Front view of the Historic City Hall © Klaus Landry

The City Hall

Front view of the Historic City Hall © Klaus Landry

During the 18th and 19th centuries, the city fathers lived in this stately city hall, constructed in a style representative of late Baroque. It was built between 1712 and 1726 in accordance with plans by the Electoral Palatinate’s architect named Breunig.

 

It stands on the spot where the former municipal chancery which had been built in the 15th century and was destroyed in 1689 had stood along with two other houses.

After the Great Fire of 1689 and the resettling of the city in 1698, the Council held its first two meetings in a restaurant. Groundbreaking for the new construction followed in 1712 but the work could not be completed until 1725.

Worth seeing are, among other things, the council chamber in early Rococo style which is used often today for chamber music concerts. The ground-level city archive, which is interesting from an architectural standpoint, is mostly used for weddings today.

 
 




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