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Rathaus - Town Hall, Dresden: 5 reviews and 13 photos

  The Town Hall with its six patios.
by Kakapo2

The 98 metre high tower of the New Town Hall (Neues Rathaus) is a symbol of the city. You can get up to the viewing platform at an altitude of 68 metres by an elevator (April ? Oct 10am ? 6pm, last trip up at 5.30pm).

The viewing platform is deocrated with limestone sculptures. The main feature of the tower is a five metre high golden statue, called Rathausmann (Town Hall Man). It depicts Hercules pouring the contents of the cornucopia over the city, so a symbol of prosperity.

The town hall is huge. It features six patios and covers 13,000 square metres. It was built from 1905 to 1910.

A little interesting thing is a statue in front of the Ratskeller (restaurant). It depicts the wine god Dionysos on a drunken donkey. Its right big toe is polished. It is said that everybody who touches it is protected from the bad consequences of drinking. Can?t really imagine this works ;-)

The Town Hall is located between Kreuzstraße, Schulgasse, Dr.-Külz-Ring and Town Hall Square, close to Kreuzkirche.

On the photo you can see the construction with the six patios very well. It was taken from the tower of Kreuzkirche.

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  • Written Aug 28, 2008
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