Josefstadt is a district in Vienna, Austria, named after Emperor Joseph II. It is located just outside of the Ringstrasse, a circular boulevard surrounding Vienna's old city.


It is close to the University of Vienna; therefore students can frequently be seen in the area, which has many cafes, restaurants and bars.


Josefstadt is the home of one of the oldest theaters in Vienna: Josefstadt Theater, which was founded in 1788 and rebuilt in 1822. It was restored again in 1924, under the supervision of Max Reinhardt.


A well-known church in Josefstadt is Maria Treu Kirche, which was founded by the Piarist order. It was designed by Johann Lukas von Hildebrandt in 1716. Matthias Gerle made alterations to the church in the 1750s. The church can be recognized by its twin towers, which were not finished unit 1854.


Maria Treu Kirche has a Baroque frescoed ceiling that was painted by Franz Anton Maulbertsch. A pillar in front of the church, which has a statue of Madonna on top, was erected in commemoration of the plague epidemic of 1713.


The Dreifaltigkeitskirche is an early Baroque church that was built between 1695 and 1702.


Trautson Palace, which is near the theater, has been the home of the Austrian Ministry of Justice since 1961. It was designed by Johann Bernard Fischer von Erlach in 1710. The palace was built for Count Johann Leopold Donat Trautson and was acquired by Maria Theresa in 1760. Maria Theresa donated the palace to the Royal Hungarian Bodyguard.


There is a large statue of Apollo playing a lyre in front of Trautson Palace.


Schoenborn Palace, which was built in the 18th century, now houses a museum of folklore. Within the museum, you can find artifacts from the 17th through 19th centuries. There is a large park behind the museum.


The Alte Backstube, a bakery that operated continuously from 1701 to 1963, is now a cafe, restaurant and museum of baking. The museum contains bakery equipment that is three centuries old.