This guide will make it easy for you to decide where to stay in Vienna. Every hotel in each of Vienna’s neighborhoods (Bezirkes) has its own personality and price. The most expensive isn’t necessarily the best, because in Vienna it’s all about character and style. We designed this guide to help you choose a hotel based on your unique needs and what you want to get out of your visit to Vienna. For example, many of the city’s most important children’s museums are found in the 7th District, Neubau, which is a great place to stay if you’re traveling with kids. If you’re more into dive bars and the university scene, you might want to stay in the Spittelberg Neighborhood. Along with neighborhood descriptions, here’s our selection of handpicked hotel recommendations.
Vienna’s districts (neighborhoods) are called Bezirkes, and there are 23 in total. In general, the lower the number of the district, the nearer it is to the city center. District 1 is Innere Stadt, or Inner City, and it is the most central neighborhood. Districts 2-9 surround Innere Stadt. Districts 3-9 are known as The Vorstradte, or Inner Suburbs, and many of these districts are as bustling as the Innere Stadt.
Map of Vienna’s Bezirkes
- Innere Stadt (city centre, many functions, few residents)
- Leopoldstadt (on the island between Danube and Danube Canal, with Praterstern, Vienna’s most frequented traffic spot, and Giant Wheel)
- Landstraße (on the right bank of the Danube Canal, Belvedere Palace)
- Wieden (very small district south of the city centre)
- Margareten (separated from Wieden in 1861)
- Mariahilf (small district on main shopping lane leading to Westbahnhof)
- Neubau (small district on main shopping lane leading to Westbahnhof, with MuseumsQuartier, large cultural complex)
- Josefstadt (small district very close to City Hall, Parliament and University)
- Alsergrund (General Hospital district)
- Favoriten (in the south of Vienna, largest district in population, building site of new main train station)
Where to Stay in Vienna’s Innere Stadt Neighborhood
The Innere Stadt, central Vienna, is surrounded by the Ringstrasse, and is a protected UNESCO World Heritage Site. It takes less than an hour to walk from one side to the other, but the picturesque cobblestone streets and the accompanying restaurants, bars, and cafes can keep you occupied for years. Begin your exploration in Stephansplaz, the main square. To heighten your experience, picture the city in 1683, when city walls stood in place of the Ringstrasse: They were the only thing between you and the charging armies of the Ottoman Empire during the Battle of Vienna, one of the most important struggles in European history.
The Golden U shopping neighborhood is also found in Innere Stadt. If you continue along the Golden U’s Kärntner Strasse, you’ll soon reach the Wieden district, which is also home to great shopping.
Hotel Sacher Wien – 5-Star
Featuring Victorian-era décor and bathrooms with heated marble floors, this hotel is a true classic and has all the amenities one might expect — from 24-hour room service to an in-house gym and spa. It is directly opposite the Staatsopera opera house, so make sure to request a room with a view of this architectural landmark. A top choice in Vienna for sure.
Top Cityline Hotel Kaiserin Elisabeth – 4-Star
Located next to St Stephans Cathedral and within walking distance to The Hofburg, this traditional hotel offers top-notch service and every amenity expected in a 4-star hotel.
Where to Stay in Vienna’s Leopoldstadt District
Leopoldstadt and Innere Stadt are separated by the Danube Canal and connected by several of pedestrian-friendly bridges. This neighborhood is home to Vienna’s largest green space, Prater Public Park, comprised of nearly 1,500 acres. The Leopoldstadt district runs from the city center all the way to the Danube River in northeast Vienna. However, other than views of the river, you’ll want to stick to the inner Leopoldstadt, where you’ll find the famous Wiener Riesenrad ferris wheel, great restaurants, and stretches of a sand beach along the Danube Canal.
Hotel City Central – 4-Star
Just across the canal from Innere Stadt, this hotel excels at providing astute service, a great breakfast, and good value. For the most peace and quiet, ask for a room that doesn’t overlook Taborstraße street. Free WiFi.
Kunsthof Hotel – 3-star
The Kunsthof Hotel is conveniently located near the well known Prater and the Vienna Exhibition Centre. At the Kunsthof Hotel, you’ll enjoy a complimentary breakfast buffet, hotel bar, concierge services, meeting facilities, complimentary newspapers, and laundry facilities. Additional amenities include business services, coffee in the lobby and tour assistance. An underground station is located just 300 meters from the Kunsthof Vienna, making it easy for guests to reach nearby attractions.
Where to Stay in Vienna’s Landstrasse District
The 3rd District, Landstrasse is home to the Wien Mitte train station and the sprawling Belvedere Palace and Gardens. It borders the Wieden district, and both are great for shopping and strolling.
Hotel Am Konzerthaus – 4-Star
This hotel is comfortable and quiet with spacious rooms and a friendly staff. The city center is a 10-15 minute walk.
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Where to Stay in Vienna’s Schleifmühlgasse District
Located just south of Innere Stadt, the Schleifmuhlgasse is one of Vienna’s hippest neighborhoods. Art galleries jump out of their spaces and onto the street during the summer openings. Along with the galleries you’ll find everything from whiskey bars and great restaurants to flower shops and boutique stores operated by leading fashion designers. Nearby, you’ll find the famous shopping street Mariahilferstrasse, the outdoor marketplace Naschmarkt, and Vienna’s main train station, Wien Westbahnhof.
Best Western Premier Hotel Kaiserhof – 4-star
With attentive service, a top-notch breakfast, a sauna, free Wifi, and a mid-range price, this hotel is highly recommended. Lots of restaurants are nearby, and it’s a 10-minute walk to city center.
Where to Stay in Vienna’s Spittelberg Neighborhood and Neubau District
Known for its nightlife and budget accommodations, the Spittelberg neighborhood vies with the Schleifmühlgasse neighborhood for the hippest in Vienna. Its university vibe is pervasive, with cafes, dive bars, street vendors, and loads of budget-friendly restaurants. Inexpensive accommodations can be found in this area but they come with a 20-minute walk to the city center. Still, if you’re looking to find a nightlife just outside of your hotel, this is your scene.
Spittelberg is within the Neaubau District, and the inner Neubau is home to the Museumsquartier. The Museumsquartier is an awesome unified front of Viennese museums, and there’s tons to do around here, including a visit to the ZOOM Children’s Museum. It is another great neighborhood for aimless strolling on a sunny day.
The K+K Hotel Maria Theresia Vienna – 4-star
Located near the Museum Quarter and shopping zone, the K+K Hotel Maria Theresia Vienna is a short walk to the central pedestrian shopping zone and the Stephanzplatz. In spite of its traditional exterior, the hotel is decorated in a contemporary style and has all the modern conveniences.
Kugel Hotel – 3-star
This family-run hotel is a good option for budget travelers. It has a friendly atmosphere and it is near to bus and tram stops, though the metro is a bit of a hike. Museumsquartier and Mariahilferstrasse shopping aren’t far away. Walking to the city center takes around 25 minutes. No Wifi, just an internet station.
Other Hotel Recommendations in Vienna:
Pension Schottentor – 3-star
Located in the 9th District, Alsergrund, this hotel is exceptionally inexpensive and just a 15 minute walk into the city center. It is a good option if you want to do Vienna on the cheap and don’t mind sacrificing a few amenities. It is located across the street from the Votive Church and a short walk from the Ringstraße boulevard and the Schottentor Underground Station.
Art Hotel Vienna -3-star
In Vienna’s 5th district, the Art Hotel Vienna is near the Schönbrunn Palace and the Naschmarkt. It is decorated in a contemporary style and offers an Internet station that supports business travelers. The breakfast room serves as an art gallery, offering a rotating exhibition of local and regional artists. Parking is available
Written by Mattie Bamman for EuropeUpClose.com