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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”.
Many specific buildings are referred to as Rathaus even when spoken about in English, such as:
- Rotes Rathaus (Berlin, Germany)
- Rathaus Schöneberg (Berlin, Germany)
- Hamburg Rathaus (Germany)
- Rathaus, Vienna (Austria)
- Rathaus Rapperswil (Switzerland)
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- Rathaus (Zurich), a quarter in the Altstadt district of Zurich, Switzerland
Derivatives of Rathaus
In Lithuanian language, equivalent word is Rotušė. Three historical Rotušės in Lithuania survived until today:
In Ukraine, particularly in the western part of the country, and in Belarus, ratusha (Ukrainian: Ратуша) is usually the name of the city hall.
Several cities in Estonia, particularly those whose histories trace to the Hanseatic era, call their city councils raad and their houses raekoda.
Some town houses in Finland are also called raatihuone.
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