Did you know that Ballhausplatz has been the seat of government for almost 300 years? Or that Metternich liked the place so much he moved his entire family in?

Take a journey through the turbulent history of the building on Ballhausplatz.

Aerial view as described below

Fig. 1: Aerial view: The pentagonal plan of the building is clearly visible. On the bottom right is the Amalien Wing of the Hofburg, above it, the Ministry of the Interior. Right at the top, a part of the Minorite Church is visible. (© Hopi Media)

We will start with the construction of the building.