Mariahilferstraße to be pedestrianised

Vienna's Mariahilferstraße will become a building site on Monday as work starts to transform the city's busiest shopping street into a pedestrian zone.

Mariahilferstraße to be pedestrianised
An artist's impression of what Mariahilferstraße will look like. Photo: Stadt Wien
Events will kick off with a public barbecue at 11:30am and the chance to have a souvenir photo. The construction work will take two years, and the project is costing a total of €25 million. Pedestrians will still be able to access the street for shopping but it will be closed to cars and cyclists. 
A total of 43,000 square feet is being redesigned to be pedestrian friendly.
"With the redesign of the Mariahilferstraße we are dramatically enhancing one of the most popular streets of the city. Vienna will have a modern, pedestrian boulevard in the city centre," said deputy mayor Maria Vassilakou.

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