Michaelerplatz
Michaelerplatz
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The area
Neighborhood: Inner City
In Vienna's best-known district, pedestrian boulevards Kärntner Strasse and Graben connect you with landmarks such as the Wiener Staatsoper (Vienna State Opera), Vienna’s iconic Stephansdom (St. Stephen’s Cathedral) and the vast compound of Hofburg, the Habsburgs’ former Imperial Palace. Peek down side streets such as Annagasse and Weihburggasse, and Graben’s Seilergasse and Habsburggasse, to get a feel for the center. The Imperial Apartments and the refreshingly demystifying Sissi Museum are must-dos at Hofburg. Spacious squares such as Am Hof and Freyung often host beautiful seasonal and antiques markets.
How to get there
  • Herrengasse • 3 min walk
  • Stephansplatz • 5 min walk
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  • 𝓝𝓪𝓽𝔂 ® 👑
    Moscow, Russia141,341 contributions
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    Michaelerplatz
    Mihaélerplac Square received its name around 1850 in honor of the income church of St. Michael. The perestroika project of the square, which until then had been changing its shape indiscriminately over the course of several centuries, was created in 1725 with the construction of the Michael Korpus of the Hofburg by the architect Joseph Emmanuel Fischer von Erlach. In 1927, the first roundabout in Vienna appeared on Mihaélerplatz.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 15, 2023
  • Brad
    Hong Kong, China173,427 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Don't miss the Roman ruins at Michaelerplatz
    One of the interesting things to see at Michaelerplatz are the first century Roman ruins situated right in the middle of the traffic island. These are known as Ausgrabungen Michaelerplatz and they were unearthed during excavations between 1989-91. While only a small section of the ruins are exposed, they do show foundations for several buildings as well as a street, giving an early indication of what the early Roman settlement here in Vienna might have looked like nearly two thousand years ago. Worth a quick-look see when passing through Michaelerplatz, particularly if you are interested in Roman Ruins. A brief 2-3 minute look is sufficient. Then carry on with other intended sightseeing in this remarkable, sightseeing rich area of Vienna.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written November 18, 2023
  • MidwestKathM
    Detroit, Michigan1,007 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lots to do and see in and around historic Michaelerplatz!
    We came upon Michaelerplatz several times during our four days in Vienna. Walking up Kohlmarkt to see the Looshaus building, we saw the green dome of the Hofburg Palace. Then we noticed the archeological display of Roman ruins uncovered back in the 1990s; they provide an interesting look at what was once in this city. We walked on towards the palace, admiring the sculptures, and walking through, looking up at the dome's interior. We entered the In der Burg area, enjoying the palatial buildings and the intriguing red and gold Swiss Gate. On another pass through Michaelerplatz, we went inside St. Michael's Church to see its beautiful interior. And back down Kohlmarkt to enjoy the Artaria Building (now Massimo Dutti)! The historic Cafe Demel is nearby.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 19, 2024
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Soko37
Budapest, Hungary12,021 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Family
We were ending the Hofburg visit and find ourselves in square. One is connected to history, even Roman ancient part of city or Saint Michael church or busy street of Kohlmarkt with busy shoppers. You are in inner city surrounded by many great historical attractions
Written June 18, 2022
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MidwestKathM
Detroit, MI1,007 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
We came upon Michaelerplatz several times during our four days in Vienna. Walking up Kohlmarkt to see the Looshaus building, we saw the green dome of the Hofburg Palace. Then we noticed the archeological display of Roman ruins uncovered back in the 1990s; they provide an interesting look at what was once in this city. We walked on towards the palace, admiring the sculptures, and walking through, looking up at the dome's interior. We entered the In der Burg area, enjoying the palatial buildings and the intriguing red and gold Swiss Gate. On another pass through Michaelerplatz, we went inside St. Michael's Church to see its beautiful interior. And back down Kohlmarkt to enjoy the Artaria Building (now Massimo Dutti)! The historic Cafe Demel is nearby.
Written June 19, 2024
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Off their P
Manchester, UK3,979 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Couples
Our plan was to walk as much as we could around this amazing city and get lost in the beautiful streets.

This was certainly the case for this Plaza as it was probably our favourite.

You walk up the Avenue with just about every expensive branded fashion shop you can think and it opens out in front of you.

There are some Roman ruins on this blade right in the middle and it is worth having a look at these. You definitely need the panoramic setting on your camera to capture the whole circle of the incredible buildings.

Walk through the arch in the middle and you enter another area of incredible elegance that will take your breath away.
Written June 12, 2022
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𝓝𝓪𝓽𝔂 ® 👑
Moscow, Russia141,341 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
Mihaélerplac Square received its name around 1850 in honor of the income church of St. Michael. The perestroika project of the square, which until then had been changing its shape indiscriminately over the course of several centuries, was created in 1725 with the construction of the Michael Korpus of the Hofburg by the architect Joseph Emmanuel Fischer von Erlach. In 1927, the first roundabout in Vienna appeared on Mihaélerplatz.
Written August 15, 2023
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AFAK25
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia4,413 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
The square was named after the St Michael's church which was the Imperial family's parish church. There are Roman ruins in the middle of the square.

The famous horse carriages or Fiaker are available for hire in front of the Michaelertrakt.

Easily accessible from Stephenplatz station.
Written January 28, 2020
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Brad
Hong Kong, China173,427 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Solo
One of the interesting things to see at Michaelerplatz are the first century Roman ruins situated right in the middle of the traffic island. These are known as Ausgrabungen Michaelerplatz and they were unearthed during excavations between 1989-91. While only a small section of the ruins are exposed, they do show foundations for several buildings as well as a street, giving an early indication of what the early Roman settlement here in Vienna might have looked like nearly two thousand years ago.

Worth a quick-look see when passing through Michaelerplatz, particularly if you are interested in Roman Ruins. A brief 2-3 minute look is sufficient. Then carry on with other intended sightseeing in this remarkable, sightseeing rich area of Vienna.
Written November 18, 2023
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Paul Legate
United Kingdom21,908 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Couples
Michaelerplatz is one of the most famous squares in Vienna. It is located in Innere Stadt and is surrounded by magnificent buildings with a mixture of architectural styles. It is such a enchanting area which has had so much time and effort put into restoring the buildings of such significance back to their former glory. As with other areas of Innere Stadt and other parts of the city it gets incredibly busy during peak hours and is an area best enjoyed before the masses start descending to the square.
Written October 7, 2018
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Foodie_CST🍽🇷🇴
Kolios, Greece5,151 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019 • Family
Very nice historical square located in front of the Hofburg Palace with beautiful architecture and very nice sculptures you can enjoy, definitely worth checking. Many other attactions in the area, plus plenty of shops and restaurants.
Written April 6, 2019
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Tiberiu_Baranyi
Timisoara, Romania16,904 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
Indeed - situated at the edge of the Hofburg it took its name from the church nearby - the St. Michael's church.
There are several points of interest here so very briefly:
- St. Michael's church - very interesting to visit.
- the archaeological excavations in the middle of the square - showing parts of the roman city of Vindabona to the foundations of the Hofburg - really interesting.
- entrance to the Hofburg and closeby the stables of the Spanish riding school... if you are lucky you can see the Lipizzan horses.
- the 2 statuary groups at the sides of the entrance to the Hofburg - the Power on the Sea and the Power on Land... very interesting.
If you care for a fiaker ride you can also do that - in the Michaeler platz there is a station so you can do that.
Overall a nice place to stop and take a few pictures.
Written April 5, 2020
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Rabih SOUAID
Düsseldorf, Germany2,217 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Solo
Free.
One of the most beautiful and Glorious and Fabulous squares in Europe.

Michaelerplatz is one of Vienna's most famous squares due to its proximity to the Hofburg imperial palace.
Michaelerplatz is dominated by the impressive neo-Baroque Michaelertor, the entrance gate to the Hofburg. At the center of the square is an open area with Roman and medieval remains.

Along the sides of the three entrances are colossal statues of Hercules. At either end of the Michaelertrakt are large wall fountains with sculpture groups. The fountain on the right, the 'Mastery of the Land' symbolizes the Austrian army. The fountain on the left 'Mastery of the Sea'symbolizes the Austrian naval power.

The square is surrounded by important buildings: the neo-Baroque Heberstein palace, the Saint Michael church... .

The Michaelerplatz in Vienna is a 1725-built, but realized only at the end of the 19th century.

In the fall of 1838, the first public gas lighting in Vienna was installed on Michaelerplatz .
 In 1927, the first roundabout in Vienna was set up on Michaelerplatz .
Written January 27, 2019
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