Hanover's New City Hall seen from across the Masch Lake

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Hanover City Hall
By Gregor Gosciniak, Germany Editor

6 April 2005: One of the most remarkable buildings in Hanover (Hannover), the capital of the German state of Lower Saxony (Niedersachsen), is the city's ‘New City Hall’. The thousands of tourists who visit Hanover City Hall every year are often astonished when they hear that the building ‘only’ dates back to 1913, when it was officially opened after 12 years of building. It’s size and architectural style make it more akin to a royal palace built when Hanover was the capital of an independent kingdom.

On 20 June 1913, after twelve years of construction, Hanover City Hall was opened. The municipality of Hanover spent ten million marks to build City Hall, which was a huge sum of money for a city to spend in the early years of the 20th century. The City Hall, designed by the architects Eggert and Halmhuber, was erected on 6,026 beech-tree piles and replaced the 'old' City Hall, whose oldest part dates back to 1410.

At the grand official opening of the New City Hall, the then Lord Mayor Heinrich Tamm reported to the German Emperor, Kaiser Wilhelm II, that the City Hall was completed and and all paid for in cash.

Today, the New City Hall is the residence of the City´s Mayor Dr Herbert Schmalstieg who was first elected in 1972. As Mayor he also heads the city administration. The building is also used by the political bodies for their sessions and receptions. Official guests of the city are welcomed here, art exhibitions are held and a service counter for residents, the so called "Citizen's Office" is also located within City Hall. City Hall, as a public building, is open to vistors. Some of the most popular attractions are four scale models of Hannover, which are on permanent display under the nearly four hundred metre high dome of the City Hall lobby. The models depict the city in the Middle Ages, before World War II , shortly after 1945 and as it is today.

A rare piece of technical history, and unique in Europe, is the diagonal lift in the City Hall. At a 15-degree angle, the lift climbs 43 metres to the gallery at the top of the dome. From there visitors can enjoy a marvellous view across Hanover and, when visibility is good, to the Harz Mountains in the far distance.

Another of the City Hall’s many attractions is the ‘Hodler Hall’, which houses the vast mural painting ‘Unanimity’ by Ferdinand Hodler. The mural depicts Hanover's conversion during the Reformation. Must-sees for visitors are also the ‘Ladies Hall’ with its elaborate décor and the ‘Mosaic Hall’, where they can admire a procession of craftsmen, displayed on three mosaics.

Hanover City Hall was entirely renovated for EXPO 2000, when also a Café was added in the south wing of the building.


The cube sculpture in front of Hanover's 'old' City Hall. (Photo: DGfGG)


A short history
of Hanover

The earliest records of Hanover (Hannover) date from 1150. It received its city charter in 1241 and in 1636 became the residence of the Royal House of Guelph. In 1866 the Kingdom of Prussia deposed the Hanoverian monarchy, which in its heyday between 1714 and 1837 had ruled both Great Britain and Hanover through the 'Personal Union'.

Hanover, capital of the State of Lower Saxony since 1946 and one of Germany 's ten biggest cities, is an internationally famous trade fair centre. Two of the world's most important fairs, the Hanover Industry Fair and the CeBIT computer fair, are held every year on the vast exhibition and conference centre.

Hanover 's unique 'Sportpark' is excellently located just a few minutes from the city centre and next to the recreation and leisure open spaces around the city's Maschsee lake - ideal conditions both for top-class athletes and sport for all.

Along with the Lower Saxony Stadium and the Sports Training Centre where German sports associations hold their courses, the Sportpark also contains an indoor sports hall, a multi-purpose events hall, all-weather tracks and an Olympic pool. Hanover is one of the venues for the 2006 Football World Cup