Where to Stay in Vienna – The Best Areas and Hotels

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where to stay in vienna austria

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 at 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 I stayed

I’ve been several times to Vienna. During my first visit, I chose the Leopoldstadt district. Follow my Vienna itinerary if you want to see everything.

I find Leopoldstadt one of the most convenient districts as the Praterstern railway station is in a walkable distance. It’s quite convenient if you plan on doing side trips from Vienna or catch the train to the airport.

I booked Das Capri Hotel. It’s a lovely family run hotel that serves the most delicious breakfast 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 place to stay in Vienna for tourists

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).

The Historic centre is the city’s heart. 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 Historic Centre

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

  • 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 – they serve the best 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 the city.

St. Stephen's Cathedral

Hotels in the Historic Centre (Innere Stadt) – 1st district

Mid-range hotels near St. Stephen’s Cathedral

Hotel Am Stephansplatz – Closest to St. Stephen’s Cathedral
Hotel Am Stephansplatz is a boutique hotel located opposite the St. Stephen’s Cathedral.
9.3/10 Rating – See hotel images and 560+ guest reviews

The Guesthouse Vienna – Most booked mid-range 
The Guesthouse Vienna is a classic design hotel with spacious bathrooms and excellent amenities.
9.4/10 Rating – See hotel images and 930+ guest reviews

Luxury hotels in the Historic Centre

Hotel Sacher Wien – Most liked 5-star 
Hotel Sacher Wien is a 5-star luxury spa hotel right across the State Opera.
9.4/10 Rating – See hotel images and 680+ guest reviews

Palais Coburg Residenz – Exceptional 5-star 
Palais Coburg Residenz is a 5-star spa hotel housed in a historic palace.
9.43/10 Rating – See hotel images and 100+ guest reviews

Apartments close to Stephansplatz

Singerstrasse 21/25 Apartments – Most booked apartments 
Singerstrasse 21/25 Apartments are a great combination of a hotel and an apartment with spacious rooms.
9.2/10 Rating – See apartment images and 1,290+ guest reviews

The Square Apartments – Best rated apartments 
The Square Apartments are beautiful modern apartments right next to Stephansplatz.
9.3/10 Rating – See apartment images and 110+ guest reviews

Where to stay in Vienna for one night

If you have only one night, choose an accommodation near Wien Mitte. Both the Historic Centre and Belvedere Palace are less than 1km away. You can reach them by foot or you can take the underground – line U3 for the city centre and line U4 for the palace. Going to the airport is also easy – just catch CAT or the S7 train from Wien Mitte station.

Vienna Christmas markets

The best area to stay in Vienna for Christmas Markets

The city is magical in December. There are more than ten Vienna Christmas markets all over the city. Most of them are in the Historic centre or along the grand boulevard Ringstrasse. So, the best place to stay in Vienna for Christmas is the Historic Centre, near Hofburg.

More places to stay in Vienna, Austria

If you are still looking for an accommodation, check out Leopoldstadt, Landstrasse, Wieden or Neubau (see a map of these areas here). All these districts border with the Historic Centre and they are a great base to explore the city.

Leopoldstadt – 2nd district

Giant Ferris Wheel

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

Choose Leopoldstadt

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.

  • 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. The city 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.

Mid-range hotels in Leopoldstadt

Das Capri – a family-run and charming 3-star hotel.
9.3/10 Rating – See hotel images and 2,650+ guest reviews

Hotel Stefanie – a comfy 4-star hotel in a historic building.
9.1/10 Rating – See hotel images and 3,850+ guest reviews

Luxury hotels in Leopoldstadt

Sofitel Stephansdom – a modern spa hotel with a great rooftop bar.
9.0/10 Rating – See hotel images and 1,270+ guest reviews

Apartments in Leopoldstadt

Gal Apartments – comfortable and neatly furnished apartments.
9.1/10 Rating – See apartment images and 520+ guest reviews

Rafael Kaiser – Premium Apartments City Centre – modern and comfy apartments.
9.1/10 Rating – See apartment images and 780+ guest reviews

Landstrasse – 3rd district

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 Landstrasse

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

  • 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.

Mid-range hotels in Landstrasse

Hotel Spiess & Spiess – a small private boutique hotel with spacious and stylish rooms.
9.2/10 Rating – See hotel images and 430+ guest reviews

Austria Trend Hotel Savoyen – an elegant spa hotel right next to Belvedere Palace.
9.0/10 Rating – See hotel images and 4,060+ guest reviews

Apartments in Landstrasse

Counts 65 – slightly different Apartments – unique apartments in a beautiful historical building.
9.6/10 Rating – See apartment images and 80+ guest reviews

Parkview Residences – fantastic apartments with lots of space and modern amenities.
9.6/10 Rating – See apartment images and 920+ guest reviews

Wieden – 4th district

St. Charles' Church

Wieden is a small hipster district south of 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 Wieden

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

  • 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 the city, 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.

Mid-range hotels in Wieden

Saint SHERMIN – a boutique hotel in a renovated Viennese-style house from 1893.
9.2/10 Rating – See hotel images and 670+ guest reviews

Best Western Premier Kaiserhof Wien – a modern hotel with typical Austrian charm housed in a 19th-century building.
9.4/10 Rating – See hotel images and 1,280+ guest reviews

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 centre.

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

Choose Neubau

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

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

Mid-range hotels in Neubau

Hotel Sans Souci Wien – a boutique spa hotel with an elegant design.
9.5/10 Rating – See hotel images and 850+ guest reviews

Small Luxury Hotel Altstadt Vienna – a 4-star hotel with a unique design.
9.3/10 Rating – See hotel images and 690+ guest reviews

Apartments in Neubau

6 rooms – spacious and well-equipped apartments.
9.4/10 Rating – See apartment images and 590+ guest reviews

Most popular activities

Attend a concert of Wien Mozart Orchestra in period costumes at the Golden Hall.

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.

How to get from Vienna airport to the city centre

Vienna International Airport (Flughafen Wien-Schwechat) is located about 20km outside the city. There are several ways to reach it:

Further reading for your trip

Find self-guided walking tours and historical insights in DK Eyewitness Travel Guide Vienna.

If you’re planning to rent a car, compare the car rental prices in Europe.

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I'm a travel blogger based in Sofia, Bulgaria. Travelling has always been my passion and I love to discover new places and cultures. I want to show you how easy it is to organize your vacation all by yourself.

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2 Replies to “Where to Stay in Vienna – The Best Areas 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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