The western edge of the broad Glacis in front of the city walls of Vienna and the landowners gave the Spittelberg its name.
From the end of the 18th to the 20th century, the Spittelberg with its multitude of restaurants was also considered an amusement and red light district. Some of the ladies gained local fame. There were even postcards. Today you can acquire miniature ceramics on Spittelberg, which deals with this aspect of history.
In the course of the 19th century, part of the baroque buildings were replaced by late classicist and later by historicist new buildings. In Gutenberggasse and in Spittelberggasse the baroque appearance remained largely intact.
In the second half of the 20th century, the historic buildings deteriorated rapidly. In order to make the Spittelberg attractive again, plans were made in the 1970s to grind and rebuild the entire quarter. With a large shopping center and parking places. Lasting resistance from the population, the art and cultural scene could finally prevent the demolition and save this unique historical ensemble.
Thus, the Spittelberg presents itself today as a very lively district with a very mixed resident population and a variety of restaurants, small shops and studios.
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