The New Town Hall (Neues Rathaus) in Hanover 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.

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 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.

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Founded: 1913
Category: Palaces, manors and town halls in Germany
Historical period: German Empire (Germany)

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Emily Downes (2 years ago)
Go to top of the dome in the elevator best views of Hannover
Jefferson Aloia e Prado (2 years ago)
Great place to visit.
Garry Lim (2 years ago)
Beautiful place. A good venue for wedding photos apparently, lots of couples getting married and taking photoshoots here around the lake and in the park.
Richard Ashcroft (2 years ago)
The impressive building is free to visit. It’s nicely situated in a park, near to the Maschsee and several museums. Inside there are some interesting models of Hannover before and after the WWII bombing. For part of the year it’s possible (for a fee) to ride a unique parabolic lift up the dome to a viewing platform.
Veselina Hristova (3 years ago)
Magnificent building open for tourists with city models through the years.
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