The present Town Hall, the sixth in Hamburg's history, was inaugurated in 1897, and built because the previous one was burnt down in the Great Fire of 1842. During World War II, the Town Hall was heavily damaged by bombing, but reconstructed again in 1957. Today, it is home of the Mayor of Hamburg and the offices of the city and state administration – and you can join a guided tour (I didn't) and see some of the Town Hall's 647 rooms... I just admired the impressive building from the outside; beautiful facade filled with sculptures and decorations, and a 112 meters high clock-tower.
The Town Hall is located at the Rathausmarkt (Town Hall Square) in the centre of Hamburg. Once called Adolf Hitler Square, but renamed after World War II. A big open square with a couple of monuments, like the statue of Heinrich Heine (one of the most significant German poets of the 19th century) and the Memorial to the Fallen of World War I.
Having passed the quay, it is possible to turn to the central streets, to reach Rathaus square - Rathausmarkt. The majestic building of the Town hall - Rathaus in style neo-renessanse was constructed in the end of XIX-th century.
It is one of the few completely preserved buildings of historicism in Hamburg. Built in a period of wealth and prosperity, in which the Kingdom of Prussia and its confederates defeated France in the Franco-German War and the German Empire was formed, the look of the new Hamburg Rathaus should express this wealth and also the independence of the State of Hamburg and Hamburg's republican traditions.
Built in 1887, the neo-renaissaince town hall with its distinctive copper roof is both seat of the ""Bürgerschaft" (local city parliament) and the "Senat" ("state parliament"), as Hamburg is not only a self-governed city but also a federal state of Germany. To call it "old townb hall" would be preposterous as it is probably the sixth town hall in Hamburg history! The representative state rooms are open for guided tours.
Among Germany's 16 states, three are so-called city-states which consist of a single city only. These are Bremen (which does actually consist of two cities), Berlin and Hamburg. So Hamburg's town hall is not only a town hall but also the see of the senate, the local parliament. It was built in neo-renaissance style in the late 19th century and inaugurated in 1897 and stands on over 4000 oak posts. The building replaced the old town hall which was lost in the big fire of 1842. The adjacent stock exchange building was the only building in this area which survived the fire.
It is possible to visit the town hall. English, French and German tours are available throughout the day. Opening times are daily from 10:00 to 15:00 (friday to sunday only until 13:00, info from May 2006). The Rathaus is closed for visitors when special political events or similar activities take place inside.
The place in front of the Rathaus, the Rathausmarkt, is a place where public markets smaller festivals and events take place.
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The Hamburg City Hall was built from 1886 to 1897, replacing an earlier City Hall that had burned down half a century earlier, in the great fire of 1842.
It is very centrally located near the Binnenalster, the Jungfernstieg and the central station. Guided tours of the city hall are conducted in German, English and French on days when there are no state visits or major events in progress.
Additional photos: Cycling near the City Hall.
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Hamburg's Town Hall is a vast building, with 647 rooms and a tower that is well over a hundred meters high. It was clearly built with the intention of expressing the power, wealth and liberty of this free Hanseatic city. It's been attended by some of the greatest people on the planet, like Emperor Haile Selassie, the Shah of Iran and Queen Elizabeth II - a God, a ruthless dictator and a world famous head of state (not necessarily in that order).
The Rathaus was borne of a fire in the 19th century. It took 44 years to rebuilding at great expense. But luckily for Hamburg, it was one of the few buildings that made it through the Allied bombing relatively unscathed.
Hamburg's most impressive building is, in my opinion, its grand city hall (Rathaus). When I visited, on a Friday in June, there was a large market in the area in front of the city hall, with stalls selling quintessentially German foods such as Rostbratwurst and Spaetzle. The town hall is situated opposite a war memorial remembering those young men of Hamburg who died during World War One.
Hamburg's city hall is a very impressive building with many statues and ornaments, emphazising the importance and rich history of this city.
But what I liked best of the city hall was the sculpture of a boy?/man?, licking a spoon. He looks like he's not noticing anything which goes on around him, all that matters is the good dough he's tasting.
The sculpture is on the wall in the inner yard, where you can also see
the Cholera fountain. This fountain was to tell the citizens how important clean water was and still is.
Rathaus is the townhall of Hamburg as it houses the City Council. It’s only 15 minutes away from Hauptbahnhof but if you come from far like us you can use the subway.
It’s a nice neo-renaissance building that worth some pics with your camera because of its elegant facade. The Rathaus was built in 1886 as the old one had burnt down in 1842.
There are about 600 rooms (!) and although most of the rooms are used for official purposes you can visit some of them when there isn’t any festivity. There are guided tours (in german and english) 10.00-15.00(fri-sun till 13.00) and the entrance fee is 2 euros (only 1 with the hamburg card).
As we were there in the evening we couldnt get inside so we preferred to check the surrounded area,.The square in front of the Rathaus houses some restaurants (always busy, that’s a good sign) and the side streets are full of high class stores (dedicated to women), these stores are great for window shopping but very dangerous for your money. We preferred to take some pictures near the water where some nice swans were taking their bath.
The home of the City Council and Senate. This imposing Neo-Renaissance building made of sandstones is with no doubt an attraction one can enjoy. A splendid and impressive architecture which difinitely draw one's attention especially if you are new to the place.
The Town Hall of Hamburg had burnt down completely in 1842. This new city hall was built between 1886-1897 and its facade is elaborately decorated with emperor statues.
This area is also a topnotch address for shopping.
At the Rathauspassage there is an information bureau and church info counter, connecting the Jungfernstieg U-Bahn stop with the Rathausmarkt.
Hamburg features one of Europe's largest and most lavishly decorated Town Halls. The Baroque Rathaus with the massive spire dominates the surrounding area and provides a bit of a challenge to a photographer (without a wide angle lens) trying to fit it all into one picture.
The building is fairly new, having been rebuilt after the fire in the mid-19th century. And, just to prove that there is nothing more permanent than something that is temporary, the city council spent 55 years in temporary accommodation while waiting for the new Town Hall to be constructed.
At over 600 rooms it was probably worth the wait!
There are guided tours in both German and English, which cover the most significant ones, including the Emperor Hall and the Great Hall. The tour takes about 40 minutes.
The seat of Hamburg’s government is a huge neo-renaissance building close to Alster and Jungfernstieg and Mönckebergstraße shopping mall. The square in front of the city hall can be considered the heart of the town.
Remember that the Hanseatic City of Hamburg is a Federal State of its own and the Mayor is ranking like a Prime Minister.
Hamburg city hall is the most solemn and magnificent building. One is owed by its gorgeous architecture. It is something you cannot miss in Hamburg. They have a nice typically German restaurant in the basement.
Following our boat trip on the Alster we were ready for Lunch and our kind hostess guided us to an excellent restaurant opposite the Town Hall in the Alsterarkaden. It was warm and sunny so we sat outside with a bird's eye view of all that was going on around us and across the water at the impressive building of the Rathaus.
It struck me as very cosmopolitan atmosphere but with a quality of its own - relaxed, comfortable but quietly efficient. The fishy lunch was excellent too.
The old Town Hall of Hamburg has been destroyed in the big fire of 1842. After many years a new town hall has been build and was completed in 1897. This New Town Hall shows the wealth of Hamburgian merchants.
It is 111m long, 70m wide. It has 647 rooms. The tower is 112m high. The rooms are dark with a lot of wood and gold. They show the bombastic style of the end of the 19th century. I really do not like it and get depressed by the dark furniture. The rooms are made to impress people, who visit, and make them feel small and poor.