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.