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Old town hall of Bamberg

Old city hall of Bamberg, Germany

The old town hall (Altes Rathaus) of Bamberg was first mentioned in 1387. It is famous for its location on an artificial island in the Regnitz River and for the façade created by Johann Anwander. Today it houses a collection of Meissen porcelain and Strassbourg faience, generally known as Ludwig Collection Bamberg (Sammlung Ludwig Bamberg).

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New city hall of Ptuj

New city hall (1907) of Ptuj, SloveniaThe New Town Hall of Ptuj was built in the years 1906 – 1908 to plans by architect Max Freiherr von Ferstel. Max Ferstel is the son of Heinrich Freiherr von Ferstel, who is known for numerous buildings in the style of historicism in Vienna.

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New city hall in Hanover

New city hall in Hannover, Germany

The New Town Hall (Neues Rathaus) was built in the years 1901 to 1913 in eclectic style. The building is beautifully situated on the banks of the Maschteich. Inside, four city models show the city of Hanover (Hannover) at different times. The observation deck in the dome is accessible via a remarkable elevator, which is following an arched course.

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Coat of arms of Munich

Compilation of Munich city arms

This mural at the tower of the old town hall displays a compilation of seals and coat of arms related to Munich. The dates tell when each emblem was in use. The Old Town Hall (Altes Rathaus) was the domicile of the municipality until 1874. Today it serves as a building for representative purposes for the city council in Munich.

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City hall of Naumburg (Saale)

City hall of Naumburg (Saale), Germany

The Renaissance city hall of Naumburg (Saale) was built in the years 1517 – 1528.

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City hall of Rostock

City hall of Rostock, Germany

The city hall of Rostock dating back to the 13th century is an interesting mixture of Brick Gothic and Baroque architecture. The Baroque porch was built in front of the Gothic wall in the beginning of the 18th century.

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Gothic town hall in Stralsund

Gothic town hall in Stralsund, Germany

The old town hall on the Old Market Square dates back to 13th century. It is the landmark of the city and one of the most important secular buildings of North German Brick Gothic architecture. I was especially impressed by the huge show facade.

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City hall of Weimar

City hall of Weimar in Thuringia, Germany

The city hall of Weimar was built in 1841 in neo-Gothic style. In the tower you can listen to a Glockenspiel made of Meissen porcelain.

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Let’s talk about new town halls (#FriFotos)

New city hall in Hannover, Germany

The subject of today for #FriFotos is ‘new’. That reminds me of a phenomenon I came across on my city walks for several times: The guide-book told me ‘this’ is the ‘new’ town hall of the place but actually the building looked pretty old-fashioned. For example have a look at the Neue Rathaus von Hannover (New town hall of Hanover) depicted above which was opened in 1913.

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City hall of Bonn

Town hall of Bonn, Germany

Unfortunately it was pretty rainy during my visit in Bonn. I got a nice photo of the city hall though. Many years ago I watched a ‘Rathaussturm’ here. Have you already heard about this carnival tradition? At the end of the carnival period the carnival revellers supported by a female guard ‘take over the power’ at the city hall for a few days.