Portions of the Town Hall in Rostock date back to the 13th century when a few elaborate gable houses were expanded to form the Rathus. Behind its pink, baroque façade are seven towers. Inside were some interesting features such as the prison and torture chamber in the basement and a ratskeller that served beer. Apparently some things do not change. The Ratskeller is now a restaurant and the building still serves as the city’s administrative headquarters.