Vienna's historic heart is circled by the Ringstrasse – a boulevard dotted with opulent landmarks like the Vienna State Opera house. Once you cross over, you'll find more to ogle – from the imperial Hofburg Palace to the sprawling square of the Heldenplatz. Nearby is St Stephen's Cathedral, an epic monument to the Gothic and Romanesque, and you'll also want to explore the shops and cafes of the vast promenade, the Graben.
Contrasting with the luxurious landmarks of the Ringstrasse and Innerstadt, the small district of Josefstadt can seem more low key. But that's part of its charm, because this is the Vienna of the locals – full of charming cafes and bars where students and older residents mingle. It’s a pleasure to simply amble among the handsome townhouses, though there's also the bona fide tourist attraction of Piaristenkirsche Church, a Baroque marvel.
One reason so many flock to the Landstrasse district is the Belvedere, whose handsome Baroque walls contain world-famous masterpieces by Klimt and Schiele. It's close by another vast palace, the Palais Schwarzenberg. One of Landstrasse's other sights is as quirky as the Belvedere and Schwarzenberg are grand – the multicoloured, patchwork, children's drawing-like façade of the Hundertwasserhaus apartment complex, which looks almost like an hallucination made real.
Snug within the waterways of the Danube, Leopoldstadt is an island within Vienna. It's where you can stroll among the chestnut trees of Wiener Prater park, where you'll also find the Wiener Riesenrad, an iconic Ferris wheel that's been turning since 1897, and famously featured in classic film noir, The Third Man. In the heart of the old Jewish Quarter, the Karmelitermarkt has food stalls to make everyone's mouth water.
Landmarks abound in the Wieden district of Austria's capital – the standout being St Charles's Church (or Karlskirche), which, with its ornate dome and sculptures of saints, is one of the world's most stunning religious buildings. If the sightseeing makes you peckish, head for the Naschmarkt, which dates back to the 16th Century and attracts thousands every day with stalls selling everything from Middle Eastern spices to traditional Austrian crepes.
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"Opera Suites, Vienna"
Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on Apr 6, 2012
This hotel suited us well. Finding it and getting to reception is slightly interesting, with a small street frontage and tiny elevator to take you to the 2nd floor. The staff were really helpful and friendly. Our room was very adequate and clean, though on the small side. It was at the back so was fairly quiet and we could open the window. The location is outstanding - opposite the Opera House and easy walking distance to the Musikverein, museums, Hofburg Palace, and the underground to get out to Schonbrunn Palace. We felt that overall this hotel represented good value for money.
Reviewed by Jo S of "New Zealand" on
Jul 24, 2011
Austria Trend Hotel Rathauspark is the perfect location for anyone wanting to see the old city sites of Vienna. It is easy walking to the Hofbugh, museum Quarter, and good U barn connections to Karlsplatz, Schonbrun, and the UN. The neighbourhood is clean and feels safe and the building is interesting with a history. I wold recommend this hotel for anyone wanting to see the sites of Vienna.
"Hotel Imlauer - highly recommended"
Reviewed by Stephanie T of "New Zealand" on
May 26, 2011
My sister and I stayed in this hotel and were really impressed with the room and the service. The front desk staff were very helpful. Our room was spacious and scrupulously clean. It was completely modern with a massive bathroom. We have no complaints whatsoever with this hotel and would love to stay there again. Only minor thing was that our air con seemed to be playing up, we couldn't quite get the room as cool as we would have liked.
It is about a 15 - 20 min gentle stroll to St Stephens and there is a supermarket, post office, bakery etc all near by. There is also free wi-fi at the hotel and a computer with internet access.
"Flemings Hotel Wien Westbahnhof"
Reviewed by Michael S of "Wellington, NZ" on
Jul 14, 2010
Clean and convenient. Very close to Westbahnhof station and street shopping (Mariahifer Str). Easy to get to/from the airport via U/S-bahns. Within relatively easy walking distance from city centre (about 1.5km to Museumsquartier and 2.5km to Innere Stadt); but subway can be used too. Excellent breakfast (both in range and quality). We were fascinated by the glass cubicle shower in the middle of our bedroom - both functional and unusual. The fresh apples in the bedroom were a nice touch.
In summary, we were very happy with this hotel.