Opened in 1913, the New City Hall was the pride of the Hannover Municipality which was willing to spend a total of ten million marks – no mean feat in the early 20th century. Looking at the stunning design inspired and created by Gustav Halmhuber and Hermann Eggert it is no wonder that the building was so popular with its historic and castle like structure. Due to the location being of a muddy and swampy nature, over 6000 beech tree piles were driven into the ground and the construction done on this foundation.
The over 43 meter high dome houses an observation deck at the summit which affords a stunning view of the city. The elevator taken to get to this point itself is of importance as the technology used is a unique European one with the shaft rising at a fifteen degree angle in the shape of the dome rather than straight up.