Surely, you have heard about Vienna’s extensive shopping street Mariahilfer Strasse. Or have you actually been there yourself? Well, it’s definitely worth a visit, especially since its reconstruction!

Umbau der Mariahilfer Straße

Photo: Haeferl/Commons

Vienna’s Mariahilfer Strasse is well renowned as a shopping boulevard even outside the city’s borders. In order to give it a more modern vibe, the street was redesigned over the course of the past year, celebrating its opening on August 1, 2015.

Pedestrians now have extended space to explore the many shops and boutiques along the street, or take a break and meet up with friends in a café. Turning the street into a pedestrian zone and partly into a shared space, drastically reduced car traffic.

What’s new about Mariahilfer Strasse

Within the shared space, cars are allowed, yet restricted by some rules. The pedestrian zone however, entirely belongs to pedestrians.

Die umgebaute Mariahilfer Straße

Photo: Gugerell/Commons

In case you need a break from shopping, or you feel like hanging out with your friends and just take in the vibe of the city, you will find numerous possibilities to do so. All along the street, common areas have been set up, with water tables, sidewalk cafés, green areas, lounges and free Wi-Fi.

The reconstruction offers improved quality of living

Through the street’s improvements, Vienna presents itself as an eco-friendly city. With reduced traffic noises and emissions, the set goals were reached and the newly planted trees are not only pleasing to the eyes, but also improve the air quality.

The reconstruction cost a total of 25 million Euros, yet the 25.000 to 75.000 pedestrians walking the street every day, have gained more space and quality of living. Check it out for yourself, you won’t be disappointed.