Copenhagen City Hall is the headquarters of the municipal council as well as the Lord mayor of the Copenhagen Municipality. The building is situated on The City Hall Square in central Copenhagen, which is where all the “action” is, it seems. The evening we were there, a hard rock band was playing on a stage, and hundreds of fans were in attendance; we were told that this is a weekly event in the summer. Even during the day, the plaza adjacent to City Hall is alive with various organized events or other types of public activities. The current building, inaugurated in 1905 was designed by the architect Martin Nyrop in the National Romantic style, but with inspiration from the Siena City Hall. The building has a richly ornamented front, a gilded statue of Absalon just above the balcony, and a slim tall clock tower that rises 105.6 meters, making it one of the tallest buildings in the generally low city of Copenhagen.
Our tour bus drove us through a portion of the Carlsberg Brewery, owned by a Danish brewing company founded in 1847 by J.C. Jacobsen. Carlsberg Beer is the brewery’s flagship brand, but it also brews Tuborg, Kronenbourg, Somersby cider, Russia’s best selling beer Baltika, Belgian Grimbergen abbey beers as well as more than 500 local beers. After merging with the brewery assets of the Norwegian conglomerate Orkla ASA in January 2001, Carlsberg became the 5th largest brewery group in the world. It is the leading beer seller in Russia with about 40 percent market share. In 2009 Carlsberg ranked 4th and employed around 45,000 people. Some of the company’s original logos include an elephant (after which some of its lagers are named) and the swastika, which was wisely discontinued in the 1930s because of its association with the Nazi party in neighboring Germany.