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Stephansplatz

Vienna’s geographic heart buzzes with street performers, horse-drawn carriages and a procession of shoppers, sightseers and seekers of perfect coffee.

Visit Stephansplatz in the center of Vienna and enjoy a square that buzzes with activity day and night. Choose a café and spend an hour or so watching the world go by or visit two of the city’s most prominent buildings; St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the Haas-Haus.

Head to the side of Stephansplatz to admire St. Stephens, the building which gives the square its name. This is one of the tallest cathedrals in the world. Notice the roof, which is patterned with 230,000 glazed tiles forming a mosaic of a double-headed eagle. This was the symbol of the formerly ruling Habsburg family. Step inside to escape the bustle of the square and to explore the cathedrals religious and artistic treasures.

Once you've finished exploring St. Stephens, wander over to the opposite side of the square to see the postmodern Haas-Haus. This building stands in total contrast to St. Stephens with its postmodern design and shining glass front.

Be sure you take the time to stop in a café and enjoy some people-watching. In the summer months, Vienna’s best street performers vie for your attention. Make your way down the nearby Kärntner Street and Graben and indulge in a few hours of boutique shopping.

On the corner of these two streets you’ll find a fascinating relic from Medieval times. Protected behind a glass cover is the Stock-im-Eisen (Staff in Iron), a section of tree into which hundreds of nails have been hammered since the 15th-century by passing blacksmiths and locksmiths.

Being located in the center of the city, Stephansplatz is easy walking distance from many other major attractions. If your legs are tired or you’re feeling romantic, take a tour of the area in a horse-drawn carriage. The underground station at Stephansplatz is one of the largest in the city.


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Lindner Hotel am Belvedere $102
Lindner Hotel am Belvedere

Lindner Hotel am Belvedere

Rennweg 12, Vienna
     
    4.3
    of 5, from 1,633 reviews
    4.5 out of 5.0

    Located in Landstrasse, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of University of Music and Performing Arts, Belvedere, and Viennese City Park. Vienna State Opera and Secession Building are also within 1 mi (2 km). Rennweg S-Bahn is 7 minutes by foot and City Park U-Bahn is 11 minutes.

    Grand Ferdinand Vienna - Your Hotel In The City Center $176
    Grand Ferdinand Vienna - Your Hotel In The City Center

    Grand Ferdinand Vienna - Your Hotel In The City Center

    Schubertring 10-12, Vienna
       
      4.1
      of 5, from 409 reviews
      5.0 out of 5.0

      Located in Innere Stadt, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Vienna State Opera, Viennese City Park, and Albertina. Karlsplatz is 0.5 mi (0.9 km) away. City Park U-Bahn is 5 minutes by foot and Karlsplatz U-Bahn is 7 minutes.

      Vienna Marriott Hotel $180
      Vienna Marriott Hotel

      Vienna Marriott Hotel

      Parkring 12 A, Vienna
         
        4.3
        of 5, from 1,560 reviews
        5.0 out of 5.0

        Vienna Marriott is directly across from Stadtpark, with its flower clock and gold-plated Johann Strauss monument. In a 10-minute walk, guests can reach St. Stephen's Cathedral and Vienna State Opera, as well as the shops of Kärntner Strasse and upscale boutiques at Graben.

        Hilton Vienna Plaza $136
        Hilton Vienna Plaza

        Hilton Vienna Plaza

        Schottenring 11, Vienna
           
          4.5
          of 5, from 913 reviews
          5.0 out of 5.0

          This family-friendly Vienna hotel is located in the historical district, within a 10-minute walk of Sigmund Freud Museum and Burgtheater. Austrian Parliament Building and St. Stephen's Cathedral are also within 15 minutes. Schottentor U-Bahn is only a 2-minute walk and Schottenring U-Bahn is 7 minutes.

          Der Wilhelmshof $84
          Der Wilhelmshof

          Der Wilhelmshof

          Kleine Stadtgutgasse 4, Vienna
             
            4.5
            of 5, from 1,241 reviews
            4.0 out of 5.0

            Located in Leopoldstadt, this romantic hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Urania and Riesenrad. Wiener Prater and Hundertwasser House Vienna are also within 1 mi (2 km). Vienna Praterstern Station is only a 5-minute walk and Nestroyplatz U-Bahn is 7 minutes.

            Hotel Kaiserin Elisabeth $167
            Hotel Kaiserin Elisabeth

            Hotel Kaiserin Elisabeth

            Weihburggasse 3, Vienna
               
              4.6
              of 5, from 449 reviews
              4.0 out of 5.0

              Located in Innere Stadt, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of St. Stephen's Cathedral, Albertina, and Vienna State Opera. Hofburg Imperial Palace is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) away. Stephansplatz U-Bahn is only a 3-minute walk and Stubentor U-Bahn is 8 minutes.

              Ruby Lissi Hotel Vienna $105
              Ruby Lissi Hotel Vienna

              Ruby Lissi Hotel Vienna

              Fleischmarkt 19, Vienna
                 
                4.5
                of 5, from 598 reviews
                3.5 out of 5.0

                Located in Innere Stadt, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Schwedenplatz and Stephansplatz. Hofburg Imperial Palace and Hundertwasser House Vienna are also within 1 mi (2 km). Schwedenplatz U-Bahn and Stubentor U-Bahn are within a 5-minute walk.

                Radisson Blu Style Hotel, Vienna $162
                Radisson Blu Style Hotel, Vienna

                Radisson Blu Style Hotel, Vienna

                Herrengasse 12, Vienna
                   
                  4.4
                  of 5, from 911 reviews
                  5.0 out of 5.0

                  Next door to the historical Café Central, this hotel is a 5-minute walk from Imperial Hofburg Palace and Kohlmarkt's high-end shops, Radisson Blu Style Hotel is located less than 1 mile from Vienna's State Opera House and Kunsthistorisches Museum. Belvedere Palace is 3.1 miles (5 kilometers) away.