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Blutgasse District Review

The small block bounded by Singerstrasse, Grünangergasse, and Blutgasse is known as the Blutgasse District. Nobody knows for certain how the gruesome name—Blut is German for "blood"—originated, although one legend has it that Knights Templar were slaughtered here when their order was abolished in 1312. In later years the narrow street was known in those pre-pavement days as Mud Lane. Today the block is a splendid example of city renovation and restoration, with cafés, shops, and galleries tucked into the corners. You can look inside the courtyards to see the open galleries that connect various apartments on the upper floors, the finest example being at Blutgasse 3. At the corner of Singerstrasse sits the 18th-century Neupauer-Breuner Palace, with its monumental entranceway and delicate windows. Opposite, at Singerstrasse 17, is the Rottal Palace, attributed to Hildebrandt, with its wealth of classical wall motifs. For contrast, turn up the narrow Blutgasse, with its simple 18th-century facades.

Updated: 07-01-2013

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