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What you should know about Leopoldstadt

Just across the Donaukanal from the city center is Leopoldstadt, a river island that has been Vienna's playground for centuries. Here, in its wild forests and meadows, Emperors would once hunt. Fragments of those open spaces and woods remain, but today it's the beer gardens, horse-racing courses, and carnival attractions—including the city's famed 100-year-old Ferris Wheel, the Weiner Riesenrad—that provide the attraction. And with its strong Jewish heritage, quirky museums, and open-air cinemas, there's a diversion in Leopoldstadt to suit every taste.

Hotels in Leopoldstadt


There is a real diversity to the hotels in this district. The Neo-Baroque residential districts are where you'll find several quality apart-hotels in Leopoldstadt, such as the riverfront Appartements Hermine. Its spacious, distinctively decorated apartments, each equipped with a kitchen, have received great reviews as has its location just opposite the city center. Larger mid-range hotels are found near the Prater, like the affordable Motel One Wien-prater, with its playful contemporary interiors and much-praised service. But accommodation in Leopoldstadt can be top of the range too—the 5-star Sofitel Vienna Stephensdom combines ultramodern chic, refined dining, and stunning views onto Vienna's famed Innere Stadt.

Things to see in Leopoldstadt


In the center of this neighborhood is the Wiener Prater, rightly famed for its amusement park and 200-foot-tall Ferris wheel. But it also has a miniature steam railway, a planetarium, and a museum dedicated to the pleasures of the carnival park. One of the boldest sights in Leopoldstadt is the St. Francis of Assisi Church, better known as the “Mexico Church.” This red-roofed confection of turrets and spires looks every inch a centuries-old Romanesque Church, but was only built 100 years ago. The Karmeliterviertel quarter is worth a visit too, both for its connections to its Jewish past and for its thriving present. In the last 3 decades this prewar Jewish ghetto has burst back into life as a center for the city's growing Jewish community. Lastly, another reminder of Leopoldstadt's past, which remains vital today, is its parks. The Augarten holds pride of place, thanks to its wonderful Baroque palaces and pretty flower gardens.

Good for all travelers


Leopoldstadt is known as a wonderful base for exploring the world-class attractions of Vienna's City Center, just a hop across the river. But it's also a place that has something for every kind of visitor to the “City of Music.” Families will find its open spaces and amusement park a delight. Culture-lovers will enjoy its vibrant theater scene, while its unusual niche museums—which include a clown museum—provide fascinating insights for all. Leopoldstadt hotel options are equally broad, with both budget-conscious and luxury-minded travelers able to find something to appeal. Not forgetting, though, that hotel rates in Leopoldstadt are distinctly more affordable on this side of the Donaukanal.

How to get to Leopoldstadt


Most international visitors arrive at Vienna International Airport, which is only 12 miles southeast of the city center. With its superb public transport (and somewhat difficult car parking) the train is the most convenient way to travel to Leopoldstadt. The S-Bahn S7 is the cheaper option, getting you to the Wien Praterstern station in central Leopoldstadt in half an hour. The more expensive CAT service goes to Vienna's main station of Wien Mitte in just 16 minutes, from where you can catch the city's signature yellow tram service (the Wiener Linien) to Praterstern. From there a cab ride, or the metro, will get you to your hotel in Leopoldstadt.

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