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On 4000 Oak piles - The Hamburg City Hall

Seat of the Government and the Parliament

This is the seat of the Senate (goverment) and the Parliament of Hamburg. A visit to the City Hall is very worthwhile. Inside there are impressive columns, a 50 m long hall with huge paintings of the former mayors and other interesting details. The City Hall was completed in 1897 after the old town hall was badly damaged in the great Hamburg fire in 1842. Due to the nature of the building site, situated in a swampy area, the current City Hall was built on 4,000 oak piles to ensure its stability.

In the courtyard of the City Hall is the Hygieia fountain, in the middle of which a female bronze figure is emblazoned. This stands for health and is reminiscent of the last major cholera epidemic in Hamburg city in the 19th century.

Our tips around the City Hall

If you want to get to know the town hall, please get off at stop No. 2(Rathausmarkt/ Heine-Denkmal).


Address: Rathaus Hamburg, Rathausmarkt 1, 20095 Hamburg, phone: 040/428312064

Guided tours by prior appointment; Monday to Friday 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday 10a.m. to 6p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Opening times: The entrance area and the inner courtyard are freely accessible; this can be restricted at special political events.