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Vienna/Inner West is in Vienna.

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See

  • Museumsquartier (MQ: The Museum District) [16], Neubau. 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 [17] and the MUMOK [18] are situated there. 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. MUMOK and Leopold 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. MUMOK has a self service locker, which you might want to use when visiting Leopold, since Leopold charges €1 per person for the "cloak room" service. You can use free wifi at MQ provided by Quintessenz [19].
  • The Imperial Furniture Collection – Vienna Furniture MuseumAndreasgasse 7, Neubau, phone: +43 1 52433570. Opening Hours: Tu–Su 10AM–6PM. Wheelchair-accessible. The museum houses the largest furniture collection in the world. It's located just off bustling Mariahilfer Strasse. Take the orange underground line U3 (alight at Zieglergasse, take the Andreasgasse exit). 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 special 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.
  • Pathologisch-anatomisches Bundesmuseum Wien (Pathological and Anatomical State Museum) [20], Alsergrund. Open Wednesday 3PM–6PM and Thursday 8AM-11AM. On top of restricted hours, the Narrenturm can be hard to find. 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'll 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. Of similar character is the Josephinum [21], take trams 37-38, 40-42.
  • Liechtenstein Museum [22], Neubau. 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. You can get there either with tram line D, stop at Seegasse or about 10 minutes by foot from U2 subway stop Schottentor.
  • Freud Museum, Berggasse 19, Alsergrund (U2 Schottentor: 10 minute walk, or take tram D to ''Schlickgasse''), +43 1 3191596 (, fax: +43 1 3170279), [1]. Daily from 9AM–5PM. This small museum is situated 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.
  • Votivkirche, Rooseveltplatz 8, Alsergrund (U2 Schottentor), +4314061192, [2]. One of the most important Neo-Gothic religious architectural sites in the world (constructed between 1856 and 1879), the Votivkirche stands on a large square just outside the Ringstrasse boulevard, close to the University of Vienna. This church was erected 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 in the neo-Gothic style, borrowing heavily from the architecture of Gothic French cathedrals. The Votivkirche is made out 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)
Haus des Meeres
  • Haus des Meeres Aquarium Zoo [23], Mariahilf. Is a marvelous zoo, with a rain forest glasshouse, tiny apes, aquariums with sharks, and terrariums with reptiles and venomous snakes. It is situated in one of the leftover second world war air raid shelter, a so-called "Flakturm" [24] (check out these links: [25], [26] and [27]). 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. Take U3, stop Neubaugasse.

Do

  • 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". Remember that it is illegal to export antiquities outside of Austria, even if you legally buy them at a market. A nice part of the Naschmarkt are the small restaurants with fresh Italian, Japanese, Greek, and Turkish food. In the summer, they have nice open-air gardens.

In the summer, it's just wonderful to hang out in Museumsquartier 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.

Buy

  • Mariahilferstraße is 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. Stretches from the Museumsquartier to Westbahnhof and can be reached conveniently by subway through stations (east to west) Museumsquartier (U2), Neubaugasse (U3), Zieglergasse (U3), or Westbahnhof (U3/U6).
  • Shu!, 7., Neubaugasse 34 (U3 Neubaugasse), +43 (0)1 5231449 (), [3]. Mon closed; Tue-Fri 12pm-7pm; Sat 12pm-5pm. A collection of creative but still comfortable shoes from multiple brands, primarily Italian--and for moderate prices. They also have sales outlet Shu!Depot at Westbahnstraße 4, 1070.
  • Museum Quarter (MQ), 7., (U2 Museumsquartier, U2/U3 Volkstheater). Has half a dozen of small designer clothes shops.
  • Naschmarkt with Flea Market, Linke Wienzeile (U4 Kettenbrückengasse). Flea market each Saturday 6AM-4PM, all over the year. 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'll 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: the flea market at the Naschmarkt is worth at least a full morning of your time. 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, located on the left close to the Karlsplatz metro stop.

Eat

Budget

  • Vego, 7., Neubaugasse 81, 01/522 59 07. Open daily 11:30AM - 3PM & 6:00PM - 11PM. Is closed as building is under renovation.
  • Kolar, 8., Laudongasse 8, [4]. Nice Pubs/Beisls. They have a tasty "Fladenbrot" and they offer their own beer.
  • Maschu Maschu 2, 7., Neubaugasse 20/Ecke Lindengasse 41 (close to Neubaugasse undergroundstation), 01/990 47 13, [5]. 9:30AM-midnight. Much the same as the other Maschu Maschu, Maschu Maschu 2 is a trendy hang out place in the art student area of the city, and so it has a unique vibe of its own.
  • Tunnel, 8., Florianigasse 39, [6]. Really cheap, student's place (€ 5 vegetarian and normal lunch). Nice breakfast, live music every day at around 9PM.
  • Natsu I, 6., Gumpendorfer Straße 45,, +43 1 5812700. Cheap but still decent sushi. Sets from €3, get stuffed for €6.
  • Natsu II, 7., Burggasse 71, +43 1 5221903. Cheap but still decent sushi. Sets from €3, get stuffed for €6.
  • Wiener Deewan, 9., Liechtensteinstraße 10 (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.
  • The Highlander, 9., Sobieskiplatz 4, [7]. Offers own beer and a nice variety of dishes (including vegetarian dishes) at a small square inside the 9th district. Might not be one of the cheapest in the cheap section, but definitely worth the price.
  • Schnitzelwirt Schmidt,, 7., Neubaugasse 52, [8]. Listed in nearly every Vienna guidebook and for good reason. The traditional Viennese food is excellent and served in truly prodigious portions, yet fairly cheap by Vienna standards (€5-€15 for a full meal). 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. ""..

Mid-range

  • Immervoll, Weihburggasse 17, 01 5135288. 12pm-11pm. Small and cozy, comfortable to non-smokers--but very packed at peak hours. Credit cards not accepted.
  • Inigo, 1010, Bäckerstraße 18, 01 512-7451 (, fax: 01-512 74 51 00), [9]. Mon-Sat 9:30AM-12AM; Sun and holidays closed. Modern, affordable and diverse cuisine; not crowded but most visitors are local; charming modern interior instead of imperial chic--overall, a rare combination of features in the center of Vienna. Menu is equal paritet between vegetarian and meat-eating. Friendly to families with toddlers. (Almost) non-smoking. Staff speaks only basic English. Great bulgur here. Mains around €10; average dinner with a glass of wine: €20 per person..
  • Kuishimbo (im Majolkahaus), 6., Linke Wienzeile 40 (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.
  • Mythos, Mariahilferstr. 111/Webgasse 45, +43 1 96 90 2111. Open daily 11AM-midnight. A nice family-run Greek restaurant open on Sundays and holidays, with a good variety of items to choose from. €5-20 per dish.
  • DschungelCafe, Museum Quarter. A very children-friendly cafe and place to eat in the same building as DschungelWien.at children theater. 10AM to 8..9PM.

Splurge

Drink

Cafés

  • Das Möbel [28] 7., Burggasse 10. Hip café in Vienna's trendy 7th district. Take a close look at the tables, chairs, and lamps: Every piece of furniture is unique and for sale.
  • Espresso [29] 7., Burggasse 57, Mon-Sat 8AM-1AM. Further up the road from "Das Möbel" is a very cool little 50s style cafe with good tunes and an eclectic crowd. Owned by the nearby bar "Wirr".
  • Cafe Europa, [30] 7., Zollergasse 8, tel: 5263383. 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.

Bars

  • Chelsea, [31] Lerchenfelderguertel / U-Bahnboegen 29-31 (between the U6 underground stations Thaliastrasse and Josefstaedterstrasse), 407 93 09 [email protected]. Daily 6PM-4AM, Su 4PM-3AM. A wide range of international beers, often full house and dense. Prices okay, 1/2L of beer is €3.1.
  • Siebensternbräu (7-Stars-Brewery) [32], 7., Siebensterngasse 19. An excellent Biergarten a few blocks East of Mariahilferstr. 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 (even more so than usual).
  • Shiraz [33], 9., Stadtbahnbogen 168. Phone: +43.664.3355555, [email protected]. 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. Its a good place to relax.
  • Stiegl´s Ambulanz [34], 9., Altes AKH Hof 1 Alserstraße 4 U6 Alserstraße +43.1.40211500, [email protected]. The Stieglambulanz is a good bar run by the Stiegl brewery where you can enjoy Stiegl's beers. Stiegl is one of Austria's best common beers. The Ambulanz is popular for students with its modern furnishings and relaxed atmosphere. Try the "Paracelsus", which you only get in Stiegl breweries.
  • Europa, Zollergasse 8 (U3 Neubaugasse). One of Vienna's most popular meeting points, Europa is an ideal place to relax with a fine drink after a tiring day. €3.5 for a big beer.

Nightlife

  • Gürtel at Josephstädter Straße (U6) has lots of bars and music oriented venues under the (elevated) subway tracks. For isntance Chelsea [35]. Very popular for concerts and in summer, when bars put seats outside.

Sleep

Budget

  • Red Carpet Hostel, 6., Bürgerspitalgasse 17-19 (Close to Westbahnhof, U6 and Mariahilferstraße), +43 676 9417714 (), [10]. checkin: 2pm; checkout: 10am. Free WiFi, Hostel Bar, Free Welcome Drink, Shower/Toilet in every room, Backyard, Free Luggage Storage. Every guest is a celebrity! Open July 1 - Sept 14 every year. privates from €22.
  • Happy Hostel, 6., Kurzgasse 2 (near to Westbahnhof and U6 Gumpendorfer Strasse.), +43 676 6757 457 (), [11]. dorm €17.
  • Youth Hostel Vienna-Myrthengasse, 7., Myrthengasse 7, 523 63 16 (), [12]. More instatutional but centrally located. Dorm €18 including breakfast and sheets.
  • Pension Esterhazy, 6., Nelkengasse 3 (near U3 Neubaugasse), +43 1 587 51 49, [13]. Friendly budget apartment-hotel with free wifi. Spacious rooms and fully equipped kitchens. Clean basic rooms, prices are from €26 (single room, shower, shared toilet) to €69 (2 bed room with shower and toilet).

Mid-range

  • Goldener Baer Hotel Türkenstraße 27 [36]. This is a modest hotel within walking distance from the city center. Metro stations and tram stops nearby. Rooms from €56.
  • K+K Maria Theresia, Kirchberggasse 6, +43-1-521 23 (, fax: +43-1-521 23-70), [14]. A gourmet's dream hotel: fantastic breakfast buffet with a selection and quality most european 5-star hotels can hardly compete to. Also a convenient base for exploring Naschmarkt small restaurants (which is 1km away). Overall, excellent value for money both for a business traveler and for a family with a toddler. Details: 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 (cycle, cardio and something else)--available to all guests, open until at least 11pm, with towels and bath robes. Breakfast from 6:30am. Drawbacks: few steps to overcome to get to the hotel with a stroller (which is very rare for a accessibility-conscious Vienna). Regular double: around €125 through frequently available through special offers; €145+ as rack rates..
  • Tourotel Wien Hotel [37]. A nice hotel, between downtown and Schoenbrunn Palace. There are often specials.

Splurge

  • Das Tyrol, Mariahilfer Strasse 15, +43/ (0)1/ 587 5415 (, fax: +43/ (0)1/ 5875 4159), [15]. Das Tyrol is a small and comfortable hotel located near the Museum quartier. €109-€259 per night.

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