Rathaus is Vienna’s city hall located on the Rathausplatz plaza. This beautiful building boasts neo-gothic architecture and is worth visiting to admire the exterior alone though guided tours inside are available.

The Building

The building was designed by Friedrich von Schmidt in 1872 and took 11 years to complete construction. Today it houses the offices of the Mayor of Vienna and other government officials. The building is made of natural stones including limestone and marble, and there’s a gothic tower that stands 103 meters tall.

When to Come

The Rathaus hosts events annually including the Vienna Festival, so it’s always worth checking online to see what’s on. Otherwise, free guided tours run Monday, Wednesday and Friday and depart at 1 pm from the City Information Centre.  If you’re here in winter, you’ll find pretty little Christmas market stalls line the outside of the building.

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