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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"A few little things would make Belvedere great"
Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on Mar 25, 2014
Enjoyed our stay. Staff and breakfast great. Room comfortable but had a couple of very dusty bits where the cleaning is constantly missed, e.g. behind leg of locker there was a wide dusty streak ON VIEW which has obviously taken years to accumulate. Hand towels were touching the toilet bowl as the rail was too near. We are happy to re-use towels for environmental reasons - why not have the two sets with different colours so that guests sharing room can each have own towels and know which is which? THAT WOULD, BE INNOVATIVE.
"Excellent location and cleanliness"
Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on Mar 17, 2014
There could not be better location for a hotel in Vienna. The cleanliness of the room was excellent. The staff was friendly. I recommend this hotel to all who wants to stay in the city center of Vienna (but don't miss a very luxury hotel). I would stay in this hotel next time, too. The only minus was an old fashion TV in the room, I hope that there would be next time a (bigger) flat TV...
"Good, basic hotel a few minutes walk away"
Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on Mar 13, 2014
The hotel itself wasn't fancy but was decent given the reasonably cheap price. The street it is on isn't the nicest, but not in a way that seems unsafe or would make me feel uncomfortable walking there after dark at all. There are more conveniently located hotels, public transport will be a little walk away no matter where you want to go, but nothing drastic, just a 5-10 minute walk. Would stay here again but really is more somewhere to lay your head in between exploring Vienna rather than for a luxurious weekend in bed.
"Amazing Location and Great breakfast"
Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on Mar 4, 2014
I just had an overnight in Vienna and stayed here.
The hotel looks great and the service was very courteous and professional.
The room I stayed in would have been a little small for two people or several day stay but was perfect for one night.
The breakfast was by far the best of any hotel I've stayed at and the large windows overlooking the streets were great. Best way to start a day.
Will definitely stay again and recommend.