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Perhaps because of its long history of socialism and state-owned enterprise, Austria does not have a strong mercantile culture.

Austrian shopkeepers are not as effusive as merchants in other countries, and will not rush to greet you when you enter their store. The Viennese do want your business in their polite Austrian way, however, and will serve you promptly if you address yourself to the counter.

Store hours tend to be short. If you wish to do any shopping, especially outside the inner city, you should get it done in the morning or the early afternoon. Many stores and banks are closed or poorly staffed around the lunch hour. Most stores are closed by 6:30pm on weekdays and by 1:30pm on Saturday. Stores are generally closed throughout Sunday in keeping with Austria's Catholic tradition, although this observance has been weakening in recent years.

Shopping Centres

The Ringstrassengalerien, 01, Kärtner Ring, is a shopping centre close to the Opera House. One of Vienna's main shopping streets, Mariahilferstrasse, in the Seventh District, is home to another department store, Gerngross.

Kärntner Straße runs south the Oprea (Karlsplatz U1/U2/U4) to Stephansplatz in the first district, it is a major shopping arterial with mostly international chains.

Am Graben An up-scale shopping promenade, with many local specialties such as Wien Porzellan, continuing from Stephansplatz (U1) to the going to west.

Kohlmarkt perhaps the fanciest shopping area picking up from the end of the Graben jogging over to Michaelerplatz with almost exclusively high-end luxury shops and designer stores.

The longest and most popular shopping avenue in Vienna is Mariahilferstraße , with a wide variety of stores, some of which are flagship stores for international brands. Quite different from cosmopolitan Kärntner Straße, it stretches from the Museumsquartier to Westbahnhof and can be reached by subway.

Margaratenstraße in the 5th District is an upmarket shopping area with cafes, galleries and high-end shops. (U4 Pligramgasse). Every Saturday, all year long, a flea market is held next to Naschmarkt.

Markt am Donaukanal
Treppelweg under Salztorbrücke
Early May to late September, Saturday 14:00 to 20:00, Sunday 10:00 to 20:00
Craft, Art, Antiques, Books

Antiques Market Am Hof
Between Mariensäule and Bognergasse
March to November, except Easter; Friday and Saturday 10:00 to 20:00
Art, craft, antiques
Special Occasions markets are events similar to markets and are held on special occasions.

All Saint's Day Markets In front of Viennese cemeteries 25 October to 2 November, daily from 7 am to 6 pm
Advent Markets In front of the church "Mariahilf", 1060 Vienna
Stiftgasse, 1070 Vienna
Viktor-Adler-Platz, 1100 Vienna
Meidlinger Hauptstraße, 1120 Vienna 18 November to 24 December daily from 8 am to 8 pm

Christmas Tree Markets At several locations throughout the city 15 December to 24 December, daily from 8 am to 8 pm

New Year's Markets At several locations throughout the city 27 December 2006 to 31 December 2006, daily from 6 am to 10 pm
 

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