- Rathausplatz 1
Lonely Planet review for Rathaus
For sheer grandness, the Rathaus (City Hall) steals the show on Ringstrasse. This neo-Gothic concoction, completed in 1883 by Friedrich von Schmidt, was modelled on Flemish city halls. Its main spire soars to 102m, if you include the pennant held by the knight at the top. You’re free to wander through the seven inner courtyards, but you must join a guided tour to see the interior, with its red carpets, gigantic mirrors and frescos (tours leave from the Rathaus information office on Friedrich-Schmidt-Platz). The largest of these inner courtyards sometimes hosts concerts.
Rathausplatz is the sight of some of the city’s most frequented events, including the Christkindlmarkt, Musikfilm Festival and the Wiener Eistraum (Vienna Ice Dream).