Herrengasse and the Palaisviertel district
Herrengasse has long been the site of some of the capital’s most attractive mansion houses and grand buildings. The street takes its name from the German word “Herren”, a reference to the nobles who built their homes here. After all, the gentry who took up residence on Herrengasse wanted to be as close as possible to the Hofburg and the imperial court. Palais Herberstein, Palais Wilczek, Palais Batthyány, Palais Trauttmansdorff, Palais Daun-Kinsky and of course Palais Ferstel – the home of Café Central – can all be found here. This well-heeled neighbourhood is also referred to locally as the Palaisviertel.
Traffic-calming measures have been introduced on Herrengasse, leaving plenty of space for pedestrians, horse-drawn carriages and public transport.
It is the perfect place to take a stroll and enjoy excellent shopping at stores selling a host of quintessentially Viennese originals.