Planning a trip to Vienna isn’t difficult at all. Almost all the landmarks are in the city center within a walking distance from each other. If you have already bought your airplane ticket, there is only one thing left you should take care of – choosing where to stay in Vienna.
Map of the best areas to stay in Vienna
There are 23 districts (Bezirk) in Vienna. The smaller is the number of the district, the closer it is to the city center. You can find out the number of any neighborhood by looking on its postcode. So postcode 1020 is the 2nd district and postcode 1150 is the 15th. In this way you can easily find out where a hotel is located only by looking at its address.
Where to stay in Vienna for sightseeing
Choosing where to stay in Vienna depends on your budget and the time you have to see the imperial city. Vienna has very well-connected public transport. Even if you choose a hotel not exactly in the city center, you will easily reach every part of the city. Take a look at my suggestions on where to stay in Vienna and see which area will fit you best.
The Historic center (Innere Stadt) – 1st district
Stay here if you want to see the charm of old Vienna. The Historic center is the heart of Vienna. The grand boulevard Ringstrasse surrounds the first district. This boulevard is built on the site of the former city walls. This is the best area to stay in Vienna, especially if you aren’t on a budget.
Almost all of the main landmarks are here. You will walk on picturesque cobbled alleyways, surrounded by strikingly beautiful palaces. Little restaurants serving mouth watering Austrian food are tucked away between centuries old buildings. And if you are searching where to eat the best schnitzel in Vienna, you will find it here.
You can’t go wrong with staying in the Historic center if your time is limited. This is also the best choice if you are visiting the city for the Christmas markets. Most of them are located in the center or very close to Ringstrasse.
The best hotels in Vienna’s Historic center
Landstrasse – 3th district
If you want to stay near the main sights, but can’t afford a hotel in the Historic center, choose the western part of Landstrasse. It is in walking distance from the Innere Stadt. The 3th district will capture you with the stunning Belvedere Palace and the bizarre Hundertwasser House. The Wien Mitte railway station, located also here, is an important transportation hub. No matter if you take S7 train or CAT (City Airport Train) from the airport, both of them will drop you here.
Where to stay in Vienna, Landstrasse
Wieden – 4th district
Wieden is a small hipster district south from the Innere Stadt. Between the residential buildings you will find a lot of art and antique shops and even vegan supermarkets. The Historic center is within a short walk from here. The beautiful facade of Karlskirche gives an additional charm to the 4th district.
Where to stay in Vienna, Wieden
Neubau – 7th district
Neubau is the perfect place to discover the art life of the city. Here you will find the unique MuseumsQuartier – a heaven for museum lovers. The 7th district is lively, dynamic and at the same time close to the city center. Stay here if you want to feel the young pulse of the city, combined with a taste of old Vienna.
Neubau together with Widen are my favourite neighborhoods to stay in Vienna. It is like living as a local, but at the same time surrounded with a lot of history and art.
Where to stay in Vienna, Neubau
Where to stay in Vienna to live as a local
There are few neighbourhoods that are pretty much residential, but yet close to the city center. They are marked in grey on the map. They are great options if you want to stay longer or your budget is tight.
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Leopoldstadt – 2nd district
Leopoldstadt is located north from the Historic center. If you decided to stay in the 2nd district, choose the western part. It is a short subway ride from the center or a 15 minutes walk.
Leopoldstadt is the home of the famous Prater and the Giant Ferris Wheel. The Praterstern railway station (Bahnhof Praterstern) is here. Thit is very convenient if you are coming from the airport by S7 train.
My favourite place to stay in Vienna, Leopoldstadt is hotel Das Capri. It is conveniently located between Stephansplatz and the Prater. I also love, love the breakfast there.
Mariahilf – 6th district
In Mariahilf you will find the largest market in Vienna – Naschmarkt. You can buy fresh vegetables, fruits, cheese, meat and everything you can imagine. The Naschmarkt is the perfect place to stock your refrigerator.
Josefstadt – 8th district
Josefstadt is the smallest of all districts. It is named after the Habsburg Emperor Joseph II. The second biggest market In Vienna, Brunnenmarkt, is located here.
Alsergrund – 9th district
Choose the eastern part of Alsergrund if you want to be close to the Historic center. Although Alsergrund is mostly residential, you’ll find the stunning Gothic church, Votivkirche, and a few interesting museums.