The Old Town Hall was built in 1556 and houses a museum of the city's history.
The Old Town Hall is the heart of the Stadtgeschichtliches Museum.
You may visit the permanent exhibition.
Meet Hieronymus Lotter (1497-1580), master builder to the Electors, Mayor of Leipzig and the man who directed the construction of the Altes Rathaus in 1556 on the foundations of the previous late Gothic town hall first built in 1480 in the street “Am Loche.”
Admission charges Adults: 6€
Opening hours Exhibition
Tuesday - Sunday, public holidays
10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
The Old Townhall was built between the 13th and 14th century and faces the main market square. The building is now the location of the City Museum Leipzig. Along the northern part of the market square several patrician houses have been reconstructed, for example "Alte Waage" and "Barthels Hof". The Leipzig Fair was held on the market square before it was relocated to the "Alte Messe" grounds.
The renaissance halls have been occupied by the historical museum for the last 100 years. This is worth seeing, not only because of the interior of the rooms. The presentations include a large model of the city as it was in the 18th century, the magistrate’s treasures and a lot about the town’s history and culture.
First thing everyone comments upon is the fact that the tower is not in the middle of the façade (*yawn*). The reason is a practical one: the renaissance building was erected on the foundations of the medieval one and enlarged to the right. The building was to be completed within very short time (nine months, a normal pregnancy), so the architect planned the tower on to of the old building’s staircase.
The old city hall contains the historical museum (see separate tip).
The square in front hosts a farmers’ market every morning. Unfortunately a part of it is a huge construction site at the moment due to Leipzig’s big underground project.
Photographers: The best view, although through glass, is from the first or second floor of the Breuninger store on the opposite side of the square.
Stamp collectors: The old city hall is shown on a number of DDR stamps.
Sat in the market square and housing the City Museum, the strangely elongated old town hall is pride of place in the center of the city. The original town hall dates from the 16th century, but the distinctive Baroque clock tower was added later in the 18th.
It overlooks the grand Market Square, which is surrounded by some fine old buildings. This is home to many special events, like the Christmas Market, but currently is undergoing heavy construction work for the Leipzig City Tunnel, which means it will look a mess until 2009.
The Old Town Hall was built in 1556-57 by the architect Hieronymus Lotter and is one of Deutschlands most important Renaissance town halls. In 1744 a baroque cupola was added and now the building houses the Museum for City History. As with many other of the city's buildings, it suffered severe damage during WWII but was restored by 1950.
From Nikolaikirche you may come to the Altes Rathaus and appreciate this big old building, its tower, clock, etc.
While at the Markt take a look at the roofs of some of the buildings that surround it, I found some to be interesting.
This Renaissance building was erected in just nine month in 1556/57 under the direction of the architect Hieronymus Lotter. The municipal government moved into the New Town Hall in the year 1909. Today it is one of Leipzig's most popular tourist attraction and hosts the museum of Leipzig's History.
If you have a bit luck you are allowed to visit the cellar of the building. This is nothing for tall people. Here you find the chamber of torture and the jail.
It is not a surprise that this lovely Renaissanse building from 1557 is one of the biggest tourist attractions in the city. It is situated on the city's main squre, around where you can always see many people either checking out the market, walking, talking or just sitting.
The city museum found its home in the Old City Hall. Most impressive is the huge Banquetting Hall with Renaissance interior (open fireplaces).
I was surprised by the many fine works of medieval religious art: altars, paintings, wood-carved sculptures etc. Most of them were saved from churches which were deconstructed in Leipzig's surrounding.
Very impressive are the rooms with interior from old Patrician houses. I also liked the treasure chamber (steep and narrow staircase!).
Entrance fee is 2.50 Euro
The Old City Hall was built 1556 by Hieronymus Lotter on basements of two Patrician houses. It is a beautiful Renaissance style building, 90 metres long with arcades (1906 - 09), six gables and a tower. In the 18th century the tower was enlarged and it got a Baroque spire.
Till 1904 the Old City Hall was home of the city administration. Then it became home of the city museum (and the administration moved to the New Town Hall).
Leipzig's Old Town Hall was built in 1556 in the Renaissance style and remains one of Germany's largest. Located on the pretty main square of the city, it's a good orientation point and the day I was in town, there was a beach volley ball tournament going on out front!
The interior of the Old City Hall (built in 1556) was far more interesting of the outside view for me, however charming the latter may be. Inside there's an interesting museum covering the history of Leipzig from the very beginnings (in 12th century) till our days. One of the most touristy places of the whole city.
Old City Hall: Leipzig's Renaissance City hall. Contains a museum of city history which possesses the original of the only confirmed painting of Bach produced in his lifetime. Also contains interesting information regarding the public executions that previously took place in the market in front of the city hall. The most famous execution was that of Woyzeck later made famous by the Büchner play and the opera of Alban Berg.