Vienna Ring Road Austria, Vienna

Vienna Ring Road

The Ring Road is a circular grand boulevard that serves as a ring road around the historic Innere Stadt (Old Town) district of Vienna, Austria. The road is located where medieval city fortifications once stood, including high walls and the open field (glacis) that lay before them.

The Ring Road was constructed after the dismantling of the city walls in the mid-19th century. From the 1860s to 1890s many large public buildings were erected along the Ring Road in an eclectic historicist style -- sometimes called Ringstraßenstil ("Ring Road style") -- using elements of Classical, Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque architecture.

Because of its architectural beauty and history, the Vienna Ring Road has been called the "Lord of the Ring Roads" and is designated by UNESCO as part of Vienna's World Heritage Site.