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The Inner City (Innere Stadt in German) is the first district of Vienna and the very centre with the highest concentration of landmarks, palaces, and luxury hotels. Everything within and along the Ringstrasse (the circle street running around the Inner City) is considered Vienna Inner City.
Vienna Inner City is not particularly large and you can easily walk from one end to the other in half an hour. Nevertheless, some places have better accommodation choices than others. The following are the most popular hotel locations in Vienna Inner City.
Stephansplatz (the square with Stephansdom) is almost exactly the geometric centre of the Inner City and whole Vienna. As a result, it is 10 minutes walk or less to most tourist attractions in the city centre. For more distant places, there is an U-Bahn station directly at Stephansplatz.
If you walk from Stephansplatz through Kärntner Strasse (a busy pedestrian shopping street with many hotels), you will shortly come to Vienna State Opera and Karlsplatz U-Bahn Station.
Maria-Theresien-Platz is the square with the twin museums (Naturhistorisches and Kunsthistorisches Museum). It borders directly to MuseumsQuartier, the place with further museums (and open air restaurants in summer). Unlike most other places in the Inner City, the area near MuseumsQuartier has several cheap hotels (especially in the streets to the south-west, which are technically not parts of the first district, but they are still very close). The metro stations here are Volkstheater and Museumsquartier Station.
The south-western and western parts of Vienna Inner City have many tourist attractions and important buildings, such as the Imperial Palace Hofburg, Rathaus (Vienna City Hall), the Austrian Parliament, Burgtheater, and also numerous parks. Many cultural events take place here. The best hotels (many 5 star hotels) can be found along the Ringstrasse (e.g. Schottentor Station) or near Herrengasse U-Bahn Station.
Hotels in Vienna Inner City are often sold out long in advance. It is highly recommended to book accommodation early, particularly when you are not flexible with dates of stay and/or you are coming to Vienna in a busy period (such as the summer season, the weeks before and around Christmas, Easter, or various other holidays and events).
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