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Vienna/Inner West is in Vienna.

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  • The Museum District (Museumsquartier, MQ), Neubau, [1]. Has served as a cultural district of Vienna since 2001. Though many museums and cultural institutions are situated there, it is not only a place for art. It is also an urban living space and people go there to spend some time, sitting in one of the cafés or perhaps playing boccia. It is also popular to meet friends for a BYOB evening here. The Leopold Museum and the MUMOK are here. If you are interested in visiting a couple of these museums, combination tickets available at the MQ entrance will be cheaper than buying them individually at museum entrances. You can use free wifi at MQ provided by Quintessenz [2].  edit
  • Leopold Museum, [3]. Has a strict policy of not allowing big bags inside the museum. Even your cameras (unless they can be tucked inside a small carry bag) will have to be deposited outside. Charges €1 per person for the cloak room service.  edit
  • MUMOK, [4]. Has a strict policy of not allowing big bags inside the museum. Even your cameras (unless they can be tucked inside a small carry bag) will have to be deposited outside. Has a self service locker.  edit
  • The Imperial Furniture Collection, Vienna Furniture Museum, Andreasgasse 7, Neubau (just off Mariahilfer Strasse, line U3, alight at Zieglergasse, take the Andreasgasse exit), +43 1 52433570. Tu–Su 10AM–6PM. Houses the largest furniture collection in the world. The exhibit displays furniture for all the Austrian emperors since Charles VI (the father of Maria Theresa), furniture by the Thonet Brothers, Jugendstil, and the Viennese Modernist movement. In addition, they show other contemporary Austrian architects and designers, such as E.A. Plischke, Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky, Luigi Blau, and Franz West. Besides the permanent furniture collection, the museum also hosts two to three temporary exhibitions on furniture design and photography each year. You can purchase a single ticket or a Sisi Ticket, which allows you entrance to the Schönbrunn Palace, the Imperial Apartments, Sisi Museum, and the Imperial Silver Collection in the Hofburg. Wheelchair-accessible.  edit
  • Pathological and Anatomical State Museum (Pathologisch-anatomisches Bundesmuseum), Alsergrund, take trams 37-38, 40-42 (can be hard to find), [5]. W 3PM–6PM, Th 8AM-11AM. Housed in a squat tower, which once was an insane asylum, the Narrenturm (Fool's Tower), this museum contains some of the dustier corners of the annals of medicine. You will find preserved hydrocephalic infants, wax castings of tertiary syphilis, antique medical devices, and even a laryngeal tuberculous ulcer. The gift shop sells postcards depicting the best of these.  edit
  • Liechtenstein Museum, Neubau (tram line D stop at Seegasse, or about 10 minutes by foot from U2 subway stop Schottentor), [7]. A private collection of the Prince of Liechtenstein, it is exhibited in his once Viennese Residence. The richly decorated picture gallery mainly exhibits Baroque paintings, with a nice portion of Rubens.  edit
  • Freud Museum, Berggasse 19, Alsergrund (U2 Schottentor 10 minute walk, or take tram D to Schlickgasse), +43 1 3191596 (, fax: +43 1 3170279), [8]. 9AM–5PM. This small museum is in Freud's historic flat where he practiced psychoanalysis for almost his whole life. However, the collection is limited mostly to documents of various kinds relating to Freud's life. Almost all of the flat's contents, including the famous original couch, went along with Freud to London when he fled the Nazis in 1939 and are now in the Freud Museum there.  edit
  • Votivkirche, Rooseveltplatz 8, Alsergrund (just outside the Ringstrasse Boulevard, close to the University of ViennaU2 Schottentor), +4314061192, [9]. One of the most important Neo-Gothic religious architectural sites in the world, constructed between 1856 and 1879. Stands on a large square on the location where an unsuccessful attempt to assessinate Emperor Franz Joseph took place in 1853. The plans were established by Heinrich von Ferstel (1828-1883), who chose to build the cathedral, borrowing heavily from the architecture of Gothic French cathedrals. It is made of white sandstone, similar to the Stephansdom, which is very vulnerable to air-pollution and acid rain an therefore makes frequent renovations necessary. (48°12′55″N,16°21′31″E) edit
Haus des Meeres
  • Haus des Meeres Aquarium Zoo, Mariahilf (U3, stop Neubaugasse), [10]. A marvelous zoo, with a rain forest glasshouse, tiny apes, aquariums with sharks, and terrariums with reptiles and venomous snakes. It is in one of the leftover second world war air raid shelter, a so-called Flakturm. The building carried formerly one of the first radar equipments and is designed to stand a direct bomb hit, an earthquake, and wind speeds up to an overpressure of ten bar. Now there is also a platform on top to allow nice views over the roofs of Vienna.  edit

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  • The Naschmarkt, Mariahilf (right at the U4 subway station Kettenbrueckengasse). The biggest of Vienna's 22 market places and provides a unique blend of typical Vienna costumely and oriental flair. Stroll through the market and be part of the amazing ambiance. If you like to cook, you will find all the spices you could possibly want at the Naschmarkt. The side of the Secession tends to be more touristy and thus more expensive than the side of the Kettenbrueckengasse. It is illegal to export antiquities from Austria, even if you legally buy them at a market.  edit
  • Museumsquartier. In the summer, it is just wonderful to hang out here in the evenings. The big yard is filled with large fiberglass sofas you can use for free. Optionally, you can buy drinks at the open air bars there. Just ask for a glass you can take away so you can use the sofas. During the day, a visit to Burggarten is highly recommended if you are looking for a more alternative, young crowd. Buy something to eat and drink at a supermarket and join the others on the grass.  edit

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  • Mariahilferstraße, (stretches from the Museumsquartier to Westbahnhof, subway through stations (east to west) Museumsquartier (U2), Neubaugasse (U3), Zieglergasse (U3), or Westbahnhof (U3/U6)). The longest and most popular shopping avenue in Vienna, featuring all kinds of stores, many flagship stores from international brands, etc. More diverse and cosmopolitan than Kärntner Straße.  edit
  • Shu!, Neubaugasse 34, Neubau (U3 Neubaugasse), +43 (0)1 5231449 (), [11]. Tu-F noon-7PM, Sa noon-5PM. A collection of creative but still comfortable shoes from multiple brands, primarily Italian. Moderate prices. They also have sales outlet Shu!Depot at Westbahnstraße 4, Neubau.  edit
  • Museum Quarter (MQ), Neubau (U2 Museumsquartier, U2/U3 Volkstheater). Has half a dozen of small designer clothes shops.  edit
  • Naschmarkt Flea Market, Linke Wienzeile (U4 Kettenbrückengasse). Sa 6AM-4PM. Need used lederhosen? How about a doner kebab at the Naschmarkt or an Austrian war bond from the first World War? This is the place to go. It is primarily a flea market, though some stalls sell new items such as handwoven wicker baskets or food. Pick through the detritus of an imperial society, you never know what you will find hidden under that stack of terrible fuzzy sweaters. Couture gowns, communist medals from all the former Eastern Bloc countries, tobacco pipes, broken pocket watches. Worth at least a full morning. Flea markets are the best possible blend of high and low culture, and a way to truly get to know a city. Walk all the way from the flea market end of the Naschmarkt through the food stall end to arrive at the Secession building, on the left close to the Karlsplatz metro stop.  edit


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  • Vego, Neubaugasse 81, Neubau, 01/522 59 07. 11:30AM-3PM, 6PM-11PM. Is closed as building is under renovation.  edit
  • Kolar, Laudongasse 8, Josephstadt, [13]. Nice pubs/beisls. They have a tasty Fladenbrot and they offer their own beer.  edit
  • Maschu Maschu 2, Neubaugasse 20/Ecke Lindengasse 41, Neubau (close to Neubaugasse undergroundstation), 01/990 47 13, [14]. 9:30AM-midnight. A trendy hang out place in the art student area of the city. It has a unique vibe of its own.  edit
  • Tunnel, Florianigasse 39, Josephstadt, [15]. Student's place. Nice breakfast, live music every day at around 9PM. €5 vegetarian and normal lunch.  edit
  • Natsu I, Gumpendorfer Straße 45, Mariahilf, +43 1 5812700. Decent sushi. Sets from €3, get stuffed for €6.  edit
  • Natsu II, Burggasse 71, Neubau, +43 1 5221903. Decent sushi. Sets from €3, get stuffed for €6.  edit
  • Wiener Deewan, Liechtensteinstraße 10, Alsergrund (close to Schottentor subway station), 533500. Young, urban Pakistani restaurant. All you can eat, pay as you wish. You can mix your own menu from a variety of curries, meat, rice, salads, and sauces.  edit
  • The Highlander, Sobieskiplatz 4, Alsergrund, [16]. Offers own beer and a nice variety of dishes, including vegetarian dishes, at a small square. Might not be one of the cheapest in the cheap section, but definitely worth the price.  edit
  • Schnitzelwirt Schmidt,, Neubaugasse 52, Neubau, [17]. The traditional Viennese food is excellent and served in truly prodigious portions. The Bauernschmaus (Farmer's Feast), a nearly incapacitatingly large schnitzel plate, which in combination with any of the wonderful on-tap beers, may necessitate an afternoon nap. €5-€15 for a full meal.  edit

Mid-range[edit]

  • DschungelCafe, Museum Quarter. A very children-friendly cafe and place to eat in the same building as DschungelWien.at children theater. 10AM-8/9PM.  edit
  • Immervoll, Weihburggasse 17, 01 5135288. noon-11PM. Small and cozy, comfortable to non-smokers, but very packed at peak hours. Credit cards not accepted.  edit
  • Kuishimbo (im Majolkahaus), Linke Wienzeile 40, Mariahilf (U4 Kettenbrückengasse), 0699/1194.06.73. The smallest Japanese restaurant in town. All the dishes are home made. Owners claim that they pay attention to a proper balance of ingredients. Being full can also be healthy. The place is so small that there is no bathroom inside, you have to use the one on the Nashmarkt. The Japanese soups Udon are excellent. Drink included you will pay around €11.  edit
  • Mythos, Mariahilferstrasse 111/Webgasse 45, Mariahilf, +43 1 96 90 2111. 11AM-midnight. A nice family-run Greek restaurant, with a good variety of items to choose from. €5-20 per dish.  edit
  • The Naschmarkt, Mariahilf (right at the U4 subway station Kettenbrueckengasse). As in other European cities, the centrally-located market has a dozen or two of high-priced small restaurants with fresh Italian, Japanese, Greek, and Turkish food. In the summer, they have open-air gardens. The Restaurant-Cafe Gräfin vom Naschmarkt is the only restaurant, that should be avoided, as it is seriously overpriced and offers little to no quality.  edit

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Cafés[edit]

  • Das Möbel, Burggasse 10, Neubau, [18]. Hip café. Take a close look at the tables, chairs, and lamps. Every piece of furniture is unique and for sale.  edit
  • Espresso, Burggasse 57, Neubau (Further up the road from Das Möbel), [19]. M-Sa 8AM-1AM. Very cool little 50s style café with good tunes and an eclectic crowd. Owned by the nearby bar Wirr.  edit
  • Cafe Europa, Zollergasse 8, Neubau, 5263383, [20]. The scenester meeting place in recent years, the cafe is often bursting at the seams. But good tunes, decent service prevail. Good people watching and decor.  edit

Bars[edit]

  • Chelsea, Lerchenfelderguertel/U-Bahnboegen 29-31 (between the U6 underground stations Thaliastrasse and Josefstaedterstrasse), 407 93 09 (), [21]. M-Sa 6PM-4AM, Su 4PM-3AM. A wide range of international beers, often full house and dense. 1/2L of beer is €3.1.  edit
  • Siebensternbräu (lit. 7-Stars-Brewery), Siebensterngasse 19, Neubau (a few blocks East of Mariahilferstrasse), [22]. An excellent Biergarten. They serve their own brews, which are all excellent. There is the usual assortment of bar food, friendly staff, and outdoor seating underneath an old Linden tree in the middle of a hidden courtyard. Everyday from 11AM-4PM a selection of hearty dishes is served for €5-6. Move indoors well before 11PM, because a local noise ordinance requires the bar to shut down the patio and the interior tables fill up quickly.  edit
  • Shiraz, Stadtbahnbogen 168, Alsergrund, +43.664.3355555 (), [23]. This is a small and pretty comfortable, rustic-style bar in the city railway bows. You can smoke water pipes and listen to chill out music. The owner, a Persian, socialises with all his customers. Everything is worth its price and you really feel that this bar is something special. It is a good place to relax.  edit
  • Stiegl´s Ambulanz, Altes AKH Hof 1 Alserstraße 4, Alsergrund (U6 Alserstraße), +43.1.40211500 (), [24]. A good bar run by the Stiegl brewery where you can enjoy their beer, which is one of Austria's best common beers. The bar is popular for students with its modern furnishings and relaxed atmosphere. Try the Paracelsus, which you only get in Stiegl breweries.  edit
  • Europa, Zollergasse 8 (U3 Neubaugasse). One of Vienna's most popular meeting points. €3.5 for a big beer.  edit

Nightlife[edit]

  • Gürtel, Josephstädter Straße (U6). Has lots of bars and music oriented venues under the elevated subway tracks.  edit

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Budget[edit]

  • Red Carpet Hostel, Bürgerspitalgasse 17-19, Mariahilf (close to Westbahnhof, U6 and Mariahilferstraße), +43 676 9417714 (), [25]. checkin: 2PM; checkout: 10AM. Free WiFi, hostel bar, free welcome drink, shower/toilet in every room, backyard, free luggage storage. 1 Jul-14 Sep. Privates from €22.  edit
  • Happy Hostel, Kurzgasse 2, Mariahilf (near to Westbahnhof and U6 Gumpendorfer Strasse), +43 676 6757 457 (), [26]. Dorms €17.  edit
  • Youth Hostel Vienna-Myrthengasse, Myrthengasse 7, Neubau, 523 63 16 (), [27]. Instatutional. Dorms €21 including breakfast and sheets.  edit
  • Pension Esterhazy, Nelkengasse 3, Mariahilf (near U3 Neubaugasse), +43 1 587 51 49, [28]. Has become filthy. No kitchen, only a fridge, no wifi. Don't stay here unless you're desperate. From €26 (single room, shower, shared toilet) to €69 (2 bed room with shower and toilet).  edit

Mid-range[edit]

  • Austria Classic Hotel Wien***, Praterstrasse 72, Vienna 2. Leopoldstadt (Metro station U1 & U2 «Praterstern»), +43 1 211 30-0 (, fax: +43 1 211 30-72), [29]. The family run Hotel Wien has fulfilled all the wishes of city travelers for more than 200 years. 78 non-smoking rooms with shower or bath and WC, hairdryer, telephone, cable-TV with flat screen, radio, safety deposit box, minibar and free WLAN.  edit
  • Goldener Baer Hotel, Türkenstraße 27 (Metro stations and tram stops nearby), [30]. This is a modest hotel. From €56.  edit
  • Hotel Graf Stadion***, Buchfeldgasse 5, Vienna 8. Josefstadt (Metro station (U2 «Rathaus») and tram stops nearby), +43 1 4055284 (, fax: +43 1 4050111), [31]. The house was built in the Biedermeier Epoche style in 1824/1825 and is registered as a historic monument. It is run as a hotel since 1897. 39 singles and doubles with bath with shower/WC, hair dryer, clothesline, SAT-Flatscreen-TV, radio, telephone and free WLAN in the entire hotel. From €75.  edit
  • K+K Maria Theresia, Kirchberggasse 6, +43-1-521 23 (, fax: +43-1-521 23-70), [32]. A gourmet's dream breakfast buffet with a selection and quality most European five star hotels can hardly compete to. Overall, good choice both for a business traveler and for a family with a toddler; comfortable for non-smokers. Heated floors in bathroom. Rooms are modern and each has a full tea set, wired internet in every room, electronic safe box, hairdrier, minibar. Small sauna adjoining a tiny gym open until at least 11PM. Breakfast from 6:30AM. On the down side, few steps to overcome to get to the hotel with a stroller. Regular doubles around €125 through frequently available special offers, €145+ as rack rates.  edit
  • Tourotel Wien Hotel, [33]. A nice hotel. There are often specials.  edit

Splurge[edit]

  • Das Tyrol, Mariahilferstrasse 15 (near the Museumquartier), +43/ (0)1/ 587 5415 (, fax: +43/ (0)1/ 5875 4159), [34]. A small and comfortable hotel. €109-259.  edit

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