The splendorous, white-washed center nestled within Vienna’s Ring Road is home to the city’s oldest and most important sights. Here you can visit the Hofburg Palace, wander through the Spanish Riding School, or spend hours perusing the impressive works at the Museum of Fine Arts. But in my experience, the most interesting activities are hidden amongst the lesser-known streets in the Innere Stadt district.
Here you can venture into the captivating Esperanto museum, which houses the largest collection of artificial languages in the world. Another hidden gem is the Austrian National Library, which exudes a reverent, hushed atmosphere that reflects its remarkable collection. The center of Vienna offers a variety of activities that are truly exciting for visitors. Make things easy for yourself and choose a hotel that is advantageously placed in the center of it all. Here I’ve assembled a list of affordable hotels and Airbnbs in Vienna’s Center.
Hotel Golden Spinne
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The Golden Spinne is located just outside the Ring Road, within walking distance of the Austrian Museum of Applied Arts. Known to locals as the Golden Spider, the hotel has an intriguing history of accommodating ladies of the night. This history is reflected in the decor, with golden fleur-de-lis patterns and bright-red furniture. Each room is well-furnished in a simple and elegant style and includes breakfast and free Wi-Fi. The hotel is just steps away from the Wien-Mitte Train Station, which connects directly to Vienna’s Underground and the Airport Train.
Walk in the First District Airbnb
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The Walk in the First District apartment is a fantastic option if you prefer your own well-equipped space. You’ll have your own kitchenette, with gleaming white and silver appliances, as well as an extra bed should you need it. You’ll be just a 15-minute walk from the Opera and 10-minute walk from the St. Stephen’s Cathedral. There’s also a variety of cafes and restaurants to choose from in the area. If you’re looking for a true home as your base, this Airbnb is a good choice.
Schweizer Pension Solderer
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The Schweizer Pension Solderer is located within the Ring Road of Vienna’s Innere Stadt, less than a 10-minute walk from St. Stephen’s Cathedral and Hofburg Palace. This bed and breakfast offers simple but well-equipped rooms that come with free Wi-Fi, a safety deposit box, complimentary toiletries and the option of a Viennese breakfast. During the low season (July to March) you can book a room at the Schweizer Pension Solderer for less than 80 euros a night — a real steal in the Innere Stadt.
Dan In’n Out
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The Dan In’n Out is about as affordable as it gets, with cheap and cheerful rooms that are extremely basic, but spacious. If you’re planning to spend most of your time outside the hotel, then Dan In’n Out is a fantastic option. You’ll be just minutes away from the Spanish Riding School and the Judenplatz (old Jewish Square). The prime location doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice amenities, though, as guest rooms come with free Wi-Fi and complimentary breakfast.
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Though the Arthouse Airbnb is a few minutes outside the Ring Road, it is my favorite accommodation on this list. This white and ethereal studio apartment is elegantly decorated and well-equipped, with a surprisingly reasonable price compared to other Airbnb’s in the city. It’s also located just a few minutes from the Danube River and other major Viennese attractions, like Stephansplatz and the leafy Stadtpark. If you’d like your own apartment for your stay, this Airbnb is a great and affordable choice.