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Aerial view of the streets of Vienna | ©  jarmoluk / pixabay
Aerial view of the streets of Vienna | © jarmoluk / pixabay
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These Streets in Vienna Are Rich in History

Picture of Kate Jackson
Updated: 21 February 2017
Vienna has diverse styles of architecture echoing the city’s full and compelling shades of history so taking a stroll through the city’s oldest and most eminent roads is a fulfilling and fascinating experience. Take a tour through the city centre and beyond to discover the richest parts of the city’s yesteryear and immerse yourself in Vienna’s glittering Imperial past.

Mölker Bastei

Originally the location of a fortress in early Vienna, this intimate and idyllic little passage in the first district feels gloriously ancient. Right by Vienna University, this scenic street was used as a location in Orson Welles’ film The Third Man. Many notable buildings can be found in Mölker Bastei, such as the Pasqualati House and the Liebenberg monument.

Altgasse

Close to Schonbrunn and the Tiergarten, the world’s oldest zoo, in the suburban district of Hietzing is the Altgasse. The Altgasse has a number of beautiful yellow stone buildings, reminiscent of the citrus-coloured walls of the nearby palace. Along the quaint street there is a mixture of cafés, antique shops and pubs that are popular with tourists.

Kartnerstrasse

One of the city’s most popular and famous shopping high streets, Kartnerstrasse is a highlight in Vienna due to its rich variety of historical architecture that can be seen if you look beyond the shops. Dating back to 1257, it was one of the original trade routes through the city. Today, despite the barrage of modern shops and restaurants, the fancy façades behind the brightly lit signs give a glimpse into the past.

Operngasse

Operngasse is famous for a multitude of reasons; the most notable being that it is the location of the world famous Vienna State Opera House, a central and domineering landmark that swallows the surrounding buildings. Operngasse has witnessed a colourful history, including an assassination attempt in 1931. When King Zog of Albania was arriving at the opera house for a performance of Pagliacci, he was shot at.

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Flesichmarkt

Translating to mean ‘Meat Market’, the street is named as such due to the numerous butchers that existed here in the 1200s. This historic road, located in the currently on-trend second district, was colonised by Greek merchants in the 1700s, and became known as the Greek Quarter during these times. Beautiful buildings of an Art Nouveau style give the Fleischmarkt its Viennese charm, with the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church being eye-catching.

Blumenstockgasse and Ballgasse

‘The Flower Stock Alley’ is as lovely as it sounds. Once the location of the St Agnes convent, a monastery that closed in 1783, this short street is frequented by tourists for its rugged neo-classical architecture and pedestrianised promenade with a number of cafés, including Vienna’s ‘cat cafe’. Close by is the Ballgasse, where famous residents included Ludwig Van Beethoven, who lived there between the years 1819 and 1820.