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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"Good Hotel for business travellers"
Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on Feb 25, 2013
It is conveniently located quite near the Praterstern Station in a quiet neighbourhood. The staff is good and goes an extra mile to make guests feel at home. Overall, it is a good place for business travellers.
Fantastic location. Within walking distance to many tourist sights, opposite to Staatsoper. Restaurants, taxi stand and the subway station are also within walking distance. If you don't want to order hotel breakfast the night before there are breakfast options down the road. The room and toilet are a tad small but the excellent location makes up for it. The entrance to the hotel was messy as on 2 nights a vagrant drank beer, urinated and slept at the front door passage. There is renovation work going on in a shop at the entrance to the hotel. So there is a lot of dust around. This however doesn't affect the inside of the hotel.
Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on Apr 24, 2012
We are a family of four and pleasantly found tthat they had comfortably provided for 4 beds. Nice full breakfast with eggs made to order. And a charming front desk. The location is actually a brisk walking distance from Karlsplatz on Weinerstrasse. From Wien Westbahnoff we took the U6 till Langfeldgasse and changed to U4 till Kettenbruckengasse. Get off here and go outside the station to Rechte Wienzeile (choose the narrower street running parallel to the station). On this street take the first right turn which is Franzengasse (a low traffic walker friendly street) and Holiday Inn is at the end of this street. You can also reach Margaretenstrasse on which the hotel is located going the same distance on Kettenbruckengasse (more traffic, but more shops and cafes) which is parallel to Franzengasse.
"Enjoyed my stay at Regina"
Reviewed by Girija R of "ND" on
Feb 28, 2012
Excellent hospitality. Cordial staffs. Strategically located near Altes AKH. It is known to most of the Vienna residents as it is one of the oldest hotels there. Thanks to 'hotel.com' the hotel tariff was fitting with my budget. I thoroughly enjoyed my stay over there.
Reviewed by Dan M of "Maryland USA" on
Jan 25, 2012
We stayed at this hotel for 5 nights. The hotel facilities were great. The breakfast which is included in the cost of the room was out of this world. Really something to write home about. The location is perfect.
The staff try to be very helpful but are not very knowledgeable about what to see or where to go. I'd recommend the hotel to anyone stopping in Vienna who wants a relaxing stay in comfort.
"Tourotel Mariahilf is very close to Westbahnhof"
Reviewed by Sherina A of "Mumbai, India" on
Sep 3, 2011
Overall a very good place to stay. For the tariff, it was value for money in terms of service and comfort. It is located on a main shopping avenue and is accessible by the underground (Westbahnhof station) as well as trams.