Town Hall - Rathaus, Düsseldorf
German town halls, or Rathaus, are always worth a visit to for their architectural grandeur.
The town hall in Dusseldorf dates back to 1573 and can be found on Marktplatz, in the heart of the old town. I am told that it looks much the same as when it eas originally built.
It has the statue of Jan Wellem on his horse and the square at the front.
You'll find this bronze statue standing in Marktplatz in front of the Rathaus (Town Hall).
It was erected in 1711 and the artist was Gabriel de Grupello.
It depicts Jan Wellem (1658 - 1716) and the translated inscription reads "Johann Wilhelm, the Count Palatine on the Rhine, the Lord High Steward and Elector of the Holy Roman Empire and the Duke of Bavaria, Julich, Cleve, Berg, the highly meritorious Prince who has enlarged the city and founded the art gallery"
Built in 1573, the Town Hall (Rathaus) is situated in the middle of the Old Town on Marktplatz. There's a statue of Prince Jan Wellem on his horse in the middle of the square - a very popular subject on the postcards here!
The riding statue of Prince-elector Johann-Willem of Palatinate-Neuburg, known by Duesseldorfers as Jan-Wellem has presided the Market Place since the XVIII century.
Under Jan-Wellem, the city knew a period of prosperity and splendor and special attention was paid to the arts. The prince-elector was an art-lover himself and gathered an important painting collection, including several works by Rubens which are now exhibited in the Munich Alte Pinakothek.
Apparently, it was his own decision that the city should honour him with a statue for the years to come, but, according to legend, when the artist run out of material to build it, the citizens of Düsseldorf brought their silver cutlery so that it could be completed.
One of the main factors that fueled the growth of Duesseldorf was the right to hold a market. The market square became thus one of the main trading posts on the banks of the Lower Rhine.
The Square in front of the Town Hall lost its role as market place in the XX century. Only occasionally is it still used for this purpose. For instance, the square still holds part of the Christmas market (see main picture). The ordinary weekly markets, however, are held nowadays in the Charles Square, on the boundaries of the Altstadt.
Today, on warm days street cafés replace the former market stalls and have become one of the favorite tourist meeting points in the city.
The Rathaus is one of the most charismatic buildings in the Düsseldorf's Altstadt. It was built in the second half of the XVI century, when Düsseldorf was still a small town. The size of the building was not in line with the significance of the town for which it was built and, therefore, the construction works required a supplementary financial effort by the local authorities. Luckily, the Town Lord at the time was William the Rich, and the city could finally afford its Rathaus, which was built in just three years.
The building has been renovated and rebuilt on a number of occasions, so that eventually its typical Lower Rhine Renaissance style was totally defigurated. However, the last reconstruction project, after WW II, envisaged the recovery ot the original brick façade of the building and used the plans designed by the original architect. The interior of the building was instead rebuilt in a functional style in order to provide the city offices with all the amenities that the technology of the time could render.
The Town Hall was built in 1573. It find you on the Marktplatz, near of the Rhein promenade, in the old town of Dusseldorf. There are many restaurants and shops and of course many tourists the all day and night. On the place there is a sculpture of prince Jan Wellem on the horse.
What i love most here is that statue, with balance. Dont know whats the name, and i lost those pictures here :((
Built between 1570 - 1573 by architect H. Tussmann, and on 1749 redesigned by Johann Joseph Couven (addition of portal and balcony a.o.). On 1958-1961 had reconstructioned.
The town hall complex consists of three buildings from different periods. The so-called 'old town hall' at the northern side of Marktplatz, the 'Wilhelminischer Bau' (period of the Emperor Wilhem II) and the 'Grupello house' at the western side.
The 'Wilhelminischer Bau' was constructed in 1875 at the place of the old town theatre and was rebuilt after the war in a new design. The Grupello house was initially the residence of the sculptor of the Jan Wellem equestrian statue.
After we met up at the Düsseldorf train station we made our way into the city for lunch at Marktplatz. This is a touristiy, but nice square nevertheless. On one end of the square you will find the Rathaus, which is the Town Hall of the city. It is built with Dutch architectural features and thus looks very nice ;-)
Markplatz, in the heart of the Altstadt, is where you'll find the Town Hall. Built in 1573,it still looks much the same as the day it was erected. and is part of a larger complex which includes the Grupello House and other administrative buildings. In the middle of the square is the Statue of Prince Jan Wellem on Horseback. Vey characteristic square and the scene of much joviality when its carnival season.
Duesseldorf Town Hall dates to the 16th century but it is not the original building you see here. It was bombed in World War Two and rebuilt to its former flair after.
The building contracts from 1570 and 1572 lie in the city archive.
The town hall looks old - but it isn't. It was bombed in WWII and afterwards rebuilt to look old again. I think it's not the most impressive town hall I've seen but it still looks nice.
Whenever there is an event in Düsseldorf, such as carnival or christmas market, the square in front of the town hall is busy!
The Rathaus (or Town Hall) stands in the centre of the Altstadt. In front of it is a square where there is often some kind of festival or event taking place. This was true when we visited, a festival to raise money for the flood victims of eastern europe.
If the weather is nice it is really beautiful around the old city. This nice building here is the city hall in the heart of the old city.
This is a statue of the Prince Johann Wilhelm II of Pfalz-Neuburg (1679-1716), outside of the Towne Hall.