Planning a trip to one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, but wondering about the best areas to stay in Vienna? This post will help you find the perfect location and the best hotel (for all budgets) for your trip to this pretty city.
Where to stay in Vienna – best places for all budgets
The city is divided into 23 different districts, called “Bezirke.” And while it is super easy to get around in Vienna (by foot or by public transportation, which is not expensive but is very good), I still recommend booking a hotel in one of the below mentioned areas, as I found them to be the most appealing.
After visiting the city several times and staying there for about one full month in total, here are my tips for the best places to stay in Vienna.
First District – Innere Stadt
This district, “Innere Stadt,” means “inner city,” and is one of the best areas to stay in.
Though central Vienna is quite small, there are tons of beautiful places and attractions, and it is also the historic core of the city.
Framed by the Ringstraße, it is home to gorgeous medieval buildings (in my opinion, Vienna has some of the most beautiful architecture in Europe), shopping opportunities (like Kärntner Straße or the Graben), political institutions (like the Parliament), the Stephans Cathedral, the Opera, and many more interesting sights.
Given the density of attractions, it is no surprise that the district is extremely popular among tourists, which is also reflected in the prices of accommodations here.
Second District – Leopold District
Just next to the first district, on an island, is the Leopoldstadt district. It is very well-connected to the first district (you can get there by car, public transportation, or on foot) and also hosts many interesting sights.
You´ll find the Prater, a free amusement park (you only pay for the attractions you use) with a Ferris Wheel, which has become a landmark of Vienna, and many food stalls.
There is also the Augarten, one of the oldest and best Baroque Parks, and home to the Palais Augarten.
The Jewish Quarter, the Karmeliterkirche and Larmelitermarkt are also located in this district, which makes it very popular with visitors.
Third District – Landstrasse
Another beautiful area is the third district, where you will find the Belvedere Palace, a beautiful palace (which actually consists of two Baroque palaces) with a lot of greenery around.
The very interesting, but somewhat weird, Hundertwasserhoch is also located in Landstrasse.
It is a great area for nice strolls and perfect for taking it easy.
Many attractions are located in the northern part of the district, so while it is generally cheaper than the first district, the south of Landstrasse is even lower priced than the north.
It is convenient to get there from the Vienna airport since the direct express train stops here.
Forth District – Wieden
This area is fashionable amongst younger, more open-minded people (students and artists), with hip cafes (and quite a large vegan selection), unique shops, and sights like Naschmarkt (a market selling fresh fruits and vegetables), the St. Charles’s Church, and the Vienna Museum.
The Museums Quarter is just a few-minutes-walk from here. Its central location makes it a great place to stay in Vienna for those who enjoy an area that is a bit more alternative and relaxed.