The Innere Stadt (German pronunciation: [ˈɪnərə ʃtat] (listen)) is the 1st municipal District of Vienna (German: 1. Bezirk) located in the center of the Austrian capital. The Innere Stadt is the Old Town of Vienna. Until the city boundaries were expanded in 1850, the Innere Stadt was congruent with the city of Vienna. Traditionally it was divided into four quarters, which were designated after important town gates: Stubenviertel (northeast), Kärntner Viertel (southeast), Widmerviertel (southwest), Schottenviertel (northwest).
1st District of Vienna
Location of the district within Vienna
|• District Director||Markus Figl (ÖVP)|
|• First Deputy||Isabelle Jungnickel (ÖVP)|
|• Second Deputy||Daniela Ecker-Stepp (SPÖ)|
| • Representation|
|ÖVP 10, SPÖ 10, Greens 6,|
FPÖ 8, WIR 2, NEOS 4
|• Total||2.88 km2 (1.11 sq mi)|
|• Density||5,700/km2 (15,000/sq mi)|
|Address of |
|UNESCO World Heritage Site|
|Part of||Historic Centre of Vienna|
|Inscription||2001 (25th Session)|
|Area||371 ha (1.43 sq mi)|
|Buffer zone||462 ha (1.78 sq mi)|
The first district is, with a workforce of 100,745, the largest employment locale in Vienna. This is partially due to tourism, as well as the presence of many corporate headquarters due to the district's central location.
Innere Stadt is the central district of Vienna. It borders on Leopoldstadt in the northeast, on Landstraße in the east, on Wieden and Mariahilf in the south, on Neubau and Josefstadt in the west, and on Alsergrund in the north. The district border, starting at Urania, follows Wienfluss, Lothringerstraße, Karlsplatz, Gedreidemarkt, Museumsplatz, Museumstraße, Auerspergstraße, Landesgerichtsstraße, Universitätsstraße, Maria-Theresien-Straße and the Donaukanal.
Before 1850, Innere Stadt was physically equivalent with the city of Vienna. See History of Vienna for details about the history of Vindobona and Vienna, as well as historical significance after 1850.
Places of interestEdit
- Hofburg Imperial Palace
- Kärntner Straße
- Lutheran City Church
- Museum of Art History
- Museum of Natural History
- Maria am Gestade Church
- Palais Ephrussi
- Pestsäule (a plague column)
- Rathaus, Vienna
- Stadtpark, Vienna
- Vienna State Opera
- Parliament Building
- Palace of Justice
- Main Building of the University of Vienna
Population has been declining ever since its peak of 73,000 in 1880, until it hit the lowest recorded value of 17,000 in 2001. Although population has been increasing slightly since then, Innere Stadt continues to remain the least populated district in Vienna.
In 2001, 28.1% of the district's population was over 60 years of age, above the city average of 22.2%. The percentage of people under 15 years of age was 9.8%. The female population of 53.3% was also above city average.
Origin and languageEdit
At 15.5%, the percentage of foreign residents in Innere Stadt was 2% under city average for the year 2001. 2.8% of the population had EU Citizenship (Germany excluded), 2.7% were citizens of Serbia and Montenegro, and 2.2% were German citizens. In total, 25.6% of the population were born in a foreign country. 79% of residents listed German as their language of choice. 4.0% spoke primarily Serbian, 1.8% Hungarian, and 1.4% Croatian. 14.3% spoke other languages.
The Bezirksvorsteher (District Director) has been a member of the conservative ÖVP party since 1946. Former Bezirksvorsteher Ursula Stenzel has spoken out against holding events in the inner city, citing concerns regarding noise pollution. Her comments have drawn criticism from other parties, especially the social democratic SPÖ.
|District Directors from 1945|
|Theodor Köpl (KPÖ)||April 1945–August 1945|
|Fritz Schuckeld (SPÖ)||August 1945–October 1945|
|Adolf Planek (SPÖ)||October 1945–1946|
|August Altmutter (ÖVP)||1946–1948|
|Franz Eichberger (ÖVP)||1948–1951|
|Otto Friesinger (ÖVP)||1951–1968|
|Heinrich Anton Heinz (ÖVP)||1968–1987|
|Richard Schmitz (ÖVP)||1987–2001|
|Franz Grundwalt (ÖVP)||2001–2005|
|Ursula Stenzel (ÖVP)||2005–2015|
|Markus Figl (ÖVP)||2015–|
Coat of armsEdit
The first district's coat of arms is a white cross on a red background. It is also the coat of arms for the City of Vienna and the State of Vienna. The current coat of arms dates back to around 1270, when it first appeared on the minted "Wiener Pfennige" coins. It may have been based on the flag of the King of the Romans' forces during the Middle Ages, as the combat flag of Rudolph I of Germany featured a similar design.
- Statistik Austria - Bevölkerung zu Jahresbeginn 2002-2016 nach Gemeinden (Gebietsstand 1.1.2016), Statistik Austria.
- "Stadt Wien: Presseportal - Touristeninformation - Unternehmen - Hotel". Stadt-wien.at. Retrieved 26 July 2018.
- "Statistik Austria" (PDF). Statistik.at. Retrieved 26 July 2018.
- "Census for 2001" (PDF). Statistik.at. Retrieved 26 July 2018.
- [Parts of this article were translated from German Wikipedia.]
|Wikivoyage has a travel guide for Vienna/Innere_Stadt.|
Media related to Innere Stadt at Wikimedia Commons
- (in German) History of Innere Stadt at the City of Vienna homepage.
- (in English) (in French) UNESCO rationale for inclusion of Vienna inner district into world cultural heritage list.
- (in German) General information about Innere Stadt from the Green party.
- (in German) Historical core of Vienna