Neues Rathaus, Vienna
From what I read the Neues Rathaus was build in a Gothic style inspired by the Flemish and Brabantine Gothic city halls and the architect Friedrich von Schmidt took the tower of the Town Hall of Brussels at the Grand-Place as example. He wanted in this way to highlight the medieval tradition of urban freedom as shown in my country by the Belfry's.
Friedrich von Schmidt (1825 - 1891) was an expert on Gothic Revival style, religious and secular. He was Professor at the Academy of Vienna and had gained his chief fame by his restoration of St. Stephen's Cathedral. He took down the spire and worked on its rebuilding.
What is interesting with him is that he did not just copy Gothic style but would mix the different Gothic styles and add some Neo-Romanesque and Neo-Renaissance elements. Actually the Rathaus has seven courtyards following the concept of Baroque palaces.
Consequently I was interested to see his work, build in a rather short time 1872 - 1883, and to compare with the Town Hall of Brussels.
Main stringent difference is the fact that the Rathaus has a complete symmetric façade while in Brussels the right and left wing are different, the tower stands not in the middle of the building and the door is not in the middle of the tower!
This being observed I liked the Rathaus, it is elegant and the building shows that typical trend of our Gothic aiming to reach the sky.
Furthermore, and more typical Austrian, there were flowers on all windows. More than 300 plant tubs somebody counted.
There were no festivities on the square in front of the Rathaus and there was sunshine so that I could take photos of the whole façade.
Most of the Rathausplatz, the square in-front of the Rathaus, was taken up with construction people and vehicles getting ready for a Festival. We did manage to see some of the 8 statues that line the square and the replica statue of the Rathausmann standing near the main tower. Many of Vienna's yearly events take place here: the Wiener Festwochen in spring, the Music and Film festival during the summer and the most famous of all, the Christkindlmarkt in the winter.
The Rathaus park lies between the Rathaus and the Ringstrasse. The small park has fountains and several statues including one of Josef Lanner, the 'father of the Waltz' next to his friend Johann Strauss the Elder, whose family made the Viennese Waltz world famous.
Vienna's NEW RATHAUS was another wow! for me. This Rathaus took between 1872 and 1883 to build. It is an archecturaly beautiful Neo - Gothic building that holds the title of being the most expensive of all the monumental buildings that were erected at the end of the 19th century along the newly created Ringstrasse.
The Tower on the Rathaus is topped by a 3.5 meter tall statue of an armored knight holding a lance. Many say this tower is more like a Cathedral's Bell Tower than a tower on a Rathaus. Around the sides of the Rathaus are many more statues mostly depicting Habsburg Nobles.
On one side is a beautiful loggia where visitors can enter the interior and climb the stairs leading to the banquet hall. Quite a bit of this large building had been cleaned and looked magnificent!
It was a pity a lot of it was hidden and out of bounds because stages, etc. were being set up for a Festival, beginning of MAY.
I have since found out the square in front of the Rathaus is the site of several yearly events, the most famous of which is the Christmas market
The Rathaus is the seat of the City Council of Vienna.
GUIDED TOURS The itinerary comprises the Council Chamber, the two Coat of Arms Halls, the Stone Halls, Festival Hall, Senate Chamber, Grand Staircase and the Arkadenhof with a view of the Rathausmann.
GUIDED TOURS ARE FREE OF CHARGE
TOURS TAKE PLACE - Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 1 pm, except on Council or Diet meeting days and public holidays. The tours are conducted in German.
Touch screens at the City Information Centre also provide internet access to the virtual guided tour of Vienna City Hall.
City Information Centre Friedrich-Schmidt-Platz 1, 1010 Vienna
Vienna's Neues Rathaus is referred to as the "new" city hall since it was built to replace the old one (Altes Rathaus) located near Judenplatz in the Old City area. The construction of this beautiful Gothic palace extended from 1872 to 1883. In a way, its architecture sort of reminded me of the Canadian parliament building :o) Its central tower reaches a total height of 104.3 m, making it one of the tallest structures in Vienna. Guided tours of City Hall are offered free of charge on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 1:00 pm. We missed out on the chance to go on one, but we were lucky enough to be in Vienna during the Rathaus Film Festival, which starts at the beginning of July and ends on the Labour Day weekend. On this occasion, a giant screen is put in front of the building and the entire Rathauspark turns into an outdoor cinema. Featured films include a wide selection of ballets, operas and music concerts.
The new Townhall doesn`t look so new as the architect who built it in the late 19th century wanted it to have a neo-gothic appearance. This style was quite popular then as it symbolized the gothic late middle ages, when major cities in Germany and Austria gained a measure of freedom and independence from feudal overlords. Today it is the seat of the Vienna mayor and other public institutions. Located at the Ringstrasse.
This magnificent building built in 1873 in Neogothic style is the place of pilgrimage of lots of tourists from all over the world, especially in summer when film festivals and concerts are held. There is a huge screen at the building wall and you can see different films in the evening.
You can listen to different concerts in Arkadenhof (Arcade Court) in the courtyard of the City Council building.
At the approaches to the Rathaus you can see on both side of the road in the park a great number of small cafes with national banners of the countries they represent: Croatia, Germany, Italy, Cuba, etc.
You can sit at a cafe and taste the dishes of the national cuisine there.
Vienna's Neues Rathaus (New Town Hall) was designed by Friedrich von Schmidt in the Gothic style, and built between 1872 and 1883. It serves as the seat both of the mayor and city council of the city of Vienna. It also serves as Governor and Assembly of the State of Vienna, a state within the Austrian federal system.
Inside, visitors can eat at the historic 'Wiener Rathauskeller' restaurant.
In pride of place along the Ringstrasse stands architect Friedrich von Schmidt's Rathaus. This beautiful Gothic building was completed in 1873 and is often mistaken for a church. It is the home to the municipal administration of the city and of course, the mayor's office can be found there.
The interior of the building is quite breathtaking as well with grand reception rooms and corridors. There is also a very famous Weinkeller/Restaurant housed in the lower floor.
The building faces on to the Rathauspark, which hosts many a circus, fair or similar celebration, but of course f you go there in winter you can skate on the ice rink right in front of the Rathaus. The building, for various reasons is sometimes dressed up in lights which can be quite spectacular to say the least.
Guided tours are available.
Rathaus is the municipal hall. My tip is actually not just about itself. Those of you would like to visit it, admission is free on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 1 pm if no official meetings are held inside. Please contact the Stadtinformationszentrum.
In summer, the huge space in front of the Rathaus becomes a meeting place for people from all walks of life - young or old from all over the world. There are international food stalls where people have fun eating while having great conversation amidst huge crowds. The municipality of Vienna organizes open-air showing of taped concerts/operas. You have the choice - meet up with friends to eat or to eat and watch a show later or just watch a carefully selected program. Brochures are given away so the audience will have something to look forward to during the entire summer.
In winter, Christkindlmarkt (Christmas Market) and New Year Market attract people to the same place. Just a glimpse of the lighting and decorations at the Rathaus will make you wish to pass by every night.
The Rathaus is a building in Vienna which serves as the seat both of the mayor and city council of the city of Vienna which also serve, in personal union, as Governor and Assembly (Landtag) of the State of Vienna, a state with the Austrian federal system. The Rathaus was designed by Friedrich von Schmidt in the Gothic style, and built between 1872 and 1883. On the top of the tower is the Rathausmann, one of the symbols of Vienna. Facing the Rathaus is a large park, the Rathauspark.
There is always something happening on the square in front of Rathaus (Town Hall). enjoy one of many concerts or film festivals organized here throughout the year.
The building itself is well worth seeing too.
The tall central spire of the Neus Rathaus can be seen towering over the Hofburg and Volksgarten. The Neo-Gothic building dates from the 19th century and was built between 1872 and 1883 to replace the Altes Rathaus in the Stephansdom Quarter. The building was designed by Friedrich von Schmidt who won a competition to deisgn the new Rathaus.
The main feature of the building is the huge central tower, topped by a statue of an armoured knight.
the neues rathaus (new city hall) is an impressive neo-gothic building located in central vienna. the neues rathaus was designed by friedrich von schmidt and was built between 1872 and 1883. the central tower of the rathaus is 320 feet high and it topped with a statue of a knight known as the "rathausmann".
We first saw the Rathaus from the city area, bright against a blue sky. It looked impressive, and the sight confirmed that it deserved to be on our list of things to do. Unfortunately, when we visited a few days later, the weather was bleak with light drizzle, and the light dull and flat.
Believe it or not, the Gothic-styled Rathaus is the Viennese version of the City Hall! Built in the late 1800s, the interior apparently is equally impressive, but we visited on a weekend when it was closed – on weekdays it is not only open, but there are guided tours (in German only).
Part of the reason I wished to visit was to try re-creating a photo from the film The Third Man: I did that (see “General” tips), but i also soon found that this is just a great photographic venue! Obviously, the photographic team further down under the arches and taking just THE shot of a bridal couple knew that already. Across the way was the Hofburg Theatre. Go along with your cameras and find out for yourselves!
Main photo: Wedding photos under the arches
Second photo: Rathaus gleaming on a sunny day
Third photo: Toward the Votive Church
Fourth photo: Toward the Hofburg Theatre
Fifth photo: Profile from the Ringstrasse.
Modelled on the town hall of Brussels , the Vienna Rathaus is a monumental construction on the Ring. The neo-gothic building has a central steeple 100 metres high !On top of it perches the 'iron man of the city hall' or 'Eiserne Rathausmann' by Alexander Nehr ( 1882)
In my opinion, the Rathaus is the most photogenic building in Vienna. The tall tower, unique clock, height above its surrounding buildings and contrast with the local landscape combine to create some marvelous images.
Built from 1872 to 1883, this impressive structure is home to the offices of Vienna's mayor and the city council. The tower stands 98 meters above ground and boasts the iron Rathausmann statue who guards city hall. Tourists may climb the tower, where the observation deck is even higher than that at Stephensdom.
In front of the Rathaus is the Rathauspark. During my visit in January and February this area hosted the very impressive Eistraum--a huge ice skating area for kids and families.
In 2004 the Project for Public Spaces named Rathaus Park, the huge area in front of the City Hall, as the seventh best square and plaza in the world!