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Vienna – a city guide to the main districts of the city

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The land locked country of Austria, comfortably sat in the middle of mainland Europe is home to a melting pot of cultures within its capital city of Vienna. Vienna is made up of 23 districts; the first 9 districts are the closest to the city center, with Innere Stadt being the 1<sup>st</sup> and Alsergrund the 9<sup>th</sup>, many of which house fascinating museums and beautiful parks. From 10 onwards the districts spiral outwards in a clockwise motion. 

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Innere Stadt (1st District)

 

The first district forms the epicenter of Viennese life. Here, you’ll find many restaurants, cafes and bars. Not to mention the coffee houses which are Vienna’s real je ne sai quoi – where tourists and locals alike hang out and simply watch the world go by. Within the walls of the ring road that surrounds the Innere Stadtare you’ll find a plethora of architecture and culture from the Natural History and Art History museums, City Hall and the Vienna State Opera House. If you love to shop, head to the Graben, one of the most famous streets in the whole of Vienna.

 

Leopoldstadt (2nd District)

 

East of the Danube Canal is Leopoldstadt, a short subway ride away from the 1st district. If you’re travelling with children, or just fancy some fun, head to Leopoldstadt where you’ll find the Prater Park. Within this beautiful green park is an amusement park at one end, full of entertaining rides, whilst the other end is famous for its chestnut tree lined paths where locals like to jog. Don’t miss the trade fair which has developed over the last few years, situated along the canal side.

 

Landstrasse (3rd District)

 

The Landstrasse district mainly consists of the Stadtpark, a large park which shows much of Vienna’s imperial and charming architecture, which literally translates as hay market. This is another popular place for tourists and the Viennese. As other areas in Vienna, the Stadtpark is overcome with both impressive and important architecture. Churches and palaces are everywhere, many of which are from the ornate Baroque era; a period of artistic style which came from Rome in the early 17th century. Look out for the Schwarzenberg Palace and Belvedere Palace.

 

Mariahilf (6th District)

 

Head to the sixth district of Mariahilf if you want to experience local shopping. The Mariahilferstrasse is one of the best shopping streets in the city. This area was recently leaked to the tourist trail as previously it was a local’s well-kept secret. Walk over to the Naschmarkt in the 4th district of Wieden for exotic fruits, vegetables, bread and cheese whilst on Saturday mornings a flea market sits next to it boasting bargains and charm. Just off the street are cosy eateries in the form of quaint cafes and pubs.

 

Neubau (7th District)

 

Neubau boarders the Museum quarter making it an ideal place to stay as it is near the main sights of the city and thus has great transport links. Popular attractions here are the picturesque Spittelberg houses, forming the once neglected Spittelberg quarter. These houses now relish in renovated splendor in the form of boutique shops, bars, restaurants, theatres and art galleries – reflecting beautiful art on the inside as well as their exterior.

 

Josefstadt (8th District)

 

Here among the streets of Jodefstadt, the 8th district, in Vienna’s smallest district of all 23 is a quiet area brimming with parks, cafes, elaborate monuments and of course more stunning Baroque churches. Sitting among shops and cafes, you will also find Vienna’s oldest theatre, dating from 1788 aptly named Josefstadt Theatre.