The Vienna City Hall is the seat of the local government and administration. The building was made in 1872-1883 and has a distinctive Gothic style exterior. Its design is a result of the concept, according to the ideas of the architect Friedrich Schmidt. The Vienna City Hall was built to replace the old Mayoralty, which became too small for its entire staff after the city’s expansion.
The City Hall is located on the Ringstrasse, between the Parliament and the University, next to the Burgtheater National Theater. Citizens and guests of the city are welcome to attend events in the building, take part in tourist visits or receive useful information.
What to see?
The Central Tower
It is over 100 meters high and looks a lot like a bell tower of a cathedral. At its top is placed the City Guardian. It is a 3.5 meters high statue of an Armored Knight, holding a peak.
The Ceremonial Hall
It is the largest and well-arranged hall in the City Hall of Vienna. Interesting events, balls, and ceremonies are available for public visits every year.
The Wiener Rathauskeller Restaurant in Vienna
Probably, when you hear “mayoralty” you cannot imagine that you may visit it to eat something delicious. Although, the Vienna City Hall houses the exquisite Wiener Rathauskeller restaurant. It impresses with a baroque interior and traditional tasty Austrian specialties.
City tours of the City Hall
The visits are free of charge and do not require booking, but you must present and deposit your passport to enter the building. If you wish, you can also get free audio guides in English, French, Italian, and Spanish.
Tours do not take place on days, designated for town hall meetings or public holidays. You can check the days and hours of the tours here.
Group visits and extended tours
The City Hall also offers an extended guided tour, which includes a 20-30 minute visit to the Vienna Library. It is organized if a group of at least 10 people is gathered and requires a pre-registration 4 weeks in advance.
The City Hall of Vienna is accessible to disabled people, and it is recommendable they visit the building accompanied.
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