"the new town hall" Herrenhausen Gardens Tip by Lucky79
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Many visitors are quite astonished to hear that the magnificent building they are standing in front of is, actually, the "new" townhall. Its 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 opende on 20 June 1913 after twelfe years building time. The proud figure of 10 million Marks was the amount the municipality was willing to pay for its new splendid building, erected upon 6020 beech-tree piles. It was designed by Eggert and Halmhuber.
The new townhall is the residence of the mayor, the head of the municipal administration. The doors of the Townhall are always wide open to all visitors. And a visit is any time a worthwhile venture.
Four scale models of Hannover are on permanent display under the nearly one 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.
The diagonal lift in the Townhall dome is unique in Europe. At a 15-degree angle it covers the 43 metres up tolthe 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.
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