Augsburg Town Hall
Augsburg Town Hall
4.5
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7:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
7:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
7:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
7:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
7:30 AM - 12:00 PM
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Augsburg's 17th-century city hall, recently restored following severe damage in World War II, is the architectural masterpiece of this ancient Roman city.
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  • periandro
    Luxembourg City, Luxembourg10,139 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Most stunning town hall in the whole Europe
    Augsbourg Town Hall is a magnificent renaissance edifice built under the city master architect Elias Holl's design in the second decade of the seventeenth century. The building has a striking very tall façade. The central vertical section thereof is topped by an elegant triangular pediment. Over each side section there is a tower ending with a bulbous dome. These side sections are higher than the central one The sight of that façade is really spectacular. The main portal bears the inscription: “publico consilio / publlicae saluti / MDCXX”. It's very satisfying to find on the eastern façade the relief originated in the former gothic City Hall: two wild men keep the symbol of the city of Augsburg, to wit the pine corn Inside, the groundfloor is nice. It's a vast hall whose ceiling is white painted. It includes several semicircle arches supported by roughly square red marble columns with doric inspiration capitals. At any rate, the most impressive part of the building interior is the Golden Hall. Everything in that hall is marvellous; the golden door frames, the golden ceiling elaborate decoration, the frescoes on the walls, the other paintings decorating the hall, and so on. The design of the pictorial program in the Golden Hall is based on two main parameters: the “Imperial Concept” and the “Morality Concept”. The pictorial program was conceived by Matthäus Rader, while Peter Candid did the drawings, and an Ausburg painter named Matthias Kager executed the interior lay out and the paintings. Unfortunately, the original works of the Hall were destroyed during the Second World War, on the occasion of the ravaging bombardment of February 1944. The town hall was then completely pulled down to its exterior walls. Nearly everything had to be rebuilt and therefore newly painted. In this respect the ten panels with grotesque ornamentation were made by the Augsburg painter Hermenegild Peiker. The large central oval painting represents “Sapientia”. The legend on the band reading “PER ME REGES REGNANT” draws the attention to the fact that the wisdom ought to be the most important quality of rulers. There are some Golden Hall side rooms which are also very well decorated and recovered with ornamented wood in most parts of their walls and ceilings. One of these rooms contains tactile facilities for blind people. In it bronze casts of important artifacts and works of art can be touched. In this way, the mentioned disabled people can travel through two thousand years of Augsburg history. When one is in that Golden Hall he may have the feeling of having been transported to a colourful and magical world. Everything is grandiose, and some paintings can be also delightful, such as the little cherubim with the floral garlands on the trompe l'oeil window frames. The visit to that hall shouldn't therefore be missed when one goes to Augsburg.
    Visited September 2022
    Travelled solo
    Written 29 August 2023
  • Victoria
    189 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    See the Golden Hall
    The Golden Hall is definitely the standout of this building and worth the visit. While this was once the city's town hall, most administrative functions now take place elsewhere. You can visit on your own (you have to purchase a ticket to see the Golden Hall), but entrance is included as part of the city tour of Augsburg, which you can book directly at the tourist office.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 9 September 2023
  • Vadim
    Murmansk, Russia34,338 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    After the bombing of 1944 , only the facade wall remained.
    After the bombing of 1944, only the facade wall remained. The symbol of the city of Augsburger Rathaus was almost completely restored in the post-war years. After the bombing of 1944, only the facade wall remained. the wall remains of the first 6-storey Town Hall in Germany, built in 1615-1624. The Town Hall was important for Augsburg, because it was a free imperial city, which was often visited by the Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire of the German nation. The building, designed by the local architect Elias Hall in the Mannerist style, cost a huge sum of 100 thousand guilders at that time. Inside the Town Hall there is a restored Golden Room, which I didn't have time to visit. Unfortunately...
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 5 November 2023
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koolkat91
Salzburg, Austria227 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
This Golden Hallway Building is wonderful,magnificent Baroque art.Definately worth seeing inthe Townhall in Augsburg.The Ceiling Paitings and Gold artistry is fabulous. I can recommend visiting at Christmas Time.When the Christmas Angels appear inthe windows of the Main Town Hall ,overlooking the Christkindl Christmas Markt.Just wonderful and worth visting!!!
Written 2 November 2021
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periandro
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg10,139 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Solo
Augsbourg Town Hall is a magnificent renaissance edifice built under the city master architect Elias Holl's design in the second decade of the seventeenth century. The building has a striking very tall façade. The central vertical section thereof is topped by an elegant triangular pediment. Over each side section there is a tower ending with a bulbous dome. These side sections are higher than the central one The sight of that façade is really spectacular.
The main portal bears the inscription: “publico consilio / publlicae saluti / MDCXX”. It's very satisfying to find on the eastern façade the relief originated in the former gothic City Hall: two wild men keep the symbol of the city of Augsburg, to wit the pine corn
Inside, the groundfloor is nice. It's a vast hall whose ceiling is white painted. It includes several semicircle arches supported by roughly square red marble columns with doric inspiration capitals.
At any rate, the most impressive part of the building interior is the Golden Hall. Everything in that hall is marvellous; the golden door frames, the golden ceiling elaborate decoration, the frescoes on the walls, the other paintings decorating the hall, and so on. The design of the pictorial program in the Golden Hall is based on two main parameters: the “Imperial Concept” and the “Morality Concept”. The pictorial program was conceived by Matthäus Rader, while Peter Candid did the drawings, and an Ausburg painter named Matthias Kager executed the interior lay out and the paintings.
Unfortunately, the original works of the Hall were destroyed during the Second World War, on the occasion of the ravaging bombardment of February 1944. The town hall was then completely pulled down to its exterior walls. Nearly everything had to be rebuilt and therefore newly painted. In this respect the ten panels with grotesque ornamentation were made by the Augsburg painter Hermenegild Peiker. The large central oval painting represents “Sapientia”. The legend on the band reading “PER ME REGES REGNANT” draws the attention to the fact that the wisdom ought to be the most important quality of rulers.
There are some Golden Hall side rooms which are also very well decorated and recovered with ornamented wood in most parts of their walls and ceilings. One of these rooms contains tactile facilities for blind people. In it bronze casts of important artifacts and works of art can be touched. In this way, the mentioned disabled people can travel through two thousand years of Augsburg history.
When one is in that Golden Hall he may have the feeling of having been transported to a colourful and magical world. Everything is grandiose, and some paintings can be also delightful, such as the little cherubim with the floral garlands on the trompe l'oeil window frames. The visit to that hall shouldn't therefore be missed when one goes to Augsburg.
Written 29 August 2023
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AllanJGJ
Wellington, New Zealand4,194 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
Difficult to believe that this building was built in the early 1600s. Fabulous with its clean renaissance lines ... and tall. It was apparently the tallest building in the world for over 200 years. And well worth paying the small fee to go inside to see the amazing 'golden room'. If you're in Augburg you should definitely put it at the top of your list of attractions to visit.
Written 4 May 2023
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Denise
Stockton-on-Tees, UK416 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
We caught a bus from our camp site . The bus was on time and was so good to use transport rather thanour van . Everyone was helpful and it was a joy to be in church a happy town. My husband went to see the last remaining synagogue in Germany .although could not take any photos.
Written 24 June 2023
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debrasoper
Reading, UK210 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Couples
Wow just wow, this place is so unassuming when you first go in. Only €2.50 entrance fee and very much worth it. Go up to the 3rd floor, take in the views and the wonderful central room. So very ornate and gold covered, so beautiful...absolutely worth a visit.
Written 2 December 2022
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WanderingVeidt
Croydon, UK19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2012 • Friends
Having visited a fair few town halls throughout central Europe, Augsburg's Rathaus struck me as one of the most impressive. The location is breath taking and there's no finer example a Renaissance style building north of... Milan. The jewel in the crown of the building is the amazing and exquisite Golden Hall. Words fail me but it is well worth spending as much time as you can imbibing the intricate details as well as soaking up the glorious murals and the ceiling.
Written 23 January 2013
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Architect2002
Bellville, OH6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2016 • Friends
Augsburg is my hometown. I lived there until I turned age 29 when I joined an architects firm in the USA where I reside for the last 47 years. I saw the Rathaus before it was heavily bombed by the British during the night of February 25/26, 1944, and thereafter... My brother, fresco artist Hermenegild Peiker, was commissioned to recreate the wonderful fresco paintings during the 1980s and 1990s, a monumental task, superbly done... I have visited the Rathaus many times... 10 times? 12 times? And I visit again every time I travel to Germany.
Written 1 January 2017
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lizith
Mold, UK408 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
We visited the golden Saal during a guided trip of the city. It was interesting to learn its history and significance for the town.
Written 23 December 2019
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BrixhamCockney
22 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2015 • Couples
We joined a tour which included a visit to the Rathaus.
From the exhibition on the ground floor of links with Augsburg through the ages to the magnificent Gold Room at the top, this was a visit worth making.
You could easily wander around unescorted and enjoy, but we found it more informative by including it in a tour organised by the Tourist Centre in the main square outside.
Written 27 December 2015
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Noel W
Hettenhausen, RP, Germany4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2013 • Family
Beautiful--one of the nicest i have seen anywhere in the world. Germany is packed with unique City Halls and this one is top shelf. From the Baroque architecture on the outside to the Golden Room on the interior. Looks as if heaven just floated down! This is the heart of the city and should go to the forefront of any planning that takes you to Augsburg. There is a small fee (family pass was 7 euros).
Written 3 January 2013
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