Franz-Josef-StraSSe: Historicist Street in Salzburg

The Franz-Josef-Straße does not only have an Imperial name, it is a genuinely Imperial structure in the Neustadt district of Salzburg. It was named after Emperor Franz Josef I and developed on the site of the 17th century bastions towards Schallmoos. The Franz-Josef-Straße is characterised by late 19th century buildings in a Historicist style that is typical for Vienna, but (fortunately) rather unusual in Salzburg. This is particularly obvious at its onset, where two large banks are particularly Viennese (i.e. pompous).

The bastions that had previously occupied this area had been demolished in the 1860ies (for further details read our articles on the city walls of Salzburg). The large bastions in this part of Salzburg were a present of the Emperor to the people and city of Salzburg. The Franz-Josef-Straße is approximately 700 metres long and shaped like half a crescent and runs from the Rainerstraße (where you will find the two banks mentioned above and the Convention Centre) to end of the Linzergasse. At the latter point, yet another massive fortification was demolished at the time of the street′s construction.

The Franz-Josef-Straße is mainly a residential area with unspectacular shops and offices in the ground floor of most buildings. Pretty much the same thing can be said about the neighbourhood around it. There are a few locally known cafes and hotels. The market of the Schranne was here for a while after World War II. A non-official jazz club was once a legendary meeting point for students from Salzburg.

Further Reading
Franz-Josef-Straße on SalzburgWiki (German, but with pictures)

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