Simba visits Hannover’s Neues Rathaus “New City Hall”

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Posted by puma | Posted in Germany | Posted on 16-09-2013

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Simba checks out the view of the Neues Rathaus from the park on the backside.  It was originally completed in 1913 during the reign of Kaiser Wilhelm II. The dome at the top is over 100 meter high and has observation platforms at the top from which you can see for miles. The elevator going to the top of the dome is rather unique and the only of its kind in Europe. It actually tilts and travels at an angle following the inside of the dome to the top. Behind the Rathaus is the 10 hectare Maschpark and the artificial lake the Maschsee.

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Simba on the front steps of the Rathaus checking out the stine lions holding supporting the pillars.

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Simba checking out the 3D models of how Hannover looked at different times in history. This is how Hannover looked in 1939.

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Hannover in 1945. Almost 90 percent of Hannover was destroyed by allied bombing raids and fires during the war. Today Hannover has been rebuilt and is now a beautiful city with lots of parks and green spaces.

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Simba peeks out one of the windows in the dome of the Rathaus.

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Simba admiring the view of the Maschpark and a 78 hectare artificial lake called the Maschsee. The Maschsee was created during the 1930s mosrly using the labor of the unemployed. It was one of Hitler’s projects to create employment for the jobless. During the second world war it was sometimes covered up with nets with foliage to hide it to confuse allied bombers as to where they were. Pilots at the time relied heavily on landmarks for navigation. No GPS in those days.

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Simba checking out view of Hannover’s main stadium from the dome of the Rathaus. This is where Hannover’s Soccer team “Hannover 96″ plays.

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Another view of Hannover from the dome of the Rathaus. The large building by Simbas paw is a museum.

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Simba looking down towards the front of the Rathaus from the too of the dome.

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After enjoying the view Simba climbs down the narrow spiral staircase from the top of the dome to the angled elevator that takes him back down.

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Simba looking back at the Rathaus from the bridge going towards entrance of the Niedersachsen Landtag “Lower Saxony state legislature building”.

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