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Rathaus, Vienna

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Architectural Building Landmark
The capital city's Neo-Gothic city hall, Rathaus, serves as the house of municipal government. Built between the 1872 and 1883 by Friedrich Schmidt, the building resembles a Gothic cathedral. Front and center is the 98 m (321 ft) tall tower with the statue of a medieval knight perched on top. Rathausmann, who has become an icon of Vienna, is inspired by the armor of Emperor Maximilian I. Climb 331 steps to reach the top of city hall's tower and take in the view of Vienna below. Inside, explore the council chamber, festival hall, senate chamber, grand staircase, stone halls, and coat of arms halls. Audio guides are available in English. Put Rathaus into our Vienna trip generator and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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Where to stay in Vienna

As a former imperial capital, Vienna is full of lavish hotels reminiscent of the city’s royal past. If you’re traveling on a budget, it’s not hard to find hotels for a more affordable price. Consider staying in the Innere Stadt, or First District, if you only have a short time in town, as you’ll be within easy walking distance to many of the city’s main tourist attractions. Outside of the central core, Leopoldstadt, or Second District, lines the Danube and offers peaceful walks through tree-lined paths. For shopaholics, Mariahilf, or Sixth District, is a central neighborhood with busy shopping streets and lively markets.
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  • Very big building near the centrum of Vienna. We didn't went inside, but the outside is very beautiful.  more »
  • What a stunning building and architecture! It's right in the heart of Vienna and sight NOT TO MISS! It helps to make Vienna such a beautiful city.  more »
  • The building was constructed in 1872 to 1883 in a Neo-Gothic style from plans by Friedrich von Schmidt, This is the seat of government for the City of Vienna with 2000 employees.  more »
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  • I like the concept of Rathaus in major European Cities, the idea of Centralized town hall is great. .. Its a Great place to visit in Vienna, a Splendid piece of Architecture.
  • Take a quick trip to this beautifully designed city hall. I appreciated the view and just sat there in amazement, wondering how someone could create something that beautiful. Would highly recommend.
  • It's a impressiv building with a big square in its front. I liked the massive body of it in the contrast with the slim towers on its top.
  • Super Christmas market place. I like it most of all cities I have visited. The decoration is breathtaking and kids love that incl. all attractions.
  • Gorgeous! You can walk around, take your time, and it's breathtaking!