The Andräviertel: from the Middle Ages to the New Town

Today’s Andräviertel of Salzburg is situated around the Andräkirche opposite Mirabell Palace. In the 11th century, however, Salzburg’s old town only had a small bridgehead on the right side of the Salzach. Today it is the Platzl at the beginning of Linzergasse. If you look from Steingasse to the other side of the Salzach, you can easily imagine where the first crossing of the Salzach was in the Middle Ages. The bridgehead was extended over the centuries and secured with city walls and bulwarks.

Als Kaiser Franz Josef I. 1860 dem Herzogtum Salzburg die Bollwerke schenkte, wurden diese geschliffen. Die Salzburger Neustadt entstand rund um die Andräkirche am Mirabellplatz. Die aus Friaul (Italien) stammende Bauunternehmerfamilie Ceconi baute prachtvolle Bürgerhäuser. Und sie legte dem Verlauf der ehemaligen Befestigungsanlagen folgend zu Ehren des Kaisers die Franz Josefstraße an. Diese mündet in den Kurgarten mit dem Rosenhügel.

The Gay Village of Salzburg

Today the Andräviertel is a lively, urban part of Salzburg. On Thursdays there is a Schrannen market around the church, not only a culinary but also a social event. In the quarter, theatre and music meet young tradespeople, old Viennese coffee house culture meets modern cuisine. The quarter is home to all the LGBT scene shops, Salzburg’s village if you will. Strolling around, you feel reminded of Paris or Vienna. And yet it is Salzburg.

Published 29. February 2020Updated 1. September 2021
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