Innere Stadt, the best area to stay in Vienna
Being the centre of the city, the Innere Stadt is the best location to have as your base with gorgeous scenic views and a labyrinth of fun streets to get lost in. The main attractions are the gothic St. Stephen’s Cathedral with some of its origins dating back to the 13th century and Hofburg Palace, which is a huge complex of buildings with each one containing jewels and other artefacts to do with the Habsburg emperors. Other interesting religious buildings include the Kapuzinekirche, which is a mausoleum where you will find many Habsbury royalty tombs. The Augustinian Friars’ Church is very unique and gruesome as the friars at the church look after actual hearts of the Habsburgs, which are carefully preserved in jars. There are plenty of museums in the Innere Stadt district to last you a lifetime but some of the most outstanding ones are the Museum of Fine Arts, which has the best collections of paintings by the Habsburgs as well as art from ancient Greece, Egypt and Roman. More traditional modern artworks can be found at the Albertina and also at the Natural History Museum, which has various exhibitions on dinosaurs, space and animals. The Music House is an interesting learning experience and focuses on the history of music in the city including Mozart and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. You can also go to the world-renown composer’s house, where you will also find a museum that is all about the famous Austrian. Other attractions include the Opera House, the Parliament, Chapel of the Imperial Palace, Old Synagogue, Film Museum and the Jewish Museum.
There are many performances from theatre companies and orchestras that entertain throughout the week as well as live amateur entertainers on various streets. The majority of the streets that you find will have a decent number of shops that sell souvenirs, organic products, antiques as well as art galleries and tranquil cafes. Most restaurants are set in lovely atmospheric old buildings, which all adds to the experience and you can sample the local food or try Asian, American or European dishes. There are a good amount of bars that have excellent beers on offer and try to find a garden rooftop bar, which will have the best aerial views of Vienna. Clubs are found all over the area with some having massive dance floors and others found underground or even on a boat in the canal. In terms of sleeping, you are spoilt for choice as there are many beautiful historic hotels with excellent facilities including huge TVs, swimming pools, gyms and much more.