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Vienna might be known for its opera and architecture, but there are so many more layers to the Austrian capital. We’re talking hipster hangouts, artist enclaves and everything in between. There are so many things to see and do in Vienna that no matter how much time you spend here, you’ll want more time to explore its vibrant street art, independent cafes and foodie-approved restaurants.
Hostels in Vienna offer a choice between shared or private rooms and traditional or modern designs, so we’re confident there’s something for every type of traveller. While most have free Wi-Fi to keep you connected, many even offer extras like laundry service or an epic buffet breakfast. For a super social time, look out for those Vienna hostels that have their own bars, well-equipped communal areas, gardens and more. And don’t shy away from getting some local knowledge from the expert staff at your Vienna hostel – they’re here to help! You can find more info about the best hostels in Vienna on our blog.
If you’re looking for a creative neighbourhood to stay in in Vienna, Leopoldstadt, the former Jewish Quarter, could be right up your street. In recent years this area has been renovated and is now home to many coffee shops and art studios. The UNESCO listed Old Town is where you’ll find the city’s most famous sights, as well as the classic whitewashed architecture that Vienna is famous for. Margareten has a bohemian vibe thanks to its cool street art and local food markets.
Some of the best attractions to visit in Vienna are the Schönbrunn Palace, a former imperial summer residence, the Kunsthistorisches Museum, which includes artefacts from Ancient Egypt to the modern era, plus the world-famous Vienna State Opera, one of the busiest operas worldwide. Another must-visit is Naschmarkt; Vienna’s largest outdoor market which offers a mix of delicious food and fascinating hand-crafted trinkets. It’s surrounded by small restaurants that offer some of the best cheap food in Vienna, ranging from sushi to kebabs and Viennese classics. If the weather’s right, you can also head to the Danube River in the summer for some swimming and sunbathing.
Vienna has one of the most efficient public transport systems in the world, with frequent services and free maps in every station making it super easy to use. A flat rate, single journey ticket costs €2.40 and can be used on all trains, trams and buses. Vienna International Airport is 18km from the city centre and has its own train station that’s served by the S7 train. Tickets to central Vienna cost €3.90 and the journey takes 25 minutes.