"Heroes' Square" Volksgarten Tip by TheWanderingCamel

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Heldenplatz (Heroes' Square) is the huge outer plaza of the Hofburg, planned and begun by Franz-Joseph in the dying days of his empire, but never completed. Imagine what it would have been like had those plans come to fruition - another palace of the same proportions facing the Neue Burg across the plaza. World War I began just one year after the Neue Burg was completed and by the time it was finished, so was the empire. The city's legacy from this grandiose gesture is still very impressive, with its equestrian statues of Prince Eugene of Savoy and Archduke Charles of Austria, the massive facade of the Neue Burg and sweeping views across the Volksgarten to to the Vienna Rathaus and the Austrian Parliament.

Hitler declared the Anschluss (the annexation of Austria to the Third Reich) from the steps of the Neue Burg to massed crowds of cheering Viennese. Today the fiakers wait for the tourists and the square is used for special events.

Address: Burgring A-1010 Wien
Directions: Between Doktor-Karl-Renner-Ring & Josef-Meinrad-Platz
Phone: +43 1 5324241
Website: http://volksgarten.at/en/

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  • Updated Oct 7, 2006
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