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The hotel rates in Vienna rise with the warmer months of the year. A city like Vienna is perfect for sight-seeing strolls especially when the weather is warm and comfortable. During the summer season - June through August, hotel rates in the city are high and attract large crowds of visitors. Another peak season for Vienna is from December through March. Despite the bitter cold weather, travelers from all over the world flock to Vienna to experience its magical Christmas and holiday markets. Many visitors tend to remain in the city until early spring. During the off-season months of April to May and September to November, travelers enjoy low hotel rates and pleasant accommodations, and are the best times to visit Vienna.
The first district of Vienna, Innere Stadt, is the city’s historic and legislative center. Naturally, hotel rates in this area are higher than other districts. Travelers willing to compromise on location for saving money on their hotel bill can find comfortable accommodations in one of the hotels located in the outer districts of Vienna. Wieden, the fourth district, is about one mile from the city center which can be easily accessed by public transportation. Wieden, is which is popular with artists and students, offers affordable lodging such as Hotel Attaché and its main streets are lined with cafes and shops.
Just outside the official boundary of Innere Stadt district there are two hostels which offer simple and low-cost lodging. One is the Wombats City Hostel at the Naschmarkt. Beds are available in a mixed dorm environment and average about $19 per person. Double rooms with a private bathroom typically cost $36 per person. The second hostel is MEININGER Vienna Downtown Sissi in Leopoldstadt, in Vienna’s second district. This hostel, which has 102 guest rooms, is a mix of dormitory-style and private rooms. MEININGER offers single rooms with one-bed and a private bathroom for $69 a night – perfect for the independent traveler; beds in the shared rooms start at $35 a night, per person. Both hostels are short walking distance from the city center.
There are more than 1,000 Airbnb rentals in Vienna, and over 200 of them are located within Innere Stadt. Entire homes start at approximately $80/night for a studio or 1-bedroom apartment. If traveling in a group and need more space, there are multi-bedroom homes available that range from just over $100 upward to $400. Private rooms are typically in the $80-range, with some as low as $42/night. Hotels rates in Innere Stadt are rarely less than $100 and can cost more than $400/night. If location in the city center and budget are paramount, an Airbnb rental is the way to go.
The ultimate resource for planning your visit is Vienna’s official tourism website. The site is a one-stop shop for all things Vienna: from theater schedules to comprehensive city guides. Vienna Tourism also offers the Vienna Card, which for a reasonable price, enables travelers to enjoy a discounted admission to select attractions and free travel on Vienna’s public transit system.
To find and book lodging, look no further than Hipmunk. Its search features, complete with interactive maps and specialized filters, make it easy to find the lowest priced hotels in every part of the city.
For a city so deeply rooted in the past, Vienna is tops in providing the modern convenience of free Wi-Fi with Freewave. It is compatible with any device with a web browser and Wi-Fi so travelers are able to connect just about anywhere in Vienna.
One of Vienna’s top attractions is Ringstrasse (“ring road”), the circular system of streets that surrounds Innere Stadt. Ringstrasse is like a display case of the finest architecture and most historically significant landmarks in Vienna. Spend any amount of time in Vienna and, inevitably, you will find yourself on Ringstrassemuch, marveling at the grandeur of the State Opera or Rathaus (City Hall). Again, the hotels in this area are pricier so weigh the pros and cons and decide what’s most important: location or budget.
Just off Ringstrasse and within Innere Stadt are other notable attractions. Haus der Musik outlines the history of Vienna through music and is suitable for all ages. The interactive activities, such as being a guest conductor for the Vienna Philharmonic, are especially popular with kids. The Spanish Riding School is another one of Vienna’s top attractions. Lipizzaner stallions have been performing haute école inside the magnificently baroque Imperial Palace for centuries. Today, travelers can buy tickets (well in advance) for performances and even take guided tours of the riding school and the stables. The Spanish Riding School is a must-visit!
There is no need to have a car when visiting Vienna. Traffic can be challenging, but the parking rules are downright confusing. Short-term parking areas and times vary by district, day of the week, and time of day. Drivers must purchase parking permits ahead of time and they’re valid for only 15 minutes at a time. In addition, hefty fines are imposed for parking violations. Think of the dent that would put in your travel budget! If you must have a car, consider parking it at one of the city’s Park & Ride garages and use other means of transportation.
The best way to get around Vienna is on foot. If weather permits, take a leisurely stroll to admire the magnificent architecture or stop in one of Vienna’s famous coffee houses. Vienna’s public transportation system is well-developed and is composed of buses, trams, trains, and underground lines (U-Bahn). The system is easy to use; just validate your tickets at any of the blue machines in the underground stations before boarding or enjoy the sights from one of the buses or trams. Again, it is important to validate your ticket, otherwise a fine will be imposed if caught.
Vienna may seem like an overly expensive city but don’t be intimidated by its formal atmosphere and imperial history. Follow these tips and you will enjoy the beauty of Vienna without breaking the bank.
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