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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renowned architects like Carl von Hasenauer, Theophil Hansen and Heinrich Ferstel competed presenting their drafts, superseded by Gottfried Semper in 1869.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 great square is in the middle of the Ring and elegant buildings forming part of the complex of the Hofburg. The square is very wide and is home to two large equestrian statues representing the Archduke Charles and Prince Eugene. Today in this square practically you can spend time in peace.
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  • Heldenplatz (Hero's Square) is a large open space between the Hapsburg Palace and Volksgarten in the Inner Stradt. For Visitors the square is mostly a passageway for those making way between the Palac...  more »
  • Imagine Hitler standing on the balcony of the palace, overlooking the Heldenplatz. He makes the official announcement of taking over Austria (with the Austrian government's agreement). My husband's Au...  more »
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  • It's one of those really beautiful places akin to Schönbrunn, but with the bustle of the city right in the middle of it, because the Palace place has car access so cars drive around you, and to me that's not a bad thing, because it gives you the feeling this isn't just a Museum but a living and breathing place. Definitely worth a visit, especially since it's so close to the Museums which you also should absolutely visit!
  • Nice place , must watch with one the best place in Vienna. Invert your time wisely but it is also one of thing to do.
  • One of the main sightseeing spots in Vienna, you will cross it on the way leading from the old town to the shopping street. It is a huge open space with plenty of lawns to sit and relax surrounded by Austrian imperial architecture.
  • Beautiful. Majestic. Takes one back to the past. A must see.
  • A nice open space that lets you admire the beautiful surrounding buildings and have a wonderful view of the sunset mixed with the huge city gate at one end of the square. The square has a view of the Hofburg palace and was a testimony of historical facts like Adolf Hitler's ceremonial announcement of the Austrian annexation to Nazi Germany on March 1938.

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