Augsburg Town Hall, Augsburg

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Government Building · Hidden Gem · Architectural Building
As well as being the administrative center of the city, Augsburg Town Hall is home to an exhibit on the history of Augsburg. While admiring the building's grand exterior, look for the large copper pinecone ornament--the symbol of the city. The striking building is considered one of north Europe's most significant Renaissance secular constructions. Step inside to explore some of its most lavish rooms and study its exhibits. You must pay a small fee to visit Goldener Saal, the most impressive of the rooms. Marvel at its large doorways, rich ornamentation, murals, and coffered ceiling. Visit the Rathskeller for Bavarian food and beer. To visit Augsburg Town Hall and get the most from your holiday in Augsburg, create itinerary details personal to you using our Augsburg day trip app.
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  • The Town Hall with its outstanding walls and ceiling is breathtaking including the view through the windows- try to find out, how much gold has been used to have this golden surface everywhere  more »
  • Sightseeing in Augsburg and naturally we had to check out the famous golden room at the Town Hall of Augsburg (German: Augsburger Rathaus). This building is one of the most significant secular...  more »
  • Beautifully decorated. I was just stunned about how much gold there was. Sadly there wasn’t anything much after the Golden Hall
  • The Augsburger Rathaus now houses permanent exhibits on the history of the former imperial city and its partner cities, as well as frequently changing exhibitions on different historical and current political issues.. These are held in the Lower Fletz and are open to any visitor. The Goldener Saal is a popular venue for receptions, concerts and ceremonies. The Lower Fletz and Goldener Saal are open daily, although there is an entrance charge to the Goldener Saal. The basement of the Rathaus houses a Rathskeller. On 25 August 1615, the foundation stone of the building was laid by then Stadtbaumeister Elias Holl. The exterior of the building was completed in March 1620, and the interior in 1624. Technologically, the Augsburger Rathaus was a pioneering performance; upon its completion it was the first building in the world with more than six storeys. The rigid elegance of the large stonework was similar to Florence, the cultural and financial capital of Northern Italy, with which the city gladly compared itself. The self-image of the Free Imperial City of Augsburg is represented by two conspicuous ornaments on the large gable at the front of the building: the first is the Reichsadler, or Imperial Eagle of the Holy Roman Empire, representing the town's importance; the second is the large copper pine cone, or Zirbelnuss, which is the symbol of Augsburg. The view of the Rathaus was almost completely blocked by the stock exchange building built in 1828, until British bombing on the night of 25 February 1944 destroyed the latter. The removal of the remains of the stock exchange in the 1960s finally made it possible to view the Rathaus properly from the town square
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