Close-knit. That applies to Vienna’s 12th district Meidling more than to any other. Back in 1104, the village was named Murlingen and has had a very eventful history since.
Obermeidling, Untermeidling, Gaudenzdorf, Hetzendorf and Altmannsdorf: a glance at the names of the individual quarters of times past reflects the village life structure of this district. In 1890, it was first connected with the urban center of Vienna and many different companies and working families took up residence in the area. Its character has remained to this day. And so has the famous »Meidlinger L«, a very distinctive kind of dialect which is believed to have been introduced originally by migrant Czech craftsmen in 19th century Vienna.
Around the Meidlinger Markt you still can hear the »Meidlinger L«, along with a mixture of many other languages, of course. It‘s exactly this blend of tradition and international flair which attracts more and more young and creative people to this former blue collar district. That leads to exciting combinations that are to be discovered:
- borough character, full of small houses
- in the immediate area of the palace garden Schönbrunn
- farmer’s market with varied stands
- restaurants, hip cafés and pubs
- lots of small specialty stores
- a bit of character reminiscent of the monarchy
- and in the middle of all that... your hotel room
The village was originally named »Meidling« in the year 1104 – which was at that time known as »Murlingen«. The Meidlinger Market of course did not yet exist at that time, having been first developed during the interwar period.
Approximately 14,000 visitors stroll through the stands of the Meidlinger Market each week. An ever-increasing tendency!
There are around fifty masoned, colorful Standln (stands) to discover and enjoy at the Meidlinger Market. Its colorful variety of stands – from mint to mauve to terracotta orange, it’s all there – which pretty well reflects in the goods you can find there.
Enjoy the Würstel (sausages) with Saft (gulasch gravy), cevapcici, pizza, gluten-free organic food, caffé latte with soymilk, fruits, vegetables or meat specialities in the delicatessen, the hip coffee house, the Tschecherl (bar) or a typical Viennese Wirtshaus (restaurant).
Just a few metres away at the Meidlinger cemetery you can find the grave of the inventor of the postcard (at least, the one who realized the idea). In 1869, Emanuel Alexander Herrmann made the innovative suggestion to implement an official postal card in the Austrian/Hungarian Monarchy.
Also worth seeing is the first Austrian steam engine, which was manufactured that year by the Berndl factory, located just around the corner on Schönbrunner Straße.