Town Hall of Bremen Reviews
A World Heritage Building Sep 08, 2013
The Town Hall of Bremen, built between 1405 and 1410, has witnessed six centuries of changing history. Between 1909 and 1913, a new town hall was built as annex of old town hall. Both parts of this building have been declared UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004.
New Town Hall ist still used as mayor's office and thus rarely open to public. Old Town Hall can be visited with a guided tour, which should be booked one week in advance. Five Euros are quite a reasonable price to get into a World Heritage Site. Free entrance is provided occasionally.
Old Town Hall consists of two floors and one basement restaurant (Ratskeller). The first, undecorated floor is used for free exhibitions, the second, decorated floor is used for festive events and guided tours. Visitors like to look at the painted ceiling, the carved walls, the paintings and the model ships. Inside the upper hall, there is a separate room (Golden Chamber) for special meetings. Several doors are connecting old and new town hall.
New Town Hall consists of several representative rooms: one big Reception Hall, one smaller Fireplace Room, one Gobelinzimmer (Tapestry Room), used for weddings, and the Senate Chamber, the meeting room of city administration.
If you don't get inside, it's worth to look at the front. In 1608, a new front was added to the old town hall, depicting antique philosophers instead of Christian saints, praising Renaissance mundane luxury instead of medieval godliness.
The new town hall is more unostentatious, a devote homage to the old town hall. During the last 600 years, the political systems have changed several times, but this town hall has survived them so far.
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