Turn through 360° once on Heldenplatz and you’ve already seen a considerable amount of Vienna’s most impressive and best-known buildings, including Hofburg, Burgtheater, Town Hall, Parliament and two major museums. Due to its imposing location, Heldenplatz has seen lots of historic events taking place, most notably Adolf Hitler’s announcement of the Anschluss of Austria into Greater Germany in front of a mass of people. The name Heldenplatz (hero’s square) derives from two equestrian statues showing Archduke Karl and Prince Eugen with the intention to glorify Austria’s military achievements. But just when the two statues were unveiled in the 1860s, Austria was defeated in two significant battles (Solferino and Koniggrätz). Today, most of Heldenplatz is a park area, where tourists take a break from sightseeing and locals enjoy the sunshine, play football or let their dogs out on the meadows. Unlike the nearby Volksgarten and most other Viennese parks, Heldenplatz is open all day and night, and no one will tell you to keep off the lawn.