The Ring : Michelin's recommendations
When you leave the narrow streets of the old quarters, Vienna takes on a new dimension as you reach the Ring, the ring of boulevards around the city. It is more immense, more spacious and much more formal. In the midst of islands of green stand imposing public buildings whose façades face one another. Between 1857 and 1913, the old fortifications became the site of the most extensive urban development programme ever to be undertaken in the capital. A series of utilitarian and prestigious buildings, worthy of the imperial capital, as it was at the time, yet in tune with the new requirements of a modern city. Each building was designed in a «historic» style, corresponding to its function, according to the concepts of the time. It is the only place where, along a distance of 4km, you can put your knowledge of architectural styles to the test on such a large scale. The new Town Hall or Neues Rathaus, has a 98m-high belfry, inspired by the Flemish-Gothic belfry in Brussels on the Grand-Place, a style reminiscent of medieval towns. Next to it is the Parliament, in the form of a Greek temple, with the Pallas-Athene-Brunnen*, Pallas Athena's Fountain, an allusion to the city which invented democracy. Opposite, the Renaissance style of the University is in keeping with the period of the Humanists, while the late Renaissance Burgtheater* is reminiscent of the beginnings of classical theatre. There is however an overall homogeneity of architectural design, the «neo» style, which explains why it became an anathema to the Secessionist movement.
- Address : Ring A - 1010 Wien1010Wien