Mariahilfer Strasse in Vienna: The Place of Shopping, Hotels, and History

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Mariahilfer Strasse: Vienna’s prime shopping street

Mariahilfer Strasse (Mariahilf Street) is one of the best known and most visited places in central Vienna. It is one of the best places for shopping in Vienna and also the location of some of the oldest and best hotels in the city.

Mariahilfer Strasse location: Innere and Äussere Mariahilfer Strasse

Mariahilfer Strasse is a long street which connects the Imperial Palace Hofburg in the Inner City (Innere Stadt) with Westbahnhof (West Train Station). As the station’s name suggests, Mariahilfer Strasse runs from the heart of Vienna towards the west (west-southwest actually).

In fact, Mariahilfer Strasse continues beyond Westbahnhof further towards the south-eastern parts of Vienna – the street is called Mariahilfer Strasse up to Auer-Welsbach-Park near the Schönbrunn Palace. Nevertheless, most of the shopping takes place in the section between the Inner City and Westbahnhof – this section is called Innere (Inner) Mariahilfer Strasse. The second part beyond Westbahnhof is Äussere (Outer) Mariahilfer Strasse.

Mariahilfer Strasse as border between Mariahilf and Neubau

Mariahilfer Strasse – Mariahilf Street – got its name after the 6th district of Vienna, Mariahilf. The Inner section of Mariahilfer Strasse forms the border between Mariahilf and other Viennese district, Neubau.

How to get to Mariahilfer Strasse

Mariahilfer Strasse is quite long, therefore there is not one single answer to this question. There are several U-Bahn (metro) stations along Innere Mariahilfer Strasse. Depending on where in Mariahilfer Strasse your destination is, exit the metro at:

  • MuseumsQuartier (line U2) – the start of Mariahilfer Strasse in Inner City;
  • Neubaugasse (line U3);
  • Zieglergasse (line U3);
  • Westbahnhof (lines U3 and U6).

Besides the metro, there are several bus lines operating in Innere Mariahilfer Strasse. Äussere Mariahilfer Strasse doesn’t have metro connection, but it is well served by trams and buses.