Rheinfelden town hall
Centrally located, the town hall with its impressive baroque façade, massive tower and beautiful inner courtyard stands in the middle of the old town of Rheinfelden.
An Austrian coat of arms on a Swiss town hall?
After the town hall burned down in 1531, it was rebuilt. The tower with its battlement dates back to the Zähringer period. The baroque façade from the 18th century shows the coats of arms of Austria, the Grafschaft Hauenstein, Laufenburg, Säckingen, Rheinfelden, and the Truchsessen family.
Rheinfelden belonged to the Habsburgs and thus to Austria for almost 1000 years. Today, the entire town administration is located in the historic building.
Rudolf: The King of Rheinfelden.
On entering through the gate on the left is a cast of the tomb slab of Rudolf of Rheinfelden († 1080). Here are also the former court and market arbours.
Would you like to learn about the history of Rudolf? Then book the scenic guided tour Rudolf of Rheinfelden. The king will take you on a tour of his home town.
Art in the courtyard of the town hall.
During the major renovation at the beginning of the 20th century, Paul Altherr painted "Winkelried's Heroic Death in the Battle of Sempach" and "Knight George's Dragon Fight". In this battle the Austrians and thus also the Rheinfelders suffered a defeat at the hands of the Confederates. The Rheinfeld flag - still without stars - flies next to Duke Leopold in the battle painting. The picture was painted in 1911 and must be interpreted as a clear commitment to Switzerland.
The statue of "Wisdom", the youthful centaur and the gatekeepers were chiselled by Karl Killer, in addition to the door jambs carved by Otto Frey-Thilo in 1946. Johann Amman created the Gothic flight of steps and the two rich Renaissance portals as access to the council chamber in 1612/13.
Get married in the town hall.
Would you like to celebrate your wedding in the town hall? The Rheinfelden registry office is located in the town hall and also performs weddings in the beautiful town hall. The inner courtyard with its staircase is also a popular photo opportunity.
The oldest Zähringer town in Switzerland.
The heraldic table in the inner courtyard is a gift from the Zähringer towns for the 850th anniversary of the town of Rheinfelden in 1980. In the centre is the Zähringer eagle, on the edge are the heraldics of the 11 Zähringer towns: Bern, Burgdorf, Murten, Fribourg, Thun, as well as the German towns of Bräunlingen, Freiburg im Breisgau, Villingen-Schwennigen, Neuenburg am Rhein and St. Peter im Schwarzwald. Weilheim an der Teck was only later included in the circle of Zähringer towns and is therefore not represented on the heraldic table.
The town hall can only be visited as part of a guided tour of the town or a wedding ceremony. The town hall tower is not open to the public. The inner courtyard is open to the public.