Graben Street, Vienna

Graben Street, Vienna

Der Graben (or the "Ditch") is one of the most famous streets in all of Vienna. It dates back to the Roman times and has been an integral part of the city throughout history. The likes of Richard the Lionheart himself once set foot on this road when entered the city.

The name comes from an old trench that used to roughly follow the shape of the road. Eventually, it was filled in, and thus caused the Graben to become one of the first modern roads in Vienna.

You can start at Stock-im-Eisen-Platz and travel down to the other end, at Tuchlauben, passing by some truly wonderful old buildings. Among them are the Ankerhaus, a place where Otto Wagner used to live, and the Palais Bartolotti-Partenfeld, the favorite summer home of the famous Baron family, to mention but a few.

On the way, you will want to visit the Generalihof, the former seat of the Leopold Kozeluch Musikalisches Magazin (“Music Magazine”) publishing house, founded in 1784, in which some of the works by Wolfang Amadeus Mozart were published for the first time. Moving down the road, you can see the Grabenhof, one of the most distinctive buildings at the heart of Vienna's pedestrianized downtown, the former home of Joseph Ferdinand Sonnleithner, founder of the famous music society of Vienna. Built in 1876 and designed by Otto Wagner and Otto Thienemann, it stands on the site of the historic Arkadenhaus that had been there since the late 16th century.

No trip down der Graben would be complete without a stop to see the ERSTE Foundation building, housing the headquarters for the Erste Osterreichische Spar Casse, Austria's biggest savings bank, established since 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.
Sight description based on Wikipedia.

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Graben Street on Map

Sight Name: Graben Street
Sight Location: Vienna, Austria (See walking tours in Vienna)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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Walking Tours in Vienna, Austria

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Create Your Own Walk in Vienna

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Vienna's Historical Music Venues

Vienna's Historical Music Venues

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
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Old Town Churches Walking Tour

Old Town Churches Walking Tour

Sacred buildings in Vienna impress visitors with their historic architecture and magnificent interiors. The remarkable Gothic Stephansdom, charming Baroque St Peter’s church, and other sacred buildings of Vienna provide not only a history of the city, but a refreshing look with truly beautiful architecture, as you will see on this self guided tour.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.9 Km or 2.4 Miles
Klimt Paintings Tour

Klimt Paintings Tour

Gustav Klimt's name is indelibly linked with Vienna and its art. He was a public figure in the city and a founding member of the Vienna Secession who resisted the conventions of the national art establishment to become a wildly influential figure in the Jugendstil (or Art Nouveau) style. While he lived a rather secluded life, his paintings snatched such critical accolades as first prize at...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.7 Km or 2.3 Miles
Vienna's Art Nouveau Architecture Tour I

Vienna's Art Nouveau Architecture Tour I

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.4 Km or 2.1 Miles
Vienna Introduction Walking Tour II

Vienna Introduction Walking Tour II

The former capital of the once mighty Austro-Hungarian Empire and the second largest city in the German-speaking world after Berlin, today's Vienna is still much revered for its great historic and cultural past, as well as present. The abundance of imperial palaces, diverse museums and historic churches attracts millions of international guests to Vienna each year. This introduction walk,...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.7 Km or 1.7 Miles
Old Town Chocolate Stores

Old Town Chocolate Stores

Vienna is famous for its mouth-watering confections. In its specialty shops and boutiques, usually located on the ground floors of historic buildings, you will find the best roasted coffee, high quality chocolates, sweets, wafers, cocoa and, of course, Mozartkugels. Don’t hesitate to visit the wonderful chocolate stores in the Old Town featured in this guide.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.2 Km or 0.7 Miles

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