Karntner Strasse, Vienna
The Kärntner Strasse in Vienna has been around since the Roman Age when it was used as an important connection from the city center to the city wall. Most of the buildings were destroyed during WWII, so not many historic ones are left.
It was in this area, where Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart passed away in the year 1791.
This is a pedestrian street - I really love these, as it gives me a chance to look at the buildings and shops without being run over! The street has a real mix of historical buildings, traditional shops, souvenir shops and stylish designer stores.
One of the first buildings I saw and liked was Palace Esterhazy, where a branch of the Casinos Austria is located in its historic rooms. An important Hotel on the street, is the Hotel Sacher which is styled like a renaissance palace. Prominent people stay here in one of the suites named after Operas.
Look-out for Steffl Department store - (house number 19) as you can take a panoramic elevator to the cafe and restaurant of the Sky-Bar. Views are over the Stephansdom.
Swarovski (house number 24) - Over 3 floors, you can have look at the impressing presentation of the broad range of the Swarovski crystal assortment.
I found a shop with Cow ornaments which I loved, and one with pottery figurines which were quite expensive, but cute! This is the main shopping area in District 2, so come for the look.
At the end of the walk through the Kärntner Strasse Vienna you can decide to turn left to the Graben or to continue your walk straight across to the Stephansplatz
Shop opening hours:
Monday - Friday: 9 - 7pm, Saturday: 9-6pm
Some shops open already at 7am or close on workdays at 10pm
The previous photo from Dabs shown here above by VT is not the Karntnerstrasse but the Graben with the Pestsaule. There is work for the Travel Editors when they will be active on VT!
The shops on the Karntnerstrasse are the ones you will see in any European city. What is nice on the Karntnerstrasse is the fact that it is only pedestrian and that there are a number of terraces on the street.
Nice is the side street leading to the Neuer Markt.
But best part is that at the Opera.
See my tip Opera live and free on the square
In the evening we much liked to walk from the Stephansdom to the Opera.
Kartnerstrasse is the main pedestrian zone within Vienna. It is a great place to wander the city and hit the shops. It is always bustling with people and has many good restaurants on some of the side streets.
Kartner strasse starts from the Stepherndom and takes you to the Opera. It's a "pedestrians only" street where are located all the famous boutiques,Swarowski shop, the Malteser church.
You can just take a walk in the evening and go window-shopping as the shops are already closed / what I did / or use your ears and lisen to the music of spanish , italian , hebrew,arabic and all the languages people are using for communication around you. Ahh ...wonderful!!! What a cosmopolitan feeling!!!
Somewhere in the middle there is a very famous bar at the top of a building , offering you a great panorama over the city. Just look for the glass elevator on your left side.
Look at your feet when you're walking - the stars with the names of famous composers are laying there....
Stretching from the Opera to Stephansplatz, Karntner Strasse stretches about 1/2 mile (.8 km) with an amazing array of trendy and expensive stores, restaurants and hotels. Some of the world's most famous chains of stores can be found here such as H & M, Marks & Spencer, and United Colors of Benetton. This is considered Vienna's best address for shopping.
This area is served by U-Bahn lines U2, U3 and U6; S-Bahn lines S15, S50 and R50; Strassenbahnlines: 5, 6, 9, 18, 33, 49, 52 and 58; as well as busses 10A, 12A, 13A, 14A and 57A.
Karntner Straze starts from Opera and curved down to Stephans Pltz. It is one of the most visited places, all the time full with thousands of tourist. It is one of the must see activity when you are in Vienna. There are verities of shops and restaurant and cafes on both sides of this street.
If you follow the Ring round to the junction of the Opera House with the Karner Strasse there is just one too many shops to attract your wallet - what a feast to the eyes. Along here are loads of souvenier shops, some cafes, and herds of stunt, silly acts and whatever! performers vying for attention and a euro or two!!!
Walk down the main pedestrian street in Vienna, the Kärntnerstrasse.
Its usually busy and carries a great atmosphere.