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The Karntnerstrasse is one of the most famous pedestrian streets in Vienna's inner city. It starts from St. Stephen's Cathedral, passes through the Vienna Opera and ends at Karlsplatz. Together with the Kolmarkt and Graben streets, it forms a horseshoe-shaped pedestrian zone.
The first mention of this street dates back to 1257. It led from the city center to the Carinthian gate of the fortress walls. Since then it has been one of the city's important thoroughfares.
At the end of the 19th century, houses on the western side of the street were demolished and rebuilt, which led to an increase in the width of the street (from 9 up to 17 meters). As a result of bombing in 1945, the street was badly damaged, which led to the emergence of many modern buildings.
In the 1970s, a metro line was built all along the street between Stephansplatz and Karlsplatz stations.
There are many cafes and restaurants, shops, and several hotels. Walking along the Karntnerstrasse, you will come across the Esterhazy Palace and the Todesco Palace.
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Topic: Karntnerstrasse in Vienna, Austria.