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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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 19, 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.
"Great location and service!"
Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on May 5, 2012
Location was great and very convenient, ESP if you are taking long distance train to vienna. I love their service and the first hotel in the place that we vIsited that has better pillows and bed. All worth it. The hotel is near the Wien prater and also walking distance to any groceries market and cafe Aida, that serves great cakes! Great place and will sure come back to the place again.
"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
"Dan In'n Out - slightly ex but good as a whole"
Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on Oct 11, 2011
I guess stay in Innere Stadt, or in Vienna, is expensive.
- strong, free wifi
- breakfast choices is minimum but good.
- quite close (about 3-5 min walk) to bus stop with bus direct link to airport.
- About 6-10 min walk to U-Bahn (Metro) station.
- About 6 min walk to convenience stall. Fast food, budget range restaurant.
- level one (above ground floor): noisy at night if you open window. a few pub / bar just down the street
Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on Jun 1, 2011
We stayed in the hotel for one night. The hotel is very clean but not new! Staff were really helpful and speaking very good english. The buffet breakfast was very good with several options.
Hotel is not in the ring area but it is beside the tram stop that can take you to the city center, main train station and the bus terminal.