On what seemed like the coldest day of the year back in December, I metAneta Pawlikon Franzikanerplatz around 8 in the morning. Aneta wanted to practice her photography skills and I was happy to help her by being her American model 🙂
It was a new, interesting experience to be the only two people on the square; Kleines Cafe — one of the must-go-to-feel-like-a-local coffee places in Vienna — was closed and boarded up for the morning which made for some nice green backdrops in the photos.
Franzikanerplatz lies in the heart of the city center, and is one of those secret-but-not-so-secret places if you’re a visitor and do your research. It to me, is one of the most photogenic places in Vienna and whenever I come here I feel both instantly relaxed and yet like I transported back in time.
For some history, this is what I found through the Vienna Tourist Board: Its name is derived from the Franziskanerkirche (Franciscan Church) that was built here in the 17th century, and like any good city square, it also had a spring, called the Moses Spring.