As well as imperial architecture and magnificent streets, Vienna is home to some of Europe’s top bars and restaurants, not to mention world-class shopping opportunities. Visitors wanting to soak up the city’s culture often stay in a boutique Hotel in Vienna’s Innere Stadt or Neubau, while those seeking something off the beaten track may choose Leopold Stadt. Mariahilfer Strasse offers some of the best shopping, Naschmarkt is up and coming, and Gurtel takes the prize for being the most fun.
Most beautiful boutique hotels in Vienna
Vienna’s most central district, Innere Stadt, is surrounded by a 19th-century boulevard lined with resplendent buildings, including the Vienna State Opera, city hall, and the stock exchange. Some of the best boutique hotels in Vienna are located here, all offering visitors an opulent experience. Other major attractions in the district include the Stephansplatz and St Stephen’s Cathedral.
Vienna’s second district, an island between the Danube River and the Danube canal, is home to the Augarten, a stunning Baroque park, and an array of other sites. Leopold Stadt is also close to the Prater park and its Ferris wheel, which offers panoramic views over the city. There’s also a pretty Carmelite church in the centre of the Jewish quarter.
Districts 3, 4, and 5 make up the Naschmarkt area, home to some of the most popular boutique hotels in Vienna. Rooftop terraces, luxury spas, contemporary designs, and gourmet dining options exemplify this district, where visitors can enjoy hipster cafés, trendy bars, quaint shops, and galleries. Naschmarkt also offers a dining extravaganza, with restaurants serving Austrian, Chinese, Indian, Mexican, and just about everything in between.
Spanning districts 6 and 7, Mariahilfer Strasse is where visitors and locals flock to shop. One of Vienna’s largest streets, it’s home to luxury brands and independent boutiques. When the shopping becomes too much to bear, there’s also a decent selection of bars, cafés, and restaurants here.
A former suburb of the city, Neubau contains the Museum Quarter. Top museums include the Leopold Collection and the Kinder Museum, which offers children an interactive experience. There are enough bookshops and cafés here to keep the most inquisitive visitor occupied, and the area boasts some of the most desirable boutique hotels in Vienna. It’s fast on track to becoming one of the city’s most vibrant districts.
Gurtel (which means ’belt’), wraps around Vienna’s inner districts and boasts some of Vienna’s top party spots. The area is home to an assortment of bars and clubs, as well as Vienna’s red light district. Though Gurtel was once worse for wear, authorities have pumped cash into the district in recent years, and the transformation makes for an unforgettable visit.
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