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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. Take a look at our Oslo road trip planning tool to schedule your visit to Rådhuset and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • A particular palace with large spaces full of square frescoes and works that tell some stories and traditions of Norway and Norwegians. Don't miss it.
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  • On the outside, the palace may not like or lead you to think of a cold and impersonal construction but as soon as you enter the central lounge you are faced with great images. I cannot define whether they are moderate frescoes or other techniques have been used, but the history of Oslo's 1000 years is all depicted. Also nice are the downstairs toilets with square sinks and lamps around the mirrors that run through the dressing rooms of a theater.
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  • We had a free 30-minute introduction tour and our guide gave a lot of interesting information that was totally worthwhile. She also took us upstairs for an extended tour which toured some very grand rooms, not accessible without the tour. Highly recommended!
  • Arrived right as it opened at 9am and barely queued before an informative 15 minute tour conducted by a pleasant host. The information was a perfect amount to understand the murals. Not much more to see, though there are some interesting friezes of Norse mythology in the courtyard. Worth the trip. No bathrooms for disabled.
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