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.
Four Star hotels in Vienna - hotels.com offers a selection of Four Star hotels in Vienna at great discount prices. Search for Four Star hotel rooms in Vienna and compare room rates to suite your needs. Rest assured, no matter where you’re travelling to, hotels.com has a great deal for you.
"Home away from home"
Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on Mar 24, 2014
This was my best European hotel experience (1 of 8). Fault - finding is impossible with this family-run business and one can feel the efforts from top to bottom of the hotel hierarchy to exceed customer expectations. All who manned the front desk have been super helpful and willing to go out of their way to please and satisfy. The breakfast was plentiful and delicious. Everywhere I turned, I found happy staffers and patrons. Lastly, the hotel's location is too ridiculously convenient that I was almost tempted to sneak out for a ice cream in my sleeping outfit.
Very happy with the location, friendly and quality service. Room was very well appointed, spacious and clean. Next to metro station and cafés, Will certainly return when next in Vienna. Only negative point, no English channels onT.V.
Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on Feb 4, 2014
I enjoyed my stay at the Bellevue Hotel, but it was not close from the city center of Vienna. The great thing was that the tram and other public transportation was at a walking distance. The staff was very friendly and quite helpful.
"Good place, but far from mostly everything."
Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on Jan 5, 2014
Nice hotel, courteous staff, very clean rooms.On the lesser qualities, the greatest inconvenience is the distance from almost everything. You need to take the bus to catch the metro, that's about 25 minutes. Internet access is a hefty 4 Euros per hour( I wonder what it really costs to the hotel) and even if you want to check your flight status or quick email it will cost you. Maybe good only for business in the area.
"Nice property and conveniently located"
Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on Dec 31, 2013
We stayed 5 nights as part of the Christmas markets from December 18th to December 23rd (which by the way is the nicest Christmas market, ahead of Prague and Budapest). This hotel is walking distance to almost everything, except maybe the Schobrunn castle, for which subway is available and quite clean and efficient by the way. Our room was not very big and we had twin beds side by side although we had asked for a queen or a king size when we made the réservations. We asked for that type of room on arrival but they told us they had no availability so we managed but were not totally satisfied. Our room was always kept cleaned by our maid. Staff at the front desk were friendly and helpful. Wi-Fi is available in every room. The breakfast is not very elaborate and does not vary from day to day. Overall, it's an hotel that will make your stay enjoyable and pleasant, at least it was for us.