Vienna’s Karlsplatz is not only a historically important place, not only in cultural terms. Regular events such as the Popfest Vienna, cinema under stars, the Advent market, productions of the Vienna Festival weeks up to smaller artistic offerings have made Karlsplatz more and more an urban meeting place, especially in the recent past.
Karlsplatz consists of many squares and places and is still more area than square. In our view, it is one of the most vibrant, interesting and authentic urban spaces in the city – despite, and perhaps because of, its multiple problems and often exhausting everyday situations. Karlsplatz undoubtedly belongs to Austria’s highest frequented places – countless subway trains, trams, buses, cars, bicycles, skaters and, of course, pedestrians cross it daily. With its diverse levels and functions, it is not only one of the most important infrastructure centers in the city, but also cultural heritage, recreation space, parkland and the location of two universities with a total of around 40,000 students.