In Vienna all streets lead to Rome, at least to the Roman vestiges of the Michaelerplatz.
In fact the streets of Vienna lead to the Stephansdom or the Hofburg.
The excavations of the Roman settlement on the square between the Michaeler church and the cupola of the Hofburg are very modest; don't expect to see here a vestige like the Porta Nigra of Trier.
The visitors can not avoid passing here to visit the Hofburg (the entrance of the museums is here), the Spanish Riding School or the Michaeler kirche. Fiakers like to turn around the square.
The circular public square is dominated from the imposing facade of the Hofburg, than of it it occupies all the south-western feature. Contrapposte is, to right, the facade of the Michaelerkirche and, to the left of Kohlmarkt, the Loos Haus, construction erected in the 191O on plan of Adolf Loos, father of the Neue Sachlichkeit and that to that time true storm of critics raised one. Also Francisco Giuseppe express the own indignation for the lack of decorative frames to the windows - here the nickname of Augenbrauenloses Haus, "house without eyebrows" and the use of the marble onion in wraps inferior of the building, destined to emphasize of the function trades them. Restored around 1990, bank is today center of one; great part of the furnishing of the downstairs has been rifared based on photo of the age. Of forehead, from the other Hiatus of Herrengasse, it is the Palais Herberstein (1896), between the latest examples of the viennese eclectic architecture. In summer 1990, the jobs of pedestrian sistemazion of the public square have carried to the light remain of wall, pavements and a Roman fort, with the rests of medieval and rinascimental walls.
The overcrowded square fronting the Hofburg has been a site for Viennese history since the era of the Roman Empire. Excavations centered in the square include remnants of a 17th C theater, a sewage system, and most importantly the Roman outpost of Vindobona. The excavations are surrounded by a cement wall - some say this archaeologic site distracts from the adjacent Hofburg entrance and are particularly offended by the cement wall. Whatever - in one place a layered introduction to the remote history of the city.
VINDOBONA - A Roman settlement on the Danube dates to the 1stC BC, replacing earlier Celtic settlements. The Danube was for many centuries the northern boundary of the Roman Empire, guarded by numerous fortified camps. Up to 6000 soldiers were housed within its walls with a surrounding city of as many as 20,000 inhabitants. The location was selected by the course of the Amber Road, a major path from the Baltic to Rome, but also important enough for repeated attacks by Germanic tribes from the north. Marcus Aurelius would successfully defend against one such attack in the second century but would die here. As the Roman Empire faded, Vindobona lost its importance, just another town by the end of the 5th Century.
Signage at the site describes briefly the history of the excavation and draws attention to painted lines describing the identity of the different foundations visible.
Michaelerplatz is dominated by St. Michael's Church and is the historic main gate to the Hofburg. Surrounding Micahelerplatz is the "Kohlmarkt", the Loos-haus, and ancient Roman ruins.
St Michael's (Michaelerkirche) dates from the 1200s, but has been changed numerous times over the centuries. The chancel is from the 1300s, the spire was constructed during the 1500s, and much of the remainder of the building is from 1792.
Roman ruins are located at the center of the square and were just excavated in the late 1980s. The Kohlmarkt -- or Coal Market -- used to be a blue collar trading area, now it's one of the ritzy places to shop in the city. The Loos-Haus was built in 1910 and was controversial due to its plain appearance in this high-end neighborhood.
This is possibly the best way to enter the Hofburg. The main facade of the building is MICHAELERTRAKT in the shape of a hemicycle.
This is a very pleasant square & you shouldn't have any problem finding it either from St. Stephan's Cathedral or from Graben.
This square's most striking feature is Michaelertor, the grandiose main entrance to the Hofburg Palace. Michalerplatz is named after the 13th century St. Michael's Church that also faces the square. Even though the square in its current form only goes back to 1725, we know that it has a long history since excavation works have revealed the remains of a Roman campment. The square was redesigned in the 18th century when plans were made to add another wing to the Hofburg complex, a project that was completed in 1729.
Another building worth seeing on Michaelerplatz is Loos Haus. Designed by Adolf Loos and built between 1910 and 1912, its modern look does contrast a bit with the rest of the buildings around the square, but I don't think it justifies all the negative criticism it received upon its completion. Emperor Franz Joseph hated it so much, he made it a point not to use Michaelertor when going into the city and even had some windows boarded up in his private appartments so he wouldn't accidentally see it (!). The building now houses a bank so technically, it's not a tourist attraction but you can still go inside during business hours and take a look around the richly decorated lobby.
Day 2 : Hofburg area
The Michaeler Platz (square) is dominated by the Michaeler Tor (gate).
This Michaeler gate is in fact the entry towards the Hofburg, the Kaiserappartments and the Winterreitschule.
In the middle of the Michaeler Platz, there is kind of a hole, here you can see the results of recent excavations, they found the remains of a Roman camp, and remains of mediaeval foundations.
On this square you also can visit the Michaeler kirche (church).
If you follow the street opposite the Michaeler (Kohl Markt), you will pass the Demel Konditorei, which an excellent place to stop to taste the delicious house made pastry.
And from here you are only a few steps away from the Graben square with its Plague column.
Michaelerplatz is the area that is in front of the entrance to the Hofburg Complex, Michaelertor. As you walk towards the Michaelertor, directly in front you will notice a hole in the ground with unearthed Roman ruins and Medieval foundations on top of them. It is like a time capsule of Ancient Vienna.
The Michaelertor is the actual entrance to the Hofburg Complex. The dome and carvings on top is called the Michaelertrakt.
Arriving at Michaelerplatz you will discover this marvelous entrance to the Hofburg complex passing under the Michaelerkuppel dome. Recently discovered ancient roman ruins in front of the entrance make an amazing contrast in architectural styles with the magnificent baroque palace.
At Mitchaeler square there are some of the remains discovered, left by Roman times. People through a coin down the remains to get back to Vienna
Right in Michaelerplatz, in front of the palace are the ruins from the roman ages in Vienna. These are the oldest structures in Vienna.
The square Michaelerplatz
The great door Michaelertor, Going to the old castle (alte Hofburg), narrow picture with fiacres.
Just walk from the "Heldenplatz" in the city center and you will pass the Michaelerplatz (it`s the backside of the Hofburg, too
This square at the end of Kohlmarkt features 4 statues of Hercules as well as a Roman ruins that was unearthed when a subway was being built.