Am Hof and the old Jewish quarter : Michelin's recommendations
This small quarter in the heart of the old town is steeped in history. It is composed of a series of squares, linked by narrow streets. Traces of the city's ancient past can be seen in the Roman ruins on the Am Hof square, also the site of Austria's first Ducal Court, established by the Babenbergs. The square is lined with fine 17 and 19C Baroque façades with the Mariensäule (Virgin Mary's Pillar) statue in the centre. The Church of the Nine Choirs of Angels is a former Jesuit church which still has the original Baroque façade designed in the 17C by the Italian architect, Carlo Antonio Carlone. On 6 August 1806, Emperor Franz II appeared on the balcony of this church to announce the end of the Holy Roman Germanic Empire which had survived for over a thousand years. The Collalto Palace at no 13 claims that it was here and not at Schönbrunn that six-year-old Mozart gave his first public concert. The nearby Judenplatz (Jews' Square) is a reminder that a small community of Jews lived here in the Middle Ages. On your tour of the area, you will come across a number of interesting museums: the Feuerwehrmuseum or Fire Service Museum, on «Am Hof» square, the Puppen-und-Spielzeug-Museum or Doll and Toy Museum on the Schulhof, and, on the same square, one of the world's greatest clock and watch museum's, the Uhrenmuseum der Stadt Vienna.
- Address : Am Hof A - 1010 Wien1010Wien
- Prices : free of charge