Freyung is one of my favourite squares (ironically trigonal) in town. It will be the first open space you enter when crossing the city center from Vienna’s University until you reach the city’s core, which by the way is a nice and blessed with historical detailed walking path within the very city centre. On a regular basis you can find farmers selling their harvest treasures there, or seasonally defined local markets. Soon we’ll all be enjoying the one or another Punsch or Glühwein within this public gathering spot.
One precious detail of the square is the one you – literally – can stumble upon: a stripe of its pavement. Years of gallivanting around the town have passed and I’ve been crossing this square a lot of times, without noticing what was lying right under my nose. From far away it seems like somebody sliced up the modern sidewalk to reveal what’s hiding beneath it: some of the, a little rotten, a bit dirty and in the warmer seasons surrounded by green grass, original stone cobbles of the time around the year 1200.
Admittedly, in Vienna there are many historically relevant places to discover. But still, I find the nostalgic sites you can actually interact with, pass through or, walk along them (check the Strudlhofstiege article) the most fascinating ones, getting history close to us. What makes this place a very special one is that beyond transmitting the past days this spot also frames the contrast with modern life in Vienna.
Freyung’s pavement | Art & culture, Relaxing | Free
24 hours daily