Schwarzenbergplatz
Schwarzenbergplatz
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Neighbourhood: Landstraße
How to get there
  • Stadtpark • 7 min walk
  • Karlsplatz • 8 min walk

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Paul Legate
United Kingdom21,908 contributions
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Aug 2018 • Couples
Schwarzenbergplatz is a large square of huge significance in Central Vienna close to Belvedere. The square was named after Prince Karl Philipp of Schwarzenberg and there is a monument in the square dedicated to him which was installed in 1867. One of the most popular attractions is Hochstrahlbrunnen which is located in the southern edge of the square, an impressive fountain which was built to celebrate the construction of the first water pipeline from the Styrian alps to Vienna in 1873. Behind the Hochstrahlbrunnen is the solemn looking Soviet War Memorial. Also in the square is the baroque Schwarzenberg Palace and the French Embassy Building. We visited the square a number of times as it is an interesting area full of historical attractions.
Written 7 October 2018
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Tourists777
Amsterdam, The Netherlands2 contributions
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Jul 2013 • Family
PLEASE READ so this does not happen to you as well. A couple of days ago (july 2013), my mom and I went to this square (Schwarzenbergplatz) to see the fountain at night. It was about 9 pm or so.
We were taking pictures right by the fountain, not that many people around. Some obvious tourists, some other people walking, others sitting around.
Some guy approached us as we were taking pictures and told my mom that he wanted to take a picture with me and the monument and asked us where we were from (at the time we didn't see anything too strange with that and we complied). The guy was in his late 20's or early 30's, he was not too tall, he spoke a broken English, dressed like a tourist, jeans and t-shirt. He had some extra pounds, a round face, light beard, dark eyes and hair his skin color was brown (not black). I don't know where he was actually from (he said he was Italian but when I tried to speak to him about where he was from, I realized he was not Italian at all).
He gave the camera (red and black, digital, the lower price kind) to my mom and told us to walk towards the back part of the fountain (between the fountain and the monument) where he wanted the picture. As we walked (he rushed us there), my mom tried to turn the camera on and wasn't able, she tried to tell him this and the fact that any closer to the monument, it wouldn't be a good picture but he kept on insisting and blabbing things out.
We finally got to a point where we stopped, and as we were standing there, two other men approached us. I thought they were going to bluntly rob us but they said they were policemen and one of them showed us an ”identification". They were in their 40's or maybe even 50's and also spoke a broken English. They also had brown skin, dark hair and eyes and some extra kilos. One of them had a button shirt, the other one a t-shirt and regular pants. They did not have badges or anything saying they were indeed policemen they said they were “undercovered”. Now, this "identification" looked like a passport... sort of... he said, "look, here's my name, here's my photo, and this is my number" but nowhere did it say that he was a policeman. By now this was more than suspicious but we didn’t actually know what an official Austrian identification would look like. He asked us where we were from and asked to see all of our passports (including the guy for the “picture”). We showed him the passports, he let the other guy go and made us stay. He asked if we had any relation to the other guy, asked if we had bought anything from him, like drugs. He said there were a lot of problems with drugs in the country and that they were undercover policemen, that he had showed us the identification and that he was only doing his job. We explained the picture situation and told him we had no other contact with him. Then the story changed to money, they wanted to know how much money we had and that it was not fake money. We told him we did not have much and that it was not fake. He said he needed to see the money “all the money” and made my mom get all of her money from her wallet. He saw that it wasn’t much so he kept insisting that we had to have more money, that if we didn’t show all of it we were going to have big problems and go to jail. So then we stuck his hands on her purse, taking EVERYTHING out. The other guy said I needed to show him my money too so I took out my wallet and showed him one bill. I was sure they were going to run away with the money but they just stood there asking to see all our money so we got aggressive, asked to see the identification again, he always hid something with his finger, then we recriminated him for letting the other guy go and starting talking loudly and asking questions, telling them to let us go since they hadn’t found anything. Maybe this made them uncomfortable, or maybe the fact that we didn’t have a lot of money but they said we could go so we did as fast as we could. There were some other 2 kids in bikes roaming around and looking at us. Who knows if they were part of the “plan” and were going to take things from us later…
We got to the end of the square and found a local who we talked to about what had happened and said we should talk to the police, luckily there was a police car right there so we just ran to him still scared. Since he didn’t understand English very well, he sent us to the police station 2 blocks from there where we reported the whole incident. The policeman who took our report told us this had already happened about a year ago… same story and sent policemen to search for them. Unfortunately they had already left (maybe they saw us talking to the police?). So they’re still roaming around!
Please be careful when you go there, especially at night and especially (sadly) if you are a woman. If a policeman stops you, the Austrian ID is just like a little card and not like a booklet and it clearly states POLIZEI. A policeman will never ask to see all of your money in the middle of the street or put his hands in your purse.
If anything happens please REPORT this to the police so they can catch them. They will actually go to jail for this. It might be helpful if you pass it around to anyone who will be going to Vienna this summer.
Written 2 August 2013
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MarkovicMilos
Belgrade, Serbia104 contributions
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Aug 2012 • Friends
I was really impressed that TripAdvisor has no refference to Soviet War Memorial in Vienna (or at least i couldn't find anything similar). However, it does exhist, and is located on Schwarzenbergplatz. It is a very interesting monument in many ways. Its position on Schwartzenbergplatz was carefully selected by Soviet Army in 1945.

It was very interesting to me because it was built by Soviet Red Army in the middle of Vienna and commemorates "liberation of Vienna from the faschists" - which is a little bit like advertising an "alcohol-free scotch whiskey". ;0)

This monument acts both as reminder for Austrians of what they shouldn't do again even if they want to, and as an eyesore for those who still dream of world-domination. Needless to say, Austrians don't really like it, but victory over fascism in WW2 is a reality.

Monument itself is beautiful and has a semi-circular colonnade made of white marble with a tall pillar in the middle with a statue of a Red Army soldier on top. Soldier holds a Soviet flag and other symbols that we link to Red Army. Helmet and shield are plated with gold much like many other monuments around Vienna. Monument was designed by Soviet officers, but was actaully built by warprisoners and local workforce, most probably using material available locally.

A must see for all non-austrians visiting Vienna. ;0)
Written 31 August 2012
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Malarchy
Maseru, Lesotho809 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2014 • Family
Schwarzenbergplatz is an interesting and fairly busy corner of Vienna. Located at the start of the third district, it is a place with impressive statues and a huge fountain. It is also a crossing point between a couple of main roads and a tram intersection so is rarely quiet. It seems many people pass through Schwarzenbergplatz on their way to the Belvedere as a surprising number of people ask for directions, surprising because the Belvedere is so close and easy to get to from this location.

The most imposing figure on Schwarzenbergplatz is the unknown Red Army soldier. The huge monument to the Soviet liberation of Vienna in WWII is classic Soviet iconography on a massive scale. The soldier towers above the surrounding area. The backdrop to the soldier is a classy structuralist piece of architecture reminiscent of a viaduct. In front of the soldier is the commemoration plaque in Russian and German.

The Soviet history means this is a popular spot for Russian tourists.

The other major feature of Schwarzenbergplatz is the Hochstrahlbrunnen, a huge fountain. The fountain offers some real relief when passing by in the heat of the Vienna summer. It is quite a piece of work in itself, especially as it was constructed over 140 years ago. The fountain celebrates the arrival of Alpine water channeled to Vienna.

The shape of Schwarzenbergplatz means there is quite often a wind tunnel effect so the fountain sprays towards the soldier. Refreshing in summer but perhaps part of the reason it is turned off in winter.

Also on the main square itself is a small artistic plinth. It is hit and miss, the previous statuette of the unknown artist was excellent but the current one is badly designed and ugly.

Schwarzenbergplatz itself stretches up towards the Ring, it is not just the main square, That means it also includes the tram stops alongside the statue of Schwarzenberg himself. That statue is in the traditional Austrian hero on a horse style.

Being popular, Schwarzenbergplatz is occasionally bustling and not the cleanest part of Vienna. It doesn't necessarily attract class. It is though an interesting bit of history and a part of Vienna with a couple of imposingly large features. Worth pausing when passing through.
Written 12 June 2014
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zdaati
Vienna, Austria4,561 contributions
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Mar 2021 • Couples
Big square where the central part is the war memorial to fallen soviet soldiers and a big fountain which is not working during winter. A lot of very nice building around to see and enjoy. A short walk from the center of vienna
Written 7 March 2021
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Rosalinder
Amsterdam, The Netherlands21 contributions
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Nov 2019
The Soviets had their Red soldier up on his plinth to great the other occupying powers when they arrived in late summer 1945. And, there he has remained. This is a really nice urban square. Worth the walk out of the Ring to see it.
Written 3 October 2020
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Davide G
Palermo, Italy3,603 contributions
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Oct 2013 • Couples
A breathtaking square! Maybe not mentioned in all the touristic tours, still one of the best spots in Vienna! Strongly advisable, above all for the fountain, simply AMAZING!
Written 31 July 2014
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Rashurova
Brooklyn40 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2014 • Family
This monument has a great meaning to me and my family because we are from Russia. When we first saw the statue it made us feel very patriotic because we live in America for many years. The fountain is grand and the arc states a great saying as well. It was right by my hotel so once we located the monument it was the first thing that we went to see.
Written 22 April 2014
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TimKS82
Moscow, Russia138 contributions
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Everyone should visit this place to remember the heroes of the world war. A lot of names of soldiers written there... I was there with my family.
Written 8 February 2014
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AFAK25
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia4,441 contributions
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Jan 2020 • Family
Originally built to commemorate Karl Phillip, Prince of Schwarzenberg, the victor of Battle of Leipzig against Napoleon in 1813. An equestrian statue of him is placed in this small square.

A war memorial to Russian soldiers who fell in WW2 was later built in the square during Soviet occupation of Vienna. Both monuments share the space with contrasting style and history.
Written 27 January 2020
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