Best hotels in Vienna
Vienna HotelsLong known as the workplace of great composers, from Mozart to Beethoven, Vienna is a cultural and historic city that has long been an inspiration for great minds, from Sigmund Freud to Franz Schubert. Down cobbled streets you'll find many impressive historic homes, many of them turned into museums dedicated to Vienna's most famous residents, with grand town squares full of statues and memorials to the city's rich history. Vienna is also a great destination for gourmands, with world class restaurants and cozy patisseries where you can sample the national cuisine. Things to seeDating back to the mid-19th century, the Vienna State Opera is the perfect backdrop for a grand opera, with Neo-Renaissance architecture that includes high ceilings, plush red velvet seats, and huge chandeliers. There's a traditional U shaped auditorium, with the stalls seating sometimes removed for larger productions such as spectacular dance galas. Another important historic building in the city is St. Stephen's Cathedral which dates back to the 12th century with an intricate Gothic and Renaissance detailing. Outside there are tall spires and carvings, and inside you'll see high arches, serene statues, and detailed oil paintings of saints. The ornate Hofburg Palace used to belong to the monarchs of Austria, and is now the official home of the President, incorporating major museums and the Austrian National Library. The Swiss Wing dates back to the 13th century, with Gothic chapels and rare objects from the Roman Empire and around the world. Hotels in
ViennaThere's a wide selection of Vienna hotels, from simple, affordable accommodation in guesthouses to grand luxury hotels. If you go for 4 to 5 star options, you can enjoy accommodation in historic buildings, which have been renovated with all the modern comforts such as free WiFi, full service spas, indoor pools, and business centers. Many of these hotels have their own bars and restaurants, with terraces so you can enjoy the lively city atmosphere on warm days. If you have a lower budget, then one of the stylish modern hotels in newer areas of the city are more affordable, yet still offer a high standard of accommodation and excellent facilities. Where to stayMariahilf has a reputation as a cultural district, with several theaters and museums found down its charming cobbled streets. It's a popular spot to stay, offering close proximity to historic sights such as the home that composer Haydn lived in, and the Theater an der Wien where Beethoven actually lived part time, and where many of his works had their debut. Leopoldstadt lies to the west of the Danube, and was a predominantly Jewish area until the Holocaust, although there's still a few reminders of the old days in the friendly delis and kosher restaurants. You can ride the miniature steam train, the Liliputbahn, through the pleasant Prater Park, or enjoy the view on the Wiener Riesenrad, an iconic Ferris wheel that's over 200 feet tall. How to get to ViennaVienna International Airport is less than 20 minutes away from the city center by car, and there's also a fast, reliable train link which takes you from the terminal to the center in less than half an hour, avoiding the traffic at peak times. The airport is a busy hub, with regular flights arriving from across Europe, as well as occasional flights direct from the USA. Trains from the airport arrive at Wien Praterstern railway station, one of Vienna's largest stations, which is convenient for local and commuter services. Wien Meidling railway station is also a popular arrival point, with the Intercity Express service, known locally as ICE, offering connections across Austria, and Germany, and Railjet services to Prague, Budapest, and other major cities across Europe.