The beautiful Hamburg City Hall located in Old Town is home of hamburger’s government.
The place is really breathtaking!
We’ve visited it 4 years ago, in the fall, during the sunset and light coming through stained glass windows played wonderfully on ornamental walls.
Entrance (view from inside)
It took eleven years to build Hamburger Rathaus (1886-1897)! Previous town house was lost in a fire in 1842 (so Hamburg had no city hall for 55 years!).
Some rooms are closed to public:
Parliament meeting room
Walls are covered by leather wallpapers- yikes!
There is a sad story behind those precisely carved ornaments.
Orphans created those astonishing carvings. It was considered a craft
training,so that they could earn money in future.
There was no dancing allowed in the Great Hall. It was believed that
construction of the building is not strong enough to withstand dancing.
Chandelier in the Great Hall. 287 light bulbs!
The place has 647 rooms altogether. One of the rooms (located in the tower) was discovered accidentaly in 1971. According to Wikipedia the secret place was found, when a document fell behind the cabinet. Oh, old buildings and their secrets!
Hammonia is the Latin name for Hamburg and Hamburg’s patron goddess.
You can see her portrait in Phoenix Hall (built in memory of a Great Fire that has destroyed previous City Hall).
And now for the exterior..
Building’s architectural style is neo-renaissance. It really looks noble & glorious!
About the surroundings (Altstadt -Old Town) :
You can fall in love in that town immediately and City Hall represents all the town’s glory.
Let me tell you-the city is large and busy! And as it is a port town, it has always been that way.
It’s surely a beautiful place to visit!