Freyung District : Michelin's recommendations
Freyung is one of the large squares of the Innerring, or inner city, which act as landmarks among the latticework of tiny streets. Its name is derived from the word «Frei», meaning «Free». The Benedictines, who were actually Irish but came from the Schottenstift, the Scottish Abbey on the square, used to grant asylum to fugitives, with the exception of murderers. The square is situated in the heart of an aristocratic district where street names such as the Herrengasse (Lords' Street) reflect this prestigious past and tell us that nobility lived here as far back as the Middle Ages. This is why, at the end of the 13C, the Habsburgs took up residence not far from here. The Hofburg is just at the end of the street on the Michaelerplatz. It was the aristocrats who drew their master here and not vice versa. It is not surprising, therefore, to see numerous palaces dating from the Baroque period, a reminder of the golden age of the great families between the late 17 and 19C, in other words from the end of the threat of invasion by the Turks until the early industrial era. This was the case of the Kinsky, Harrach and Ferstel palaces with their splendid decor corresponding perfectly to the image we have of the capital of Austria. A visit to Freyung is an excellent prelude to the imperial splendour of the Hofburg.
- Address : Freyung A - 1010 Wien1010Wien