"THE NEW TOWN HALLcalled..." New Town Hall Tip by Juliet67

New Town Hall, Hannover: 18 reviews and 33 photos

 
 

THE NEW TOWN HALL
called 'Rathaus'
Many visitors are quite astonished to hear that the magnificent building they are standing in front of is, actually, the 'new' townhall. It's size and grand architectural style make it look more 'historical', like a relict from more majestic times, when Hannover used to be a kingdom. The townhall itself was, however, ceremonially opened on 20 June 1913, after twelve years building time. 'And it is all paid in cash, your Majesty', as the then mayor of Hannover, Heinrich Tramm , proudly announced to the emperor Wilhelm II, present at the opening ceremony. The proud figure of ten million Mark was the amount the municipality was willing to pay for it's new splendid building, erected upon 6026 beech-tree piles. It was designed by the architects Eggert and Halmhuber.

The new townhall is the residence of the mayor, the head of the municipal administration. It is here, that the political bodies hold their sessions, receptions for official guests of the city and art exhibitions are held, the 'Citizen's Office' is also here. The doors of the Townhall are always wide open to all visitors. And the visit can be worthwhile, even though it is being heavily renovated right now. Four scale models of Hannover are on permanent display under the nearly four hundred metre high dome of the townhall lobby, showing the city as it was in the Middle Ages, before World War II , the destruction of 1945 and the townscape of today. These models are always immensely popular amongst the visitors.

But there is more to see. The Hodler Hall, for instance, with it's monumental mural painting 'Unanimity' by the Swiss painter Ferdinand Hodler, depicting Hannover's conversion in the Reformation. Or the Mosaic Hall, where a procession of craftsmen is shown on three mosaic pictures, or the adjacent Ladies Hall with it's noble decor.

The diagonal lift in the townhall's dome is unique in Europe. At a 15-degree angle it covers the 43 metres up to the gallery at the top of the dome. From this vantage point one can enjoy a marvellous view of the whole city, even as far as the Harz Mountains when visibility is good. The entire splendour of the New Townhall can be seen again when the current renovation is completed just in time for EXPO 2000.

Until then, the new Citizen's Hall will be redesigned, a public relations centre and a Café in the south wing will be built, with a wonderful view of the Masch Teich and the Masch Park, the 'Park of the Partner Cities'. Some of it's beauty can already be glimpsed in the townhall's lobby. The boring paint, applied over the years, has been removed, and the walls and the ceiling are now in their original condition. The richness of the materials and the sculptures is quite impressive

Directions: Trammplatz 2
30159 Hannover
Tel. 0511 / 168-42292

othercontact: bus:
131, 132 Aegidientorplatz

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  • Updated Sep 2, 2002
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