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The town hall of Hamburg is a very pretty building, which is well worth a visit. If you walk to the sides of the building, you can enter the inner courtyard, which has a nice fountain. It is also possible to enter the building, but to be honest I never tried...
Troughout the year there are a lot of festivals and events going on in front of the town hall. Check the homepage of the city to see what's on while you're there. (http://international.hamburg.de/?ok=18338 in english)
I especially like the location of the town hall. It is in the middle of the two most popular shopping streets in the city center: the Mönckebergstrasse and the Jungfernstieg.
Rathaus and Rathausmarkt
The Rathaus was my favourite building in Hamburg. The exterior is very well decorated, adorned with the statues of the many former leaders of Hamburg. The Rathaus is the seat of Hamburg's government and there are daily guided tours of the interior available.
No matter where we were wandering in the Altstadt we always seemed to be drawn back to Rathausmarkt, the large open square in front of the Rathaus. I imagine this place is very nice in summer, especially underneath the arches across from the Rathaus, a lovely spot to sit out for a beer in warm weather.
Civic Pride and Architectural Fancy
Hamburg's town hall dates from the 1890s, when there was a general revival of urban pride across northern Europe. The Rathaus may be a stylistic pastiche of "Gothic" and Renaissance features - but it undeniably works as a building, and it's come to be a real symbol of its city. (It reminds me a bit of "Chateau style" buildings in Canada, such as the Parliament buildings in Ottawa or the Canadian Pacific Railway hotels in Banff or Victoria.)
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Hamburg's Town Hall
It is located right in the heart of the city, very close to the Alster, which is just a 5 minute walk away.
A very interesting building that is quite dark and gloomy inside, but looks very fresh and light from outside.
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Hamburger Rathaus / the townhall
Hamburger Rathaus / The town hall of Hamburg is certainly worth a visit - it has an interesting fassade and it looks really elegant ! The townhall has several ornate halls that could be visited, BUT ONLY at those few days when its assembling-rooms are NOT needed for official use.
It might be the best to check at the information-desk at the entrance-hall, when the next tours will be held. I arrived on a wednesday and had to learn that the next guided tour would be saturday ( too late for me !). Even when you are not able to attend one of these guided tours, you may still take a look inside the big entrance-hall with many lovely details AND don't miss to see Rathaus-keller, a great and beautiful restaurant in the basement of Rathaus - see my restaurant-tips !
When the townhall is NOT used for official receptions / festivities
there will be guided tours in German every half hour
Monday till Thursday 10.00a.m.-03.00p.m.
and Friday till Sunday 10.00a.m.-01.00p.m.
english and french tours will start once every hour at a quater past.
entrance-fee is 2 euros (HamburgCard 1 Euro)
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Beautiful Town Hall
This is one of the few Rathaus's i entered while in Germany, but it is by far the most impressive. The market square outside sets the tone, and when you enter its as if you walking back in time. The architecture is amazing, with rows of columns supporting a high curved roof, and gothic-looking doors at either end. Built in 1900, the design is a mix of Rennaissance, Baroque & Classical architecture. There are several displays in the main hall, giving a history of Hamburg and the Rathaus. Entrance is free, which is also quite a bonus!
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Located in the very centre of Hamburg near to the Altster Lake you will find a square which is dominated by the Town Hall, a strikingly grand building dating from the late 19th century.
You can take a guided tour of the building which has something mad like 500 rooms.
We enjoyed refreshing pints of Astra Lager on the main square in front of the Rathaus, well it was a sunny day afterall.
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The Alsterarkaden (Alster Arcades) are located on the side of the Jungfernstieg that faces the Rathausmarkt (Townhall Square). Here you can find restaurants, very exclusive shops and nice cafés. It is fantastic to sit under the arches, look at the Alsterfleet and the town hall and have - what I would think the most expensive - cup of coffee there!
There are four of the original buildings still standing, with their old street lamps, iron balustrades, gold-plated fish and tridents between the round arches.
Hamburg’s Town Hall is the seat of the city senate and the municipality of Hamburg and has 647 rooms! It is a wonderful sandstone builduing in neo-Renaissance style and was built at the end of the 19th century.
The new Rathaus was inaugurated in 1897. A very interesting fact is, that it stands on over 4000 oak posts! The ground is just too swampy to hold such an impressive building without those posts.
Above the main entrance you can find a sentence in Latin which translated reads: “May the descendants seek to uphold the freedom which was won by our forefathers.”
The grand banquet hall in the Rathaus is very impressive! It is 46 m long, 18 m wide and 15 m high. Five huge paintings show the history of Hamburg from 800 to 1900, 62 coats of arms of the cities of the ancient Hanseatic league are on the walls. The three chandeliers each with 278 bulbs weigh 1500 kilos a piece!
Try to have a guided tour through the Rathaus - it is worthwhile!
Hamburg's city hall is a big German "neo-Renaissance" building, built to display the superior quality og Hamburg's parliament. Here works the Hansestadt government, but when the city's parliament isn't in session you can take a guided tour of the building.
In front of the Rathaus there's the Rathausmarkt, usually full of tourists and then the Binnenaltster lake.
This Renaissance built town hall is really very impressive and most beautiful. In front of it is a large market square from which you can admire the building from various directions.
It is also centrally located.
The Neo-Renaissance sandstone building is in my eyes the most beautiful of Hamburg. It was erected between 1886 - 1897 as seat of Senate and Parliament. inside you find almost 650 rooms. The tower is 112 meters( 367 feet) high.
After sun set the town hall got illuminated with floodlight. Very impressive!
The exterior is a magnificent sight! The Latin inscription written in gold letters on the Rathaus says: "Libertatem quam peperere - maiores digne studeat - servare posteritas." which means something like "The heirs should endeavour to preserve the freedom their fathers have won."
Inside things are no less impressive! It's really worth participating in a guided tour.
Guided tours every half-hour (except during Senate meetings orstate visits): Mon-Thurs 10am-3pm, Fri-Sun 10am-1pm; admission is 2 euro.
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The square was redesigned after the fire of 1842. It is dominated by the campanile of the Renaissance Town Hall (1897). The bridge crosses the Alsterfleet, the remains of the canal system in old Hamburg. It is close to the lock that maintains the level of the Alster. Don't miss the work by Barlach situated at the head of the bridge - a high stele of the monument to the Dead of the First World War.
CHECK OUT THE GOLD
When arriving in Hamburg, just check out the gold on the town hall, its amazing, below is a picture of from years gone by, I think we need to be reminded of our past and how we came to be here as well as the present
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