We’d been to Hamburg about ten years ago, so it was refreshing to go back and see some of the sites that had become somewhat ‘foggy’ in our minds. This time, we used Hamburg as our gateway to go on a Northern European cruise. We went a few days earlier than our departure date and stayed back a few more days on our return from the cruise before flying to Munich.. The Rathaus, like all of the buildings we visited in Germany, is in pristine condition.
Some Facts & Figures about Hamburg Rathaus:
Hamburg Rathaus is the city hall or town hall of Hamburg, Germany. It’s in the city centre near the central station and was constructed between 1886 and 1897. Currently, it still houses its original governmental functions including the office of the first Mayor of Hamburg and meeting rooms.
The old city was destroyed in the great fire in 1842 and it took around 44 years to rebuild the new one. The cost was 11 million German gold marks, about €80 million and on 26 October 1897 it had its official opening by the First Mayor Dr. Johannes Versmann who received the key of the city hall.
During World War II, the City Hall was heavily damaged as a result of massive bombing by the British. Reconstruction of the City Hall was completed 12 years later, in 1957.
On the outside the architectural style is neo-renaissance, and was built in a period of wealth and prosperity. In the courtyard you’ll find a majestic fountain with Hygieia at the top. She is the goddess of health in Greek mythology and the surrounding figures represents the power and pureness of the water. It was built in remembrance of the cholera epidemic in 1892.
When we visited this time, the weather was cold and wet for late spring, but the moody days just added atmosphere to this very ancient city. We were so impressed with the Rathaus that we tried to book a tour but they were fully booked. Luckily for us, we had our last day up our sleeve before flying south to Munich, so we made our booking and returned the next day to view the very impressive interior – but that’s another post!