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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"Clean, comfortable and Cozy. Great Location"
Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on Jan 28, 2014
Everything looks as per the pictures provided. Everything looks new. The studio is clean, comfortable and cozy. The variety of the Cable TV have more English Channels (BBC/CNN) compared to a higher end hotel. The location is perfect for us, with 5mins walk to the main shopping district along "Karnthner Strape". It's 2mins walk to the Neumarket(Fish/Veg/Bread stalls), 1min to supermarket, SPAR. Since it's within the University, if you need printing the print shop is at the lobby. Smart use of technology for entering both the apartment's main lobby and Studios(had trouble on the 1st day to open the main lobby door, as we had to be quick to open the doors. Lucky a fellow resident helped). This apartment is better catered to people who are self-catered/serviced, as the care taker, I suppose only takes care of cleaning the apartments. One way to improve this place is just to add an office for tourist to seek recommendations or help. Overall, we enjoyed our stay and will definitely use you again when I return to Vienna. Thank you for the well maintained studio.
"Nice modern decor"
Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on Dec 18, 2013
Easy to get to from the Westbanhof Wien station using the no 5 tram. A rather long walk to the museum qtr but walkable. A rather long walk to the underground as well. Not much to do in the vicinity though there are good restaurants nearby. we ate at the sushi buffet nearby for lunch and there is a nice Italian place along the street parallel.
"Nice comfy hotel near train station"
Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on Dec 15, 2013
The hotel's location is near the train station and near Schonbrunn Palace ,great place to stay if you are planning to visit the palace. There is also a supermarket located right next to it. However, there are not many restaurants around the area so finding a place for a nice meal might be a problem. Overall, I think it is a good stay.
Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on Jun 8, 2013
The hotel itself is pretty decent, and the service staff are nice. Big and cheap supermarket just beside the hotel too. Only issues are that it's a bit far off the town central, and not close to any of the underground metros. Fortunately the tram service was quite regular.
Stay was awesome! Hotel staff were very friendly & helpful. Breakfast spread was lovely with breads, hams, cheese, spreads, cereals, juices, coffee & tee. Room were very clean and cosy. It's a lovely quaint hotel, but the location is a little far in from Maria Hilfer Straße but after a day you'll figure out which street has the shortest walk in. Bring a good pair of walking shoes!
"Good, clean but small for 3 pax"
Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on Aug 18, 2012
This single-room apartment is good for 2 but perhaps not convenient for three. You need to call the renter about 1 hour before arrival to arrange for keys.This is a good place in general, close to public transportation in a quite area.
"directly opposite Praterstern (Main train station)"
Reviewed by Karie C of "Singapore" on
Jan 27, 2012
it was a lucky try for me, i booked this hotel based on reviews - but really, Praterstern main station is waaay closer than i thought! its less than a 3minute walkaway. Which was really great for me because i had a 5:50am train to catch to Prague, Czech republic on the day of my check out. Had i stayed in any other hotels it would have been a lot more inconvenient. The U bahn lines were there too, taking me in less than 10mins to main attractions such as Stephansdom (3 stops away)
Hotel staff were really nice and helpful too. Will definitely recommend this place to people visiting Vienna! The extremely reasonable rates are a huge bonus as well