Austria's longest shopping streets
Located by the Westbahnhof, "Mahü", as this street is lovingly dubbed by locals, boasts the greatest number of shops and stores of all. Almost all major department stores can be found here selling clothes, leather goods, furniture and accessories, books and stationery. Hidden away between these big stores there are tiny shops selling all kind of fun stuff. Pleasant street cafes offer a welcome break from shopping where you can rest your tired feet while sampling some of the famous Viennese "Gemütlichkeit"; the subway, which runs about half the length of Mariahilfer Straße, makes it easy to get around. In the Middle Ages wine was grown where today Austria's longest shopping mile is; today's streetscape dates back to the Gründerzeit period (late 19th century onwards).
The Kärntner Strasse shopping street and Landstraßer Hauptstraße in Vienna's 3rd District share the capital's second largest shopping streets. When the street was being reconstructed in the mid 80ies a subway stop was installed and the entire layout was made more attractive and appealing. Today the Landstraßer Hauptstraße boasts wide sidewalks lined with trees and, the most important thing for a shopping street, a great number of stores catering to all pocketbook sizes. If you need to refuel between shopping sprees then Rochus Market, conveniently located right on Landhauser Hauptstraße, is a great place to unwind and indulge in fresh food.
Located in Vienna's 10th district, near the Südtiroler Platz, is the Favoritenstraße pedestrian area. Favoritenstraße was remodelled in 2005 and now features benches where you can unwind and lose yourself in the soothing sight of water spurting from fountains.
Further information on shopping in Vienna: www.vienna.info
It's not easy to attract attention next to the elegant Getreidegasse. Less busy but nonetheless, or all the more, worth a visit is Salzburg's old Linzergasse hidden away behind Kapuzinerberg, offering a great number of boutiques and shore stores, and one excellent music store. Picturesque Linzergasse has always been the 'little sister' to the more imposing Getreidegasse.
Further information on shopping in Salzburg: www.salzburg.info
Sitting and watching the world go by is one of the great highlights of Maria-Theresien-Straße which is considered one of Europe's most splendid boulevards. With the jagged peaks of Nordkette in the background, St. Anna Column in the centre and plenty of small and large stores - including the famous Kaufhaus Tyrol - in between, Maria-Theresien-Straße offers something for everyone. The boulevard's splendour comes from its many magnificent buildings dating back to the Middle Ages and baroque period.
Further information on shopping in Innsbruck: www.innsbruck.info
Around the Main Square in Graz there are a number of charming lanes lined with shops and boutiques. In the Middle Ages Graz was an important trading centre and this old tradition is reflected in today's great number of stores. The city's largest shopping street is Herrengasse offering all kinds of shops and resting places. Art lovers should head for Sackstraße boasting beautiful antiques as well as modern and innovative arts and crafts. For this reason Sackstraße is also known as "Art Mile".
Further information on shopping in Graz: www.visitgraz.com
Linzer Landstraße is Austria's second largest shopping street after Vienna's Mariahilfer Straße. It starts at the baroque main square - which also boasts a number of shops - and runs through the entire centre of Linz all the way to the Blumau junction. Only a few steps from Landstraße is Neuer Dom, Austria's largest church. Landstraße is conveniently located near the train station and boasts international flagship stores as well as small bric-a-brac and souvenir shops. The side streets of Landstraße are worth a visit for its high-quality specialist stores.