Where to stay in Vienna – the best area and hotels

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Where to stay in Vienna, Austria? What is the best area? This guide will help you to find the best location 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 centre. You can find out the number of any neighbourhood 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 as a tourist

The best place to stay in Vienna for sightseeing is the Historic centre. Almost all the landmarks are there within a walking distance from each other. There won’t be any need to use the public transport (unless you’re visiting Schonbrunn).

However staying in the Historic centre comes at a higher price. Luckily Vienna has very well-connected public transport. Thus even if you choose a place not exactly in the city centre, you will easily reach every part of the city.

Where to stay in Vienna for Christmas markets

Vienna is magical in December. There are more than ten Christmas markets all over the city. So how to choose the best place to stay in Vienna for Christmas? Most of the Christmas markets are in the Historic centre or along the grand boulevard Ringstrasse. Therefore you can’t go wrong if you choose one of the three districts – Historic Centre, Wieden or Neubau.

Where I stayed

I’ve been several times to Vienna. During my first visits, I stayed in Leopoldstadt district. I find this district one of the most convenient as the Praterstern railway station is in a walkable distance. It’s quite convenient if you plan on doing day trips or catch the train to the airport.

I stayed at Das Capri Hotel. It’s a lovely family run hotel that serves the most delicious breakfasts I have ever tried!

For my last trip in December, I chose Wieden. I picked the area because it is a great base for exploring the Christmas markets. If you plan a day trip to Bratislava, this area is a good choice, as the Central train station is less than a kilometre away.

The best area to stay in Vienna, Austria – map

The Historic Centre (Innere Stadt) – 1st district

St. Stephen's Cathedral
St. Stephen’s Cathedral

The Historic centre 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 your time is limited.

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.

Choose the area

If you want to see the charm of old Vienna and be in the heart of the action.

Highlights

  • You can reach by foot all must see-sites (Imperial Palace, St. Stephen’s Cathedral, City Hall). Take a guided tour of St. Stephen’s Cathedral to find out more about this stunning cathedral.
  • The most famous opera houses are here: Musikverein, State Opera House and Kursalon. Don’t miss to see a Mozart Concert at the Golden Hall.
  • Restaurant Pürstner – the number one place to try schnitzel in Vienna.
  • Ribs of Vienna – ribs lover, you gonna love this.
  • Trześniewski – try their lovely little sandwiches for lunch.
  • There are four Christmas markets in the 1st district. The most famous ones are on Stephansplatz and in front of the City Hall.
  • Go for a shopping on Graben and Kärntner Straße.
  • Café Neko – cat lovers, don’t miss it! It’s the only cat cafe in Vienna.

Where to stay in Vienna city centre


Luxury & boutique hotels


Hotel Sacher Wien – a 5-star luxury spa hotel right across the State Opera.
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Palais Coburg Residenz – a 5-star spa hotel housed in a historic palace.
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Mid-range hotels


Hotel Am Stephansplatz – a boutique hotel located as close as possible to St. Stephen’s Cathedral.
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The Guesthouse Vienna – a classic hotel with spacious bathrooms.
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Apartments


Singerstrasse 21/25 Apartments – a great combination of hotel and apartment with spacious rooms.
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The Square Apartments Vienna – beautiful modern apartments right next to Stephansplatz.
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Leopoldstadt – 2nd district

Giant Ferris Wheel
Giant Ferris Wheel

Leopoldstadt is located north of the Historic centre. If you decided to stay in the 2nd district, choose the western part. It is a short subway ride from the centre or a 15 minutes walk.

Choose the area

If you want to be close to the Historic centre, but you’re on a budget. This is also a good base if you want to take day trips.

Highlights

  • Leopoldstadt is the home of the famous amusement park Prater and the Giant Ferris Wheel. You shouldn’t miss taking a ride on the Giant Ferris Wheel. Vienna looks lovely from above. It is even possible to have a romantic dinner for two on the Giant Ferris Wheel!
  • The Praterstern railway station (Bahnhof Praterstern) is here. This is very convenient if you are coming from the airport by S7 train.
  • If you are up for a walk among nature, Augarten is just a stone’s throw away.

Where to stay in Leopoldstadt


Luxury & boutique hotels


Sofitel Vienna Stephansdom – a modern spa hotel with a great rooftop bar.
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Mid-range hotels


Das Capri – a family-run and charming 3-star hotel.
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Hotel Stefanie – a comfy 4-star hotel in a historic building.
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Apartments


Gal Apartments Vienna – comfortable and neatly furnished apartments.
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Rafael Kaiser – Premium Apartments City Centre – modern and comfy apartments.
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Landstrasse – 3rd district

Belvedere Palace
Belvedere Palace

The western part of Landstrasse is in a walking distance from the Innere Stadt. The 3rd district will capture you with the stunning Belvedere Palace and the bizarre Hundertwasser House. The Wien Mitte railway station is located in the area. No matter if you take S7 train or CAT (City Airport Train) from the airport, both of them will drop you here.

Choose the area

If you want to stay near the main sights, but in a calmer area. As Leopoldstadt, this district is a nice base for day trips.

Highlights

  • Must see sites: Belvedere Palace and Hundertwasser House.
  • The lovely City park is at hand.
  • One of the popular Christmas markets is here, in front of Belvedere Palace.
  • Wien Mitte railway station – an important transportation hub.

Where to stay in Landstrasse


Mid-range hotels


Hotel Spiess & Spiess – a small private boutique hotel with spacious and stylish rooms.
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Austria Trend Hotel Savoyen Vienna – an elegant spa hotel right next to Belvedere Palace.
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Apartments


Counts 65 – slightly different Apartments – unique apartments in a beautiful historical building.
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Parkview Residences – fantastic apartments with lots of space and modern amenities.
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Wieden – 4th district

St. Charles' Church
St. Charles’ Church

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 centre is within a short walk from here. The beautiful facade of Karlskirche gives an additional charm to the 4th district.

Choose the area

If you are looking for a hipster, charming neighbourhood close to the city centre.

Highlights

  • The elegant Karlskirche is located in Wieden. In December there is also a Christmas market in front of the church.
  • The Central train station is close. This makes the area very convenient for taking day trips. If you plan a day trip to Bratislava, you have to take a train from this station.
  • Wiener Wiazhaus – try the ribs or the Schnitzel.
  • The largest market in Vienna, Naschmarkt is a short distance away (in the nearby district Mariahilf). Take a gourmet tour of Naschmarkt and explore the market while tasting selected delicacies.

Where to stay in Wieden


Mid-range hotels


Saint SHERMIN – a boutique hotel in a renovated Viennese-style house from 1893.
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Best Western Premier Kaiserhof Wien – a modern hotel with typical Austrian charm housed in a 19th-century building.
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Apartments


Design-Apartment Karlsplatz with Balcony – a romantic and perfectly-designed place next to Karlsplatz.
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Etagerie – a comfortable place with a fully equipped kitchen.
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Neubau – 7th district

Neubau

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 centre.

Neubau together with Wieden are my favourite neighbourhoods to stay in Vienna. It is like living as a local, but at the same time surrounded by a lot of history and art.

Choose the area

If you want to feel the young pulse of the city, combined with a taste of old Vienna.

Highlights

  • Explore the largest art complex in Vienna, MuseumsQuartier.
  • Three Christmas markets are here to warm you in the cold December.

Where to stay in Neubau


Mid-range hotels


Hotel Sans Souci Wien – a boutique spa hotel with an elegant design.
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Small Luxury Hotel Altstadt Vienna – a 4-star hotel with a unique design.
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Apartments


6 rooms – spacious and equipped apartments.
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Vienna7th Design Apartments – modern and spacious apartments.
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Take a boat tour of the Wachau and Danube Valleys and visit the Benedictine Abbey of Melk.

Take a day trip to Bratislava and explore its beautiful Old Town.

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How to get from Vienna airport to the city centre

Vienna International Airport (Flughafen Wien-Schwechat) is located about 20km outside the city of Vienna. You can reach it by bus, S-Bahn (suburban train) or CAT (City Airport Train).

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2 Replies to “Where to stay in Vienna – the best area and hotels”

  1. What a nice guide, the 1st district sounds like where I’d like to be. Great info here!

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