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Vienna City Hall, built between 1872 and 1883 by Friedrich von Schmidt, is the most important secular neo-Gothic building in Vienna. The mayor’s official residence and meeting place for both the state government and municipal council is a splendid building: Around 30 million bricks and more than 40,000 cubic meters of natural stone were used in its construction. The colonnaded courtyard of the City Hall has an area of 2,804 m², making it one of the largest courtyards in Europe.

The Festsaal (Ballroom) is 71 meters in length, 20 meters wide and 18.5 meters high. If the fire department permitted it, 1,500 couples could dance the waltz in here at the same time. The height of the tower is just under 98 meters, plus the so-called "Iron Rathausmann", who measures an additional six meters including the standard and has become a symbol of Vienna. His shoe size is that of a giant: 63.

Free guided tours

A popular and lively event location

Numerous events are held inside and in front of City Hall: balls as well as film festivals and sports events. Starting in November, the Advent market in front of City Hall creates the right atmosphere in the run-up to Christmas. And from January to March, City Hall Square and City Hall Park transform into the most beautiful skating rink in the world. City Hall is also home to the Vienna City and Regional Library (with its extensive collection of Viennensia) and the Vienna City and Regional Archive.

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Vienna City Hall (Wiener Rathaus)

Friedrich-Schmidt-Platz 1
1010 Vienna
  • Guided tours

  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • (Swinging doors 92 cm wide)
      • Ramp 545 cm long , 47 cm high
    • Car parks Main entrance
      • Parking spaces for people with disabilities
        on Lichtenfelsgasse, Felderstrasse
    • Elevator available
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Special offers for people with disabilities

      Multimedia guides in Austrian and English sign language are available free of charge upon presentation of an official photographic form of ID (passport, identity card, driver’s license).

    • Comments

      Elevator near stair no. 7: door width: 92 cm, cabin depth: 240 cm, cabin width: 130 cm, passage to elevator: 110 cm.
      Elevator near stair no. 8: door width: 92 cm, passage to elevator: 88 cm, cabin width: 110 cm, cabin depth 210 cm.
      Wheelchair-accessible restroom / changing room (near stair no. 8).

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