Fodor's Expert Review Hoher Markt

The Inner City Center: Baroque Gems and Vienna's Shopwindows Plaza/Square/Piazza

Crowds gather at noon each day to see the huge mechanical timepiece at the east end of this square in action, when the full panoply of mechanical figures representing Austrian historical personages parades by. The Anker Clock took six years (1911–17) to build and survived the World War II artillery fire that badly damaged the square. The graceless buildings erected around the square since 1945 do little to show off the square's lovely baroque centerpiece, the St. Joseph Fountain (portraying the marriage of Joseph and Mary), designed in 1729 by Joseph Emanuel Fischer von Erlach, son of the great Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach.


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