Best areas to stay in Vienna

Top areas to stay in Vienna

Vienna is a beautiful, often overlooked European destination. With a plethora of fantastic museums, tranquil settings and nearby village stays, the Austrian capital is a certain crowd pleaser.

  1. Set yourself in the city centre for plenty of museums
  2. Head to the Danube Valley for a memorable stay
  3. Feel at one with nature in Hohenstrasse
  4. Explore the Wienerwald area of Vienna
  5. Head to Melk, a wonderful spot in the Danube Valley

From the city centre to hotels just outside the capital, choosing where to stay couldn’t be easier. Start planning your holidays in vienna now.

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1. Set yourself in the city centre for plenty of museums

Nearly all Vienna’s major attractions are packed into the Innere Stadt (Inner City). This means that places such as the Stephansdom (St Stephen’s Cathedral), the Hofburg (Imperial Palace), the Burgtheater (National Theatre), Mozart’s house, the Staatsoper (State Opera) and the shopping areas around Kärtnerstrasse and the Graben are all within walking distance. Even the Kunsthistorisches Museum (Museum of Fine Arts) and Karlskirche are only just outside the Ringstrasse that marks the medieval precincts of the 1st District. The Inner Stadt is certainly the best neighbourhood to stay in Vienna for any keen museum goer.

Vibe: Exploring museums

While you’re there: The Vienna PASS is a great way to see the museums. It gives you entry to museums and a hop-on-hop-off bus tour.

2. Head to the Danube Valley for a memorable stay

If you’re looking for something outside the city, you should unquestionably stay along the Danube Valley, in particular the magical area known as the Wachau between the historic towns of Melk and Krems. About an hour west of Vienna, this is where the Danube Valley is at its most scenic, by turns both charming and verdant with vineyards, apricot orchards and rustic villages, then suddenly forbidding with ruined medieval castles and rocky cliffs half hidden in mist. Take the Danube River Steamer if you simply want to sit and dream as this mythical world passes you by. For a closer look at the towns and castles on the way it’s best to travel by train or bus.

Vibe: Pretty landscapes

While you’re there: Burg Aggstein is nearby, a castle which was once owned by a robber baron named Jörg Scheck vom Wald.

3. Feel at one with nature in Hohenstrasse

To explore the hills and woods that lie to the north of the city, take the 38A bus from Heiligenstadt U-Bahn up to the Höhenstrasse leading to Kahlenberg and Leopoldsberg on the northern slopes of the Wienerwald. The route offers a grandiose view of the city and surrounding country and is one of the best areas to stay in Vienna. You’ll find it difficult to believe that you’re still inside the city limits. If time permits, get out at one of the stops en route and have a walk around. Near the end of the Hohenstrasse is the Kahlenberg. Since the end of the 18th century, the heights of Kahlenberg have been dotted with fashionable summer homes offering what is known as Sommerfrische (cool summer respite from the city heat).

Vibe: Exploring nature

While you’re there: Hotel Höhenstrasse is only a 20-minute walk from the Klosterneuburg Monastery.

4. Explore the Wienerwald area of Vienna

While it can be seen along the Höhenstrasse, to appreciate the Wienerwald properly, you must visit the villages hidden away in the forest to the south and southwest of Vienna. First head out to Perchtoldsdorf, a serene little village amid heather-covered hills, vineyards and fir trees. Continue south to Burg Liechtenstein, a ‘ruined castle’ built in 1873 on the site of the 12th-century home of the Liechtenstein dynasty. The park is an ideal spot for a picnic. In Mödling you can see the 15th-century Gothic Spitalkirche (Hospital Church) and the house (Hauptstrasse 79) where Beethoven worked on his Missa Solemnis.

Vibe: Discovering villages

While you’re there: When in Austria don’t forget to try an apfelstrudel, an apple strudel dessert.

5. Head to Melk, a wonderful spot in the Danube Valley

On a leisurely tour of the Danube Valley, 84km (52 miles) by the Westautobahn from Vienna, the Benedictine abbey of Melk makes an ideal starting point. Towering high above the river on a protruding rock, this is one of the region’s most majestic sights. Its position overlooking a bend in the river made this a strategic site from the time of the Romans. There are plenty of comfortable hotels in the area such as Hotel Stadt Melk and Wachaurhof.

Vibe: History

While you’re there: Make a quick detour to the village of Mauer to see the late Gothic wooden altarpiece in the parish church.

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