Palais Ferstel

Strauchgasse 4
Vienna 1010


You will find the famous Palais Ferstel located in the oldest and most beautiful part of Vienna- the first district and heart of the city. The young architect Heinrich von Ferstel created this Palais between 1856 and 1860 whilst he was still captivated by the lasting impressions of a long visit to Italy. The unique combination of Venetian-Florentine Trecento architecture with classic ashlar masonry has rendered this building one of Vienna’s grandest and most interesting examples of Wilhelminian-style architecture.  

At the time of its opening in 1860, Palais Ferstel was one of the most modernly designed buildings in Vienna. The stylish ballrooms and the glass-covered courtyard not only briefly housed the Vienna Stock Exchange and the Austro-Hungarian National Bank but also provided a suitable ambience for the famous Café Central which became the hub of Europe’s intellectual elite towards the end of the 19th Century.

Today, Palais Ferstel still captures one’s imagination with its perfect combination of architectural styles and represents a refreshing symbiosis of impressive architecture in a classical surrounding with state-of-the-art facilities. Its careful restoration, which remained true to original plans right down to the very last detail, has returned the building to its former splendour. At the same time, all the requirements of contemporary living have been fully taken into consideration.


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