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The New Town Hall, Hannover

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Must see · Government Building · Tourist Spot
Built in 1913, The New Town Hall is the seat of the city mayor. The striking building is reminiscent of a centuries-old castle. The lobby features four scale models of Hannover as it was in the Middle Ages, before World War II, after the destruction of 1945, and how the city looks today. After you explore the rest of the building's ornately decorated rooms, you can take the elevator up to the dome. From its 100 m (328 ft) high observation deck, you can see the whole city and--on clear days--even the Harz Mountains. The town hall is also home to a restaurant serving regional and international cuisine. Use our Hannover trip planner to arrange your visit to The New Town Hall and other attractions in Hannover.
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  • Very nice town hall from the outside, unfortunately it was closed when I arrived so I couldn't enter.  more »
  • I did not go into the building but appreciated it from the outside following the red line City walk. Architecture is amazing.  more »
  • This is one of the best town halls I have seen in Germany till date. It's huge and marvelous. Inside there are all official rooms just like any other town hall and in the centre there are 4 awesome replicas of Hannover city over different time periods. There's also some arrangement to go to the top, but because of time constraints, I wasn't able to go there. The back side of the town hall is picturesque with a small lake and greenery. There's a garden where people come for a walk or chit chat. Great place to visit.
  • Loved the little models of the city, impressive city hall. During World War II, the building was heavily damaged during American bomb raids on the inner city of Hanover. The German state of Niedersachsen was proclaimed in 1946 in the 38 m high hall of the New Town Hall. The New Town Hall (German: Neues Rathaus) or New City Hall in Hanover, Germany, is a city hall and was opened on July 20, 1913, after having been under construction for 12 years. It is a magnificent, castle-like building of the era of Wilhelm II in eclectic style at the southern edge of the inner city (outside of the historic city centre of Hanover). The building is embedded in the 10 hectare Maschpark. The Old Town Hall is no longer used as the main seat of administration, but houses businesses and the registry office. The dome of the New Town Hall, with its observation platform, is 97.73 m high.The dome's lift is unique in Europe, with its arched course (parabolic, following the shape of the dome). It is often incorrectly described as a sloping lift up the dome and compared with the lifts in the Eiffel Tower, which actually only travel diagonally, without changing their angle of inclination. The lift climbs the 50 m shaft at an angle of up to 17° to the gallery of the dome, where the Harz mountain range can be seen when visibility is good. In the process, the lift moves over 10 m. During the trip, the two weight-bearing cables wind up on three double rolls in the wall of the shaft.

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