Graben Street, Vienna

Graben Street, Vienna

The Graben, also known as the "Ditch," is a renowned street in Vienna with a rich historical significance. Its origins trace back to the Roman era, making it an enduring part of the city's history. Even historical figures like Richard the Lionheart once walked along this road during their visits to the city.

The street's name is derived from an ancient trench that used to roughly follow its path. Eventually, this trench was filled in, transforming the Graben into one of Vienna's first modern streets.

You can begin your journey at Stock-im-Eisen-Platz and make your way to the opposite end, Tuchlauben, while passing by some remarkable historic buildings. Among these landmarks are the Ankerhaus, once the residence of Otto Wagner, and the Palais Bartolotti-Partenfeld, a beloved summer residence of the renowned Baron family, to name just a couple.

During your stroll, be sure to visit the Generalihof, which once served as the headquarters of the Leopold Kozeluch Musikalisches Magazin ("Music Magazine") publishing house, established in 1784 and responsible for the initial publication of some of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's works. As you continue down the street, you'll come across the Grabenhof, an iconic building in the heart of Vienna's pedestrianized downtown. This building was the former residence of Joseph Ferdinand Sonnleithner, the founder of Vienna's famous music society. Erected in 1876 and designed by Otto Wagner and Otto Thienemann, it stands on the historical site of the Arkadenhaus, which existed since the late 16th century.

Your exploration of der Graben wouldn't be complete without a visit to the ERSTE Foundation building. This building houses the headquarters of the Erste Österreichische Spar Casse, Austria's largest savings bank, established in 1835.

Why You Should Visit:
To marvel at beautiful architecture and Baroque statues, and enjoy the musicians and street actors along the way, as you shop, eat, sightsee and soak up the life of Vienna.
A fantastic place to visit, especially during Christmas, with all the decorations, lamps and snow.

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Sight Name: Graben Street
Sight Location: Vienna, Austria (See walking tours in Vienna)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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Create Your Own Walk in Vienna

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Mozart Walking Tour

Mozart Walking Tour

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Vienna Old Town Walking Tour

Vienna Old Town Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.9 Km or 1.8 Miles
Old Town Chocolate Stores

Old Town Chocolate Stores

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Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.2 Km or 0.7 Miles
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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.9 Km or 2.4 Miles
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Vienna's Art Nouveau Architecture Tour II

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.8 Km or 1.1 Miles

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