The Hotel Altstadt is a wonderful place, a refreshing source of Viennese joy of life, a refuge in which we can all relax among the beauties of the Austrian capital. It combines elegance, arts, design and lively atmosphere, all just in one place. Here art definitely improves your stay. In fact every area of the hotel as well as every room is projected by world-renowned professional architects and artists such as Lena Hoschek and Matteo Thun to name a few. Polished parquet floors, Belle Epoque antique furniture and en suite doors blend with the quirky creations of Annie Liebovits and Andy Warhol. In every room there is always a new concept and vision to discover. In short, a hotel that is captivating, artisanal, familiar and always so private.
This hotel started its activity as an elegant Town House close by the elegant Ringstraße, the lovely boulevard of Vienna. The owner of hotel as well as the collector of VisionaryArt, Otto Wiesenthal, has created this place initially for his private art collection and a welcoming getaway for the artistic Spittelberg area. It is visible the noble style of the building where it is granted absolute discretion and a slice of preserved luxury heritage provides by the beautiful and extravagant artwork, installations and perspectives that are everywhere. The Hotel Altstadt is a boutique hotel rich of lovely beauties and enchanting curiosity.
Hotel Altstadt provides 61 rooms and suites and they are all different to each other: some lively and colorful, some calm and relaxing, others stylish and discreet. Each room is individually furnished and has its own design, ranging from a classic Viennese style to a contemporary modern touch. Some of the larger rooms and suites breathe an atmosphere of the past, especially those designed by Matteo Thun. High ceilings are everywhere, the windows are large and in combination of all the fantastic works of art, these are unique rooms where to spend a lovely stay in Vienna. The bathrooms differ in size and are equipped with bathtubs or showers.
Although the Hotel Altstadt does not have a restaurant, breakfast is exceptional as well. Enjoy it in the lounge with an array of buffet and menu items to choose from, including daily treats. During the afternoon tea, delicious cakes and baked pastries are offered to each guest.
The Altstadt staff provide a list of nice and exceptional places where to eat in Vienna, from the classics to the new heroes of the Viennese culinary scene, passing for pop-up restaurants, each of which offers a different culinary aspect of Vienna, also rich in elegant bars, breweries and places to enjoy the tasting Austrian cuisine. The hotel’s honesty bar, in addition to be well stocked with selected wines and spirits, is an ideal for an aperitif or a night drink.
Hotel Altstadt is situated in a quiet area in the district of Spittelberg, in the 7th district of Vienna, definitely in the city centre, just 5-minute walk from the Museums Quartier and the famous Ringstraße. Along the Ringstraße, the ancient city wall, there are the Town Hall, the Burgtheater, the famous Vienna State Opera, the Hofburg, as well as the Kunsthistorische & Naturhistorische Museum. Last but not least the famouse Mariahilfer Straße, the longest shopping street of the city, is just 5 minute walk from Hotel Altstadt.
Vienna is an easy city to visit for everyone thanks to its distinctive districts. Hotel Altstadt is situated in the vibrant 7th district of Spittelberg, just a 5-minute walk from the museum district which is located in the first district. Its exceptional location offers an insight into true Viennese living, while staying comfortably close to the city’s main sites, including Naschmarkt, Hofburg and the lively Stephansplatz. In addition to this, the famous shopping street of Vienna, Mariahilferstraße, is far few steps from the hotel, like the Imperial Ringstraße decorated in pure Habsburg style.
As all the 61 rooms are different and have their very own story, grab your mobile and stroll through the house. You will find descriptions on the wall and QR Codes that will lead you to pictures, interviews and the rooms’ stories.
Value for Money
Double rooms are from just Euro 169,00. These rates are per room and per day and include breakfast, complimentary tea & fruit, as well as a cake & candy buffet and free Wi-Fi. Rates are subject to change without prior notice.
Access for guests with disabilities?
Yes. There is one room especially equipped for guests with disabilities.
Yes. The hotel offers connecting rooms and extra beds, as well as baby cribs. There are some toys, books and stools for children available. There is a playground only 5 minutes from the hotel, a kids museum and some kids stores in the area.
From April to May: Despite somewhat chilly weather (average temperatures range from the 5°C to the high 15°C), spring is a great time to visit. The tourism season is just kicking off, so you won’t have to worry about long lines at top attractions.
From June to August: This is the most popular time to visit thanks to warm weather and plenty of fun-filled events. Temperatures in the 21°C make for a great sightseeing atmosphere. However, you won’t be the only one looking to soak up the Viennese sun. Hotel rates during this season are definitely on the pricey side while availability is extremely low.
From September to October: If you’re looking to visit without having to tolerate crowds or freezing weather, fall is another great time to go. Average highs fluctuate between the 5°C and high 15°C. And as the temperatures drop, so do the hotel prices; you’re sure to find some great deals on room rates. However, don’t underestimate the draw of autumn in Wien: It’s a good idea to book your hotel at least three weeks in advance.
From November to March: Even with chilly temperatures (average highs rest in the 1°C and 5°C), Vienna sees yet another surge of tourism during the winter. Why? Because this city really knows how to get into the holiday spirit. Many Europeans head to Vienna for wintertime festivities.
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Top European Xmas Cities
Christmas in Europe is synonym with snow, time-honored traditions, Gothic churches with fabulous choirs, and charming medieval squares brought to life by colorful Xmas markets. Some cities celebrate the holidays in grand style, others with peculiar customs and yuletide nostalgia aplenty, and some of them are simply at their finest during this time of the year. Combining idyllic ancient architecture, fabulous festive fairs, and sweet winter scents that bring back childhood memories, a trip to one of these Christmas-perfect European cities will knock the Scrooge out of you. Here they are: the best European cities to visit for Christmas!
Prague, Czech Republic
Prague, the Gothic fairytale of Europe, celebrates Christmas with glam and grandeur, its breathtaking architecture providing a truly dramatic backdrop for sipping scented mulled wine and getting lost in the Christmas shopping frenzy. Winter in the Czech capital is crisp and chilly, but walking down its cobbled alleys that whisper about ghosts of a tumultuous past, along gorgeous Gothic buildings covered in fresh snow, is like stepping into a Christmas card.
Prague’s Christmas markets are among the most famous in Europe, providing an excellent opportunity to discover the traditions, cultural values, and delicious cuisine of this landlocked Central European country steeped in history. The biggest, oldest, and most impressive is the one set in the Old Town Square, at the foot of the Church of Our Lady before Týn. Nevertheless, those held in Wenceslas Square and Náměstí Míru are equally appealing. Everywhere you look, cheerful, beautifully decorated wooden huts jam-packed with festive goodies sell everything from craft gift items and beautiful Christmas tree ornaments to typical Czech delicacies such as spit-roasted hams or Trdelník, a traditional hot sugar-coated pastry. The entire scene is animated by music, lights, animal stables, and nativity scenes.
After filling your shopping bag with all sorts of glistening decorations, warm up with a hot mug of mulled wine and a spin on the ice skating rink, or attend one of the fabulous concerts that take place in the city’s remarkable churches and halls during Christmas. Really, is anyone still doubting that Prague is one of the best places to spend Christmas in Europe?
It’s hard to find a city that celebrates Christmas with such grace and elegance as Vienna. The sparkling, elegant Christmas markets, the legendary café culture, and the old-world charm on the streets give the city a magical appeal, while its imperial architecture, basked in twinkling lights, makes for a wonderful backdrop for a fun-filled winter break.
Indulge in glühwein, sausages, and freshly baked pastries at Vienna’s ubiquitous Christkindlmarkts; go ice skating on Rathausplatz; pay a visit to the Snow Globe Museum in the 17th District; and make sure you book a ticket at one of the legendary Christmas concerts which take place in the city’s sumptuous churches during this time of year. The most famous is Christmas in Vienna by the Vienna Boys Choir at Wiener Konzerthaus, but there’s a wealth of classical performances and chamber music events to choose from.
5 day trips with base in Vienna
Vienna truly is a fairytale European capital city that is bursting at the seams with intriguing history whilst remaining impossibly beautiful and well preserved at the same time. The historical depth of the area means there are a variety of enviable day trips you can embark on from town, from exploring the breathtaking nature of Austria’s alpine foothills, to exploring ancient sites and magnificent castles. The always reliable European rail lines grant easy access to a number of daytime destinations and the beautiful countryside adds to the overall experience. Here are the 5 best and most sought-after day trips to take from the city of Vienna.
Another border that is well worth crossing is the Austrian-Slovakian one. When you do, you’ll have the chance to experience the intriguing and perfectly picturesque city of Bratislava, a conveniently close 60 minutes away from Vienna. Make sure you don’t pass up the opportunity to visit Bratislava’s Old Town where the neo-Renaissance style houses, mansions and palaces paint an attractive picture of the Slovakian capital. If you want a taste of some authentic Slovakian cuisine and drink, St. Michael’s Street is full of restaurants and cafes that will satisfy your hunger. A Vienna to Bratislava day trip is an ideal way to spend the day away from the city and introduce you to another and the possibility of a whole other trip one day in the future.
Owning the enviable accolade of the “Best Historical Destination in the World”, Melk Abbey is one of those attractions that you really do have to visit if you happen to be in Vienna. Built atop a rocky mountainside with views across the whole of the breathtaking Danube Valley, the abbey is a majestic Baroque style building that is overflowing with priceless art and contains impeccable gardens and is filled to the brim with enough history to excite history buffs to no end.
5 unmissable experiences in Vienna
A sumptuous and perfectly preserved historical center, a multitude of museums and contemporary art galleries rich of Klimt, Monet and Picasso’s art pieces, just to name a few, flea markets of all kinds, countless shows and concerts of classical music make Vienna, the Austrian capital, one of the most visited cities in the world. The list of good reasons to go to Wien could be really long and in this post I limit myself to suggest 5 experiences that I consider unmissable because they will make your stay in the most elegant city of Europe even more special, as they have made it to me recently.
UNESCO World Heritage Site and the most visited tourist attraction in the country, the Schönbrunn Palace, with its 1.400 rooms, is considered the most impressive baroque complex in the whole of Europe. For centuries the palace was the summer residence of the Hapsburgs and it is here that Marie Antoinette, queen of France, took its first steps. Among fragrant rose gardens, swirling labyrinths and fountains, lots of locals come to enjoy the sunny days: the entrance into the wonderful gardens is free as is the view of the Schönbrunn Palace with the whole city behind it enjoyed by the Gloriette.
In my opinion, the best time to see Vienna is in the evening, when all the buildings in the center are illuminated. After sunset, emerging from the underground the Wiener Staatsoper or the State Opera, will leave you speechless, even more if it is a concert night and the square is a swarming of elegant couples, as well as the Albertina and the majority part of the main historic buildings. A walk in the Innere Stadt in the evening is therefore essential, when the city’s noises are muffled and a halo of mystery convers the heart of Vienna.
Special City Guide: Vienna
A whirl of gilded Hapsburg palaces and regal parks on the banks of the blue Danube, Vienna is a fine romance of a city. Tradition and innovation walk hand in hand: Strauss waltzes are still hip to 20-something ball-goers and even the imperial stables have been born again as the surprising and vibrant Museum Quarter. The Viennese love Gemütlichkeit (relaxation), so this city is to be savored not rushed, whether you’re indulging in a dark chocolate Sachertorte in a chandelier-lit coffee house or rising gently above the twinkling Prater in the Riesenrad Ferris wheel.
For many the Hofburg Imperial Palace is Vienna, with its prancing Lipizzaner stallions and lavish apartments the Hapsburgs called home for 600 years. Take a horse-drawn Fiaker carriage to clip-clop through the stately Innerestadt to Gothic St Stephan’s Cathedral nearby. Picasso and Warhol hang at the avant-garde Museum Quarter, but romantics are more drawn to Klimt’s shimmering The Kiss and the landscaped gardens at the baroque Belvedere Palace. As dusk falls, leave the Prater’s merry-go-rounds and watch the iconic Riesenrad cast a magical spell.
Viennese mornings mean shopping at the Naschmarkt, where locals bag the freshest produce and creamiest Austrian cheeses before breakfasting on sugary Kaiserschmarrn (caramelized pancakes). Those with the means shop for made-to-measure fashion and handmade Augarten porcelain on elegant Graben and Kärntner Strasse, pausing for tea, scones and a gift-wrapped tin of candied violets in Demel’s rococo salon. The arty Neubau district is dotted with galleries, concept stores and quirky boutiques run by young creatives.