Vienna neighbourhood
Updated 9 months ago

Vienna might seem like a rather scenic and calm city with its beautiful historical buildings and classy looks. Don't get fooled, though! The city has a vibrant underground music and art scene! To help you choose the best place to live in, here in an insight into Vienna's popular neighbourhoods.

Vienna is more than just a pretty face! It has 23 districts of which every one of them has its specific vibe.

Innere Stadt

It starts in the cities' heart with the famous "First district," the most inner district you will find, hence the name "Innere Stadt." All of the major attractions such as the parliament, the town hall, the worldly known St. Stephans Cathedral are all located within that part. You can get off the metro right in front of the cathedral and start strolling around. If you walk down the lively "Kärntner Strasse," a shopping street, you will end up at the mesmerising Viennese opera house.


The second district (Leopoldstadt) has become very famous over the last few years and is definitely amongst the up-and-coming neighbourhoods. It is full of small designer shops, hip coffee shops, and trendy restaurants and bars. Prater Park is also located in this district as well as the "Hundertwasserhaus."


The third district (Landstrasse) houses the beautiful "Stadtpark," that invites people to escape the busy city life for a short moment while staying right in its centre. This part of town shows you the very charming side of Vienna, as almost every street has some other monument or church to offer. You will also find the metro and train station "Wien Mitte" in this district, which conveniently connects the city and the airport through the "CAT- City Airport Train."


The fourth district (Wieden) is one of the most underrated ones, as it doesn't have any major tourist attractions, which is also the reason why it is just the perfect place to live. You can be within 10 minutes in the very centre of Vienna, as this district is right next to the First District and only separated through a big street.


The fifth district (Margareten) is the following one and used to be one of the most affordable ones among the inner areas. In recent years, rents went up because people started to realise its potential. They also began to appreciate its closeness to the centre while being tucked away from the hustle and bustle.

Mariahilf and Neubau

The sixth district (Mariahilf) and its direct neighbour the seventh district (Neubau) are the places to be if you are into hip boutiques and bars that serve any plant-based milk with your matcha latte. The two zones are divided through the famous Maria Hilfer Strasse, a very long shopping street with all kinds of retail stores.

Josefstadt and Alsergrund

The eighth (Josefstadt) and ninth district (Alsergrund) are also pretty good neighbourhoods for living. Rents tend to be very high though, so if you are on a budget, it could get hard to find something that matches your purse.


The tenth district (Favoriten) offers one essential building, the Central Train Station of Vienna. It connects the city with the rest of Austria and is also one of the most significant links within the town.


The eleventh district (Erdberg) is a bit outside of the centre, still easily accessible by metro line U3. At the so-called "Arena Wien" you will find some of the best open-air concerts Vienna has to offer!


The twelfth district (Meidling) is known to be a working-class, multicultural district with affordable rents.


The thirteenth district (Hietzing) is one of the most beautiful neighbourhoods of the entire city. It is very green, has a local flair and also houses the famous "Schönbrunn Palace" and the zoo, which is the oldest in Europe!

Other districts in Vienna

The following districts, fourteenth to nineteenth, are located along the left side outside of the "Gürtel" - which is a street that surrounds the entire city like a belt, hence the name.

The more inner parts of these districts are all super centrally located, whereas the outer parts are very suburban and offer the possibility of buying a whole house and living a life within the city with a touch of countryside vibe. Many students live in these parts of Vienna, and it has a very colourful and multicultural flair. You can go and buy your veggies right from one of the uncountable food markets these districts have to offer and enjoy a variety of cuisines from all over the world.

If you want to live close to the centre, then do not even bother taking a closer look at the last three districts, the twentieth, twenty-first, twenty-second and twenty-third. If suburban with a hint of big city life is what you are looking for, then definitely try your luck in one of these districts!

Give yourself some time and be patient; Vienna has the right spot for everyone!

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