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What you should know about Josefstadt

With the delightful contrast between the splendor of its centuries-old palaces and the relaxed cafe culture of its boulevards, Josefstadt is one of Vienna's most captivating inner-city neighborhoods. It is also one of its smallest. Quietly tucked between the Neo-Gothic splendor of the Rathaus and Vienna's outer ring-road, this upmarket residential neighborhood is known both for its culture and its history. Among its densely packed streets you'll find fine theaters, two notable Baroque churches, and a museum exploring its connections to Austria's master of symbolist art: Gustav Klimt.

Hotels in Josefstadt

As you might expect, accommodation in Josefstadt includes plenty of quality hotels in its splendid 18th and 19th-century townhouses. But there are some more innovative modern hotels here too. The 5-star Levantine Parliament is found in a courtyard just yards from the Austrian Parliament Building. Reviewers love its bright contemporary look and extremely helpful staff. Another modern, luxury Josefstadt hotel is the 25hours Hotel at MuseumsQuartier, highly regarded for its restaurant, rooftop bar, and quirky-yet-bold design aesthetic. A more traditional layout awaits at the 4-star Josefstadt hotel Cordial Theaterhotel Wien, whose guests love its spacious rooms complete with mini-bar, kitchenettes, and deep-soak tubs.

Things to see in Josefstadt

The quiet, easy-going atmosphere of this historic district is one of its most charming features. The big crowds tend to be drawn to the arts and natural history museums just across the road. But what this up-scale district can be proud of is its fine palatial homes, including the outstanding Palais Auersperg. Reckoned to be the finest 18th-century Baroque palace in Vienna, today it's a wonderful setting for classical music performances. Close by is the District Museum, dedicating much of its space to Gustav Klimt who had his workshop here. The Piaristenkirche is another Baroque architectural marvel, known for its distinctive twin towers. Theater-goers also enjoy this neighborhood, both for its small-scale venues and for the larger Theater in Der Josefstadt, believed to be the oldest in Vienna. Finally, one sight that you can't ignore is the Rathaus (or City Hall). Its Neo-Gothic tower soars to 300 feet, forming much of the dramatic splendor of Vienna's skyline.

Good for lovers of the arts

Josefstadt is one of those delightfully quiet out-of-the-way neighborhoods that are nevertheless well-placed for sight-seeing and exploring. Vienna's historical heart—the Innere Stadt with its cathedral, museums and palaces—lies just across the Inner Ring Road. The arts quarter of Neubau lies to the south, as do the shopping delights of Mariahilf. The neighborhood is also well-connected, crisscrossed by trams and metro, making travel to wider Vienna from here simple. Best of all, its streets are quiet, and its cafes are unrushed, while the hotels in Josefstadt are diverse enough to suit all budgets and tastes.

How to get to Josefstadt

If you're coming into Vienna at the International Airport in Schwechat, the high-speed ICE service will get you to Josefstadt the quickest. After a transfer at the Wien Meidling station onto the EC service, get off at Wien Westbahnhof, and take the U6 metro line to Josefstadter Strasse. From here you'll probably need to hail a cab to get to your Josefstadt hotel. All told, your travel to Josefstadt should take around an hour and a half. Most hotels are within walking distance of the attractions of the Innere Stadt, but there is also a local tram service and the city's excellent metro.

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