Vienna City Hall

The exclusive Viennese City Hall (“Rathaus Vienna”) located in the very heart of the city is known as one of the most attractive venues in Vienna. The distinctive tower of the City Hall, which reminds spectators of gothic cathedrals, is as impressive as the unique atmosphere inside the building.

History of Vienna City Hall

The history of the gothic building dates back to the second half of the 19th century, when Emperor Franz Joseph I. decided to build the famous Vienna Ring Boulevard (“Ringstraße”) as part of the necessary expansion of the city. The construction of the representative building was in the responsibility of the German architect Friedrich von Schmidt.

The Festive Hall of Vienna City Hall

Inside the building, especially the great Festive Hall attracts the attention of the visitors. Only high-class events such as Vienna's most famous proms, galas, concerts and exhibitions take place in the unique atmosphere of the historic ballroom. 

On the front side of the hall there are two orchestra niches whose corners are decorated with relief portraits of the great composers Mozart, Haydn, Gluck and Schubert. In addition to that, brilliant lighting provided by 16 magnificent chandeliers as well as the remarkable vault shaped in Renaissance-style round off an unforgettable overall picture of the ballroom.