Guide to Vienna’s 23 Districts: Where to Stay While Traveling

23 Bezirke von Wien Guide zum Wohnen während Reisen

Vienna is divided into 23 districts.

The 1st district is the center of Vienna. It was once the part of the old town that was surrounded by the city walls. That is why some of the most important sights in Vienna are still located in the 1st district.

Districts 2 to 9 are lined up clockwise around the 1st district and are the most popular areas to stay in along with the 1st district on a city break.

Here we describe all Vienna districts in detail.

1st District: Inner City

Innere Stadt in Vienna in Austria

The heart of the imperial city beats in the 1st district. This represents the original Vienna and was formerly surrounded by the city walls. It is not surprising that the historic district, which is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site with the city center, offers the most sights, museums and landmarks.

2nd District: Leopoldstadt

Leopoldstadt in Vienna in Austria

This district, named after Leopold I, lies between the Danube Canal and the Danube. It adjoins the inner city to the east. With Prater and the Augarten there are two green lungs in this district. The highlight is definitely the famous Wurstelprater amusement park with the Ferris wheelThe exhibition center is also located here. Due to the proximity to the 1st district, many sights can be reached quickly.

3rd District: Landstraße

Landstraße in Vienna in Austria

Landstraße is located south-east of the 1st district and dates back to the Bronze Age. The landmark of the district is the majestic baroque Belvedere Palace with its magnificent palace garden. Other sights include the Hundertwasserhaus, the Vienna Concert Hall and the Botanical Garden. Visitors also appreciate the many green spaces and the central location of the district.

4th District: Wieden

Wieden in Vienna in Austria

The 4th district is considered the oldest suburb of Vienna. Wieden encloses the city center in the northeast, which is why it can be reached quickly. The landmark is the baroque St. Charles Church. The district, which is particularly popular with young people and artists, attracts with charming bars, galleries and original shops. As everywhere in districts 2-9, the hotel recommendation also applies here: the closer to the center, the better.

5th District: Margareten

Margareten in Vienna in Austria

Margareten, south of the city center, impresses with a mix of working-class and trendy neighborhoods with a multicultural flair. The district is best known as the home of numerous famous Viennese personalities, including Falco and Bruno Kreisky. Worth seeing is Margaretenstraße with Margaretenplatz, where hip shops and a diverse gastronomic scene are lined up.

6th District: Mariahilf

Mariahilf in Vienna in Austria

Vienna's Mariahilf district attracts visitors with numerous shopping and nightlife options. With Mariahilferstraße shopping street, the lively district has the most famous shopping street in Vienna. Other sights include the famous Naschmarkt, Mariahilfer Church and Haus des MeeresThe district borders on the 1st district in the southwest.

7th District: Neubau

Neubau in Vienna in Austria

Discover Vienna's modern twist in Neubau. East of the city center, this hip and trendy district is known for its alternative flair. This hipster district in Vienna offers numerous hip cafés, bars, concept stores and galleries. With Museums Quartier, culture lovers will also get their money's worth. Naschmarkt and Mariahilferstraße shopping street are also within walking distance.

8th District: Josefstadt

Josefstadt in Vienna in Austria

Josefstadt, northwest of the city center, is the smallest district in Vienna in terms of area. The district, named after Emperor Joseph I, has many small alleys and courtyards and a quiet, middle-class ambience. Above all, the rich cultural offerings, such as museums, cabarets, backyard stages and the smallest theater in the world, make the charming district special.

9th District: Alsergrund

Alsergrund in Vienna in Austria

The 9th district encloses the city center in the north. Like its little neighbor, Alsergrund is one of Vienna's quiet, middle-class districts. In addition to the Folk Opera, the district is also known for Votive Church, the Narrenturm and the Sigmund Freud Museum. Worth seeing are Strudlhof staircase and the Servite neighborhood, which attracts with historical buildings and a diverse gastronomic scene.

10th District: Favoriten

Favoriten in Vienna in Austria

The 10th district is one of the less touristy districts of Vienna. It offers sights such as the Therme Wien and the Amalienbad. Favoriten is best known for the Vienna Central Station, which makes it particularly interesting for train travelers. The highlight, however, is the Bohemian Prater, an amusement park that promises entertainment, relaxation and fun.

11th District: Simmering

Simmering in Vienna in Austria

The 11th district in the southeast of Vienna is known for the famous Vienna Central CemeteryThe Gasometer and the Cemetery of the Nameless are also located here. The outskirts are considered a classic working-class and industrial district. Herder Park with 42,600 m² offers a wonderful place to linger.

12th District: Meidling

Meidling in Vienna in Austria

The outskirts of Meidling offers pure diversity. With its two palaces, Hetzendorf Palace and Atzgersdorf Palace, the 12th district exudes imperial Habsburg flair. It is also one of the typical working-class districts of Vienna and is characterized by migration flows. Foothills of the Vienna Forrest also run through Meidling.

13th District: Hietzing

Hietzing in Vienna in Austria

Hietzing is world famous for the magnificent Schönbrunn Palace and its extensive park. The oldest zoo, Schönbrunn Zoo, Lainzer Zoo and Hermesvilla are among the most popular attractions and make Hietzing a popular destination. With its villas and picturesque parks, the outskirts is one of Vienna's most exclusive residential areas.

14th District: Penzing

Penzing in Vienna in Austria

Penzing is in the west of Vienna and is the most densely forested district. It reaches into the Vienna Forrest and invites you to picnic, hike and linger. In addition to idyllic green areas, the 14th district impresses with sights such as the Technical Museum, the Fuchs Villa and the Laudon moated castle.

15th District: Rudolfsheim-Fünfhaus

Rudolfsheim-Fünfhaus in Vienna in Austria

Rudolfsheim-Fünfhaus is the poorest district in Vienna. It is best known for its multicultural flair and colorful diversity. The gastronomic offerings are as varied as the nations of the district. Worth mentioning are the Wiener Stadthalle, Meiselmarkt, Lugner-City and Westbahnhof.

16th District: Ottakring

Ottakring in Vienna in Austria

Ottakring impresses with its cultural diversity, a hip gastronomic scene and extensive green spaces. The 16th district is booming and is currently particularly popular with students and young families. He gained notoriety through the Ottakringer beer, which is brewed in the Ottakringer brewery, Brunnenmarkt, Yppenplatz, Wilhelminenberg Castle, the Jubilee Observatory and the Kuffner Observatory.

17th District: Hernals

Hernals in Vienna in Austria

The 17th district of Vienna, Hernals, borders the Vienna Forrest in the north-west and thus offers wonderful activities in the countryside. The most popular sights in the quiet outskirts include the Schwarzenberg Park, the baroque Neuwaldegg Castle, Yppenviertel, the Vienna snow globe manufacture and the Vienna Metropol Theater.

18th District: Währing

Währing in Vienna in Austria

The wealthy Währing convinces with  beautiful architecture, idyllic green spaces and hipster charm. Numerous parks offer wonderful excursion destinations. The Türkenschanzpark is particularly popular, and the mystical Observatory Park is also recommended.

19th District: Döbling 

Döbling in Vienna in Austria

The 19th district is considered one of the most exclusive residential areas in Vienna. The posh district known for its wine-growing awaits you with numerous wine taverns and vineyards. The former suburbs of Grinzing and Nussdorf are particularly recommended. With Kahlenberg and Leopoldsberg, the green Döbling also has wonderful recreation areas.

20th District: Brigittenau

Brigittenau in Vienna in Austria

The Vienna district of Brigittenau is located on an island between the Danube and the Danube Canal. The 20th district is said to be a hot spot with social problems. After Rudolfsheim-Fünfhaus, it is the poorest district in Vienna. Nevertheless, it offers attractions such as the Millenium Tower, Brigittaplatz with the Brigitta Church, the District Museum and of course the Danube Canal.

21th District: Floridsdorf

Floridsdorf in Vienna in Austria

In the 21st district of Floridsdorf you will find picturesque vineyards, crystal clear water and a rural idyll. The former village in the north of Vienna offers several idyllic retreats with the Floridsdorf water park, the Danube Island and the Old Danube. The rural Heurigen promise culinary delights.

22nd District: Donaustadt

Donaustadt in Vienna in Austria

The largest district in terms of area is the 22nd district of Vienna in the east of Vienna. The city on the Danube not only impresses with its many green oases, but also with its numerous sights. Popular recreation areas are the Old Danube, the Danube Park, the Danube Island and the Donau-Auen National Park. Further highlights are the UNO City, the Danube Tower and the largest shopping center in Vienna: the Donauzentrum.

23rd District: Liesing

Liesing in Vienna in Austria

The 23rd district of Vienna, Liesing, is the southernmost district of the city. Liesing delights its visitors with magnificent castles, including Liesing Castle, Rodaun Castle and Alterlaa Castle. The green outskirts invites you to go hiking and walking with dreamy forests. Also worth seeing are the Church of the Most Holy Trinity and the Chocolate Museum Vienna.

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