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    Freyung and surroundings

    by toonsarah Written Jul 5, 2014

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    This square was once the city’s rubbish tip, but is now surrounded by imposing Baroque palaces, in one of which Joseph Haydn’s mother once worked as a cook. In the centre is a large fountain topped with a figure representing Austria. At its base four other figures symbolise the principal rivers of the Austro-Hungarian territory – the Elbe, Vistula, Danube and Po.

    Nearby is an elegant 19th century arcade, the Freyung Passage, home to the Café Central, a famous Viennese coffeehouse where Trotsky once met with fellow socialists. We didn’t stop for coffee here but did enjoy window shopping and salivating over the delicious-looking treats in a nearby chocolate shop. The fountain here has a statue of the Donaunixen (Danube water-nymph), with a fish in her hand.

    The Freyung Passage links the square of the same name with Herrengasse, one of Vienna’s grander streets. This is a lovely area for a stroll, as little back streets provide contrast with the grand town palaces that line the wider ones such as Herrengasse and offer surprises at every turn. There are several small courtyards with smart shops and equally smart cafés, and you could easily while away a couple of hours in this part of the city.

    Next tip: am Hof

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    PALACE KINSKY

    by balhannah Updated May 24, 2014

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    Located close to the Schottenkirche, was a beautiful baroque building which turned out to be a Palace.
    Palace Kinsky was originally built in 1717 for Count Wirich Philipp von Daun. In 1784, the Bohemian Kinsky family bought the Palace. I liked the yellow-white façade which happens to be on the narrow side of the Palace, it goes back much further in depth.
    At the main entrance are two arcs which enclose the central window, and two allegorical figures - left the wisdom and right justice. The emblem of the Kinsky is situated over the window.
    It does have an inner courtyard.

    I didn't know if I could go inside, so I didn't! Now I know the palace is used for auction events and has shops and a restaurant.
    I read the interior is richly-decorated, has a lovely staircase, frescoed ceilings, mirrors and statues and expensive parquet floors.
    The Palace was used for the final-status negotiations between Serbian and Kosovo Albanians in EU-sponsored negotiations.

    Kinksy Palace Entrance to Kinsky Palace
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    FREYUNG SQUARE

    by balhannah Updated May 24, 2014

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    The area of Freyung and its square has quite a few Palaces. The one I liked the best was Palais Kinsky. At no 3 is one of Vienna's oldest palaces, the Palais Porcia, built around 1600. It has a magnificent gold Coat of Arms above the arched entrance.

    The name Freyung derives from an old asylum. The "square" is really a triangle and has quite a few nice buildings surrounding it and the Austrian Fountain.
    In the late Middle Ages, a weekly horse market was held here, which developed a fruit and vegetable market in the 18th century. Today, this is where you can buy organic products at the market and during the festive season there is a Christmas market and at Easter a very popular Easter market is held here.

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    THE AUSTRIA FOUNTAIN [AUSTRIABRUNNEN]

    by balhannah Updated May 24, 2014

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    I found this fountain in the center of Freyung, where once stood the Philip & James Chapel from 1310. It's a rather nice fountain that was designed by a German in Munich and installed here in 1846, on the occasion of the establishment of the Emperor Ferdinand aqueduct.

    On an entwined oak pillar are four allegories of the main rivers of the Habsburg Empire. The rivers are Danube, Po, Elbe and Vistula.
    Each of them has a meaning - The Danube is in the same line of sight as Vienna - Vistula holds in her hand a lock key, the same is based on the head and ghosts, which symbolizes the Giant Mountains, where the headwaters of the Elbe are, and Po is a frequent visitor and ancient river god .
    The symbol of Austria stands on top of the pillar

    In 1987, when a garage was built under the Freyung, the fountain had to be removed. What was found were two metal containers.
    In one container was a roll of parchment from the time of the fountain (1846) on which the artist, the cost and the well is described (The fountain is of the Emperor Ferdinand waterworks with a daily water quantity of 3200 buckets endowed ...).
    In the other container was a note from 1947 (Renovation of the well) with a poem from this period (typewritten) and the signatures of the restorers.
    When the fountain was erected in 1989, copies of the original letteres were put in a metal container and in the hollow figure of Austria.

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    THE HEIDENSCHUSS

    by balhannah Written May 24, 2014

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    I'm always on the lookout for interesting sculptures as I walk around old historical parts of cities. In Vienna, after coming out of Freyung Passage and walking along Strauchgasse, I came across the Heidenschuss, at House no 3 on the corner of Strauchgasse & Freyung streets.

    I was impressed with the sculpture on the wall depicting a mounted saber-wielding Turk. At the foot of the sculpture is the inscription "Since the Haydn scheuzzt" - "Where the heather shoots."
    The Figure and inscription refers to a story from the time of the Turkish wars.

    In 1529, the Turks besieged Vienna. They dug underground passages and at the ends they put mines to destroy the city walls and gain access to the city. An underground mine passage was dug to Freyung.
    It was on a stormy night when the baker's assistant, Josef Schulz was busy before the oven when he heard a loud noise in the basement. He ventured down with a lantern and thought he could hear voices. Sure enough, when he put his ear to the wall, he could hear the word of Allah (God). He listened quietly and heard more. At that time he knew the Turks were behind that wall!
    How to stop them? He and fellow citizens decided to fill the basement with water, a clever plan that worked. They heard the Turks break through the wall, then the rush of the water and then nothing! All the Turks had drowned.
    This is how the Bakery came to be named "For heath shot".

    The house has long since gone, but the landmark "to heath shot" corner, has the sculpture of the Turk so the people of Vienna can remember the brave act of the Baker, who at that time saved Vienna.

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    FREYUNG PASSAGE

    by balhannah Written May 24, 2014

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    I thought the Freyung Passage was an unusual name for an elegant shopping arcade built in the 19th century as part of the Ferstel Palace. The arcade links the Herrengasse with Freyung, a triangular historic square.

    It is a very "upmarket" shopping arcade, so bring a bagful of money or a credit card!
    The marble-clad passage with pilasters and vaulted ceiling, was built by an Austrian Architect in 1860.
    Upon entry, I straight away noticed it was lined with luxury stores with beautiful window displays. I walked along, enjoying my window shopping and looking at the beautiful interior. Detailed wrought iron, painted ceilings and lovely old lamps made this one classy passage-way! I came across a small inner courtyard covered by a hexagonal glass dome, where a tall fountain was in the centre with a statue of the Danube water nymph, who holding a fish in her hand.
    This was very nice!

    LADIES - I think you will enjoy this arcade!

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    Palais Kinsky

    by croisbeauty Updated Nov 28, 2013

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    Palais Kinsky is a beautiful Baroque styled palace, originally built for Count Wirich Philipp von Daun, who was Austrian field marshal in the war of the Spanish succession. His son Leopold Josef Graf Daun becam a field marshal of Empress Maria Theresa. Later on the palace was bought by the Bohemian Kinsky family, and is sometimes called Palais Daun-Kinsky.
    The construction of the palace started in 1717 under the direction of architect Johann Lucas von Hildebrandt. It was sold in 1784 to the Kinsky family. The palace has richly decorated staircase with frescoed ceiling, mirrors and statues. Josef Poniatowski,
    Polish general and marshal of France was born in this palace in 1763. The palace is used for auction events, houses shops and the restaurant.

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    Freyung passage and Freyung palaces

    by Jefie Updated Jan 7, 2013

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    This triangular "square" used to be the site of one of Vienna's most important street markets. Its first Christmas market took place in 1772, a tradition that persists to this day. There are quite a few very nice palaces that were built around or near the square at the turn of the 18th century for some of the city's noblemen, including the Hardegg (Freyung 1), Harrach (Freyung 3), Kinsky (Freyung 4), Lamber (Freyung 5), Ferstel (Freyung 2), Schönborn-Batthyány (Renngasse 4), and Windisch-Graetz (Renngasse 12) palaces. Most of these palaces are closed to the public; however, Ferstel Palace is home to Café Central, one of Vienna's most famous intellectual cafes once frequented by Freud, Hitler, Lenin, and Trotsky, among others. Another feature of Ferstel Palace is the Freyung Passage, a covered shoping strip that houses some of the city's most elegant boutiques. There is also a small courtyard with a Danube fountain in its middle. Also, at the center of the square, you'll find the Austrian fountain; its statues represent the most important rivers of the Habsburg empire, namely the Elbe, Vistula, Danube and Po rivers.

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    Most pleasant Freyung Platz.

    by breughel Written Oct 27, 2012

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    The Freyung is one of the most pleasant squares of Vienna. Square is wrong because it is triangular, so let's call it a Platz. It is a quite nice ensemble of religious and civilian buildings, of excellent architecture. The monastery goes back to the 12th c. and is called Schottenkloster = Scottish Monastery although the monks were Irish. In that time these monks were called "Iro-Schotten".
    Actually these monks did not come directly from Ireland but from the Cloister St. Jakob in Regensburg, Bavaria! This to end with the "Schotten" who are since 1418 Benedictine monks.
    The Baroque church we see now is from 1648.

    Opposite the church stands one of the nicest Baroque Palaces of Vienna the Palais Kinsky from 1717 build under the direction of the famous architect Johann Lucas von Hildebrandt.
    As palace Kinsky is used for auction events, houses shops and a restaurant one can freely enter the building to admire the hall.
    Another fine Baroque palace is Palais Harrach.

    Freyung with Schottenkirche. Palais Kinsky at Freyung
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    Freyung Square

    by Redang Written Apr 7, 2010

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    The name Freyung comes from the word frei (free) due to the Monastery had the privilege of givimg asylum to the fugitives.

    Let's have a look at the different pics:

    - Main: Schottenkirche (Church/Monastery of Scottish).
    - Second: Palais Ferstel: Built betwen 1856 and 1.860 (Freyung 2)
    - Third: Palais Harrach: Built between 1.690 and 1.702 (Freyung 3)
    - Fourth: Austria-Brunnen Fountain: Erected between 1.844 and 1.846 by Ludwig Schwanthaler in honour of Emperor Ferdinand I of Austria.

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    Freyung and Schottenkirche

    by Jp799 Written Mar 26, 2009

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    The Freyung is a square with a triangular shape, and the the most striking thing about it is the Austriabrunnen (Austria Fountain). The fountain has the theme of four rivers ( the Danube, the Elbe, the Po, and Vistula) that formerly flowed through the Austrian Empire. Rumour has it that Allma von Goethe, the granddaughter of the poet, was the model for the figure on the fountain. The Schottenkirche also lays on the Feryung and was founded by Irish monks in the 13. century.

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    Freyung - Vienna's Nicest (not quite) Square

    by Ekaterinburg Written Jan 2, 2007

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    Though Freyung is described as a square in the guide books it is not in fact square at all. Platz would probably be a better name for its irregular almost triangular space. Either way, for me this is the most charming square in Vienna, with the huge Shotttenstift, ( the benedictine monastery I stayed in ) on one side, the Schottenkeller and Schottengasse on the other and a line of wonderful Baroque palaces opposite. One of these palaces is Palais Kinsky which you enter through a courtyard from the street. To the left, opposite the restaurant and gallery, theres a door which seems to be always open and which you can wander through without any admission fee or hassle. The staircase you climb up is unbelievably elegant and stylised and then at the top there is a perfect frescoed ceiling. This palace was designed by Lukas Van Hildebrandt and is considerd to be one of his masterpieces. Returning to the square, the word Freyung means asylum and got it's name from the Benedictine tradition of sheltering fugitives from the law. Traditionally this was a lively market square and the practice of Christmas Markets has now been introduced here. Freyung's market is one of the most atmospheric in Vienna as it is a small space and just allows for a cosy number of stalls, plus gluhwien and hot chestnut and food stands. The stalls sell mostly, baskets, wooden ornaments and toys, glass, ceramics and other crafts. In the evenings a blanket of mulled wine and hot food fumes drifts over everything and with the huge monastery looming behind, there's a definite medieval air.

    Ceiling fresco at Palais Kinski Schottenstift at Freyung
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    Freyung Passage

    by filipdebont Updated Oct 16, 2005

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    Day 1 : Schottenring and Alsergrund

    This Freyung Passage connects the Freyung square with the Herrengasse.

    Coming from Freyung, you can enter this Freyung Passage via the Ferstel Palace, this building looks like a Italian palazzo, it was built in 1830 and named after its architect, Heinrich von Ferstel.

    You really should not miss this beautiful passage, the architecture and the decorations are really so beautiful. And of course there are the luxury shops where you can spend your money.

    There is also a small round inner courtyard with a beautiful statue, which symbolises the elegant Water ghost of the Donau with her fish (see pictures).

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    Freyung

    by filipdebont Updated Oct 16, 2005

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    Day 1 : Schottenring and Alsergrund

    Then I finally arrived at Freyung. Freyung is kind of triangle shaped square. In the middle there is a statue/fountain (see pictures).

    This square is surrounded with some beautiful building; it is surely worth to make a little detour to pass here. Like there is the former Priory of the Schottenkirche, which was founded in 1155. There are also some beautiful palaces at this square.

    Do not forget to take a look in the Freyung passage - see further tips.

    When I visited Freyung, there was a Bio market; there were several stands which were selling all kind of biological products, like soap, wine and honey.

    Freyung Fountain at Freyung Bio market at freyung
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    Pure Elegance in the Freyung Passage

    by Phillylawyer_19107 Updated Aug 7, 2003

    At the Freyung Square in the Palais Ferstel you find the Freyung Passage. It is very small and the shops are not overly interesting (though - if you like cats, you should check Katze & Kater, which has the largest selections of cat items in Europe, with reasonable prices), but the passage itself is lovely. It is in the Italian-orientated style of the Palace and the architecture is fabulous.

    A neat detail: Over the entrance to the Freyung Passage the words "Bis auf Widerruf gestatteter Durchgang" which basically means "Passage allowed until revoked". That was my first passage with a legal clause. Love it!

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