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  • 1. Am Hof

    1st District | Plaza/Square/Piazza

    In the Middle Ages, the ruling Babenberg family built its castle on what is today's Vienna's oldest square, the Am Hof (which means "at court...Read More

  • 2. Heiligenkreuzerhof

    1st District | Plaza/Square/Piazza

    Off the narrow streets and alleys behind the Stephansdom is this peaceful spot, approximately 0.5 km (a quarter mile) from the cathedral. The...Read More

  • 3. Heldenplatz

    1st District | Plaza/Square/Piazza

    The Neue Burg was never completed and so the Heldenplatz was left without a discernible shape, but the space is punctuated by two superb equestrian...Read More

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  • 4. Hoher Markt

    1st District | 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...Read More

  • 5. In der Burg

    1st District | Plaza/Square/Piazza

    This prominent courtyard of the Hofburg complex focuses on a statue of Francis II and the noted Schweizertor gateway. Note the clock on...Read More

  • 6. Josefsplatz

    1st District | Plaza/Square/Piazza

    Many consider this Vienna's loveliest courtyard and, indeed, the beautifully restored imperial style adorning the roof of the buildings forming...Read More

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  • 7. Karlsplatz

    4th District/Wieden | Plaza/Square/Piazza

    As with the Naschmarkt, Karlsplatz was formed when the River Wien was covered over at the turn of the 20th century. At the time, architect Otto...Read More

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  • 8. Michaelerplatz

    1st District | Plaza/Square/Piazza

    One of Vienna's most historic squares, this small plaza is now the site of an excavation revealing Roman plus 18th- and 19th-century layers...Read More

  • 9. Schottenhof

    1st District | Plaza/Square/Piazza

    This shaded courtyard typifies the change that came over Viennese architecture during the Biedermeier era (1815–48). The Viennese, according...Read More

  • 10. Schwarzenbergplatz

    3rd District/Landstrasse | Plaza/Square/Piazza

    The center of this square is marked by an oversize equestrian sculpture of Prince Schwarzenberg—he was a 19th-century field marshal for the...Read More

  • 11. The Freyung

    1st District | Plaza/Square/Piazza

    This square, whose name means "freeing"—so called, according to lore, because for many centuries monks at the adjacent Schottenkirche had the...Read More

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