Mariahilfer Strasse: Walking towards new public spaces

The visit will lead us to see the recently finished conversion of public space and reorganization of traffic in the largest and most frequented shopping street in Vienna, Mariahilfer Strasse. This section of Mariahilfer Strasse has a length of about 1.5 km and about 150,000 sq.m. surface in the shops lining it. Due to the fact that the Mariahilfer Strasse is one of the best-known shopping streets in Vienna, the political discussions and citizens’ participation prior to the conversion was intense. The walkshop will conduct us to the different sections with encounter zones and pedestrian areas. A short side step to the adjacent districts of Neubau and Gumpendorf will present a most complete picture of the effects of the reorganisation of the traffic, as well as some typical Viennese features (e.g. public passageways through private houses (Durchhäuser), generally allowed from 6am to 9pm).

Duration: 3 hours
Meeting point: Vienna City Hall

Guided by Beatrix Rauscher (Office of the Deputy Mayor of the City of Vienna) and  Romain Molitor (KOMOBILE Vienna), supported by Harald Frey (Vienna University of Technology)

This Urban Lab bears difficulties for wheelchair users. Some of the through-ways are not fully accessible.

Photo Credit: City of Vienna, MA 28 – Christian Fürthner