Hermesvilla is a palace and a former hunting area for the Habsburg nobility. Emperor Franz Joseph decided to build the Villa Hermés in the summer of 1881. Ostensibly, the Emperor hoped it would encourage his wife, who traveled widely, to remain in Vienna. It was designed by architect Karl Freiherr von Hasenauer, and construction lasted 1882 until 1886. The Empress herself commissioned the sculptor Ernst Herter from Berlin to create the sculpture, titled Hermés der Wächter and instructed that it was to be placed in the garden of the villa.

In 1886, the villa, and all surrounding buildings, including riding facilities and stables for the horses of Empress Elisabeth, were finished. From 1887 until her assassination in 1898, the imperial couple regularly spent time there every year in late spring, varying from a few days to a couple of weeks.

The street leading to the Villa was one of the first streets in Vienna with electric lighting, and the Villa was one of the first buildings in Vienna with a telephone connection.

During the post-WWII Russian occupation of Vienna from 1945-1955, the Villa was looted by the Soviets, became run down and remained in poor condition for a number of years. However, in 1963, the Disney movie 'Miracle of the White Stallions' brought back the interest in the building. This led to a private initiative that motivated the Austrian authorities to renovate the Villa, and the renovation process lasted from 1968 until 1974.

The stables, originally built for the horses of the Empress, are located in the left wing of the courtyard. The original stable equipment, including the wall partitions for the box stalls and tie stalls, still exist today to a large extent.

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Hermesstraße, Vienna, Austria
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Founded: 1882-1886
Category: Palaces, manors and town halls in Austria

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Wietse Theeuwen (13 months ago)
HERMES Café offers delicious food on a great location. Staff is friendly and the prices are a little bit above average. Considering the beautiful surroundings these prices are justified. I cannot understand why this cafe scores so little in reviews. We were here during winter season so it was not busy.
Maia Lehane (2 years ago)
Lovely surrounds and the fare ain’t bad. The menu could do with some updating (go, and you’ll know what I mean). Perhaps it was just the luck of the day but we were seated for well over 25 minutes with three staff members looking like they were away with the fairies. We were not approached by any of the daydreaming staff until my friend decided we had been patient for long enough. I don’t need to tell you that 25 minutes twiddling your thumbs is an eternity! And, it’s just not good enough. It’s lucky that they’re a monopoly (there are no other eateries or cafes within the Tiergarten). Oh well...
An Nor (2 years ago)
Good food + young/fast/friendly staff helped the experience. The house (white) wine was a nice one added to good weather and the nature.
Yaroslav Kurennoy (3 years ago)
Awesome place. The food was perfect. Good choice for vegetarians.
Timo Lukkarinen (3 years ago)
Today it’s 27 degrees warm, the people at this cafe is refusing to sell bottled water if you don’t pay by cash, where the minimum charge is 10 EUR by card. They told us to walk another five kilometers to another place. The attitude was worse than rude, stay away from this horrible place!!
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