Graben and Kohlmarkt
Graben and Kohlmarkt
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Neighbourhood: Inner City
In Vienna's best-known district, pedestrian boulevards Kärntner Strasse and Graben connect you with landmarks such as the Wiener Staatsoper (Vienna State Opera), Vienna’s iconic Stephansdom (St. Stephen’s Cathedral) and the vast compound of Hofburg, the Habsburgs’ former Imperial Palace. Peek down side streets such as Annagasse and Weihburggasse, and Graben’s Seilergasse and Habsburggasse, to get a feel for the centre. The Imperial Apartments and the refreshingly demystifying Sissi Museum are must-dos at Hofburg. Spacious squares such as Am Hof and Freyung often host beautiful seasonal and antiques markets.
How to get there
  • Stephansplatz • 2 min walk
  • Stephansplatz • 2 min walk
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AFAK25
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia4,441 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
High end shopping streets in Vienna. We took the U-Bahn to Stephenplatz, took some pictures in the square, entered the St Stephen Cathedral and started our journey to Hofburg through Graben and Kohlmarkt.

Plenty of luxury boutiques and cafes on both streets. Not something that we were interested in. We were excited by the architecture and the baroque statues in Graben.
Written 25 January 2020
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chessu
Tallinn, Estonia198 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
Unfortunately, we didn’t have time to enjoy the little side streets and only walked through the main pedestrian area, but it was truly the most magnificent Christmas light display I’ve seen on streets. I saw someone describe it as an outdoor ballhouse, and I thought it was fitting. Shops are closed on a Sunday, but cafes are filled to the brink even outside. Probably one of the nicest shopping streets/tourists areas I’ve visited in European capitals.
Written 5 December 2022
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Moscow, Russia146,073 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
You will not pass this place exactly if you are walking in the city center. Beautiful and cozy, there are always tourists here. There are many magazines, and in the winter there are davki with various confetti and tânučki.
Written 15 August 2023
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Paul Legate
United Kingdom21,908 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Couples
Graben is in Central Vienna and is one of the main pedestrianised shopping streets in the city and leads into Kohlmarkt. The street has an abundance of elegant buildings and various architectural styles and also a range of high end stores. The street came into being around 1220 when Duke Leopold VI started expanding the city. Most of the buildings date back to 19th century when the street was widened. There are various statues and fountains along Graben and the most well known of the statues is Pestsäule - Plague Column which was commissioned by Emperor Leopold I and was created at the end of the plague epidemic. Graben is a street worth visiting but as with most places in Vienna gets extremely busy and is worth a visit during off-peak times.
Written 14 October 2018
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Kirkos P
Nicosia District, Cyprus102 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015 • Friends
Both Graben (Mainly a Shopping Street) and Kohlmarkt are amazing places for someone who visits the enchanting city of Vienna! In Graben you can shop various things, while in Kohlmarkt you can admire and enjoy the various sightseings there, from the famous Spanish Horse-Riding School, to the 3 or more different Architectural Styles of the Buildings in Kohlmarkt!!! Imagine, in just 1 place (Kohlmarkt) you can see all 3 or 4 of them (Different Architectural Styles) co-existing next to each other!!! Isn;t this great? Last, but not least, don;t forget to take your Camera with you in Kohlmarkt, there are some stunning shots to be taken there! You have been warned! :-)
Written 9 September 2015
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Foodie_CST🍽🇷🇴
Kolios, Greece5,126 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Family
This area is quite crowded sometimes and is filled with many expensive shops but also has some nice local shops. Also plenty of coffee houses and some restaurants in the area.
Written 25 February 2019
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Rabih SOUAID
Düsseldorf, Germany2,217 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Solo
Free.
Pedestrian streets so wear appropriately (comfort shoes).

Kohlmarkt is home to some very expensive shops (big brands name) and upmarket cafes and restaurants.

At the time of the Austrian monarchy the Graben was known as an exclusive shopping street due to the near location to the Hofburg. Since the 1970ies it is used as a pedestrian zone.
Most of the buildings in this pedestrian area origin from the 17th and 18th century and you can find here finest traditional shops like the porcelain factory Augarten, the court jeweler Heldwein and the court perfumery Nägele & Strubell. There are also plenty of coffee houses and testaurants dominate the street.

Graben is filled with Historical buildings:

1-Equitable Palais with its ornately tiled inner courtyard

2-Erste Österrichisches Sparkasse with its golden bee symbolising thrift and industriousness

3-Plague Column.
Written 27 January 2019
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PhoebeNJ
Australia6,189 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2014 • Family
Lovely place to wonder around window-shopping. We were fortunate to see this both during the day and in the evening when the christmas lights came on. It is a beautiful part of the old town, well worth a look.
Written 14 January 2015
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Footloose916
Woodstock, NY148 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2013 • Couples
It is a little strange to find myself writing a review about a street that began as a ditch and has one of the most beautiful public toilets I have ever seen but strange as it may seem, I will do it anyway.

Graben was dug as a ditch by the Romans to protect their city. It was then filled in by Leopold V in 1192 as part of his city defenses. It is now one of the busiest shopping streets in Vienna and has 2 fascinating landmarks: the Plague column with its writhing figures adorning the pillar commemorating the end of the plague and Alfred Loos' art nouveau public toilets.

I only saw the Ladies' WC but it fascinated me to no end. The times I went there, a man would be sitting at the entrance to collect a fee for its use. It was a minimal amount whatever it was but I was enthralled the minute I set foot in the space. The Art Nouveau details, the shining dark wood and door handles all tended with such care and respect, it was simply fascinating. The place was impeccably clean as well and I found myself going there just to look at the huge mirror hanging on the wall, the lighting design on the ceiling, all this Old World detail and elegance found in a Ladies' public toilet in the center of Vienna's exclusive shopping district! If you find yourself in Vienna and you need to heed Nature's call and are of the right gender and like Art Nouveau architecture, please visit this little masterpiece of a WC. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
Written 22 November 2013
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Ezra B
New York City, NY1,232 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2015 • Business
The Graben & Kohlmarkt is a very active and high quality shopping block of Vienna. The street is very dedicated for tourist shopping, but also has good restaurants along with some very religious inspired statues. Both day and night is active and full of people wandering around for a nice stroll through town, even on a Sunday when most shops are closed. I really enjoyed viewing the statue with the angels set upon clouds with their wings, trumpets, and swords that had the words engraved on one side 'Deo, Patri, Creatori'; very beautiful!

Visited March 2015
Written 23 March 2015
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