View from the Ernst-August-Platz 1866 towards the inner city – Wood-engraving by Robert Geissler (Illustrierte Zeitung)
Since we are ‘stranded’ in Hanover for a wee while I thought, we would give you some info on this beautiful town.
We arrived end of March and I expected the weather to be not quite as cold and rainy as it has been. It is now end of April and we are ‘blessed’ with hail and snow showers.
‘Let’s go to Germany, she said, it will be spring and warm, she said, It’s going to be fun’
We had a few nice days and one day we wandered off into the city and the Ernst-August-Platz at the train station.
The station building was designed by Hubert Stier in the Renaissance Revival style. It was a symmetrical building with a main hall and two wings, each of which was completed by a corner building. The eastern corner building with its Kaiserzimmer (“Emperor’s room”) had a separate driveway. The building was designed in yellow brick with red brick stripes and a sandstone base.
The station was largely destroyed during the air raids on Hanover in July and October 1943. Only the skeleton of the halls and the outer walls of the entrance building remained.
After the severe bomb damage, the reconstruction of the entrance building began in the summer of 1948, resulting in a facade with newly designed interiors and the remaining steel work of the roofs of the old halls was removed.
The station was again completely rebuilt for Expo 2000: the entrance building was gutted to the outer walls and rebuilt; the central area was enlarged and opened to the platforms in order to allow in daylight. A big shopping area was built in the entrance building and different cafes invite the traveler and/or passer-by, to sit on the Ernst-August-Platz and enjoy a coffee and a snack in the sun.
On the square in front of the main entrance, you can see a large Equestrian Statue – The Ernst-August-Denkmal – created by Albert Wolff in 1861 in honour of King Ernst August of Hanover. The pedestal is made of granite from the Brocken in the Harz mountains. This memorial is one of the most important meeting points in Hanover („Unterm Schwanz“ – ”Under the tail”).
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