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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"Small room, nice breakfast"
Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on Nov 20, 2013
It's located nearby the metro/train/bus station. The rail is next to hotel building. But I did not have noise problem. The best part is breakfast buffet. You could try different types of hams, sausages, cheeses. There is fresh juice, marble cake, fresh vegetables.
"Great apartments, great location"
Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on Oct 24, 2013
This was a wonderful place to stay. The Ottitsch family (owners) were very accommodating with our luggage, as we arrived on an early flight into Vienna, and they were able to hold our luggage for the day and place it in our rooms for us. The apartments were within a 15-20 walk to downtown Vienna (Stephansplatz), a 2 minute walk to the U-bahn station (Schottenring), where you can catch the U2 or U4 line (do yourself a favour and take the lift down, not the stairs!), and an 8 minute walk from the airport bus. All the rooms have a different layout - our friends had a huge room overlooking the street, while ours was smaller, more like a hotel room size, but plenty of room to move about with 2 suitcases. Having wifi was wonderful, as was the kitchenette. Oh, and an awesome feature was a warming/drying rack in the bathroom where you could hang your washed clothes and they would be dry overnight! Just a heads up for those who haven't travelled much around Europe - no tissues were supplied in the room (we had the same issue in Prague.)
"Clean, modern and good value for money"
Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on Oct 18, 2013
The staff were accommodating and pleasant. The room was clean and modern although closer to spartan than luxurious. The fact that the hotel is located at the intersection of two Underground lines ( U4 and U6 ) is a big plus. It is ten minutes ( 4 stops ) to the city centre. The Wi-Fi connection was not great but better than some I've encountered. We would consider staying there again on a subsequent trip to Vienna.