Vienna’s ninth district is sandwiched between the historic first district and the Gürtel, a busy thoroughfare that separates the inner and outer districts. The seventh smallest district in the city, also referred to as Alsergrund, was formed in 1850 by merging several suburban villages. Its name comes from the Als, a Bach or stream, which today runs below ground through a system of canals. This part of town is often referred to as well-heeled thanks to its late nineteenth century Gründerzeit era apartment buildings. Sigmund Freud kept his private apartment and consulting rooms at Berggasse 19, the Baroque Gartenpalais Liechtenstein was used to display the prince’s art collection and the Lycée Français de Vienne holds its lessons in French.
Education plays a defining role in the ninth district, with numerous university faculties and institutes as well as the university campus located there. The history of Vienna General Hospital (AKH) – the largest in the country – dates back to 1693 and begins on the present-day site of the campus, which is also known as the Altes AKH. A medical cluster has popped up around Vienna General Hospital, which opened next to the Gürtel in 1994. It includes St. Anna Children’s Hospital, several private clinics, the Medical University and various historic medicine-related gems such as the Josephinum with its priceless wax anatomical models and the Pathologic-Anatomical Museum in the “Narrenturm”. It is not just the founding father of psychoanalysis who has a museum dedicated to him in the ninth district: this part of town is also home to a museum devoted to Viennese psychiatrist and neurologist Viktor Frankl, the founder of logotherapy and existential analysis.
Science and medicine shape life in the ninth district, but culture is another force to be reckoned with. The Volksoper stages more than 300 performances each season, from operas and operettas to musicals, concerts and dance. Meanwhile, at the Schauspielhaus contemporary auteur theater holds sway. Schubert’s birthplace is a tribute to the gifted Viennese composer and his works are regularly performed at the nearby Schubertkirche church. The Neogothic Votivkirche, built as part of the Ringstrasse development, is also a popular concert venue. One altogether more prosaic building in the ninth district has shot to fame for different reasons: the waste incinerator in Spittelau is a tourist attraction in its own right thanks to its brightly colored facade developed by Viennese artist and environmental activist, Friedensreich Hundertwasser.
One of the most popular parts of Alsergrund centers on the romantic cobblestones of Servitengasse: Zweigstelle and e.Bosco Blumen are the places to pick up unusual plants and flowers, while Xocolat Manufaktur and Naschsalon are overflowing with mouthwatering confectionery. And finally, micro roastery Caffè a Casa serves up delicious coffee. Each year visitors flock to the outdoor restaurants at Summerstage next to the Danube Canal. A little farther downstream, electronic music club Grelle Forelle offers a mix of house, electro, techno and hip-hop music on Fridays and Saturday.
- Sigmund Freud Museum, Berggasse 19, 1090 Vienna, www.freud-museum.at
- Gartenpalais Liechtenstein, Fürstengasse 1, 1090 Vienna, www.palaisliechtenstein.com
- Vienna General Hospital, Währinger Gürtel 18-20, 1090 Vienna, www.akhwien.at
- Josephinum, Collections of the Medical University of Vienna, Währinger Strasse 2, 1090 Vienna, www.josephinum.ac.at
- Pathologic-Anatomical Museum in the “Narrenturm”, Spitalgasse 2, Uni-Campus, Hof 6, 1090 Vienna, www.nhm-wien.ac.at/narrenturm
- Viktor-Frankl-Museum, Mariannengasse 1/Top 15, 1090 Vienna, www.franklzentrum.org
- Volksoper Wien, Währinger Strasse 78, 1090 Vienna, www.volksoper.at
- Schauspielhaus, Porzellangasse 19, 1090 Vienna, www.schauspielhaus.at
- Schubert’s birthplace, Nussdorfer Str. 54, 1090 Vienna, www.wienmuseum.at
- Schubertkirche Lichtental, Marktgasse 40, 1090 Vienna, www.schubertkirche.at
- Votivkirche, Rooseveltplatz 8, 1090 Vienna, www.votivkirche.at
- Spittelau Waste Incinerator, Spittelauer Lände 45, 1090 Vienna, www.wienenergie.at
- Naschsalon, Liechtensteinstrasse 38a, 1090 Vienna, www.naschsalon.at
- Xocolat Manufaktur, Servitengasse 5, 1090 Vienna, www.xocolat.at
- Zweigstelle, Porzellangasse 4, 1090 Vienna, www.zweigstelle.com
- e.Bosco Blumen, Servitengasse 8, 1090 Vienna, www.ebosco.at
- Caffè a Casa, Servitengasse 4, 1090 Vienna, www.caffeacasa.net
- Summerstage, Donaukanal, U4 Rossauer Lände, 1090 Vienna, www.summerstage.at
- Grelle Forelle, Spittelauer Lände 12, 1090 Vienna, www.grelleforelle.com