Introduced in Beyond the Sword
Unique building of the Holy Roman Empire civilization (replaces Courthouse)
Hammer 120 (Double production speed with Organized)
Requirements Code of Laws
  • +2 Espionage
  • -75% maintenance costs
  • Can turn 1 citizen into Spy
  • Required to build Forbidden Palace
  • Available for free on Modern and later starts


The Rathaus is the unique building of the Holy Roman Empire.


Compared to the Courthouse it replaces, the Rathaus reduces the maintenance costs of the city it is built in by an additional 25 percent.

An empire full of Rathauses could support an empire as much as 25% bigger than one full of Courthouses. That's great for securing more resources, especially with Charlemagne's cheap Settlers, or going to battle with his war-focused traits.

One issue, however, is unlike the other Courthouse replacements, Rathauses are still as expensive as normal Courthouses. And since Charlemagne isn't an Organised leader, the cost is quite immense in low-production areas. As such, Rathauses do best in the later game, where plenty of production bonuses help build them up at a reasonable rate.

Of course, the building really shines on Modern or Future starts where it's free - Charlemagne's cheap Settlers can spam cities everywhere with them.

Civilopedia EntryEdit

In German towns and cities the Rathaus was a central location used primarily for town council meetings and other official business. It was also used as a large meeting space for interest groups as well as for other activities, depending on the town's policies.

Germany has several famous rathauses, including the Rathaus Schöneberg. The Rathaus Schöneberg was built in the Berlin borough of Tempelhof-Schöneberg between 1911 and 1914 before Schöneberg was absorbed by Berlin. After World War II, the Rathaus Schöneberg served as the temporary seat of government for West Berlin. Upon the destruction of the Berlin wall in 1989 the Rathaus reverted once again to its original function as City Hall of Schöneberg.