COVID-19 alert: Travel requirements are changing rapidly, including need for pre-travel COVID-19 testing and quarantine on arrival.

Michaelerplatz
Vacation Travel Guide

See Roman ruins, visit the Hofburg Imperial Palace and spot Renaissance frescoes at an ancient church at this beautiful Old Town square.

Michaelerplatz (St. Michael’s Square) is a grandiose public square in the heart of Vienna’s Innere Stadt (Old Town). Its magnificent buildings showcase a mix of architectural styles and the lavish sovereignty of the Habsburg Dynasty. Come to Michaelerplatz to visit a royal palace, a 13th-century church and the excavations of a Roman-era dwelling.

Looming over the square’s south side is Michaelertrakt, a magnificent wing of the Hofburg Imperial Palace. Its Baroque exterior features artistic fountains, huge columns and the House of Habsburg coat of arms. Look for the four huge statues of the Greek god Hercules that guard the Michaelertor gateway. Step through the portal and explore some of the palace’s 2,000 opulent rooms, its museums and treasury.

Marvel at the Romanesque, Gothic and neoclassical aspects of the façade of St. Michael’s Church. It is largely unaltered since 1792, although some parts date as far back as the 1200s. Spot well-preserved frescoes, intricate stained-glass windows, sculptures and stucco reliefs. Tour the crypt to see the mummified bodies and tombs of people buried between the 1500s and 1700s.

Adjacent to the church is the Looshaus building with a modern design that stands in stark contrast to the traditional Baroque landscape of Vienna’s Old Town. Opposite here is Palais Herberstein. Its lower floor houses the reconstruction of the historic Café Griensteidl, where the poets and writers of the Jung-Wien (Young Vienna) group once met.

Go to the center of the square to look down on the vestiges of a Roman settlement and the remains of the old Burgtheater. Watch as tourists travel to and from the palace gateway via horse-drawn carriage.

Getting to Michaelerplatz is quick and easy on foot from most areas of the Old Town. Walk through Heldenplatz to Maria Theresa Square, home to the Museum of Natural History and the Museum of Art History. The nearest metro stations, Herrengasse and Stephansgasse, are both about a 5-minute walk away.

St. Michael Church is open daily and charges a fee for the crypt tour. Check the official website of the Hofburg Imperial Palace for the opening hours and fees for its attractions.

Top Hotels Close to Michaelerplatz

Pension Neuer Markt
Pension Neuer Markt
3 out of 5
Seilergasse 9, Vienna, Vienna
The price is $90 per night from Mar 7 to Mar 8

Located in Innere Stadt, this pension is steps from Kaerntner Strasse and Stephansplatz. St. Stephen's Cathedral and Spanish Riding School are also within 10 ...

3.9/5Very Good! (550 reviews)

"Good location. Easy check in. Masks required when checking in and when going to the breakfast buffet. All staff were wearing masks. Street outside was loud at night."…"

Reviewed on Aug 9, 2020

Pension Neuer Markt
Hilton Vienna Plaza
Hilton Vienna Plaza
5 out of 5
Schottenring 11, Vienna, Vienna
The price is $166 per night from Mar 2 to Mar 3

This family-friendly Vienna hotel is located in the historical district, within a 10-minute walk of Vienna City Hall Area and University of Vienna. Spanish Riding ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (999 reviews)

"This hotel exceeded my expectations. The staff were friendly, helpful and accommodating. The breakfasts were great and the dinner was even better. The hotel is within convenient walking distance to many attractions, and public transit was mere meters away. I would definitely recommend this ..."…"

Reviewed on Aug 16, 2020

Hilton Vienna Plaza
Hotel Sacher Wien
Hotel Sacher Wien
5 out of 5
Philharmonikerstrasse 4, Vienna, Vienna
The price is $358 per night from Mar 6 to Mar 7

This family-friendly Vienna hotel is located in the historical district, steps from Kaerntner Strasse, Albertina, and Vienna State Opera. Spanish Riding School ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (675 reviews)

"The Sacher is just a wonderful place, with tradition, style and all the same modern. It geld always like coming home. The stuft is so nice!"…"

Reviewed on Sep 16, 2020

Hotel Sacher Wien
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Read travel guides and advice on visiting Michaelerplatz

Image for 8 Tours Dedicated to Historic Women

8 Tours Dedicated to Historic Women

8 Tours Dedicated to Historic Women
Image for 10 Trips for a Coffee Tour of the World

10 Trips for a Coffee Tour of the World

10 Trips for a Coffee Tour of the World
Image for Valentine’s Day around the world

Valentine’s Day around the world

Valentine’s Day around the world

Popular places to visit in Michaelerplatz

Michaelerplatz

Choose one or more items to build your trip:

Best Lodging Options Near Michaelerplatz

Pension Neuer Markt
Pension Neuer Markt
3 out of 5
Seilergasse 9, Vienna, Vienna
The price is $90 per night from Mar 7 to Mar 8
Pension Neuer Markt
Hilton Vienna Plaza
Hilton Vienna Plaza
5 out of 5
Schottenring 11, Vienna, Vienna
The price is $166 per night from Mar 2 to Mar 3
Hilton Vienna Plaza
Hotel Sacher Wien
Hotel Sacher Wien
5 out of 5
Philharmonikerstrasse 4, Vienna, Vienna
The price is $358 per night from Mar 6 to Mar 7
Hotel Sacher Wien
Hotel Beethoven Wien
Hotel Beethoven Wien
4 out of 5
Papagenogasse 6, Vienna, Vienna
The price is $115 per night from Mar 1 to Mar 2
Hotel Beethoven Wien
Palais Hansen Kempinski Vienna
Palais Hansen Kempinski Vienna
5 out of 5
Schottenring 24, Vienna, Vienna
The price is $319 per night from Mar 13 to Mar 14
Palais Hansen Kempinski Vienna
Steigenberger Hotel Herrenhof Wien
Steigenberger Hotel Herrenhof Wien
4.5 out of 5
Herrengasse 10, Vienna, Vienna
The price is $178 per night from Mar 5 to Mar 6
Steigenberger Hotel Herrenhof Wien
Boutique Hotel Am Stephansplatz
Boutique Hotel Am Stephansplatz
4 out of 5
Stephansplatz 9, Vienna, Vienna
The price is $215 per night from Mar 21 to Mar 22
Boutique Hotel Am Stephansplatz
Hotel Imperial, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Vienna
Hotel Imperial, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Vienna
5 out of 5
Kaerntner Ring 16, Vienna, Vienna
The price is $437 per night from Mar 5 to Mar 6
Hotel Imperial, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Vienna
Le Méridien Wien
Le Méridien Wien
5 out of 5
Robert-Stolz-Platz 1, Vienna, Vienna
Le Méridien Wien
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.