In the 16th century, Archduke Ferdinand II had a zoo with a pleasure house for courtly society built where the Powder Tower stands today, which is commemorated today by Tiergartenstraße. The specially created street continues to exist today as Fürstenweg and was once an avenue of trees, which, by the way, is clearly shown by the circular painting in the Tyrol Panorama at the Bergisel.
A curiosity and cultural feature in the Höttinger Au are five of originally seven preserved wayside shrines along the Kranebitter Allee, which lead to the Church of the Visitation of the Virgin Mary and date from the 17th century. They have been partially restored, are made of Höttinger Breccie and are decorated with images of the mysteries of the rosary.
Last updated 29.03.2023