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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Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on Jan 22, 2014
Hotel is situated about 3mins walk to the Rathaus(subway) station. Surrounding has a few Supermarkets and cafes(about 3). Hotel staff are helpful and they can book several tours by CityRama which includes a pcik-up from the hotel. i find it very useful for last min torus. Rooms are clean and has wifi in the room i stayed. I stayed in a room with the bedroom and living area on 2 different decks.
"Great location and good deal!"
Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on Jan 4, 2014
We spent 2 nights at Leonardo Hotel Vienna during our recent visit to Vienna. We were caught by surprised with long time we had to wait before being served for our check-in. The hotel was clearly under-staffed. Other than that, we thought the hotel was pretty good.The hotel is located near the Vienna westbahnhof station making it extremely convenient for us as we arrived from Salzburg by train and left for Prague after our stays in Vienna. The room was considerably comfortable but we had to bring our huge luggages up a couple of stairs to reach our room. One note is that the ceiling of the room is quite low. Thank goodness we are small, i guessed some tall people may have knocked their heads on the ceiling. :) The hotel does not offered free wi-fi but we were pleasantly surprised that the train station offered free wi-fi.
"Great Location and Helpful Staff"
Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on Oct 14, 2013
Me and my wife recently stayed in Tourotel Mariahilf in last week of September 2013. The hotel has a great location with easy access to trams and train station. All the site seeing can be done through this location. I would want to mention below few great experiences that we had during our stay:
The Hotel have their check-in at 2pm, but we reached early around 8:30 Am in the morning. After a long and tiring flight, we asked the staff if they can give us an early check-in and to my surprise they allowed us for an early check-in (and that too without any extra charges).
The second great experience was that after we checked-in the room, we wanted to have a room which will give us a better view. So we again requested the staff and she happily gave us another room which had a good view of the main street. A blonde young lady (don’t remember her name) helped us with our room checking.
The third experience was with another staff (A Filipino mix guy) he helped us in planning our tour and sightseeing and gave us lot of suggestions to plan our day.
Overall had an amazing experience with our stay.
Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on Oct 9, 2013
I absolutely love this hotel.
The hotel has all the ticks in the right boxes. Location excellent, room excellent, staff excellent, wifi excellent & price reasonable.
Hotel is within walking distance to the shopping street, museum, opera house. From the hotel, you turn left and Spar supermarket is just one traffic light away. Walked a bit more, you will find the shopping street & museum. To the restaurants, turn right from the hotel. There is a row of restaurants to have a nice dinner.
Room is extremely comfortable. There is a large bath tub, great for a good soak after a day of walking outside in the cold. Wifi works well & can have multiple devices to use the same password to log on.
Took a taxi from hotel to Wien Meidling station, journey is only 10 mins & cost EUR 15.
It's just the prefect hotel to explore Vienna. Highly recommended.