One of Germany's most beautiful city halls, with a baroque tower that dominates the Marktplatz, built in 1556 during the Renaissance, now the site of the Stadtgeschichtliches Museum and Altes Rathaus Restaurant
One museum exhibit is dedicated to Augustusplatz, scene of momentous events. A permanent exhibition depicts city history from medieval times to the Battle of Leipzig with about 1200 exhibits. Also: the impressive ballroom with portrait gallery of town magistrates, sovereigns and Saxony Electors Augustus the Strong and Moritz; an 1823 model of the city; the old council chamber, considered the most beautiful room in Leipzig, with original furnishings, interior decorations and silverware. The museum also depicts war and peace in Leipzig, the sieges and sackings, suffering of inhabitants, and prison cells vaults with old torture instruments and execution devices.
A second part illustrating the 19th to 21st century period is planned for the second floor.