The Rathaus in Zurich, Switzerland is Zurich's Town Hall. The Rathaus was built from 1694-1698. It served as the seat of government and administration of the Republic of Zurich until 1798. The canton of Zurich owns it since 1803, and it houses both legislative chambers, the cantonal parliament () as well as the City Parliament (). It must be distinguished from the Stadthaus (City Hall), which is the seat of the city's executive government, the City Council () and its administration.HistoryIt is built on a fundament anchored in the river Limmat and faces the Limmatquai at a pedestrian bridge, or the Rathausbrücke. The 17th century building replaces an earlier Rathaus built in 1397, which in turn replaced a 13th-century court house . Rathaus is also the name of a quarter within the Altstadt district. It is an integral part of the medieval town on the right side of the Limmat, separated by the Hirschengraben from the Hochschulen quarter uphill to the east, and delimited by the Bellevue and Central squares to the south and north, respectively.Literature Christian Renfer: Schweizerische Kunstführer GSK, Band 637/638: Das Rathaus in Zürich, Bern 1998, Konrad Escher: Die Kunstdenkmäler des Kantons Zürich. Bd. IV: Die Stadt Zürich, Erster Teil. Birkhäuser: Basel 1939, S. 319–360.
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  • August 13, 2017
    Zurich town hall attracts people to listen to singers at the entrance of the building. It is a nice building at the limmat river border. Old building and well maintained. I could not go inside...  more »
  • August 2, 2017
    It was a building is Europe's City Hall, where sense of history feel there are many buildings, make it feel too. The is small compared to the size of the city, the pomp and circumstance you are.
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  • July 15, 2017
    This is a nice, relatively small building that represents the City Hall. There are always singers and musicians at the outside main hall of the building playing, with the echoes from the building prov...  more »
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  • June 5, 2017
    Great building on the river!
  • June 26, 2016
    Wasn't sure what to expect when I got here, but was presently surprised. I was trying to figure out my favourite part about Switzerland and you know what, I've decided, that their flags a big plus.
  • May 3, 2016
    The Rathaus Zurich is a great starting point for an exploration of Zurich’s Old Town. The Zurich Altstadt is filled with medieval lanes and pathways that offers plenty of hidden gems. Restaurants, cafes, clubs and even boutiques can sometimes jump out at you. Suggest you allocate the entire day just walking around and getting lost.
  • May 21, 2016
    A beautiful town hall with lots of history and tradition. Very well preserved and maintained.
  • February 9, 2016
    gorgeous old zurich bldg on limmat - townhall - very quaint!

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