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Town Hall (Rathaus)

Town Hall (Rathaus)
City Hall (Rathaus), Hamburg

The Hamburg Rathaus is located in the Altstadt quarter in the center of Hamburg, near the lake Binnenalster and the central station. Constructed from 1886 to 1897, the city hall still houses its original governmental functions with the office of the First Mayor of Hamburg and the meeting rooms for Hamburg's parliament and senate (the city's executive).

The city hall took center stage at many historical moments for Hamburg. On May 3, 1945 the Nazi commander in chief General Woltz surrendered Hamburg to the British Army. Heads of state visited Hamburg and its city hall, among them Emperor Haile Selassie I, the Shahanshah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi in 1955, and in 1965 Queen Elizabeth II.

On the outside the architectural style is neo-renaissance, which is abandoned inside for several historical elements. The city hall has a total area of 17,000 m2 (182,986 sq ft), not including the restaurant Ratsweinkeller of 2,900 m2 (31,215 sq ft). The tower is 112 metres (367 ft) high with 436 steps. The entire building has 647 rooms, six rooms more than Buckingham Palace. In 1971 a room in the tower was only discovered accidentally during a search for a document fallen behind a filing cabinet. So there is a probability that there are even more rooms than the currently counted 647 rooms.

Guided tours through City Hall (time: approx. 40 minutes) are conducted on the following days:

  • Monday - Thursday: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. German tours take place every 30 minutes on the half and on the full hour. English or French tours on demand every hour from 10.15 a.m. until 3.15 p.m.
  • Friday: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. German tours take place every 30 minutes on the half and on the full hour. English or French tours on demand every hour from 10.15 a.m. until 1.15 p.m.
  • Saturday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. German tours take place every 30 minutes on the half and on the full hour. English or French tours on demand every hour from 10.15 a.m. until 5.15 p.m.
  • Sunday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. German tours take place every 30 minutes on the half and on the full hour. English or French tours on demand every hour from 10.15 a.m. until 4.15 p.m.

Admission: Adults: 3 €, Children under 14 years: ,50 €

[ Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hamburg_Rathaus ]

Related: http://www.hamburgische-buergerschaft.de/cms_en.php?templ=bes_sta.tpl&sub1=223&cont=333
Address: Rathausmarkt 1, 20095 Hamburg
Tags: Hamburg, City Hall, Government, Historic Building


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"Hallo Können Sie mir helfen mit einigen Informationen? Im Hamburger Rathaus ein Messinglampe bullet holes. Was ist die Geschichte dahinter? Mit freundlichen Grüßen, Gunnar Dinesen" (posted 05/04/2015)

Dietrich Wersich, Chairman of the CDU: "The City Hall is a very impressive work, in more ways than one. Not only from the outside, the building is an eye-catcher, and the interior has plenty to offer, especially many memories of Hamburg's past. A molten silver bullion warns, for example to the Great Fire of 1824, a bullet hole in a lamp to the Second World War. It is thanks to a dud, the unexploded time on the town hall market, that the Town Hall was largely spared the scars of war. The rooms were designed at the time according to their representative purposes. Halls such as the Grand Ballroom and the Imperial Hall are therefore equipped particularly pompous. But the faction rooms had at that time already a representative function. It has therefore been disguised in these rooms the walls partly with wood and fitted with carvings.
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