Hamburg Town Hall

Hamburg, Germany

Hamburg Town Hall was built from 1886 to 1897 and with its impressive architecture dominates the centre of the city. The magnificent sandstone building houses the city's senate and parliament.

On the outside the architectural style is neo-renaissance, which is abandoned inside for several historical elements. It is one of the few completely preserved buildings of historicism in Hamburg. Built in a period of wealth and prosperity, in which the Kingdom of Prussia and its confederates defeated France in the Franco-German War and the German Empire was formed, the look of the new Hamburg Rathaus was intended to express this wealth and also the independence of the State of Hamburg and Hamburg's republican traditions.



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Founded: 1886-1897
Category: Palaces, manors and town halls in Germany
Historical period: German Empire (Germany)


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Nurgul Dereli (9 months ago)
It is one of my favorite places in Hamburg. The square where it is located, the lake, the buildings, everything is historical and in a magnificent atmosphere. it always has a different feeling in summer and winter, it is the favorite place of all tourists :) If you're going to feed the mantis and the ducks by the lake, don't forget to take something with you :) especially in summer, everyone gathers here to have a drink, it is a very lively area.
I Gokhan (9 months ago)
Definitely a must to see!!! Iconic Hamburg city hall architecturally brilliant, emotionally poetic, like a fairytale palace. Definitely recommended to see from every angle and definitely walk inside or find to do something inside. There’s a square in front of it that you can find every thing or whatever you’re looking for. I felt in here like Liverpool I don’t know why it remembers me.
Michael Mack (10 months ago)
Stunning Building in the center of Hamburg. It makes for an amazing backdrop to the Christmas Market during the Holiday season. We really enjoyed our visit and highly commend this location for Christmas (and non Christmas) enjoyment.
Ben Wise-Fowler (11 months ago)
We visited the Christmas market set up in Rathaus recently as part of a journey around Northern Europe. The surrounding architecture is stunning, with the cute little market set up on the plaza selling all manner of Christmas items & food. We purchased some lovely Christmas decorations and our visit culminated in a vegan currywurst which was the perfect ending to our trip.
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