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Where to stay in Wieden

Wieden might be best known as the home of the 18th-century spectacle of the Karlskirche, the largest Baroque church north of the Alps, but this Vienna neighborhood also has a youthful edge. A compact district, with the Innere Stadt to the north and the Belvedere to the east, central Wieden is both a student town and a contemporary artists’ quarter. Thriving and cosmopolitan, you'll find Vienna's oldest and most colorful market here, as well as its only Chinatown.

Hotels in Wieden

Accommodation here can be divided between the luxury hotels in the historic Freihaus area and the more mid-range hotels along the Favoritenstrasse to the south. The most famous luxury hotel in Wieden is probably the 5-star Hotel Das Tiest, which lies close the Karlskirche. The boldly designed rooms, excellent service, and courtyard breakfasts are strong selling points with reviewers. The nearby Hotel Johann Strauss is a grand 19th-century hotel noted for its Art Nouveau character, sumptuous fittings, and extremely helpful staff. The Austria Trend Hotel beim Theresianum is modern, budget Widen hotel in the south of the neighborhood, much liked for its bright, breezy look and charming breakfast terrace.

Things to see in Wieden

The streets around the Freihaus must count as one of the most fashionable parts of Vienna. A walk around this one-time poor house, taking in its alternative art galleries, boutique fashion stores, and antique shops, is a must-do. However the famous Karlskirche, with its twin spires and copper-green dome beautifully framed by the Karlsplatz, has to be the premium attraction. Inside, the decor is similarly impressive, and you can ride an elevator to inspect the fabulous Rottmayr ceiling frescoes up close. Next to the Karlskirche is the Wien Museum, which tells the story of the city from its origins as a Roman camp to the glorious Imperial age of the “Grunderzeit” (Founders' Era) and on to the city's tribulations in the Second World War. For those with an interest in music, the Schubert Sterbwohnung is worth a visit. It is the death-place of composer of Franz Schubert and hosts an intriguing museum in his honor.

Good for general travelers

Even though this is a youthful and somewhat artsy neighborhood, it makes a great base for all travelers, whatever their plans in Vienna. Important sights, like the Schloss Belvedere with its fabled gardens or the MuseumsQuartier, are within easy reach. Next door is the Naschmarkt, Vienna's bustling and cosmopolitan open market. Wieden also has interesting shopping opportunities of its own, as well as a laid-back street culture that includes good coffee, great bars, and fine food. Wieden accommodation covers all the bases too, so whether you're here for a luxury break or looking for culture on a budget, Wieden will work well for you.

How to get to Wieden

Vienna International Airport is the first port of call for most visitors. From here, there are 2 choices for getting into Wieden by train—the CAT or the S-Bahn. The CAT is the fastest service, arriving at Wien Mitte in 16 minutes. To get into Wieden take the U4 metro line to Karlsplatz, which is the closest stop to most hotels. The U4 and U1 lines provide a good way to travel in Wieden, or to reach other parts of Vienna. There are also 2 tram lines running streetcars north to south across the neighborhood.

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