Berlin Town Hall (Rotes Rathaus)

2 10 2007

Berlin Town Hall, known as Rotes Rathaus (the red Town Hall, because, well, of its color), was constructed from 1861–69, according to plans by Hermann Friedrich Waesemann. In 1879, the exterior was decorated with the “Stony Chronicle” on the first floor (36 plates, each 6m in length), showing scenes from the history of Berlin.

Berlin Town Hall (Rotes Rathaus).

Following its reconstruction (1951-58,) it became the seat of the East Berlin magistrate. The city council of the West used the town hall in the district of Schöneberg. After reunification, the mayor moved back to Berlin Town Hall.

Our historic meeting with the current mayor, Klaus Wowereit, took place in his office there, during an exhibition of the city offices in the Long Night of Museums.

The Rotes Rathaus is located near Alexanderplatz, at the border of Nikolaiviertel, which is a very beautiful reconstruction of the oldest quarter of Berlin. But we’ll get to that later.

Opening Hours: Mon-Fri, 9 to 18 h


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