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Old City Hall (Altes Rathaus)

Old City Hall (Altes Rathaus) (1)

Up until 1883 this beautiful Baroque building was the city's Town Hall or, in German, Rathaus. Its use as an official building, however, dates as far back as 1309, when Frederick II the Fair, having confiscated it, offered it to the brothers Otto and Haymo von Neuburg, who had previously led a conspiracy against the Habsburgs following the death of Alberto I. 

Over time, the original structure was successively expanded and underwent a major reconstruction in the 18th century, when the façade was completed. 

The building, located opposite the former Office of the Chancellor of the Court of Bohemia, now houses shops and offices, though the exhibition dedicated to the resistance movement against Nazism that originated in Austria after the Anschluss, the annexation in 1938 by Adolf Hitler, is still worth seeing.

The exhibition offers the public revealing photos and documents that both encourage historical memory and are designed warn future generations of the dangers of fascism.

Among the highlights of the Altes Rathaus are the wrought iron ornaments that adorn the entrance and the fountain of Andromeda, a late work of Georg Raphael Donner. The monument, erected in 1741, is located in the main courtyard.

The only part that remains of the medieval building is a small Gothic chapel, the Salvatorkapelle, which dates from the 13th century and retains a notable connection with Lombard architecture. Its most attractive features are the beautiful 18th-century organ and the extraordinary Renaissance portico. 

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