Other areas to stay in Vienna
Leopoldstadt is the second district in Vienna and separated from the city centre by the Danube and the Donaukanal. Leopoldstadt is a warm welcoming place to stay and has a great choice of accommodation, ranging from top hotels like the Das Capri, Hotel Stefanie and the Austria Classic Hotel Wien, to smaller family run hotels and some great self-catering apartments which are perfect for longer stays.
Reaching the city centre is easy as there are three metro stations and if you want to explore further afield, you can catch a train from Vienna Praterstein Station. There is plenty to see and do on your doorstep too. Leopoldstadt is the traditional Jewish quarter of the city and the Karmelibermarkt has an amazing array of Kosher food stalls. This district has a hip culinary and arts scene to enjoy. The iconic Riesenrad Ferris wheel stands 65 metres high and is the perfect way to get a bird’s eye view of the area. The wheel stands on the edge of the Wurstelprater amusement park and Prater which is a vast green space. If you are keen to try authentic Viennese cuisine, seek out the Gasthaus Reinthaler near the park to sample schnitzels, goulash and käsepätzle and more. The waterfront areas have trendy bars and restaurants and places to hop on a boat trip to enjoy the river or to reach the river island of Donavinsel.
Hotels in Leopoldstadt
Cheap, with a car
Favoriten is the 10th district of Vienna and is very much an up and coming one, perfect for business travellers. If you are wanting to ‘do Vienna on a budget’ this district is ideal because it has plenty of reasonably priced hotels and good transport links to get you speedily into the city centre. There is the main station, the Hauptbahnhof and the U bahn and tram lines. Favoriten is well placed for easy access the city’s international airport. The journey time in to Stephanplatz is just ten minutes.
Favoriten is a multicultural district with modestly priced hotels and more self-catering options than in any other part of the city. The Wienerberg is 117 hectares of attractive green space with a large central lake and is perfect for relaxing after sightseeing in the city centre. It is fun to browse in Viktor- Adler Market as it is a colourful mixture of Balkan, Turkish, Oriental and Viennese. The popular Farmers’ Market – Lebnizgasse is held in the next street. Favoritenstraβe is the main shopping street with all the well known chain stores. There are plenty of traditionally styled coffee shops for relaxing and ‘watching the world go by’. Be sure to try the local speciality too- the best krapfen are made in Favoriten! These are delicious doughnuts filled with apricot jam or custard and are perfect start to the day with a cup of Viennese coffee.
Hotels in Favoriten
Belvedere palace, families
This attractive part of Vienna lies to the south-east of the city centre and is mainly residential- making it a quieter and more relaxing district to stay in – especially for families. There are elegant four star hotels to choose such as Hotel Spiess & Spiess, Austria Trend and Hotel Savoyie. This district is linked to the city centre by a short metro ride – the U3- which is probably the most useful link, but getting around Vienna from this district is easy.
Landstraβe has some great attractions to visit including the Botanical Gardens, Viennese City Park Belvedere Palace and the Hundertwasserhaus, with the lure of the Vienna State Opera just a little further away. There are plenty of quirky shops to explore and Landstraßer Hauptstraße has the greatest concentration of bakery shops in the whole of Vienna – what temptation!
The Prater, Vienna’s largest park is just a short distance away and can be reached easily on foot, crossing one of several bridges, or hiring a bike can be fun. If you want to spend some time shopping, there are several malls including Wien Mitte and it is in this particular mall that you will find some of the best restaurants in the area.
Hotels in Landstraße
Shopping, nightlife, young people
The seventh district of Vienna is Neubau – vibrant and fashionable and perfect for those seeking luxury hotel accommodation. The hotels in Neubau situated closest to the historic Innere Stadt are certainly the most impressive and luxurious. The top hotel is the 5 star Sans Souci Vienna which is in an elegant19th-century building situated next to the Museums Quarter. The equally impressive K & K Hotel Maria Theresia lies on the other side of the Museums Quarter. This part of Vienna was once home to the silk factories, but today is known as the gateway to the museum district. There are a cluster of contemporary art museums and various galleries, including the Leopold with collections of works by Austrian artists Klimt and Schiels and the Mumok, famous for its modernist works.
Neubau is a vibrant neighbourhood with a student and expat population. By day, it is fun to browse in the numerous vintage and retro shops, flea markets and artisan craft shops. There are gorgeously elegant coffee shops and attractive restaurants. As night falls, the trendy bars and restaurants swing into action before the clubs take over giving everyone the chance to dance until dawn.
Hotels in Neubau
Cheap, central, young people
Josefstadt is ideally located right in the center of Vienna, and is known as Vienna’s ‘Eighth District’. Despite being relatively small, Josefstadt is a thriving student area with plenty of lively bars, restaurants and cafés which give the area a warm and friendly feel.
The youthful vibe of Josefstadt is its major draw, and as a result there are some ideal accommodation options catered for young people - especially budget hostels. There are also more mid-range and upmarket options if you are looking to treat yourself too - it is not just for students! In Josefstadt, there aren’t a huge number of attractions, but certainly enough to keep you busy for a while. You can visit several palaces, museums and even enjoy the Theater in der Josefstadt! You also have excellent access to public transport here, as well as being a walking distance from some of Vienna’s downtown attractions in other districts.
Hotels in Josefstadt