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Cheap areas to stay in Vienna

Don’t think you need to spend a fortune to have a memorable break in Vienna. The stately architecture and profusion of palaces may make this city seem like one vast enclave of luxury, but there are plenty of cheap, good hotels to be found outside the more expensive Innerestadt district. Try areas like Josefstadt and Mariahilf instead – they boast a scattering of budget-friendly pads which are conveniently close to the historic landmarks of the old town area. Alternatively, try across the Danube Canal in Leopoldstadt for yet more cost-effective options.

Cheap hotels in Vienna

Meininger Hotel Vienna Downtown Franz is a gem in Leopoldstadt, within walking distance of the Innerestadt. Its rooms offer comfort and simplicity, and added perks like free WiFi make it even more of a bargain. Magdas Hotel proves that cheap hotels don’t necessarily have to be low on design frills. This bold accommodation boasts avant-garde artworks by local students throughout its rooms and public spaces, as well as artful use of upcycled furniture for that bohemian vibe. Meanwhile, Time Out City Hotel Vienna offers no-nonsense guestrooms set within an attractive Art Nouveau building.

Where to find cheap food in Vienna

Eating out in Vienna isn’t just about splurging in the chandelier-crammed cafés of the Innerestadt. A particular rite of passage is to grab one of the bulging, juicy sausages served up at a local wurstelstand. This is street food, Viennese style, and is just the thing to keep your energy up while sightseeing. Just be sure not to stint on the mustard. You can also tuck into classic dishes like Wiener schnitzel in one of the many unpretentious eating spots of Josefstadt and Neubau, which cater to the student population with satisfyingly low prices.

Cheap things to do in Vienna

Simply walking the streets and taking in the looming landmarks is a major part of coming to Vienna. The most prominent is perhaps St Stephen’s Cathedral, a 12th-century bastion of Gothic architecture noted for the audacious patterned tiles which cover its roof. Step inside to gaze in awe at the gilded, Baroque altarpieces. If that whets your appetite for religious grandeur, make a beeline for Karlskirche, a Baroque church topped by an iconic green dome, and flanked by 2 columns adorned with scenes from the life of a saint. Then, make a musical pilgrimage to Beethoven Pasqualatihaus. Entry is cheap, and you’ll get to see items actually owned by Beethoven himself, as well as artworks and other paraphernalia. Naschmarkt is the city’s most famous food market, where tourists come in droves to explore the mountains of produce and have a cheap bite to eat.

Cheap ways to get around Vienna

One of the real perks of Vienna is how great the public transport system is. On street level you can hop on one of the many buses or trams to get from district to district. Or, for an even speedier experience, jump on the underground. To save those pennies, it’s worth investing in day-long passes. Or you could even get an official Vienna Card, which will give you free use of all public transport, as well as discounted access to various top museums and attractions.

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