Rathaus
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Neighbourhood: Inner City
In Vienna's best-known district, pedestrian boulevards Kärntner Strasse and Graben connect you with landmarks such as the Wiener Staatsoper (Vienna State Opera), Vienna’s iconic Stephansdom (St. Stephen’s Cathedral) and the vast compound of Hofburg, the Habsburgs’ former Imperial Palace. Peek down side streets such as Annagasse and Weihburggasse, and Graben’s Seilergasse and Habsburggasse, to get a feel for the centre. The Imperial Apartments and the refreshingly demystifying Sissi Museum are must-dos at Hofburg. Spacious squares such as Am Hof and Freyung often host beautiful seasonal and antiques markets.
How to get there
  • Rathaus • 2 min walk
  • Schottentor • 7 min walk
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  • ldgp14
    Walsall, United Kingdom2,860 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Incredible
    We've seen some pretty spectacular city halls on our travels but the Rathaus is easily the best. One of what seems an infinite number of stunning buildings in Vienna it is a can't miss on your trip to what has to be up there for most beautiful cities. There is currently a film festival on at the Rathausplatz outside the building with a food festival so enjoy some food, drinks and one incredible view.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 16 July 2023
  • Don M
    New Westminster, Canada74 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    City hall tour is free and fascinating
    There are limited number so tickets per day and you need to go there early and get a ticket for the afternoon tour (about 1.5 hours). The building is amazing and looks like a neo-gothic church by design. The tour is in German but we had a small group and the tour was given in English. There is an audio device for the 10 key points of interest. The rooms are huge and elaborate. The hall is also a conference center as well as the city and provincial parliament. There is also a museum of the Austrian revolt of the 1930s. A fascinating feature is a continuous moving elevator that you step in and out of while it is moving. At the top and bottom the car moves sideways and then continues in the opposite direction. One of the highlights of our entire Vienna stay.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 September 2023
  • tomalli68
    Falkirk, United Kingdom639 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting
    Yet another beautiful building in Vienna. Took part in the one hour free tour which took us round a variety of goergeous rooms. Beautiful architecture, beautiful paintings, beautiful ceilings. Worth taking time to do the free tour, you do get a small audio which offers a variety of languages. My one criticism is that whilst the tour itself is in German, the person takong the tour takes twice as long to talk about each room than the audio does which suggests more is getting said, also when questions are being asked she didn't translate what was being said for others in the groip
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 28 September 2023
  • The Mills Twins
    Wrexham, United Kingdom496 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful building - Illusive paternoster lift ...
    We really came in here to see the paternoster lift in motion. Afraid we had missed it as we believed it to turn off at 4 we wandered the beautiful hallways in search of the lift. Eventually we had to ask a guard who pointed us in the right direction. Enter via felderstrße entrance turn right and go through the doorway to the end of the hall. Opposite the new lift there is a corridor. Through the white door on the left is the lift - this is the bit we missed when trying to find it . You can ride in the lift all the way to the top and over. Don't be afraid! Pretty fun thing to do for a quick stop! The rest of the building is beautiful and free to enter .
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 23 November 2023
  • Siobhan L
    Belton, Texas854 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Christmas decor
    The market at City Hall is advertised as the largest in Vienna but I actually found it to be quite small- easily walked at a slow pace in less than an hour. The backdrop is the gorgeous city hall building Rathaus constructed in the mid to late 1800's. The ornate details are incredible and you should walk around the building to take it all in. The market had some beautiful decor, lots of lights that provided a magical glow in the evening and a vintage ferris wheel and merry go round. Some good food and drink options as well.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 19 January 2024
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Siobhan L
Belton, TX854 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
The market at City Hall is advertised as the largest in Vienna but I actually found it to be quite small- easily walked at a slow pace in less than an hour. The backdrop is the gorgeous city hall building Rathaus constructed in the mid to late 1800's. The ornate details are incredible and you should walk around the building to take it all in. The market had some beautiful decor, lots of lights that provided a magical glow in the evening and a vintage ferris wheel and merry go round. Some good food and drink options as well.
Written 19 January 2024
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jaybeeFL
Palm Harbor, FL3,373 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
This late 19th century neo gothic Rathaus is a beautiful backdrop to the Christkindl holiday market held in the adjoining Rathausplatz. A definite "must see" if in Vienna during Advent.
Written 14 December 2023
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TAMAN1951
Liberty Lake, WA6,660 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Great structure well maintained.

Quite large.

Definitely worth s visit if in the area but not sure its a worthwhile destination into itself.
Written 13 December 2023
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Leo
Zagreb, Croatia816 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
Went here during advent time for the christmas market. It is a beautiful location for advent that feels magical in the evening.
Written 12 December 2023
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Johnna Schuck J
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Business
Nothing less than stunning. Attended Christkindl Market. Lots of people and holiday cheer. Take money for bathrooms. Something for everyone! (Food, drinks, activities, photo ops, gifts, memorable ambiance.)
Written 7 December 2023
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The Mills Twins
Wrexham, UK496 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Friends
We really came in here to see the paternoster lift in motion. Afraid we had missed it as we believed it to turn off at 4 we wandered the beautiful hallways in search of the lift. Eventually we had to ask a guard who pointed us in the right direction.
Enter via felderstrße entrance turn right and go through the doorway to the end of the hall. Opposite the new lift there is a corridor. Through the white door on the left is the lift - this is the bit we missed when trying to find it . You can ride in the lift all the way to the top and over. Don't be afraid!
Pretty fun thing to do for a quick stop! The rest of the building is beautiful and free to enter .
Written 23 November 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

tomalli68
Falkirk, UK639 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
Yet another beautiful building in Vienna. Took part in the one hour free tour which took us round a variety of goergeous rooms. Beautiful architecture, beautiful paintings, beautiful ceilings. Worth taking time to do the free tour, you do get a small audio which offers a variety of languages. My one criticism is that whilst the tour itself is in German, the person takong the tour takes twice as long to talk about each room than the audio does which suggests more is getting said, also when questions are being asked she didn't translate what was being said for others in the groip
Written 28 September 2023
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Don M
New Westminster, Canada74 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
There are limited number so tickets per day and you need to go there early and get a ticket for the afternoon tour (about 1.5 hours). The building is amazing and looks like a neo-gothic church by design. The tour is in German but we had a small group and the tour was given in English. There is an audio device for the 10 key points of interest. The rooms are huge and elaborate. The hall is also a conference center as well as the city and provincial parliament. There is also a museum of the Austrian revolt of the 1930s. A fascinating feature is a continuous moving elevator that you step in and out of while it is moving. At the top and bottom the car moves sideways and then continues in the opposite direction. One of the highlights of our entire Vienna stay.
Written 21 September 2023
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Moscow, Russia1,19,047 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
The town hall was built in 1872-1883. designed by architect Friedrich Schmidt. The facade of the building is made in neo-gothic style. Looks especially amazing at Christmas.
Written 9 August 2023
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AventuraFamily
Leesburg, VA196 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Beautiful must see building and during the summer every night there’s a movie playing at dark with a large semi-permanent seating area . During the summer film fest around the Rathaus there’s a wide variety of eating options; and lots of vegetarian options (Thai, Chinese, Indian, Mediterranean, Japanese, Austrian… ice cream, beers etc etc) Meals are served in real dishes and there’s lots of tables available, it gets pretty busy around dusk.
Written 22 July 2023
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