Austrian History (5)
Suleiman the Magnificent
The First Siege of Vienna
At the beginning of the 15th century the Turkish army swept through Slovenia into Hungary and Austria. In 1425, the Turks crossed into Habsburg territory for the first time and became a threat to the villages and towns within the empire.
After the battle of Mohacs in 1526 and the defeat of Hungary, the Sultan Suleiman marched his army on towards Vienna. Vienna had only 8.000 defenders and an army of 1.700 armoured knights with which to defend the city and the Emperor Ferdinand I was in Innsbruck at the time of the siege.
Vienna only had its old 13th century fortifications and a defensive wall that surrounded the city which was in poor condition and in need of repair.
Vienna's 13th century fortifications were in a
poor condition and in need of repair.