Alsergrund

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Alsergrund
9th District of Vienna
Coat of arms of Alsergrund
Coat of arms
Location of the district within Vienna
Location of the district within Vienna
Country Austria
City Vienna
Government
 • District Director Martina Malyar (SPÖ)
 • First Deputy Albert Slavik (SPÖ)
 • Second Deputy Stefan Freytag (Green)
 • Representation
   (40 Members)
SPÖ 14, Green 12, ÖVP 9,
FPÖ 5
Area
 • Total 2.99 km2 (1.15 sq mi)
Population (2014-01-01)[1]
 • Total 40,528
 • Density 14,000/km2 (35,000/sq mi)
Postal code A-1090
Address of
District Office
Wilhelm-Exner-Gasse 5
A-1090 Wien
Website www.wien.gv.at/bezirke/alsergrund/

Alsergrund is the ninth district of Vienna, Austria (German: 9. Bezirk, Alsergrund). It is located just north of the first, central district, Innere Stadt. Alsergrund was incorporated in 1862, with seven suburbs. The area is densely populated, with a lot of government-built housing. According to the census of 2001, there were 37,816 inhabitants over 2.99 square km (1.15 sq. mi).

Many departments of the University of Vienna (main university) are located in Alsergrund. Until 2013 the University of Economics and Business (Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien) was also located in the 9th district, but eventually moved to the 2nd district. There are also many large hospitals, including the biggest in Vienna, the AKH (Allgemeines Krankenhaus, German for General Hospital).

Alsergrund is associated with many notable names of Viennese art and science. It is the birthplace of Romantic composer Franz Schubert. Classic music composer Ludwig van Beethoven died here in his apartment at Schwarzspanierstraße 15. Berggasse 19 is the former residence and office of Sigmund Freud. It was Freud's home from 1891 until his flight to England in 1938, and is currently the site of the Vienna Sigmund Freud Museum. Most of the patients Freud treated during the development of his theories of psychoanalysis, visited him at his Alsergrund office.

In addition, the park in front of the Votivkirche, on the corner of Währingerstrasse and Schottenring, was named after Freud, in memory of his frequent visits there.

Liechtenstein Museum (Alsergrund, Vienna).
Volksoper, an opera house in Alsergrund.

Geography[edit]

Alsergrund is situated in north-central Vienna. It covers 2.99 km² (1.15 sqmi) making it the seventh smallest district of Vienna. North to South the district covers 2,35 km (3.8 mi) from the northernmost point of the Gürtel boulevard down towards the first district. The main east-west axis is located between Augarten Brücke and Zimmermannplatz (2 km, 3.2 mi).[2] The district is delimited by: Gürtel in the west, the Danube Canal in the east, as well as the Maria-Theresien-Straße, Universitätsstraße and Alserstraße in the south. Neighbouring districts are Döbling in the north, Währing and Hernals in the west, Josefstadt and Innere Stadt in the south. In the east, Alsergrund is separated by the Danube Canal from Brigittenau and Leopoldstadt.

Topography[edit]

The natural topography of the district area has been covered by centuries of construction. Alesergrund's lowest point at 163 meters can be found near Bauernfeldplatz, its highest near Michelbeuern (202 meters).[2] The branches of the Danube played a significant part in shaping the general lay of the land.[3]

The waterfront edge is still recognizable, through the waste ground between the Nußdorfer Straße, Währinger Straße, and Lichtenstein-Straße. There are also minor rivers: Wienerwald streams, all of which were bricked over in the 19th century. The main stream, the Als, used to cause frequent flooding.

The foothills of the Vienna Woods reach into Alsergrund. In the Middle Ages, these were used for vineyards.

District sections[edit]

The Alsergrund was formed, in 1850, from seven suburbs. The names of the suburbs have remained in the section names, but also in the awareness of many residents. In the northeast area of the district, is the Althangrund, mostly with public facilities and infrastructure constructions built, such as: the Franz Josef station, the Vienna University of Economics, the institutes geosciences, mathematics, pharmacology and biology faculties of the University of Vienna, the Transport and postal and Telegraph Directorate. In the north, there is also the Spittelau with the incinerator Spittelau. South of Althangrund, joins the Rossau, which is mostly covered with residential buildings. Among the main installations include Roßauer barracks, the Servitenkloster, the Jewish cemetery. Even the Palais Liechtenstein belongs to Rossau, and not for northern Lichtental, a residential area with same parish. In the southern district of the territory, lies the Alser suburb, whose southern part was added to the 8th District, Josefstadt. The district is established, in large part, with academic institutions such as the Old AKH and the Medical University of Vienna. In addition, in the suburb Alser, lie the Vienna University and the St. Anna Children's Hospital. In the east, lies the part of the Michelbeuern, whose southern part is taken almost entirely by the Vienna AKH. Which lies north of Himmelpfortgrund. This district is almost exclusively populated residential houses and also the Sanatorium Hera. The north and east, this is also divided Thurygrund mainly residential area.

A breakdown of the district area is also in the Zählbezirken of the official statistics, in which the census district of the municipality are combined. The six Zähl areas in Alsergrund are Lichtental-Spittelau, Roßau, General Hospital, Nußdorferstraße-Volksoper, Liechtenstein Street, and University Quarter.

Education[edit]

Gymnasium Wasagasse, an Austrian secondary school

Lycée Français de Vienne, a French curriculum school, is located in Alsergrund.

Notable residents[edit]

View over Alsergrund (Canisiuskirche and Spittelau).
Franz Schubert's Birthplace.

Sister cities[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Statistik Austria – Bevölkerung zu Jahresbeginn seit 2002 nach Politischen Bezirken", Statistik Austria.
  2. ^ a b Wolf: Alsergrund. Bezirk der Dichter und Denker ("Alsergrund: District of Talkers and Thinkers"), p.77.
  3. ^ Christian Gantner. Vom Bach zum Bachkanal ("From Bach to Bach-Canal"). Vienna 2004, ISBN 3-200-00259-X, S. 44 ff.

References[edit]

[Parts of this article were translated from German Wikipedia.]
  • "Wien - 9. Bezirk/Alsergrund", Wien.gv.at, 2008, webpage (15 subpages): Wien.gv.at-alsergrund (in German).
  • Felix Czeike: Wiener Bezirkskulturführer: IX. Alsergrund ("Vienna District Cultural Guide: IX. Alsergrund"). Jugend und Volk, Vienna 1979, ISBN 3-7141-6219-4.
  • Carola Leitner (Hg.): Alsergrund: Wiens 9. Bezirk in alten Fotografien ("Alsergrund: Vienna's 9th District in Old Photographs"). Ueberreuter, Vienna 2006, ISBN 3-8000-7176-2.
  • Hans Mück: Quellen zur Geschichte des Bezirks Alsergrund ("Sources on the History of the Alsergrund District"). Verein für Geschichte der Stadt Wien, Vienna 1978.
  • Alfred Wolf: Alsergrund. Bezirk der Dichter und Denker ("Alsergrund: District of Poets and Thinkers"). Mohl, Vienna 1993, ISBN 3-900272-48-4.
  • Alfred Wolf: Alsergrund-Chronik. Von der Römerzeit bis zum Ende der Monarchie ("Alsergrund Chronicle: From the Roman era until the end of the monarchy"). Vienna 1981.
  • Alfred Wolf: Wien Alsergrund (Vienna Alsergrund). Sutton Verlag, Erfurt 2007, ISBN 978-3-86680-174-5.

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Coordinates: 48°13′31″N 16°21′25″E / 48.22528°N 16.35694°E / 48.22528; 16.35694