Town Hall

The landmark of the Hanseatic city on the Great Market was one of the most famous secular buildings of the late Gothic period on the Lower Rhine.


History of the town hall:

Built in the middle of the 15th century (1455-1500), the late Gothic town hall on the Great Market was an important symbol of the proud Hanseatic merchant community in Wesel, which had joined the Hanseatic League in 1407. The decorative façade was placed in front of two existing town houses on the market square. The baroque tower was added to the building in 1698/1700. The filigree architectural style was rare and unusual - the Flemish late Gothic style is a symbol of artistic self-expression.


The reconstruction of the façade:

The historic town hall also fell victim to the almost complete destruction of the old Wesel at the end of the Second World War. Reconstruction plans were put on ice for many decades until a citizens' initiative finally gave the go-ahead for the reconstruction of the façade in 2003. In 2010/2011, with a large amount of donations and in a project that is unique in Germany in this form, the Great Market and the town hall were given back an important part of their historical appearance.