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

Category: Landmarks & Historical Buildings

Address: Rathausstr. 15
10178 Berlin

Phone: +49 30 3339509


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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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