Kärntner Strasse, Opernring, and Vienna State Opera

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Kärntner Strasse in Vienna

Kärntner Strasse is a well-known street in Vienna Inner City. It goes from Karlsplatz (Charles Square) to Stephansplatz and St. Stephen’s Cathedral. If you look carefully, you can see the two Heathen Towers of Stephansdom in the background on the picture.

Kärntner Strasse, Opernring, and Vienna State Opera

Kärntner Strasse is mainly a shopping street – most of the shops sell souvenirs or luxury goods. There is also a casino in Kärntner Strasse, as well as many hotels. Car traffic is very limited in Kärntner Strasse and the best way to explore it is on foot.

Opernring and Ringstrasse

The junction you can see on the picture is the crossing of Kärntner Strasse with Ringstrasse, the circle street running around Vienna Inner City (Ringstrasse means literally Ring Street). Each section of Rinstrasse has its own name, mostly after nearby landmarks, places, or buildings. To the east from Kärntner Strasse, Ringstrasse is named Kärntner Ring, while in the west it is Opernring.

Vienna State Opera

The building on the left (with yellow tourist buses in front of it) is Vienna State Opera (or Staatsoper), the world famous opera house, which gave its name to Opernring and also to Operngasse, which runs parallel to Kärntner Strasse on the other side of the State Opera.