the city's 950th anniversary. There can surely be no doubt that it was inaugurated in 1950 but it would seem that, as Wiki says, building started in the 30s but was delayed by WW2.
Whatever the facts on these matters, I was very impressed by the huge wall paintings in the interior and by the view of the harbour from the first floor. This is very high above the ground floor and there is no public lift but you would be able to go up in the lift used by workers if you need to and ask. Sadly I don't know of a way of avoiding numerous steps to reach the entrance from outside.
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