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Michaelerplatz (St. Michael’s Square) is a grandiose public square in the heart of Vienna’s Innere Stadt (Old Town). Its magnificent buildings showcase a mix of architectural styles and the lavish sovereignty of the Habsburg Dynasty. Come to Michaelerplatz to visit a royal palace, a 13th-century church and the excavations of a Roman-era dwelling.
Looming over the square’s south side is Michaelertrakt, a magnificent wing of the Hofburg Imperial Palace. Its Baroque exterior features artistic fountains, huge columns and the House of Habsburg coat of arms. Look for the four huge statues of the Greek god Hercules that guard the Michaelertor gateway. Step through the portal and explore some of the palace’s 2,000 opulent rooms, its museums and treasury.
Marvel at the Romanesque, Gothic and neoclassical aspects of the façade of St. Michael’s Church. It is largely unaltered since 1792, although some parts date as far back as the 1200s. Spot well-preserved frescoes, intricate stained-glass windows, sculptures and stucco reliefs. Tour the crypt to see the mummified bodies and tombs of people buried between the 1500s and 1700s.
Adjacent to the church is the Looshaus building with a modern design that stands in stark contrast to the traditional Baroque landscape of Vienna’s Old Town. Opposite here is Palais Herberstein. Its lower floor houses the reconstruction of the historic Café Griensteidl, where the poets and writers of the Jung-Wien (Young Vienna) group once met.
Go to the center of the square to look down on the vestiges of a Roman settlement and the remains of the old Burgtheater. Watch as tourists travel to and from the palace gateway via horse-drawn carriage.
Getting to Michaelerplatz is quick and easy on foot from most areas of the Old Town. Walk through Heldenplatz to Maria Theresa Square, home to the Museum of Natural History and the Museum of Art History. The nearest metro stations, Herrengasse and Stephansgasse, are both about a 5-minute walk away.
St. Michael Church is open daily and charges a fee for the crypt tour. Check the official website of the Hofburg Imperial Palace for the opening hours and fees for its attractions.
Located in Neubau, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Vienna City Hall Area, Museum of Natural History, and Austrian Parliament Building. Museumsquartier and Rathaus are also within 10 minutes. Volkstheater U-Bahn is only a 5-minute walk and Rathaus U-Bahn is 6 minutes.
Located in Leopoldstadt, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Schwedenplatz, St. Stephen's Cathedral and Stephansplatz. Spanish Riding School and Hofburg Imperial Palace are also within 1 mile (2 km). Taborstraße U-Bahn is 5 minutes by foot and Schottenring U-Bahn is 10 minutes.
Located in Innere Stadt, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Graben, St. Stephen's Cathedral, and Spanish Riding School. Stephansplatz and Hofburg Imperial Palace are also within 10 minutes. Herrengasse U-Bahn is only a 3-minute walk and Stephansplatz U-Bahn is 7 minutes.
This family-friendly Vienna hotel is located in the historical district, within a 10-minute walk of Vienna City Hall Area and University of Vienna. Spanish Riding School and St. Stephen's Cathedral are also within 15 minutes. Schottentor U-Bahn is only a 2-minute walk and Schottenring U-Bahn is 8 minutes.
Located in Innere Stadt, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Spanish Riding School, Hofburg Imperial Palace and Burgtheater. St. Stephen's Cathedral and Vienna State Opera are also within 15 minutes. Herrengasse U-Bahn is only a 2-minute walk and Schottentor U-Bahn is 7 minutes.
Located in Innere Stadt, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Musikverein, Vienna State Opera and Viennese City Park. Karlsplatz and Albertina are also within 10 minutes. City Park U-Bahn is only a 5-minute walk and Karlsplatz U-Bahn is 6 minutes.
Located in Innere Stadt, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Kaerntner Strasse, Stephansplatz and St. Stephen's Cathedral. Albertina and Spanish Riding School are also within 10 minutes. Stephansplatz U-Bahn is only a 4-minute walk and Herrengasse U-Bahn is 8 minutes.
Located in Innere Stadt, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Minorite Church and Spanish Riding School. Hofburg Imperial Palace and Stephansplatz are also within 10 minutes. Herrengasse U-Bahn is only a 2-minute walk and Schottentor U-Bahn is 7 minutes.