Where to stay in Vienna

Où dormir à Vienne ?

At the gateway to the Balkans, Austria’s capital is one of Europe’s cultural lungs. Find out where to stay in Vienna!

Vienna is the capital of Austria. Home to 1.8 million inhabitants and major international institutions – OSCE, OPEC, IAEA, UN agencies – it is the world’s largest German-speaking metropolis after Berlin. Accommodation in Vienna is expensive, but visiting the city, which attracts 3.7 million visitors a year and has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site (since 2001), is priceless.

Crossed by the Vienna and Danube rivers, Vienna – former capital of the Holy Roman Empire and fiefdom of the Habsburgs – is Austria’s main economic, cultural and political center. The city is made up of numerous districts in which to stay, grouped into 23 boroughs. Here’s a non-exhaustive list to help you make the most of your stay.

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Innere Stadt, the city center

Innere Stadt, loger à Vienne

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Covering an area of 3 km², Innere Stadt is the first district, where you’ll find numerous cafés and restaurants serving the famous Sacher pie. Until 1850, it was the city of Vienna itself. Stephan’s Dom, Opera House, Hofburg, the National Library, the Rathaus, some sixty museums – you name it! – and all the big names you need for a successful shopping trip. It’s also the most expensive district in which to sleep. The « Stadtpark » and « Volksgarten » are two of the largest green spaces in the city center, providing a quiet retreat after a day spent in the hustle and bustle of the shopping streets.

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Leopoldstadt, second district

Leopoldstadt, loger à Vienne

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Situated between the Danube and the Danube Canal, Leopoldstadt is home to the Prater and the 65-metre-high Giant Ferris Wheel, one of Vienna’s largest green areas. And don’t miss Augarten Park, the district’s other green lung. Numerous bars open their terraces to let you enjoy the sunny days, making it a very pleasant area to stay in Vienna, especially as it’s one of the city’s least expensive districts.

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Landstrasse, loger à Vienne

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Landstrasse is a lively district, home to the Mitte-Landstrasse railway station, the Botanical Gardens, the Schwarzenberg Palace, the Belvedere Palace, numerous historic buildings, the University of Music and Fine Arts, the Wiener Konzerthaus concert hall and rental accommodation just a stone’s throw from the city center.

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Neubau, the student Vienna

Neubau, loger à Vienne

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Fancy a Viennese coffee after strolling down Mariahilferstrasse, the city’s busiest shopping street? The Neubau district is home to a host of cafés and bars, as well as the Museumquartier, a 60,000 m² cultural complex – one of the largest in the world – housed in the former imperial stables: a temple to the arts (modern art, cinema, theater, architecture, dance) with countless boutiques, cafés and restaurants. One advantage of renting an apartment in this district? It’s a lively, young student area, with affordable hostels and hotels.

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Wieden, loger à Vienne

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Finding an apartment in Wieden means living just a stone’s throw from the city center, while enjoying one of Vienna’s most historic and cultural districts. In December, don’t miss the famous Christmas market. To the north of the district, the Karlskirche – Church of St. Charles Borromeo – on Karlplatz – St. Charles Square – is an 18th-century Baroque edifice. Music lovers will be delighted with one of the world’s greatest concert halls: the Musikverein. A good compromise for accommodation in Vienna, not far from the city center.

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