Everything You Always Wanted to Know About the Russian Embassy Vienna

Lifestyle & TravelCulture ♦ Published: September 19, 2019; 20:08 ♦ (Vindobona)

The Russian Embassy in Vienna is the diplomatic representation of Russia vis-à-vis the Republic of Austria. Since 1891 it has been located in Reisnerstrasse in the 3rd district of Vienna, in the former palace of the banker Israel Simon and the Duke of Nassau. The two most important meetings that took place there were those between Nikita Khrushchev and John F. Kennedy, and between Leonid Brezhnev and Jimmy Carter.

Palais Simon, Palais Nassau, Russian Embassy in Vienna - The building at Reisnerstrasse 45-47 in 1030 Vienna has an incredible history. / Picture: © Wikimedia Commons / www.rusemb.at [CC BY 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)]

Today's Russian Embassy in Vienna was built between 1872 and 1873 according to plans by the famous architect Alois Wurm-Arnkreuz for the Jew Israel Simon, who had been driven out of Hanover.

Israel Simon was the banker of the last king of Hanover, George V, and at that time one of the richest men in the Kingdom of Hanover.

For political reasons both had to leave Hanover…