Augsburg. City Hall Square

The central square of the Bavarian city of Augsburg was named Rathausplatz (or City Hall Square) after the building, which you see on the right. Now the building of Augsburg City Hall belongs to the city council. It is one of the largest in the country and is considered the main symbol of the city. It was built in the early seventeenth century (the construction lasted nine years), but the first city hall had been in Augsburg since the end of the fourteenth century.

By the time of the completion of Augsburg City Hall, it was the world’s only six-story structure of this type. The building was badly damaged during the bombings of the Second World War. After the reconstruction, the city administration resumed its work here and, in the early ’80s, the original historical appearance of the interior and the facade of the building were returned to the Hall.

Various city festivals and demonstrations are often held on Augsburg City Hall Square. The story of this square begins in the thirteenth century. At that time, there were mostly wooden buildings, next to which were open marketplaces with fish, eggs and other products from local farmers and artisans. Initially, the area size was much smaller than it is now.

The most interesting events take place on the square, such as on August 8th each year, when the festival, Augsburger Hohes Friedensfest, which is more than 350 years old, is held here.