Visiting a Rathaus in the rain

Fountain in the interior courtyard of Hamburg's Rathaus -- look at all that rain!

Fountain in the interior courtyard of Hamburg’s Rathaus — look at all that rain!

When in Europe, sometimes the weather isn’t picture postcard perfect. I’ve seen rain, snow, and shockingly hot weather (if you’re somewhere that normally doesn’t need air conditioning). When in Hamburg, it rained. So we went out anyway, and enjoyed looking at statues — to the left is a detail of the Hygieia-fountain [it honors victims of a cholera epidemic] in the interior courtyard of the Hamburg Rathaus.

And then we went inside the Rathaus. If you wish to visit it yourself on a rainy day, and you can’t afford plane fare or getting on a train, check out this page, which has links to “Rathaus 3D“. The photos were taken on a sunny day, but you’ll get the idea. It’s a beautiful building, inside and out. My photos inside didn’t come out, but they had lovely exhibits about sustainability and civic changes that were being done in Hamburg to make it a very green city. All around outside the Rathaus, there was a race (swimming to running), so lots of things were cordoned off in the city, but we could still get around and see landscapes like this, and then go off to a museum when it got too dreary…. Before I take you there, you can read (in English) about the Senate and Bürgerschaft (Parliament) of the City State of Hamburg [short info link here].

Entryway for the race contestants, with Red Cross van in foreground. The Alsterfleet was to the left, where people were swimming in competition.

Entryway for the race contestants, with Red Cross van in foreground. The Alsterfleet was to the left, where people were swimming in competition.

Just a small part of the Rathause facade. Absolutely lovely.

Just a small part of the Rathause facade. Absolutely lovely.

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