VIENNA — Josefstadt

Josefstadt is found north of Neubau and is close to the University of Vienna as well as City Hall which makes it an area popular with students and public servants. It is a quiet area that is mainly residential. There are various student dormitories in the fashionable eastern part and a large population of foreigners in the western part near the Gürtel road which is Vienna’s red-light area. Also found in this area are some quirky shops. Few tourists visit this area as there aren’t many sights to see but if you have plenty of time it is a pleasant place to stroll.

The sights found here are:
Museum für Volkskunde
Piaristenkirche

Museum für Volkskunde
This is the Austrian Museum of Folk Life and Folk Art. It was founded in 1895 and since 1917 it has been housed in the Schönborn Garden Palace. The collection displays the traditional folk culture of Austria and its neighbouring countries and many of the pieces have a rural or religious theme. There are regular temporary exhibitions.
For information about the museum visit the website at: http://www.volkskundemuseum.at/index.php?id=2

Piaristenkirche

Piaristenkirche
The Piaristenkirche was designed by Lukas von Hildebrandt and is one of the most recognisable churches of Vienna. The interior has some magnificent ceiling frescoes by Franz Anton Maulbertsch and the organ is famous for being used by Anton Bruckner for his entry examination into the Music Academy.

Traveller's Tip

In summer you can sit outside in one of the restaurants on Jodok-Fink-Platz and be rewarded with a wonderful view of the church.