Neues Rathaus (New City Hall), Hanover

Neues Rathaus (New City Hall), Hanover (must see)

New City Hall first opened in 1913 and was dedicated by Emperor Wilhelm II. The city director proudly told the Emperor that the impressive building was paid for in cash. The city had paid over ten million marks for the construction.

New City Hall is a stunning building that emulates a castle and features eclectic-style architecture. New City Hall sits on the Leine river and looks spectacular at night as its lights reflect in the water.

New City Hall's dome is 97.73 meters (320.6 feet) high and offers views of the Harz mountain range from its observation platform. The dome features a unique lift that climbs 50 meters (160 feet) at a 17-degree angle. The original lift operated from 1913 to 2007 before being replaced by a new lift.

New City Hall was damaged when American forces bombed the city during World War II. In 1946, officials proclaimed the German state of Niedersachsen from the hall.

Today, New City Hall houses the Lord Mayor's offices. In addition, political committees meet here, and official guests are welcomed here. New City Hall also hosts various exhibitions throughout the year.

Visitors will find four Hannover city models on the ground floor. These models show Hannover's development over time. Periods shown include the Middle Ages, pre-World War II, post-World War II, and today.

In addition, visitors are welcome to enjoy an elegant meal at the Garden Hall bistro.

Pay a few euros and take the elevator to the dome. With its glass floor, the view up and down is brilliant! Once you emerge from the shaft you have to take several spiral staircases to the very top of the dome. Be prepared to be blown away by the wind and by the incredible views of Hannover itself. Finally, you can have a casual lunch or tea in the beautifully appointed restaurant.

Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri: 10am-6pm
Sight description based on Wikipedia.

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Neues Rathaus (New City Hall) on Map

Sight Name: Neues Rathaus (New City Hall)
Sight Location: Hanover, Germany (See walking tours in Hanover)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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