Rathaus

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Rathaus (German pronunciation: [ˈʁaːthaʊs], pl. Rathäuser) is a German word literally translating as “council house”, meaning seat of local government. In German-speaking countries Rathaus is the common term for “town halls”, “city halls”, or “guildhalls”.

Buildings[edit]

Many specific buildings are referred to as Rathaus even when spoken about in English, such as:

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Places[edit]

Surnames[edit]

Derivatives of Rathaus[edit]

Poland[edit]

Ratusz is the Polish word for city hall. It also serves as metonymy for burmistrz (mayor), derived from the German Bürgermeister.

Lithuania[edit]

In Lithuanian language, equivalent word is Rotušė. Three historical Rotušės in Lithuania survived until today:

Ukraine[edit]

In Ukraine, particularly in the western part of the country, and in Belarus, ratusha (Ukrainian: Ратуша) is usually the name of the city hall.

Estonia[edit]

Several cities in Estonia, particularly those whose histories trace to the Hanseatic era, call their city councils raad and their houses raekoda.

Finland[edit]

Some town houses in Finland are also called raatihuone.