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"Rathaus" Gotha Things to Do Tip by yumyum

Gotha Things to Do: 17 reviews and 51 photos

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  • Rathaus - Gotha
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What is today used as town hall, was originally built in 1567 as a shopping center. On the same spot there used to be a wooden shopping center. Some of the building materials are from castle Grimmenstein and from the previous shopping center.

The north side with its Renaissance style portal is one of the most beautiful in Germany. From 1641-46 the Herzog Ernst der Fromme lived in the building. He redesigned a lot.

Since when the building was used as the town hall is not so clear but certainly from 1666 if not already from 1632. The building used to have shop on the ground floor and only much later the fronts were closed.

The 23 m high tower can be climbed for the view.

Address: Hauptmarkt 1

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  • Written Aug 31, 2008
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