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Town Hall (Rathaus)

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Address: Limmatquai 55, Zurich, Switzerland
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place of power in a Renaissance building

the sessions of the parliaments are open to the public (levels: Canton and City of Zurich, Mondays and Wednesdays): worth a short visit to feel the "spirit" of Swiss democraty... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 12, 2015
Melbourne, Australia
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Oslo, Norway
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is one of those buildings you admire from the outside when you walk around a new town. Not open for sightseeing inside.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

It was museum night and therefore the Rathaus was open until midnight. Arriving about ten, we looked at the beautiful rooms with panelling and painting on the ceiling. Orly wanted to know what else could be seen. we followed her upstairs to the voting chamber and then a wonderful choir arrived to sing splendid songs, It was slightly surreal but... More 

Thank FinnFitz
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

Given so many wonderful architectural and historical gems in the old town, the Rathaus takes a back seat when planning the sites one would want to highlight. We saw it anumber of times as we walked by or sat at Storchen's outdoor bar area having an afternoon refreshment. Sorry to say it doesn't get a lot of attention.

Thank jaybeeFL
Bad Soden am Taunus, Germany
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

We were not able to go inside as it was a weekend and closed. We were looking specifically for it as a friend of ours was married there years ago.

Windsor, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

If it was not noted on my map of attractions, I might not have noticed it easily. The building is a nice but there is nothing particular about it. I heard one can attend the sessions, but at the time I visited no sessions were there so for me it was just a building and not an impressive one.

Thank TheGalcierist
Zurich, Switzerland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

The place where the parliaments of Zurich town (city parliament) and Zurich Kanton (canton) meet. On Monday it is the representatives of the canton, on Wednesday the local city parliament. And you can stroll in and visit the session from the balcony on the top floor, once you passed the security at the entrance. Worth a visit during sessions.

Thank r0landbrunner
Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 via mobile

the sessions of the parliaments are open to the public (levels: Canton and City of Zurich, Mondays and Wednesdays): worth a short visit to feel the "spirit" of Swiss democraty :-) - but you need some German language skills or some locals to translate the essentials (be aware of the fact that they speak a local German dialect! - nice... More 

Castiglione Delle Stiviere, Italy
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

It's not a noticeable building. I actually passed it,and not knowing what it was-the tour guide actually pointed it out lol.I mean its nice,old building, nothing special comapred for example to The Rathaus of Basel.

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Perth and Kinross, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014

Its nice to see an old building still in its original use...If you ask nicely , they will show around with pleasure if no business is taking place. It is also based in a particularly nice area of the old town.

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Zurich, Switzerland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013

The Townhall is located on the right-side of the Limmat. This house hosts the cantonal parliament and the Zurich city Parliament. Open sessions of the Parliament are held on Monday and Wednesday. On the entrance level, there is a bust of Rudolf Brun, the first mayor of Zurich. A very nice gentleman allowed me access to view one of the... More 

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