The Royal Duty Chamber in Aalborg was designed by architect Hack Kampmann and built in 1902. Among other buildings, Hack Kampmann was also the architect behind Marselisborg castle, the theatre in Aarhus and the police station in Copenhagen.
Royal Duty Chamber in Aalborg
In recent years, the Royal Taxhouse has gone through a great restoration and today the building appears as it originally did. In 2006, the building was awarde a prize by the municipality for the beautiful and extensive restoration of one of the old and valuable buildings in Aalborg. In 2007 the building received two more awards: “Ros” (ed. praise) and “Facade of the year”.
The building is an example of the Danish romantic style with motives from the renaissance. Among other details, the style is seen in the symmetrical facade with the stately stairs. Furthermore, many unique details can be seen in the masonry and the eaves.
Placed in front of The Royal Toll Chamber at Toldbodsplads was Denmark’s first musical fountain staged in 2007. Every day during the summer and until week 42, people in Aalborg, guests and tourists can enjoy this beautiful fountain which throws water in the air at different levels. Four times a day – at 12, 15, 18 and 21 – you will hear an overture from Georg Friedrich Händels Water Music coming from the fountain. This music will play in around 3 minutes.
The old harbour front
Since 1556 the duty stall has been placed the same place at the Royal Duty Chamber is now. This was where Østerå flew into the fjord. Østerå was then being dogged out and made wider, so that the ships could sail all the way up to the grocers’ like Jens Bang Stenhus and Jørn Olufsens house. Since 1897 Østerå has been covered and led around the city centre.