Rathaus (Town Hall), Zurich

Rathaus (Town Hall), Zurich (must see)

The beautiful Town Hall building, also known as the Rathaus, was built over a four-year period from 1694 to 1698 with a portion built on piles over the Limmat River. The building got its name from the same-named neighborhood quarter. Rathaus was part of the medieval town that was located on the Limmat’s right side. It was the government seat until 1789. Since the early part of the 19th century, it had housed both the city’s municipal government and the cantonal government. The town hall built here in the 17th century replaced an earlier one that had dated back to the late 1300s. The building has a late Renaissance architectural style with a Baroque ceremonial hall. It also has decorative ceilings and portals featuring stucco detail. One of the city’s symbolic monuments, its reflections in the water can be quite stunning, especially at night.

Why You Should Visit:
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Sight Name: Rathaus (Town Hall)
Sight Location: Zurich, Switzerland
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
Guide(s) containing this sight: City Orientation Walking Tour  

Walking Tours in Zurich, Switzerland

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