Around the Hofburg : Michelin's recommendations
If you approach the Hofburg by the Kohlmarkt or Herrengasse (the former Coal market and «Lords' Street») you will see an abundance of luxury shops in an extremely elegant setting, many of them great institutions which have contributed to the atmosphere of Vienna. On the corner of Wallnerstrasse, at no 6 Kohlmarkt, is the Thonet shop, the precursor of modern design and the 19C inventors of the bistro chair using a wood curving process. The shop has been renowned throughout the world since that time without ever ageing. Further along is Demel's tea room. This former supplier to the Court is a major symbol of Viennese confectionery. Between Wallnerstrasse and Herrengassestand a number of imposing palaces such as the Hesterázy, Ferstel, Mollard-Clary and Wilczek Palaces. Two cafés are veritable Vienna institutions: the Café Central at no 14 Herrengasse, was the haunt of an artistic and intellectual elite, such as the famous writer, Peter Altenberg, immortalised in a papier maché sculpture near the entrance. This is where Trotsky, the revolutionary, founded Pravda. At no 2, Café Griensteidl claims it is the city's oldest literary café. In the late 19C, it was a meeting place for young writers such as Hugo von Hofmannsthal who spent a great deal of time there trying to solve the problems of the world. Further on is the Bundeskanzleramt or Federal Chancellery, heavily steeped in 20C history, from the ultimatum drawn up here which gave rise to the First World War, to the murder of Dollfuss by the Nazis in 1934.
- Address : Hofburg A - 1010 Wien1010Wien
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