A brief history of the district Mariahilf: in 1850, five independent communities joined together to form the 6th district of Vienna. After some back and forth about the districts’ boundaries, Mariahilf exists since 1862 in its current version. The name has even something to do with Greece: in the 16th century, Don Juan de Austria, an illegitimate son of Emperor Charles V, led the battle against the Ottomans and is said to have often called “Maria, help!”. His prayers were answered because he won the battle.