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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renowned architects like Carl von Hasenauer, Theophil Hansen and Heinrich Ferstel competed presenting their drafts, superseded by Gottfried Semper in 1869.
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  • August 11, 2017
    One of the most well-known places in Vienna, great park adjacent to Hofburg. Famous and infamous during history, it's now dominated by two gigantic statues of Austrian war heroes from XIX century. You...  more »
  • July 20, 2017
    This large square was established by Napoleon during the 1820's and is located between the Burgtor Gates and the Hofburg Palace. The square is also known as Hero's Square and has two major statues of ...  more »
  • July 10, 2017
    In this square is the national library, the Palace of sisi and the spectacle of cavalry among other things. You can not miss to visit it
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  • June 13, 2017
    Beautiful piazza in front of Hofburg. Has quite some historical significance for Austria.
  • June 20, 2017
    Nice hang out in the evening - very imperial during the day - close to the national library and Hofburg
  • July 5, 2017
    Very different from from what i've seen before. Nice place to visit even in winter.
  • May 7, 2017
    One of the worth seeing building in downtown of Vienna. Statues of horses are amazing
  • May 26, 2017
    Beautiful square with impressive views all around! Worth stopping by

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