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The eighth district is an older generation’s Vienna at its finest: and this is what makes it popular with locals of all ages. Josefstadt has theatre, small independent shops, romantic passageways, neighbourhood cafés with regular clientele, church squares, town palaces and shady communal gardens. Trendy hangouts have conquered distinctive places such as the Old General Hospital (Altes AKH) and the vaults of overground U6. Theater in der Josefstadt on Josefstädter Strasse is the district’s cultural epicentre. Even if your German isn’t good enough to watch a play, you can marvel at the typical Biedermeier building and take a glimpse into the foyer. Lange Gasse houses an iconic local restaurant at its corner, as well as a legendary sweet shop and a bustling neighbourhood market every Saturday. For small palace atmosphere and a different view on Vienna’s history, make your way to Schönborn garden palace (Palais Schönborn), which houses the Museum of Folk and Folk Art (Volkskundemuseum). Maria-Treu-Platz, with its summer outdoor cafés facing baroque church Maria Treu, and the historic passageway of Lerchenfelder Strasse 13 hide top spots for insiders.
It's no more than an ok museum, quite expensive for its size. The lady at the front desk was not very helpful and the only way to follow the exhibition in English was through a separate booklet of which there is only one copy that every non-German-speaking person in the room must share or wait for. Ethnographic museums have lots...
We recently visited Vienna during a Danube river cruise. It was our first time in this magnificent city. We decided to attend a classical music concert since that seemed to be a "must do" event because the city is the home of so much classical music history. We purchased tickets to the Weiner Hofburg Orchestra performance at the recommendation of...
My mom and I saw Beau Jest the other evening and thoroughly enjoyed the performance. But in addition to that, the theater has a lovely atmosphere and is just small enough to make you feel like a special guest. The red velvety interior and other decor add to the appeal. And the wine is inexpensive. Be sure to include the...
This is a grand theater located in the wonderful Josefstadt neighborhood just a few blocks from the Parliament and the Rathaus (City Hall) and offers plays of many types and genres of theater in the German language, from musicals to romantic comedies to significant, serious drama. It's an important component of the culturally rich city of Vienna. Tickets are mid-priced....
$$ - $$$ • German, Austrian, European, Central European
"Nice menu with seasonal options"
reviewed 5 days ago by BellaShell
Very pleased with my meal. Service was warm and welcoming. They had an English version of the menu, however we were the only English speakers in the restaurant, I was hoping something different than schnitzel or beef entrees and was pleased to find cod on the menu. I requested it to be pan fried rather than the breaded and fried...
$$ - $$$ • Austrian, Cafe, International, Central European
"Friendly local cafe/restaurant"
reviewed 5 days ago by Una H
Most of the diners in this restaurant appear to be locals living or working in the area, always a good sign. The food is well cooked and flavorsome. We enjoyed dinner there, and dropped in for coffee on a few occasions while staying in the area. Cheerful, friendly staff, reasonable prices.
$$ - $$$ • German, Austrian, European, Central European
"Good food and atmosphere "
reviewed 3 weeks ago by P M
We chose this restaurant after reading the reviews on TA.
It was located a few short blocks from the main road. We chose to sit outside in the garden. Be aware that smoking was allowed in this area.
The beer and wine choices were good, as well as the prices.
The piece of schnitzel took up the entire plate! It...
$$ - $$$ • Italian, Pizza, Mediterranean, European
"Good value pizza in nice little courtyard"
reviewed 1 week ago by Michael H
We enjoyed our first meal in Vienna here, as walkable from our hotel. Probably the best value too, by Vienna standards (33 Euros for two pizzas with drinks). Lovely to sit outside, and away from street, in the small courtyard. Service was OK. Would return. They allow dogs.
"An excellent hotel in the center of Vienna at a good price"
reviewed 1 week ago by Marc A
Very beautifull hotel with very modern large rooms and plenty of space to leave your things. Clean, and plenty of electricity plugs around. The breakfast was really amazing, the selection of cheeses and salami just perfect. Lots of good wine and most of all everybody was very polite, .
We spent four nights in Hotel Alpha recently. The Airport Bus stops at the back of the Rathaus, 5 minutes walk from the hotel. The hotel is in a very good area of Vienna with several restaurants nearby. Our room was quiet with a comfortable bed, a good shower, safe and refrigerator. Breakfast was very good with an excellent selection...
Had a great visits during my fashion week show. Very convenient, either to walk or to catch U-Bahn. Only a short stalls to the garden and church and Rathaus. The room is spacious and clean. Nice comfy pillows ii must say :). Great stays. Happpy
"A very nice hotel with friendly reception and staff"
reviewed 3 days ago by DrKmW
A year ago I wrote a scathing review of a hotel in Munich, and of the stilted, cold reception of staff almost everywhere.
I am delighted to report that in Vienna, AT people are tourist-friendly, smiling and most speak English.
"The Mercure Josefshof Wien am Rathaus" is a pleasant hotel (not luxurious but mid-range). The double size room is not...
Four of us had 2 rooms and stayed 3 nights in July. Unfortunately Vienna was experiencing an extreme heat wave and this hotel does not have air conditioning; so our stay was a bit of a challenge. Here is the good & could be better about Hotel Graf Stadion:
Good: Location! Right behind the Rauthaus, it's a 10-minute walk to...