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Heldenplatz, Vienna

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Heldenplatz is a public space in front of the Hofburg Palace in Vienna, Austria. Located in the Innere Stadt borough, the President of Austria resides in the adjoining Hofburg wing, while the Federal Chancellery is on adjacent Ballhausplatz.Many important actions and events took place here, most notably Adolf Hitler's ceremonial announcement of the Austrian Anschluss to Nazi Germany on 15 March 1938.HistoryAfter the Napoleonic War of the Fifth Coalition, the Austrian defeat in the 1809 Battle of Wagram and the Treaty of Schönbrunn, the remaining bastions of Hofburg Palace were slighted and replaced by a curtain wall with the—still preserved—Outer Castle Gate (Äußeres Burgtor). Inside the Hofburg walls, several squares and gardens were laid out, including the Volksgarten public park.KaiserforumThe present-day Heldenplatz on the former outer plaza of the Hofburg was built in the course of the lavish Ringstraße boulevard project under the reign of Emperor Francis Joseph. The planned Kaiserforum (imperial forum), however, was never completed. From 1864 onwards, renowned architects like Carl von Hasenauer, Theophil Hansen and Heinrich Ferstel competed presenting their drafts, superseded by Gottfried Semper in 1869.
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  • The place has stunning architecture and is historically safe bedeutsam-but unfortunately the many from parked cars are extremely disturbing. Also the already mentioned containers are still to be found. What a pity.
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  • This is a place that you need a guide to tell you the story behind it, or if you take a guide book you can check out the history. All important history moments started there. Hitler made one of his fa...  more »
  • Heldenplatz, or Heroes' square is the large square in front of the Hofburg palace. The square has the Hofburg palace to the Southeast, the presidential residence to the Northeast and Burgtor, the triu...  more »
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  • Beautiful square in front of the majestic imperial palace, with the view towards the city Hall (temporarily obstructed by two low buildings which will be removed after the reconstruction of the parliament), the imperial museums and partly to the parliament. Right next to large park, several night clubs, rose gardens and downtown Vienna.
  • I went to the armory museum and it's completely amazing. If you are a fan of medieval weapons and armor this place is a must see.
  • beautiful place to walk around and enjoy the view... in front of the imperial palace with views of the city hall.
  • Almost 80 years ago this week, the republic of Austria, formed at the dissolution of the empire cease to exist as an independent Austria. They have been annexed into the German Reich through a series of threats and manoeuvring by Nazi Germany. Two days earlier on the 12th, the German army crossed the border into Austria and was met with no force. Almost 80 years ago today, Hitler arrived in Vienna and on this square, the Heldenplatz, on the balconies of the Habsburg imperial palace gave his speech to hundreds of thousands of crowd who gathered to see him. Imagine the sea of people, red Nazi emblems blaze the walls of the Hofburg and military parades passing through the square. Heldenplatz is known as the Heroes Square, named after two statues of Austrian war heroes. In the middle of Heldenplatz stands the statue of Archduke Karl, a noted commander in the Napoleonic wars and defeated him in a battle near Vienna. The other is the statue of Prince Eugene of Savoy who was victorious against the Ottomans.
  • Must visit if you're in Vienna. It's absolutely beautiful