Vienna

Hotels in Vienna

Imperial history, vibrant nightlife, and oodles of culture make Vienna one of the best spots in Europe for a city break. The capital of Austria is home to Mozart, Freud, and the famous Hapsburg dynasty. The city centre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is basically an open air museum chock full of historical buildings and monuments.

Romantic and beautiful, Vienna is an excellent choice for a couple’s getaway. It’s also a popular destination for business travellers, with a huge number of international conferences and conventions taking place in the city each year.

Whether you’re looking for culture, romance, or business, the following neighbourhoods are among the best places to find hotels in Vienna.

Innere Stadt

If you want to be in the centre of the action, look for accommodation in Innere Stadt. It’s where most of the city’s main tourist attractions can be found, including the famous Hofburg Palace and the Imperial Treasury. As well as palaces, cathedrals, and museums, the Innere Stadt is also home to high end shopping. Two of Austria’s best destinations for luxury shopping, the Kärntner Straße and the Graben, both start in this district.

Landstraße

Just a stone’s throw from the Innere Stadt, Landstraße has plenty of its own attractions. The excellent art galleries and theatres will appeal to culture vultures, while the lively Landerstraßer Haupstraße is heaven for shopaholics. In Landstraße you’ll also find one of Vienna’s most morbid attractions, the St Marxer Friedhof cemetery, where the headstones read like a “who’s who” of classical music.

Leopoldstadt

Just a short jaunt from the sights of the Innere Stadt and Landstraße, the trendy Leopoldstadt makes a great base of operations if you want to explore the city centre. It’s where Vienna’s cool kids hang out, with students and expats mingling to create a multicultural vibe. Cheap eats, baroque parks, and a 19th century ferris wheel are just a few of the reasons to visit this island between the Danube and Donaukanal.

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Vienna’s tenth district is home to the city’s new central station, the Wien Hauptbanhof. It’s not as touristic as the central districts, so accommodation here is perfect for those who prefer to get off the beaten track. Historical sites include the Vienna’s most notable thermal spa, the Kurzentrum Oberlaa, as well a gothic piety column dedicated to a woman who sat in the spot with her spinning wheel, waiting for her husband to come back from a crusade.

Alsergrund

Leafy and affluent Alsergrund is home to Vienna University, the Liechtenstein Museum, and the Vienna Sigmeund Freud Museum. Lots of businesses are also based here, with office workers taking to the leafy parks on sunny days to enjoy their lunch al fresco. Alsergrund also has a great nightlife, with lots of trendy bars and cafes along the Währinger Straße.   

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