Vienna, AustriaIn Mitteleuropa and Eastern Europe, I always love peeking into the spectacular ‘passages’.

Vienna is no exception and the beautiful Freying Passage of the Palais Ferstel is well worth a visit on your next visit to stately Vienna.

The palace is named after Heinrich von Ferstel, the architect who built it in 1860. The passage is lined with shops and cafes, its rich ornamentation and impressive glass ceilings are well worth a visit.

Vienna, AustriaIts centerpiece is an elegant, enclosed courtyard boasting a fountain that spouts water from the base of a Danube mermaid, or water-sprite, who holds a fish.

The passage itself emerges onto Herrengasse and one of my favorite café houses in Vienna, the Cafe Central. See my earlier post, which also include information about  other impressive Viennese cafés.

As an (unabashed) lover of Vienna, I’ve written quite a bit about what to do and see in this elegant city. You can find all my Vienna posts here .

Don’t miss a wander around the impressive Freying Passage of the Palais Ferstel on your next visit to Vienna!

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