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Christmas market at night, Town Hall Square, Vienna, Austria Photo
Christmas market at night, Town Hall Square, Vienna
SOURCE: Osterreich Werbung/Mayer, courtesy of Austrian National Tourist Office, used with permission.

A monumental neo-gothic building, constructed from 1872 to 1883, during Franz Joseph's reign, Vienna city hall, also known as "Rathaus", i.e., council house, was designed by Friedrich Schmidt, who also designed its furnishings and decoration.

Today the City Hall building is the head office of Vienna's municipal administration, with office space for 2000 people. It has exceptionally magnificent appointments in the state rooms, which often accommodate various events such as press conferences, concerts and balls.

The building has seven courtyards, including a large arcaded courtyard in the center of the building, which is used for popular summer concerts. The Rathaus interior includes two grand staircases that lead to the official rooms, such as the Assembly Hall (71 meters long, 20 meters wide and 17 meters high), two Heraldic Rooms, the City Senate Chamber, the "Roter Salon", the Mayor's reception room and the council chamber of the Vienna City and Provincial Assembly, which extends over two floors. The chamber has a coffered ceiling decorated with gold-leaf and a 3.2-ton art nouveau candelabra lit by 260 lamps, also the work of Friedrich Schmidt.


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