TOWN HALL (RATHAUS)
At the bottom of Mönckebergstraße is the Town Hall with its tall tower. Built between 1886 and 1897, it is an example of German Renaissance architecture. Between the windows in the building’s facade are 20 large statues of German emperors – though it always was and is understood that the Hanseatic city of Hamburg has been a free state throughout its history.
Earlier in this week, Erika and I went on an English Guided Tour of this splendid 647 roomed sandstone building. The Senate meets at the Rathaus and makes up the Government, while the Burgerschaft(citizenry) makes up the Parliament.
'SHOP 'TIL YOU DROP' IS THE SAYING
Next to sightseeing, many would travel to Hamburg to shop.
The newest shopping mall is EUROPA PASSAGE with its Arch-Shaped impressive architecture. It contains 120 stores on five floors and has a great Food Court downstairs. The tasteful way in which it is decorated for Christmas is a sight to behold.