As the architecture of the different buildings that comprise the hotel is clearly distinctive from each other, so is its surrounding. In front of the Hotel bordered by the prestigious Ring Boulevard, on the left side enclosed by the “Fichtegasse”, adjacent to its back the famous “Beethovenplatz” and to its right the famous “Christinengasse”, the immediate surrounding of the hotel is as interesting as its architecture.
With the words "It is my will ...", the Emperor Franz Joseph ordered the demolition of the city walls around the historical Vienna in 1857. He wanted to expand the city of Vienna, increase its accessibility to the surrounding area and built a festive boulevard, the “Ringstrasse”. Today it is part of the historical city center of Vienna and UNESCO World Cultural Heritage.
The “Fichtegasse” is named after the German philosopher Johann Gottlieb Fichte. In the past there were fortifications and the aqueduct bastion, which was used by the imperial gardens for irrigation.
The Beethovenplatz is a favored place for sunbaths or short rests in spring and summer. In the middle of the green square the Beethoven monument can be found. Beethoven made the capital of Austria his permanent and final residence and composed many masterpieces here. The Beethoven monument was unveiled in 1880 to his honors. On the left side, you can see Prometheus, friend and cultural founder of mankind in the Greek mythology. On the right hand side, you can find Viktoria, the winged victorious goddess who presents the composer laurels, which are a symbol of special success, honor and distinction. The nine children at the foot of the statue represent the nine symphonies of Beethoven.
The “Christinengasse” on the right hand side of the luxurious hotel, is named after a daughter of Maria Theresa. She was married to Albrecht von Sachsen-Teschen, the founder of the well-known Viennese art museum Albertina. The name Albertina is derived from a combination of the names of the couple Albert and Christina.