Vienna City Hall – a striking landmark of the city of Vienna

Government seat, event hotspot, and meeting point

The City Hall in the heart of Vienna is firstly the seat of the government and the city administration. Here you will find the offices of the Mayor and Governor of Vienna as well as the state government and a large number of municipal departments.

Secondly, the spectacular building on the Ringstraße draws both young and old guests to fantastic events all year round. For example, at Christmas, the Rathausplatz becomes the city’s best-known Christkindlmarkt (Christmas market), while in summer, it hosts the Film Festival & Summer Cinema. During the school holidays, creative activities for children take place. And in winter, the square at the foot of the wonderfully lit-up City Hall is transformed into the Wiener Eistraum – an ice rink in the middle of the old town.

Das Wiener Rathaus, Foto: CC0 Public Domain, domeckopol/Pixabay
The Vienna City Hall, Foto: CC0 Public Domain, domeckopol/Pixabay

The City Hall in the Gothic Revival style

The Gothic Revival premises were built using algal limestone and sand-lime bricks from 1872 to 1883. The building has a floor area of 19,592m² and a total area of 113,000m². It has altogether seven courtyards and 1,575 rooms and the length of the hallways amounts to over 2.5 kilometres!

Nowadays, the rooms are also impressive settings for balls, concerts, and exhibitions. The Stone Hall II of Vienna City Hall can even be booked for your dream wedding. This means that as a venue, the government centre, which was built at the end of the 19th century, is always getting new and fresh city life breathed into it.

Preisverleihung im Wiener Rathaus
Vienna City Hall © PID / Christian Jobst

Guided tours of the City Hall

Tours for individuals through the building take place on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 1:00 p.m. These are free of charge and no registration is necessary. On meeting days, statutory holidays, Good Friday, the 24th and 31st December, as well as during large events, no tours are available. Audio guides are available in the following languages: English, French, Italian, and Spanish.

From Monday to Friday, group tours are also offered from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. but must be preregistered at least four weeks before the desired time.

360-degree view of the City Hall:

How to reach Vienna City Hall:

Address: Friedrich-Schmidt-Platz 1, 1010 Vienna
Public transport: Underground: U2 Rathausplatz, U3 Volkstheater, Tram: 1, 71, D (Rathausplatz/Burgtheater)
Tip: If you would like to find out more, there are interesting guided tours on offer.

Further information on the seat of the government and administration of the City of Vienna