The Alte Rathaus (Old City Hall) is a salmon colored structure on Hauptgasse. The building replaces an older structure lost in a massive fire in 1509. The man behind the new construction was Master Builder Christoph. The building underwent remodeling and reconstruction in the 17th century (1658-1659). This resulted in its current appearance.
The Alte Rathaus has an octagonal corner turret dating from its earlier period and a lunar clock. The façade is Baroque. There are some vaulted rooms of note. Yet, the Alte Rathaus is notorious, rather than famous, for another reason. Adolph Hitler spent the night here following the Anschluss. On it, Adolf Hitler stood in triumph in March 1938 on the Alte Rathaus’ small balcony. From here, he addressed the people of Linz. Today, the building contains several offices as well as a wonderful multi-media display of the history of Linz. This is Linz Genesis. It provides a wonderful overview using audio, visual and creative artistic displays to provide you with the story of the city of Linz.
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