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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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Lodging Near Stephansplatz

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Ruby Lissi Hotel Vienna

Ruby Lissi Hotel Vienna

Fleischmarkt 19, Vienna
of 5, from 77 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).

Hotel Royal

Hotel Royal

Singerstrasse 3, Vienna
of 5, from 723 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

This 9-floor, family-run hotel is in a quiet area in the heart of Vienna next to St. Stephen's Cathedral. The shopping streets of Graben, Kärntnerstraße, and Kohlmarkt are nearby.

Hotel Am Stephansplatz

Hotel Am Stephansplatz

Stephansplatz 9, Vienna
of 5, from 697 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Hotel Am Stephansplatz is across from soaring St. Stephen's Cathedral and next to Stephansplatz Metro Station. In less than 10 minutes on foot, guests can reach the Vienna State Opera and the shops of Kärntner Strasse, while the Museumsquartier with the Kunsthistorisches Museum is a 15-minute walk.

Hotel Wandl

Hotel Wandl

Petersplatz 9, Vienna
of 5, from 123 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Innere Stadt, this hotel is steps from St. Peter's Church and St. Stephen's Cathedral. Spanish Riding School and Hofburg Imperial Palace are also within 10 minutes.

Pension Nossek

Pension Nossek

Graben 17, Vienna
of 5, from 27 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Innere Stadt, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of St. Peter's Church, St. Stephen's Cathedral, and Spanish Riding School. Hofburg Imperial Palace and Burgtheater are also within 10 minutes.

Hotel Kaiserin Elisabeth

Hotel Kaiserin Elisabeth

Weihburggasse 3, Vienna
of 5, from 115 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 (0.9 km) away.

Vienna Marriott Hotel

Vienna Marriott Hotel

Parkring 12 A, Vienna
of 5, from 536 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.

Hotel Imlauer Vienna

Hotel Imlauer Vienna

Rotensterngasse 10, Vienna
of 5, from 805 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in a peaceful part of the city, Hotel Imlauer Vienna makes a great base, with the Taborstr. and Nestroyplatz U-Bahn stations 5 minutes away. Guests can walk to the Prater amusement park, 10 minutes away, and ride the Riesenrad Ferris wheel which made an appearance in the movie The Third Man.