Where to stay in Vienna
An image of Vienna could incorporate the grandeur of imperial palaces, choir boys in their crisp white garments, and a notion of classical music seeping from every doorway. In time gone by, this might have been the case, but Vienna has so much more to offer than the past.
History is all around still in the magnificent buildings and on the walls of the museums, and this is reflected in the many beautiful hotels Vienna has. But there is also a vibrant feel to the place that emanates from a people more at ease with themselves than ever before.
The standards of hotels Vienna has
Standards of the hotels Vienna offers are high, which often means the prices for the hotels Vienna has are also high. This is partly to be expected as many of the hotels Vienna accommodates are bedecked with chandeliers and original 19th century paintings.
That is not to say you will never find any bargains in the hotels Vienna has but they are few and far between. Your best bet for a cheaper alternative to the luxury hotels Vienna boasts are the Pensionen which have a more homely feel than the more upmarket hotels Vienna has.
With more than 500 hotels Vienna is not short of a room or two to rent. For the small hotels Vienna has, look around the Museum Quarter, or try the wine villages further out for the quieter hotels Vienna offers.
The best palaces and historic houses
With such an array to choose from, it can be difficult for the visitor to Vienna to know which buildings to make a point of seeing. Most of them date from the 17th and 18th centuries with many former grand residences now open to the public as museums.
The Hofburg Palace, with its 10 buildings, offers up several museums, a church, a chapel, the Winter Riding School and is home to the offices of the President of Austria. For more down-to-earth residences, take a look at Figarohaus where Mozart lived between 1784 and 1787. The waiting room at the Freud Museum has been frozen in time to remain how it was when the great psychoanalyst, Sigmund Freud, saw his patients.
Some of the great historic buildings are now the finest hotels Vienna possesses but for sheer opulence look no further than the Schonbrunn Palace, built to rival that of Versailles. The gardens alone are worth a look, complete with a tropical greenhouse and a zoo.
For medieval frescoes, take a look at Neidhart Fresco House, or several Gothic altarpieces can be viewed at the Museum of Medieval Art. In the Cathedral Museum are some more Gothic sculptures that are worth a look.
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