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The Rotes Rathaus or the Red City Hall is an operating administrative building in Berlin: the official place of the City Mayor and the Senate of Berlin.

Style and Appearance of the City Hall

Initially, the Red City Hall was built in the style of Italian Renaissance – the most luxurious period that predominated in Italy in the first third of the 15th century. It was designed in the image of the Old Town Hall of Toruń in Poland. The main tower of the Rotes Rathaus resembles a tower of the Laon Cathedral in France. The tower has a clock set above the entrance to the Rathaus. On the ground floor, there is a chronicle (special reliefs made of terracotta) telling the history of Berlin. This border was set in 1979.

The Rotes Rathaus in Berlin

There is the Heraldic Hall in the Rathaus. Two statues in front of the building, “Trümmerfrau” and “Aufbauhelfer”, are one of the symbols of Berlin encapsulating the revival of the Rathaus.

The History of the Rotes Rathaus

Once, there were several old buildings in the place of the City Hall but today the red house with all its sizes occupies the whole quarter. It is situated on the street of the same name Rathausstrasse that is very close to another sight of Berlin, namely Alexanderplatz that is in the Mitte district.

The Red City Hall has become the 17th in Berlin, it was designed by Hermann Waesemann and built in the period from 1861 to 1869. The first stone was laid in June 1861 during the ceremony where the king Wilhelm I was present. Notwithstanding the construction was completed only by 1869, the city authorities hold their first meeting in the Rotes Rathaus as early as in 1865. Perhaps, it was associated with the purpose of the city authority to demonstrate their right to take part in resolutions of the city issues even being under the German Empire. The Rathaus safely stood until 1945 when it was seriously damaged during the bombing.

«Second Life» of the Rotes Rathaus

It was decided to reconstruct the City Hall in 1951, what was done by the end of the 1950s. By the way, it is that very place where the Soviet authorities of “Red” East Berlin were settling down. That is why it was often called “the red house” meaning the place of the Soviet Red Army at that time. The city authority of West Berlin was in the Rathaus Schöneberg in the district of Tempelhof-Schöneberg. But after the Berlin Wall came down, the hall housed the office of the city Mayor and the state senate.

The Rotes Rathaus in Berlin

To the point, such a historical monument as the Brandenburg Gate is also closely connected to the history of the destruction of the Berlin Wall.

Information for Tourists

Address: Rathausstraße 15, 10178 Berlin, Germany

Opening Hours:

  • Monday to Friday – from 9 am to 6 pm;
  • Saturday and Sunday – closed.

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Entrance tickets & Tours

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60 to 120 minutes
Berlin hop-on / hop-off bus tour with boat 48h tickets
Combine this hop on hop off tour with a boat tour on the Spree.Hop-on / hop-off through Berlin, explore Berlin's landmarks as you please. From the former West Berlin center Kurfürstendamm to KaDeWE, the messages follow. Potsdamer Platz and Checkpoint Charlie are part of the former inner German border, arriving in the eastern part of Berlin we reach the Gendarmenmarkt and shortly afterwards the center of the eastern part of the city, Alexanderplatz with the Red Town Hall, Neptune Fountain and the TV tower. Now it is getting really historic again: Unter den Linden offers the cathedral, the Berlin City Palace, the State Opera and the Humboldt University. Immediately after the Holocaust Memorial, we reach West Berlin again with the Brandenburg Gate and the Reichstag, the modern main station and the Victory Column are of course also there.Stop No. 1 Café Kranzler, Kurfürstendamm 24, 10719 Berlin
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Berlin hop-on / hop-off bus tour with boat 24h tickets
Combine this hop on hop off tour with a boat tour on the Spree.Hop-on / hop-off through Berlin, explore Berlin's landmarks as you please. From the former West Berlin center Kurfürstendamm to KaDeWE, the messages follow. Potsdamer Platz and Checkpoint Charlie are part of the former inner German border, arriving in the eastern part of Berlin we reach the Gendarmenmarkt and shortly afterwards the center of the eastern part of the city, Alexanderplatz with the Red Town Hall, Neptune Fountain and the TV tower. Now it is getting really historic again: Unter den Linden offers the cathedral, the Berlin City Palace, the State Opera and the Humboldt University. Immediately after the Holocaust Memorial, we reach West Berlin again with the Brandenburg Gate and the Reichstag, the modern main station and the Victory Column are of course also there.Stop No. 1 Café Kranzler, Kurfürstendamm 24, 10719 Berlin
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