The Ringstrasse in Vienna
A street lined with attractions
The centre of Vienna abounds with sights to see, cultural attractions and elegant streets. The Vienna Ringstrasse encircles almost the entire first city district. This street, which runs along the line of the former city walls, is today lined with magnificent buildings like a string of pearls.
The history of the 'Ring'
Ever since the 13th century, the area spanning Vienna's current first city district was enclosed by a defensive wall to keep out, among others, the Turks. Around the mid-19th century, however, this wall and the entire system of fortifications began to impede the development of the city. Hence, Emperor Franz Joseph decided to tear down the wall and replace it with a splendid boulevard. Striving to outdo each other, influential individuals, entrepreneurs and the government departments commissioned stately buildings along this street, which ensured that the 'Ring' is today lined with some of Vienna's most imposing sights.
Attractions along the Ringstrasse in Vienna
Famous buildings and parks line this 5.2km stretch of road, which is subdivided into 9 sections:
- Votive Church
- Burgtheater and Opera
- City Hall and City Hall Park
- Volksgarten Park and City Park
- Hofburg Imperial Palace
- Naturhistorisches (Natural History) and Kunsthistorisches (Art History) Museums
A cultural trip combined with central accommodation in Vienna
From the Hotel Stefanie, you can cross over the Schwedenbrücke and find yourself at the Franz-Joseph quay, which connects the Stubenring and the Schottenring. If you are keen to take a culture-inspired walk through the city, follow the Ring from this point along its 5km length and discover the sights and attractions along the way. If you book right now, you can soon be off on your trip to Vienna.