Join a free City Hall Vienna tour! Guided tours are in German every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 1pm. High quality audio guides are available for free in English, French, Italian and Spanish for visitors who want to join the tour but do understand German. A registration is not necessary. The Vienna City Hall is the most important non-church building in Vienna in the Gothic Revival style. Friedrich von Schmidt, former master builder in Cologne, built it from 1872 to 1883. It has more tan 1.500 rooms. The tower height is 97.9 meters. At the top of the tower is the “Rathausmann” or town hall man, a 3.5 meter tall iron figure in the form of a standard bearer in armor. The Vienna City Hall is the official residence of the mayor. It is also the venue of city senate, state government and municipal council. Every year, it hosts more than 950 different events like culural events, weddings or banquets.
The City Hall Vienna Tour isn’t the only free attraction
Numerous events take place in and in front of the town hall. One of the most important and well-known is certainly the Life Ball, which takes place every year in May. But there are also many other balls going on in the beautiful building every year. In summer (July and August) the town hall square is dotted with stalls of local gastronomy. At nightfall around 9:00 pm a giant screen shows recordings of opera concerts. The entrance and seats for the screenings are free.
From November, the Christmas market in front of the town hall provides a Christmas atmosphere. And from January to March, Rathausplatz and Rathauspark turn into the most beautiful skating rink in the world. To get to the Rathaus take the underground line U2 and get off at Rathaus station.
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