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Maria-Theresien-Platz is a square in Vienna city centre, named after Empress Maria Theresa, who ruled Austria-Hungary in 1740-1780 (for 40 years and 40 days). You can find Maria Theresa Monument in the middle of Maria-Theresien-Platz.
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Nevertheless, two things make Maria-Theresien-Platz known even more than the empress’ monument – the two identically looking museums: Kunsthistorisches Museum (Museum of Art History) and Naturhistorisches Museum (Museum of Natural History). They are facing one another, each on one end of the square. On the picture above you can see Naturhistorisches Museum with the square in front. The whole surface area of Maria-Theresien-Platz is covered by fountains and neatly arranged flowers and plants, which make the square look more like a park.
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Maria-Theresien-Platz is situated between Ringstrasse and Museumsplatz on the south-western border of Innere Stadt – the inner city of Vienna. Naturhistorisches Museum is on the north-western side of the square, while Kunsthistorisches Museum is in the south-east. The metro station next to Naturhistorisches Museum is Volkstheater, located at the crossing of Museumstrasse, Museumsplatz, Burggasse, and Bellariastrasse. Tram stops next to Naturhistorisches Museum (each on one side) are named Volkstheater (Burggasse) and Doktor-Karl-Renner-Ring.
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