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Vienna is a city of palaces. As the seat of the Habsburgs, Vienna was a center for nobles and the place where they had their palaces built. Until the accession of the throne by Franz-Joseph in in 1848, the city of Vienna was only located inside the city walls, which were at the same location where the Ring Boulevard is located today. It was until 1857, that the emperor decided to beautify his city and to open it to the suburbs in order to increase trade, to strengthen his political power and to improve the status of the less wealthy population. From the middle to the end of the 19th century the construction activity on the Ring Boulevard was particularly strong and the style of this time was named “Ringstrassen architecture”. Some of the most famous architects of the time left their mark on the “Ringstrasse”. It was also during this groundbreaking time, that the buildings in which The Ritz-Carlton, Vienna is located today, were constructed. Nevertheless, the buildings in which the hotel is located today were then four separated palaces with each a different architect, owner and a distinctive function.

The History of the Building

The original building of The Ritz-Carlton, Vienna consists of four historic, now heritage-protected, nineteenth century palaces that have been linked together.  The magnificent buildings were built between 1865 and 1871 in the prosperity of the Viennese “Ringstrassen architecture”.

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History in Numbers

To understand more about the plans of Emperor Franz Joseph regarding the construction of the Ring Boulevard and the buildings situated alongside it up until today, let you be guided through the footsteps of history.

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The Four Palaces

When looking at the hotel from the outside, you will notice the different styles of architecture as well as the changing window heights of the individual palaces. Each palace has had each a different architect, owner and a distinctive function.

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The Surrounding of the Hotel

The surrounding of the hotel is as interesting as its architecture. In front of the Hotel bordered by the prestigious Ring Boulevard, on the left side enclosed by the “Fichtegasse”, adjacent to is back the famous “Beethovenplatz” and to its right the famous “Christinegasse”.

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Hotel Design

The Ritz-Carlton, Vienna has a very special character and is built in the architectural style called historicism, which is embracing older styles such as the Renaissance or Romanticism, while already implementing the simultaneous development of the art nouveau. The interior design has been party inspired by the imperial times and partly by its historic surroundings, while implementing contemporary elements.

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