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Heldenplatz, Vienna

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Heldenplatz is a public space in front of 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renowned architects like Carl von Hasenauer, Theophil Hansen and Heinrich Ferstel competed presenting their drafts, superseded by Gottfried Semper in 1869.
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  • Very ugly construction of two "boxes" going on on the square. No grass anymore just dirt. Destroys the historic aspects of the Heldenplatz for years to come and at worst case even for generations. Fur...  more »
  • It's a nice place. Superb statues. You can smell the smell reeks of history. Go from the left to the back if you walk 1 km from the Butterfly in your House, you will visit. In close proximity to each other all over.
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  • One of the central squares in Vienna. Very photogenic, despite the pomposity and size. This is Hitler declared the Anschluss Austria.
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  • The home of the Habsburg dynasty. Magnificent and grand. The photo is of the national library.
  • A must see for the tourists! Also during summer the friday night skating events start here. You can easily rent a bike and come along, check it out!
  • Every Friday 9:00pm the world largest ongoing inline skate event starts and ends approx after 20 - 40km skating on various tracks throughout the city and beyond here. In the summertime of course and when the streets are dry. Police and rolling guards guiding the event in save way. It is a demonstration for alternative mobility and very well accepted.
  • Beautiful place, at the moment building houses as alternative place during rebuilding Parliament
  • Nice place to see. It is under maintanence partly theese days.