Berlin City Hall (Rotes Rathaus)

Berlin City Hall also known as Red Town Hall
Berlin City Hall also known as Red Town Hall

The Berlin City Hall is commonly referred to as Rotes Rathaus (Red Town Hall) due to its distinctive red brick facade and tower.

Designed by Hermann Friedrich Waesemann and first completed in 1869, Rotes Rathaus is a striking example of Italian Renassance architecture and a prominent landmark.

Rotes Rathaus is located in Mitte near Alexanderplatz and the Fernseturn Tower. It is home to Berlin's city government and mayor's office.

A number of magnificent rooms inside are well worth taking the time to visit.

The windows of he Armorial Hall represent the coat of arms for each of Berlin's boroughs and districts. It is where state visitors are welcomed.

Major official events, receptions and ceremonies are held in the great Ceremonial Hall.

One of the most beautiful halls is the Column Hall. It features a 9 metre high vaulted ceiling supported by pillars and ribs. I contains busts of many prominent figures. Formerly used as a library, it is now home to exhibitions and various other events.

The city hall was heavily damaged during World War 2, but was rebuilt shortly after. While the city was divided during the Cold War, Rotes Rathaus was in East Berlin and served as town hall for the same. In 1991, after the reunification, it once again became the seat of government for all of Berlin.

It is normally open to visitors from 9am to 6pm on weekdays, but these hours are subject to change do to official business and events. It is a good idea to phone before visiting.

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: No

Regular Hours:
May differ on holidays

  • Monday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Thursday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Friday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: Closed

Address: Rathausstraße 15, 10178 Berlin, Germany

Phone: 030 90260

Official Website: Rotes Rathaus

Reviews

Rated 4.5 out of 5 Star Rating

5 Star Rating Rotes Rathaus is a historical gem! Impressive architecture and rich history. City Hall tours provide fascinating insights. A must-visit in Berlin!
Rahul Dey - 4 months ago

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4 Star Rating I love nice architecture and no doubt it is nice place to visit. Even not all the building has public access but still worth to visit. Btw lovely location next to TV tower.
win task - 2 months ago

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5 Star Rating We walked a lot during our visit to Berlin. We also visited the Town Hall. The Rotes Rathaus is located in the Mitte district on Rathausstraße near The famous building's name comes from the design of its red brick facade. The mayor and city government of Berlin are based here.
Bogdan Marcelan - 3 months ago

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3 Star Rating Of course it's a nice piece of architecture, especially for such an ugly city, but only a couple of halls are accessible for public. It was interesting to enter once in a lifetime, but nothing to see after 10 mins there. Toilets are top-notch though. Probably the only clean place in Berlin.
Aleksey Romanov - 7 months ago

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Directions

How to get to Rotes Rathaus by U-Bahn, S-Bahn, Tram

Nearest U-Bahn, S-Bahn, Tram Line(s): S5, S7, S75, U2, U5, U8, M2, M4 ,M5, M6
Nearest U-Bahn, S-Bahn, Tram Station(s): Alexanderplatz

From Alexanderplatz exit and walk to the southwest past the Fernsehturm TV Tower. The Berlin City Hall is ahead and to your left.

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