We know the city first-hand, with all its districts, hotels and restaurants. Oh, you will enjoy this guide, I promise!
On this guide, you will find the best areas to stay in Vienna Austria for the first time visitor, families, couples or groups.
We even included a big map with all the neighborhoods and handpicked hotels for all types of travelers. That includes couples, families, and even those traveling solo.
Make sure you read our guide to 3 to 7 days in Vienna. It covers all the must-sees in the city, tickets you have to pre-book and an itinerary.
Read: 18 fun things to do in Vienna – outside the tourist box
(This guide is always up to date, the last updated July 2020.)
But, first things first:
Question: Where should you stay in Vienna as a first time visitor?
Answer: Stay Central!
What does this mean?
The great thing about the capital of Vienna is that it is not very big, and public transport is really efficient. You can get pretty much anywhere in a relatively short period of time.
Also, on the weekends the U-Bahn runs all night, so even in the early hours of the morning, you are never too far from home.
The very city center includes these popular districts:
- Innere Stadt (1st District)
- Mariahilf (6th District)
- Neubau (7th District)
- Leopoldstadt (2nd District)
We know it is hard to understand the district name when you have never been there. So we created several maps to help you.
Here’s a full map for you to understand the different areas.
Please note: Those are not the absolute borders of each district. I just tried to simplify the information.
So Why do I recommend these areas?
Not only are these areas the popular districts in Vienna but as well as they are the most convenient areas to stay. They have direct access to the airport, public transport and many of the major sights nearby.
Only interested in staying in the city center? Read the section on best hotels in Vienna center.
1. Best areas and handpicked hotels for …
Just like what I mentioned earlier, the perfect place for a first-time visitor is in the city center of Vienna.
However, I did consider the different needs of different travel styles. You will find an overview of this as you read on.
Also, as a token of our generosity, I would like to include an amazing discount for your stay:
Now, let’s see handpicked hotels.
Continue scrolling or pick your group and travel type on the menu:
The very first thing to consider when traveling with the family is that the kids and adults have different priorities while traveling (also in life). Thus, is great to get a commitment.
While the parents would like to experience the food and culture and go around sightseeing, the kids will always love to play (especially the younger ones).
That is why, for families, I recommend to stay in the following districts:
- Innere Stadt (1st District)
This map shows you the areas recommended for families:
Handpicked accommodations for families
Let us have a closer look on the best places to stay in Vienna for families. Location plays a big role in a family that is traveling.
Accommodations are best when it is flexible enough for all the members of the family. That is why I highly suggest that the best option is to stay in the city center and be readily accessible to all.
Also, it is better to find an apartment and feel more at home during your vacation. Prepare your own food as you do at your home.
Find Parkview Residences just right across the street from Stadtpark which is perfect for the kids to play.
This charming apartment features state-of-the-art types of furniture and extremely comfortable beds you will surely love.
Moreover, the property puts you in a very convenient location. Just 5-minutes’ walk from Vienna’s most important landmark, the St. Stephan’s Cathedral while you can reach the Underground station just across the street.
Insider Tip: The hop-on-hop-off bus (which is included in the must-buy Vienna pass) has a station less than 5 minutes walk from the property.
Novotel Wien Hauptbahnhof
Expect to have access to a sauna and fitness center during your stay at Novotel Wien Hauptbahnhof.
Very ideal for families. Plus, rooms are installed with a flat-screen TV and have children’s television networks. Even more, there is also an indoor play area for the kids.
Furthermore, the hotel offers a bike rental so you could cycle around the city. Another thing, kids will also appreciate the game room.
Unquestionably, your one week in Vienna would be easier through your stay in Novotel Wien Hauptbahnhof.
Good to know: Hauptbahnof means central station. Try to pronounce it!
Tip: The hotel is wheelchair friendly. Thus, they offer auditory guidance, visual aids in tactile signs and braille. There is also an emergency cord in the bathroom.
Eddie’s Design Apartments
Boasting an amazing overlooking view of Vienna from the roof terrace is Eddie’s Design Apartments.
The apartment offers spacious and well-equipped rooms that come with free WiFi and TV. And the kids will appreciate the children’s television networks.
Also, you will find the kitchenette will all the necessary utilities you will need to prepare your food and have a wonderful mealtime just like at home.
Moreover, you can reach the old center in a 7-minutes stroll and the public station in 10-minutes.
On the other hand, you can find various cafes and restaurants around the property with just a few walks.
There are many romantic things that await lovers in Vienna. Hence, you got a long list of things to do for couples that will truly make your trip a sweet and memorable one.
The best areas for couples to stay in Vienna are:
- Innere Stadt
This map shows you the areas recommended for couples:
Handpicked accommodations for couples
A traveling couple definitely needs an intimate accommodation.
Here are hotel suggestions to make your trip more romantic without having to worry about anything.
Grand Hotel Wien
Go intimate and enjoy the free sauna and a steam bath from the Grand Spa N°605 and enjoy its wellness facilities at Grand Hotel Wien.
The hotel also boasts beauty and massage treatments that you can avail at an extra cost.
However, you will find other free amenities that you can fully take advantage of which includes the following:
- Free WiFi
- Free Shoe-shine service
- Use the Wellness Center for free
Furthermore, rooms and suites are luxuriously furnished and are equipped with elegant pieces of furniture. You will also find 2 bars and 5 restaurants on-site.
Location wise, you will be able to reach theState and the famous Kärntner Straße Shopping Street with just a 5-minute walk from the property.
Get a room with a marvelous view of either the St. Stephens Cathedral or the Vienna Ferris Wheel in SO Vienna.
Aside from the breathtaking view, the hotel offers a very convenient location in Leopoldstad district where the public transport is within your reach and the major tourist destinations are within walking distance.
In particular, you can also get to St. Stephen’s Cathedral in just 10-minutes walk from the property.
Moreover, have a more intimate dinner over its entirely glass-walled Restaurant and Bar Das LOFT with an overlooking view of Vienna that begins to shine when the sunsets from the 18th floor.
Besides, there is also a spa center you can use for free so go ahead and pamper yourself through your stay in the city.
Palais Hansen Kempinski
Place yourself close to the Danube River, Sigmund Freud Museum and the Augarten Park just 10-minutes’ walk from Palais Hansen Kempinski.
One of the coolest boutique hotels in Vienna City, you should expect your rooms to be decorated with high-quality fabrics and carpets. The rooms offer either a unique view of its surrounding historic buildings or the inner courtyard.
Personally, I preferred the historical buildings.
Also, you can choose between their two restaurants which serve the cuisines of Vienna and other parts of the world. Plus, watch your food get prepared through their show kitchen.
Palais Hansen Kempinski also offers a pool and fitness center that can add a more intimate bonding experience for couples.
1.3 Luxury traveler
Just like the other cities in Europe, Vienna has everything you’ll ever need for a luxury trip. There is many great luxury hotels in Vienna.
From Michelin-Star restaurants with the best cooks in the world, luxury shops, culture, sightseeing, you got yourself a handful in Vienna.
For luxury travelers, I would recommend staying in the following areas:
- Innere Stadt
This map shows you the areas recommended for the luxury traveler:
Handpicked accommodations for the luxury traveler
Vienna is famous for its architecture and history, being the capital of the old Austria-Hungarian Empire and center for classical music.
So, for the true classical Austrian experience, stay at some of the most famous hotels in Vienna listed below.
Hotel Sacher Wien
Steeped in history and oozing luxury, you can’t get any more Viennese than Hotel Sacher Wien.
Particularly, you can find valuable antiques, elegant furniture, and a famous collection of paintings around the property.
Located in the heart of the City Centre, directly opposite the City Opera Theatre and right next to the Kärntner Straße, it is as central as it gets. The Sacher was opened in the 1870s and yet it is still filled with all its royal grace. For us, this is the best luxury hotel in Vienna Center!
Moreover, it is also home to the famous ‘Sacher-Torte’, which you can have in the luxurious café on-site partnered with a traditional Viennese Coffee.
Even more, just a 2-minutes walk from the hotel is Karlsplatz Transportation Hub which connects you to all parts of Viena. Putting you in great access to travel around the city.
Opened in the 1890s, Hotel Bristol has retained all of its traditional charms through the years as a Luxury Collection Hotel.
Expect to be served by the best team as the hotel offers an awarded concierge service that will be with you throughout your hotel stay.
Even more, get the best insider tips about the city as well as get your tours and tickets reserved and organized by the team for your worry-free trip in Vienna.
Also, try their hotel bar, which has great cocktails. It is the perfect place to unwind and…
Escape the bustle of the City outside
And as for the location, it is ideally located to explore the major tourist destinations of the city and find Karlsplatz Metro Stop just opposite the hotel.
Frequented by celebrities and royals, Hotel Imperial is the height of traditional Viennese charm.
Originally built as a residence for an Austrian Prince in the 1860s, it was converted into a hotel for 10 years after, and remains one of the most luxurious hotels in Vienna today.
Lavishly decorated with authentic antiques and the finest materials, this hotel is perfect for those who want to spoil themselves in luxury, whilst still being able to stay in the hear of the city.
Moreover, don’t forget to try dining in its award-winning Restaurant Opus as well as have a taste of a classic Viennese coffee and the famous Imperial cake (Imperialtorte) at the Café Imperial.
On the other hand, fire your night with a wide range of cocktails and other drinks at the 1873 Hallensalon and get to listen to live piano music.
The Ritz-Carlton, Vienna
Stay in luxury with a 5-Star Hotel, stay in The Ritz-Carlton, Vienna.
Enjoy luxurious rooms and suites. And all with a minibar and a Geneva sound system with an iPod docking station.
Moreover, get to enjoy the hotel’s The Atmosphere Rooftop Bar. More than a place to grab your drinks, it certainly does offer one of the best panoramic views of Vienna.
Furthermore, the hotel also offers The Ritz-Carlton Spa. Indulge yourself at the largest indoor pool in the center of Vienna with underwater music. Plus a fitness room, separate saunas and steam baths for men and women, and six spa suites for unforgettable spa treatments.
The Ritz-Carlton also offers a Club Lounge with private check-in and an exclusive concierge service.
Undeniably one of Europe’s most inviting and underrated capitals, Vienna has something to offer visitors of all types – even those who love art and design.
And to better give a more appreciating stay, here are the best neighborhoods if you’re into the design:
Visit and stay at the seventh district (Neubau) which is often referred to by locals as ‘hipster’ or ‘bohemian’. You’ll witness the streets filled with indie boutiques, alternative art shops, and concept cafe’s in this area.
Here is a map with the following districts and hotels for design lovers:
Handpicked accommodations for design lovers
More than just design hotels, these accommodations will give you an excellent quality of stay that offers amazing amenities and services.
Check out these properties, located in the very artistic and design-filled neighborhoods, that can give your stay a highlight of the Vienna-art feel.
25Hours Hotel Beim MuseumsQuartier
25Hours Hotel Beim Museums Quartier is personally my favorite hotel in Vienna.
It is relatively new (renovated in 2013), and every room is unique, with its own design combined with circus elements.
Furthermore, some rooms and suites come with a fully equipped kitchenette, a microwave, and a tea/coffee maker.
Aside from its unique circus designs, the hotel boasts a rooftop bar that offers a breathtaking view of the city. Sober up with a cocktail and meet new friends from all over the world. Also, enjoy live music evenings that are organized weekly.
In particular, staying at 25Hours Hotel means being close to all the public transport including the trams, buses and underground lines. And if you’re into shopping, reach Mariahilfer Straße Shopping Street in 15-minutes by foot.
Ruby Marie Hotel
Located just a few steps from Westbahnhof Train and Underground Station, you will find Ruby Marie Hotel.
Moreover, all rooms contain:
- hand-picked furniture,
- a rain-shower, and
- entertainment systems (including state-of-the-art speakers) that would rival any music studio.
Not to mention that there is also a beautiful rooftop terrace to soak up those warm Viennese summer evenings.
If you’re into shopping, the hotel is situated right on Vienna’s famous shopping street of Mariahilfestrasse.
Aside from this, there is a 24/7 bar at the property that also serves as the hotel’s reception.
Hotel Rathaus – Wein and Design
Are you a wine lover? Then definitely Hotel Rathaus – Wein and Design is for you. It has over 450 top Austrian wines on the list.
You will surely appreciate the entire hotel designed with wine in mind.
Even the rooms are named after famous Austrian winemakers while double-rooms offer a minibar that is stocked with famous Austrian wines. A perfect time to chill and relax after a long tiring city tour.
Moreover, the hotel also has a gorgeous rooftop terrace as well as a quaint downstairs patio where you can take photos of.
Located in the 8th District, just behind the grand Rathaus (Town Hall), this hotel is a different, but fantastic base to get acquainted with Vienna.
Hotel Sans Souci Wien
Directly opposite the Museum Quarter is the Hotel Sans Souci Wien.
The hotel features a bar and the Veranda restaurant where they serve Austrian and international cuisines. Evenmore, guests can also take advantage of the Sans Souci Spa and use the indoor pool.
Moreover, the Sans Souci Spa also offers guests a sauna, a steam bath, and a relaxing area free of charge.
Also, the hotel is also suited for families since they offer babysitting services, kid’s meals, and children’s television networks.
One of my favorite kinds of traveler – groups of friends, families…
Although it is “the more, the merrier” concept, traveling in groups can be very complicated. Especially each and one of you has different desires during the trip.
For this reason, I highly suggest that you stay in the city center to keep you in access to all that you might need and might be visiting. In that way, everyone is in touch with all their reasons for visiting.
Best for groups, the best locations include these districts:
This map shows you the areas recommended for groups:
Handpicked accommodations for groups
Considering each and one of the members of your group, here are hostel and apartment options for you to stay. Both of these accommodations will give you a better space and commitment to deal with everybody in the group.
From the common area to the shared kitchen and bedrooms, you got yourself a great place to stay.
Abieshomes Serviced Apartments
Great for groups, I really love Abieshomes Serviced Apartments.
The apartments have everything a group could possibly need, including a kitchen where you can prepare your food for a better homely feel.
And the best part of this property is the panoramic view of Vienna and some of its tourist destinations from the rooftop terrace.
You can also find numerous bars, cafés, and restaurants along with the apartment that is great for your group to explore.
As for the location, you can reach the remarkable Votivkirche church just a few steps just behind the apartment. While the other tourist destinations can be reached in 10-15 minutes by foot like the City Hall and the elegant shopping streets of Graben.
Hotspot Apartments Westbahnhof
Offering a spacious and fully equipped accommodation is Hotspot Apartments Westbahnhof.
You can find this property readily accessible to the city center and all of Vienna’s other main attractions. If have been wondering where to stay in Vienna innere stadt? Hotspot Apartments near Westbahnhof is a good option!
Moreover, the apartment is situated in a semi-residential area which puts you close to many options for shopping and food. There are also supermarkets nearby so you won’t worry about going hungry. Buy your food and use the fully equipped kitchen in the apartment if ever you don’t feel like eating out.
There is also a washing machine, a microwave, an oven and a fridge that makes it feel more like your home.
Offering a garden and a terrace, Hostel Ruthensteiner is one of the best hostel ideals for exploring Vienna.
Located just walking distance to Palace Schoenbrunn and the city center. Even more, it is the perfect fit for a family, groups and even solo travelers. Making it a great avenue to winning new friends from all over the world.
They also have a guitar, piano, and drums in the music area. Moreover, you can freely use and boast to play an instrument.
Plus, the hostel also features a bar that will surely spice up your nights in Vienna.
While Vienna may have a reputation for being classy and expensive, the budget backpacker is still very much catered for.
Solo travelers have very much the same opportunities that of the other kind of travelers. Just like what I have said a while ago, Vienna has everything for everyone.
The ones looking for a hostel-option, check out the 3 best hostels in Vienna.
- Hostel Ruthensteiner – 5 star hostel
- Wombats City Hostels Naschmarkt – best for solo travelers and groups
- Gartl Apartments & Hostel – best for female solo travelers
This map shows you the areas recommended for the solo traveler:
Handpicked accommodations for solo traveler
If you’re looking for Airbnb options and wants to meet a local and get more insider tips of Vienna, here is my personal AirBnB recommendation.
Just a tip: Do check out the comments on the property and the person so you could imagine what it’s going to be when you’re there. Send them a personalized message for better communication on your trip.
You can use this Airbnb discount code to get 35€ off.
On the other hand, are you more the hostel type of person? You got plenty of hostels to choose from, however, you can check out these 3 best hostels in Vienna.
Wombat’s City Hostel
Fantastically located, Wombat’s City Hostel is nearby to all the major sightseeing sites in the city. Thus, this is by far the best location hostel Vienna has to offer.
Moreover, this is one of the most famous hostels in town.
This cool hostel in Vienna is run by travellers, for travellers. You know you’re in good hands when the staff has backpacked the world.
Besides, it has a great bar (complete with pool table), which is perfect for meeting other people or having a quiet drink before heading out.
It also has super friendly staff and has all the amenities you would expect of a modern-day hostel.
Just near the Westbahnhof Train Station (which has connections to Salzburg and beyond) is Hostel Ruthensteiner.
A very homely place to relax and feel comfortable in a new city.
In particular, it is close to a great strip of bars which you can visit after you’ve chilled in the hostel bar or in their secret garden. Moreover, the staff are great and quick to give you local tips of the area, so check them out!
You can also find many cafes, bars, and restaurants around the area which makes it ideal to go out exploring.
Meininger Vienna Downtown Franz
Located in the 2nd District and just a 10 minute walk from the City Centre, Meininger Vienna Downtown Franz is also in a great location.
The hostel is clean and has great staff you will surely appreciate. The hostel offers as well as a huge common area and a bar, so there is great opportunity to meet other like-minded travellers.
One great thing I love about this hostel is that in the immediate vicinity is the Old Jewish Quarter. Now home to lots of trendy cafes and plenty of green space. Thus, a great change of pace if you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of tourist-life!
1.7 Nightlife Traveler
Of all the amazing things that Vienna has to offer, the nightlife is not the least of them.
You have all the reasons to be excited for the fun party and night adventure in Vienna.
If you are interested in party and nightlife then I recommend you the following districts:
Handpicked accommodations for nightlife
In achieving a more exciting night experience, you must have a great accomplice.
Therefore, here are the best party hostels and accommodations that will be your perfect ‘partner-in-crime’ to a great party adventure in your trip to Vienna.
Not only does it suits groups, Hostel Ruthensteiner is also an ideal party hostel that will spice up your night.
Meet other hostel guests and win new acquaintances over a few drinks during the happy hour. Their smoke-free bar is very much a great avenue to meeting people from all over the world.
Moreover, its bar and lounge offers good music while you can
Have a sip of Vienna’s best lager beer – Ottakringer!
Plus, you can personally play their music instruments while you chill. These includes a well-tuned piano, guitars, ukulele and drums. All in your hostel.
Not just does it offer an amazing bar, the Hostel Ruthensteiner gives you an impeccable service and amenities that you will surely make you go back.
So if you’re looking for an ideal party hostel, perfect for groups or solo traveler, definitely it should be Hostel Ruthensteiner.
Wombat’s City Hostel (onsite bar + impeccable service)
Just a 5-minute walk from U4 Metro, you will reach Wombat’s City Hostel.
Boost your day with an amazing buffet breakfast offered at the hostel. On the other hand, you can choose from many bohemian coffee shops and electro clubs around the accommodation if you’re into more of tasting Vienna.
Moreover, the hostel offers many list of freebies that you will be given during stay. To name a few, you will be welcomed by a welcome drink and be given free bed linens and a city map.
The hostel also offers free walking tour for you to know Vienna better.
Motel One Wien-Hauptbahnhof
Motel One Wien-Hauptbahnhof features a bar decorated with Arne Jacobsen chairs and Swarovski chandeliers.
Located in Vienna’s Westbahnhof transport hub and shopping complex. Therefore, a perfect avenue to meet people from all over the world.
Besides, rooms are designed stylishly and are installed with a flat-screen satellite TV, a mobile workstation. Even more, a designed bathroom with elegant furnishings and a rain shower.
Also, Motel One Wein-Hauptbahnhof is only a 10-minute underground ride from the city center.
1.8 For the Budget Traveler
While there are luxury travelers, of course, there’s a budget traveler.
So don’t you worry because we got you! You got many cheap accommodations to choose from.
Here is our list for great cheap hostels:
However, if you think these choices does not match your taste, you could still find more options in Hostelworld – a booking site with very affordable accommodations.
New to Hostelworld? Let me guide you.
- Open Hostelworld and check out the full list of cheap places to stay in Vienna
- You can change the prices according to your budget.
- Choose the cheapest hostel that perfectly match your requirements.
And there you have it, a perfectly cheap accommodation that matches your budget.
Best Hotels in Vienna City Center
So many readers have been asking about central hotels. After all, this is the most popular place to stay.
Therefore I created a list of my favorite hotels in the “Innenstadt Wien“, the inner city.
- Grand Hotel Wien
- Ritz Carlton Hotel Vienna
- Hotel Sans Souci
- Meininger Vienna Downtown
- The Guesthouse Vienna
- Schlosshotel Römischer Kaiser
- Hollmann Beletage Design & Boutique Hotel
- Boutique Hotel Das Tigra
Every single hotel is dotted around the inner city.
The inner city is a bit more pricey, yet you find everything from fun hostels to apartments up to high-end luxury hotels.
My personal favorite is The Guesthouse Vienna.
Please zoom into the map for more details. On the left sidebar you activate and deactivate the different layers.
The red district is the city center of Vienna with all hotels mentioned. The City Center District is called “Innenstadt” in German.
Where to stay in Vienna in December/ for Christmas Market
Traveling to Vienna in December and for the Christmas Market? Then make sure you read this part on accommodation in Vienna for Christmas Markets.
I added the locations for the Christmas market in the map above.
Update: This section is about only for December. Make sure you dress accordingly since Austria is very cold in Winter.
There is several Christmas markets around, not just the main one. The Markets take place at
- Christmas Village on Maria-Theresien-Platz
- Christmas Village at Belvedere Palace
- Schönbrunn Palace
- Art Advent on Karlsplatz
- Christmas Market on Michaelerplatz
- Christmas Market on Stephansplatz
This is actually just an excerpt. There is many big, small and different ones. Find a complete article of all markets with the tourism tourism board here.
2. Top 10 Sights (and their locations)
Just like in the beginning when we answered the question on where is the best location to stay for a first time visit, we have said to stay central.
Why? Basically, staying central keeps you in easy access to almost all the tourist destinations.
It will be easier for you to visit these places with less travel time and more chance of exploring the city.
And to better guide you here is a map I have made.
Here, you will see the top 10 sights you should visit on your trip to the city. You can save it for later and use it on your time in Vienna.
The top 10 sights in Vienna are:
- Schönbrunn and Schonbrunn Gardens
- St Stephen’s Cathedral
- Hofburg Palace
- Tiergarten Schonbrunn (Vienna Zoo)
Tip: The Vienna Zoo is included in the Vienna Pass
- Mozart and Strauss Concert at Vienna State Opera
- Donauturm (Viewing tower)
- Giant Ferris Wheel
- Spanish Riding School
- Hundertwasser House
You could see in the map above that some of these destinations are just short distances from each other. This is the best chance that you can go walking to see more of Vienna in a more detailed tour.
Photo by Jacek Dylag
Tickets you have to buy before (Must Read)
I sincerely hope you are reading this section carefully! Indeed, it will make a difference in your trip.
This is important so you actually can enter the places you would love to see from the inside.
There are exactly three tickets you have to buy beforehand:
- Schönbrunn Palace & Gardens
- Vienna Spanish Riding School
- Mozart and Strauss Concert at Vienna State Opera
2.1 Schönbrunn Palace & Gardens
Being Austria’s #1 attraction, you wouldn’t want to spend all your time waiting in long lines.
So save your time and energy. Therefore, pre-book a ticket to one of UNESCO’s World Heritage sites.
Summon your inner prince or princess and journey back in time on a guided tour through the impressive Schönbrunn Palace. 1,441 stunning staterooms (yes 1,441 majestic rooms), where Vienna’s former imperials gathered during summer, awaits you.
Insider Tip: You can also just show up with no ticket. However, the queue can be around 1 hour.
2.2 Vienna Spanish Riding School
Be impressed by the performance of the famous Lipizzaner in a breathtaking location, the baroque Winter Riding School.
Also, the Spanish Riding School is the only institution in the world that has practiced classical equitation in the Renaissance tradition of the Haute Ecole for more than 450 years.
- Tickets must be redeemed 45 minutes before the show at Spanish Riding School Visitor Centre.
- Present your GetYourGuide Mobile Voucher at the souvenir shop of the Spanish Riding School in the main entrance on Michaelerplatz 1 and receive a 5% discount.
2.3 Mozart and Strauss Concert at Vienna State Opera
Hear the best works of Mozart and Johann Strauss performed by 30 outstanding musicians. Among the members of the Vienna Philharmonic and the Vienna Symphony.
In the same way, hear the best of the classics with a renowned Austrian orchestra.
Even more, skip the jam-packed lines and book your tickets online.
- Discounts available for children and students with an International Student Identity Card (ISIC).
- Dress code: formal/ black tie
3. Neighborhood guide (to understand the difference)
You’re still here! Perfect!
We’ll now discuss the neighborhoods in Vienna to give you a more understanding about its districts.
Basically, I will share with you a short description of the area and give you a few insider tips. So at the end of this guide, you’ll be knowledgeable enough and be travel-smart once you go to Vienna.
3.1 Innere Stadt (1st District) – Old Town
This is basically the Old Town of Vienna.
Surround yourself with cobbled streets, old buildings and general class and glamour as you walk the streets of the Innere District.
In particular, there are less residents and more tourists and shops in this district. So I warn you to be prepared for many, many people on the streets.
Staying in the city center will be easier for you to go to the famous buildings like:
- the City Opera Theater,
- Burgtheater, Hofburg Palace,
- City Hall,
- Naturhistorisches Museum.
Insider Tip: Walk not more than 20 minutes go get from a place to another unless you get caught up with the crowd.
Generally speaking, the 1st District contains the higher-end hotels, and also contains the majority of cultural attractions and legendary places like Café Sacher, Hofreitschule and Café Central.
So if you’re looking for a budget-friendly accommodation, this district is not for you.
Photo by Alisa Anton
3.2 Mariahilf (6th District)
If you’re into shopping and food, this is the perfect district to visit.
Particularly, with Naschmarkt being the largest market in Vienna, and Mariahilferstrasse being the main shopping street, you’ll surely never run out of things to try in this area.
There are also plenty of trendy café’s and bars here.
Insider Tip: For a tasty coffee, my personal favorite is Akrap, while Café Phil is my go-to place for a drink in a cozy atmosphere (it is decorated with antique couches and doubles as a library).
On the other hand, you can find the Haus des Meeres (Aqua Terra Zoo) in Mariahilf. So if you want to visit a cool aquarium, it is right on your doorstep!
3.3 Neubau (7th District)
The trendy and arty district popular with students and artists is Neubau.
This is the part of Vienna that is less touristy, and has more of a local feel. A great place to stay if you want to feel more authenticity in your stay in the City of Music.
However, it is best to stay at the eastern end of the Neubau (closer to Innere Stadt), as there is more to do, and more café’s, restaurants and bars to frequent.
Insider Tip: I recommend Ulrich for good coffee and great brunch, or Das Käuzchen for a traditional Austrian bar experience!
You can also visit the beautiful small neighborhood of Spittelberg which is very picturesque with its small houses and narrow cobble stone streets.
Pro Tip: Just cross the Ring Street from Spittelberg and you’ll be in the Inner City in no time.
3.4 Leopoldstadt (2nd District)
The 2nd District or Leopoldstadt is located just across the Danube Canal from the 1st District, and is actually an island (the main channel of the Danube River is located on its eastern boundary).
It is the old Jewish Quarter of Vienna so it has plenty of history in this sense. Although, you will now see plenty of Kosher food stores and restaurants here today.
Besides, there are less tourist attractions in this district. A good thing! Which means that it has a residential, quiet feel, but is still super close to everything else in the city.
Insider’s Note: The 2nd District is very large and includes the large Prater park. It is best to stay in the north-eastern corner, closest to the 1st District so you can still be in easy access to the center.
4. Safest area to stay in Vienna
Now that we covered the best places to stay in Vienna and areas, let’s talk safety.
Overall, Vienna is relatively safe for travelers. Including solo and female travelers.
Though violent crimes and muggings are rare here, pick-pocketing and bag snatching are common in Vienna. Hence, the same as many European big cities.
As a result, just take the normal precautions against pickpockets and you’ll easily avoid getting robbed or scammed.
However, I cannot give a specific area that has no chances of pick-pocketing. Anywhere can be a perfect place for a thief to make his moves.
Therefore, I do recommend to be careful.
Furthermore, I’ll leave you these basic tips to avoid being pick-pocketed:
- Do not trust anyone with your belongings.
- Always keep an eye of your things.
- Keep your bag in front or keep it locked most especially in very crowded places.
- Avoid putting things in your back pocket.
- Beware of “bumping”. This is sometimes a pickpocket tactic to divert your attention.
Last but not least, the golden rule: Let nobody touch you!
They can only steal from you once they get near you or once they get in touch with you especially in very crowded places which they take advantage of.
Be attentive and have precautions and you’ll do just fine. There is no need to get paranoid. But follow my suggestions above and you will be fine.
Many many friends visited me here and stayed at all those places I recommended them. I obviously gave them my safety tips. And… not a single one got robbed!
Nobody will harm you physically, this is very very rare!
Usually all the pickpockets want is your money or phone. Personally, I’ve never heard of any physical harm or damage done by a pickpocket.
Find all our articles to spend One Week In Vienna here.
Food and Things to do in Vienna
We have our stay for the night, so we can focus on the fun stuff: What about food and things to do?
Food you should try in Vienna
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Fun things to do in Vienna
We wrote our own very extensive guide on cool and fun things to do in Vienna.
We cover more than just the regular tourist things and sights. Make sure you read for some extra inspiration. For even more ideas, check out these articles I enjoyed:
- Top 10 cool things to do in Vienna with kids and families
- 47 Cool, Hidden, and Unusual Things to Do in Vienna
- 21 Incredibly Instagrammable Places in Vienna
Photo by Luca Dugaro
Must Dos in Vienna
- Visit the Schönbrunn and Schonbrunn Gardens
- Witness the beauty of St Stephen’s Cathedral
- Get enchanted with the treasures of the Hofburg Palace
- Tour Tiergarten Schonbrunn (Vienna Zoo)
- Catch the Mozart and Strauss Concert at Vienna State Opera
- See Donauturm (Viewing tower)
- Walk Vienna Ring Road
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More of our Accommodation Guides
Besides bringing you this guide, we have handwritten more unique guides on where to stay in Europe:
There you have it. I hope you have no questions and found your home in my home town. If you are looking for where to stay in Vienna for one night, I recommend staying in the city center.
Check also our guide to spend 7 days in Vienna with itinerary.
However, please remember: I am not perfect, and it is likely I missed a few things to point out.
Therefore: Do you have questions? Is anything not clear?
Please please please drop me a comment below with your email! I will reply to you ASAP via email and here in the comments.
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