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City guide by local people

Vienna City Hall

The Vienna City Hall is one of the best-known secular buildings in the capital of Austria and is situated among other magnificent palaces in the lavish Ringstraße, close to the Parliament. It was built in neo-Gothic style according to plans designed by Friedrich von Schmidt between 1872 and 1883. Today, it is the official seat of the Mayor and the Municipal Council. The central tower of the Vienna City Hall is almost 98-metre high, including the iron statue on top called the “Rathausmann”, one of the symbols of the city. The building is so large that there are seven inner courtyards. Visitors can drop by to the Baroque underground Wiener Rathauskeller restaurant that offers traditional Viennese cuisine. In front of the City Hall is an open space with the Rathauspark, where various markets and concerts take place. Every year on 23 December, the famous Christkindlmarkt (Christmas market) is held there. From January to March, the area transforms into a huge outdoor skate rink (9000 m²) with many paths meandering also through the park. There is also a skate rental, stalls with refreshments and lockers. The Music Film Festival takes place in front of the Vienna City Hall in the summer (end of June – beginning of September). The illuminated façade of the City Hall adds to the atmosphere.

Useful information for visitors

Address: Friedrich-Schmidt-Platz 1, Vienna
GPS: 48.21088830, 16.35646420

Public transport connections

The closest public transport stops near the Vienna City Hall:

  • Rathaus metro station, tram stop
  • Landesgerichtsstraße metro station
  • Josefstädter Straße metro station
  • Rathausplatz/Burgtheater tram stop

Opening hours and admission

There is no admission fee and tours take place every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, but advanced booking is necessary. For more information about the tours of the Vienna City Hall, visit the official website.

Interesting facts about Vienna City Hall

The Vienna City Hall was occupied by Adolf Hitler during the Third Reich period, who planned his war campaigns there in 1938. In the middle of the park is a wide pathway that runs through the nearby main entrance towards the Burgtheater.

Nearby historical sights