The Freyung in the old town of Vienna

The Freyung is located in Vienna’s 1st district and is one of the most famous squares in Vienna’s Old Town. The name of the place developed over the course of many years, because the place previously “area by the Scots” was called. This name can be traced back to the Schottenkloster, which is also a true sightseeing highlight not only for tourists but also for locals.

Freyung Vienna – known street

The place has always been shaped by the Schottenstift. At that time, the Freyung was used as a thoroughfare, which was used since the Romans. It is well known and famous for the annual and particularly beautiful markets such as the Easter market or the Christmas market. Until a few years ago, there was also a hotel between the buildings of Freyung, in which the famous composer Beethoven wrote his Piano Trio in B flat major, among others.

Auf der Freyung mit Blick auf das Palais Ferstel
Freyung-Ferstel © Zr

Old Viennese Markets – Highlight: Christmas Market

With the beginning of the year 1987 the so-called Altwiener markets on the Michaelerplatz with the first Altwiener Christkindlmarkt were called into life. After some very successful and well-attended years, the location for the markets was changed to the Freyung.

The Altwiener Christkindlmarkt, which has long since been regarded as an institution, unites tradition, crafts and homeland and, in contrast to commercial markets, stands for a long history and development. In 1990, the first Altwiener Easter market was introduced in order to maintain tradition and market activity. One of the legends of the Easter market is Europe’s largest Eierberg, which is set up annually in the middle of the Easter market.

In any case, the markets on the Freyung are among the most beautiful and traditional in Vienna. They still inspire with traditional craftsmanship and a festive, quiet atmosphere – away from the usual hustle and bustle of many other markets.

Abend am Adventmarkt beim Wiener Schottenkloster
Christmas market on the Freyung © Österreich Werbung, Fotograf: Bartl

Location of the Freyung

Address: Freyung, 1010 Wien
Public Arrival: Tram: 1, 37, 38, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 71, D – Station Schottentor (5-10min walk), Underground: U2 – Station Schottentor, Bus: 40A – Station Schottentor, 1A – Station Helferstorfergasse

Notable attractions in the area:
Schottenstift with the Scots Museum
Palais Ferstel and Passage Freyung
BankAustria Kunstforum


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