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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"Much better than my expectations"
Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on Feb 11, 2013
The reviews previously published here about this hotel/pension were not giving a good impression. However, I continued & made my reservation as my budget for this visit was very much limited. TO MY SURPRISE; the hotel was VERY GOOD. The room was extremely clean. The bathroom was as if it has been very recently refurbished, very clean & suited all my needs. The room was small, but for such a budget price I wasn't looking for anything better. Depite small; the room had everything you find in 4-star hotels except for the mini-frig. The staff were very friendly & helpful to the maximum they could. I recomment this small hotel for everyone. It is a few tram stops away (+1 U-bahn stop) from the city centre (Stephanplatz).
For the money, it's very good. The rooms are small, especially the showers. If you're a bit out the general standard of hight and width get in and getting out of the showers becomes an ordeal. But, as we say so much music for so much money. What was unpleasant, though, was the double charge on my credit card for one single night. I reserved the room under the condition provided by tour service to pay at the hotel and gave my credit card details. At leaving the hotel the clerk (a nice young lady) instead of simply checking me out, charged me again. Thankfully my bank denied the first charge after I called.
"Very good value"
Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on Nov 9, 2012
Great value for money. The independence of an apartment with the luxury of hotel, getting sheets changed and new towels daily while still having a seperate living area with kitchen was great. Allowed us to save some money on eating out for breakfast and lunch by buying food in the supermarket and storing it in the fridge and cupboards, so we only went out for dinner. Very warm which was great considering the cold outside. Good location we walked everywhere but the Rathaus U-bahn is close by. We had two single duvets at first but we told reception and they changed for a double so very satisfied. ipod dock was great bonus too! Would definitely stay here again.