Are you planning a trip to Austria and need to know the best places to stay in Vienna? You’re in luck. Here we tell you which are the best districts to book your accommodation in Vienna according to your budget and what you are looking for for your trip.
Vienna is a very elegant city, full of art galleries and museums, with a rich historical, artistic and musical heritage, as well as cafés and cake shops that attract a good number of tourists.
As the capital of Austria and a major tourist destination, it has a wide range of accommodation options. However, it is not a cheap destination, although it is not one of the most expensive European capitals either.
The price of a good 4-star hotel in the low season can be around 80 euros, and it is more than possible to find rooms for 50 euros a night in decent hotels in areas a little far from the historic centre.
In general, Viennese hotels are, almost without exception, very well managed and extremely clean (even the most modest guesthouse has good quality linen). A great advantage of the city is the huge variety of accommodation types ranging from youth hostels to very luxurious and traditional options like the famous Hotel Sacher.
The best areas and neighbourhoods to stay in Vienna
The best area to stay in Vienna is the Innere Stadt or District 1. In addition to this area, the neighboring districts (2 to 9) are also an excellent choice and still very central and offer accommodation at a better price.
Innere Stadt (District 1)
Part of the attraction of the city is its compact downtown area (“Innere Stadt”), which forms the first district and corresponds to the old town. Most of the tourist attractions are located in this area or in the surrounding area, which is also full of shops, and has a large number of restaurants and cafes.
The old town (the Innere Stadt) is surrounded by the Ringstrasse, a wide, horseshoe-shaped boulevard where you can find a number of 19th century palaces. It has several pedestrian streets, including Kärntnerstrasse, which passes by the Opera, and the nearby Graben, which is located on Stephansplatz, home to the famous cathedral.
Competing with the cathedral and the Opera as the most famous building in the district is the Hofburg, the Habsburg Palace, which includes the National Library, the Spanish Riding School and several museums. Other significant places of interest are the Rathaus (Town Hall), the Parliament, the Natural History Museum and the Art History Museum and the Stadtpark.
In this area, and in the areas bordering the Ringstrasse, you will find a good number of hotels and apartments of all kinds, which are generally more expensive than those in the areas bordering the Ringstrasse. The Innere Stadt is the first area you should look at to book your accommodation in Vienna.
Innere Stadt Accommodations
Leopoldstadt (District 2)
Once inhabited by Balkan traders, this area does not physically border the Ringstrasse, but is located on the eastern side of the Danube canal, a short metro ride (U1) from the inner city, or a walk across one of its bridges.
This area is home to the Prater Park, and is characterized by its extensive green areas. The district is large, but any area near the canal is an excellent choice for sleeping in Vienna. Crossing the canal on foot will take you between 5 and 10 minutes to reach the Cathedral.
Accommodations in Leopoldstadt
Landstrasse (District 3)
The bucolic Stadtpark extends into this district, where you can see more of Vienna’s imperial charm. The streets are dotted with churches, monuments and palaces, such as the grand Schwarzenberg Palace and the Konzerthaus. However, its main attraction is Prince Eugene Savoy’s Belvedere Palace, an exquisite example of baroque architecture.
Several embassies are located in a small section of Landstrasse known as the diplomatic quarter of Vienna. The Wien Mitte train station and the city’s air terminal are also here. This is one of the most convenient districts to stay in Vienna.
Wieden (District 4)
This small neighbourhood extends south of Opernring and Kärtnering, and is as fashionable as the 1st district. Most of the activity is focused on Karlsplatz, where the Church of St. Charles Borromeo is located. The Vienna Technical University and the Vienna City History Museum are also nearby.
Kärnerstrasse, the main boulevard in the city centre, becomes Wiedner-Hauptstrasse as you enter this district, and the Südbahnhof train station, one of the two main stations, is at its southern end. This district is one of the best places to stay in Vienna.
Accommodations in Wieden
Margareten (District 5)
Situated southwest of Wieden, Margarethen does not border the Ringstrasse and is therefore a little further from the historical centre. It is a very residential district where the historic houses of the composers Franz Schubert and Christoph Gluck are still located here among modern apartment complexes.
It is a slightly less recommendable option than Wieden to stay in Vienna as it is a little further away from the Innere Stadt and you need to use the underground or take a 20 – 30 minute walk to get to the Cathedral.
Mariahilf (District 6)
One of the busiest shopping streets in Vienna is Mariahilferstrasse which runs through this bustling neighborhood. The Naschmarkt is an open-air market where fresh fruit, vegetables, bread, cheese and many other things are sold, and where there are plenty of restaurants and a few bars.
On Saturdays, the adjacent Flohmarkt, a market that sells antiques and all sorts of gadgets, adds to the neighborhood’s lively atmosphere. The surrounding streets are full of restaurants, theaters, cafes and pubs.
Its lively atmosphere and the fact that it is a district that borders the Ringstrasse make it an excellent choice to stay in Vienna. If you choose this district you will be able to enjoy a lively area and be right next to the main attractions of the city such as the Opera House or the Hofburg.
Hotels in Mariahilf
Neubau (District 7)
Neubau is located right next to the Museum Quarter of the Inner Stadt and is an ideal place to stay in Vienna, as it is easily accessible by public transport. It is noted for its vibrant cultural life and is popular with both locals and visitors.
The picturesque and once neglected Spittelberg district is located at the top of a hill, just behind Vienna’s most famous museums. Spittelberg’s old houses have been renovated into boutiques, restaurants, theatres and art galleries making it a perfect setting for an afternoon stroll.
Josefstadt (District 8)
The smallest of Vienna’s 23 districts is named after the Habsburg Emperor Joseph II and was once home to Vienna’s officials. Like Neubau, this quiet and friendly neighborhood is located behind the city hall and the large museums along the Ringstrasse.
Here you will find small parks, charming cafes, some monuments, and churches. Vienna’s oldest and most intimate theatre, the Josefstadt Theatre, has been preserved here since 1788. The shops and restaurants in Josefstadt have a varied clientele, from civil servants to university students.
Alsergrund (District 9)
This area is often referred to as the Academic Quarter, not only because of the nearby University of Vienna, but also because of its many hospitals and clinics. It is a very student neighborhood with a significant young population.
In Alsergrund you can visit the Freud Museum. Here you will also find the Liechtenstein Palace, one of the largest and brightest in Vienna, which today houses the Federal Museum of Modern Art. At the northern end of Alsergrund is the Franz-Josef Bahnhof train station.
Cheap acommodation in Viena
If your budget is very tight you will also find some cheap accommodation options in Vienna. The cheapest options are beds in shared hostel dormitories. The prices in this option start from 12 euros. There are also some cheap guesthouses with prices starting at 35 euros.
Generally such low prices are only available in the low season or by booking well in advance. You can check out cheap accommodation options in Vienna on this specialized page.