Whether you’re in Vienna to drink in historic coffee houses, see European masters at the Kunsthistorisches Museum or sample the tastes of the Naschmarkt, you’ll adore the capital of Austria. Book into a self-catering holiday rental to save money, reserving your hard-earned cash for the fun stuff. To help you find your dream stay, here are the best holiday apartments and Airbnbs in Vienna – all bookable with Culture Trip.
Travelling with a crowd? Look no further than this collection of apartments in the easterly Landstrasse district. While the smallest one-bedroom apartments sleep four, some digs sleep as many as 12 people across three bedrooms. A kitchen ready to cater for a crowd, and a spacious dining area with panelled wood floors provides enough room to host your whole crew. Handily for explorers, there are two U-Bahn stations within a seven-minute walk.
Despite the pedigree of the city, a stay in Vienna doesn’t have to solely comprise of historic architecture. These modern one- and two-bedroom apartments in the northerly Floridsdorf neighbourhood come with floor-to-ceiling windows and sunny balconies that are very 21st century. Between two and four people can bed down in the open-plan, kitchen-equipped flats, but it’s travellers coming for Vienna’s convention centre that will find it most convenient: it’s next door. A 24-hour fitness centre lets you workout before tucking into calorific local sachertorte.
Fans of artist Gustav Klimt, look no further: his home, now a museum, where he spent the final years of his life is next door. Other culture vultures will appreciate that Schönbrunn Palace, the imperial summer residence of Maria Theresa, is just over a five-minute drive away. The one-bedroom apartment, which sleeps four, is simple in decor (think glossy white cabinets), but with so much to explore nearby, don’t be surprised if you only whip up breakfast in the kitchen.
Keen for some green space on your city break? This collection of apartments, dressed in cheery flashes of blue, purple and green, is located just outside the Augarten, home to the oldest baroque garden in Vienna. An especially good choice for groups travelling together, there are dozens of apartments on offer (sleeping four to 10 people, in a range of one and four bedrooms). You can each have your own self-catering space but meet to explore the capital.
Belvedere, an 18th-century palace-cum-museum, which is home to Klimt masterpieces, is strolling distance away. But it’s not only the location that draws visitors to these apartments, which sleep between three and six people. With their warm lighting, heated floors, punchy blue curtains and well-equipped kitchens, they’ve been designed to feel stylish but homely. Try cooking up a classic wiener schnitzel and you’ll be feeling like a local in no time.
Sunshine yellow pops, from kitchen cabinets to the dining chairs and towels, give these apartments northeast of the city centre a bright feel-good air. Motivational slogans – make today amazing – embellish walls along with colourful prints in the studio spaces, which are perfectly proportioned for one or two people. There’s on-site garage parking, handy if you want to take the 3o-minute drive to the centre.
You’re in the thick of the action here as the Natural History Museum, Vienna State Opera and medieval St Stephen’s Cathedral are all within easy reach. With so many bars and restaurants on your doorstep, it’s tempting to always eat out, but should you fancy cooking, you’re sorted. The one- and two-bedroom apartments, sleeping between four and eight people, come with simple kitchens and parquet-lined dining and lounge spaces. Some of the larger apartments are furnished with bunk beds, fun for families travelling with kids.
It doesn’t get any more central than this Airbnb, which is located on a small pedestrian street around the corner from the high-end shopping streets Graben and Kärntnerstrasse (think brands such as Armani and Prada); St Stephen’s Cathedral is just a stone’s throw away. The house dates to 1752 and features the characteristic large windows and high ceilings of the period, while the stylish flat itself has a queen-size bed and a spacious living room. With an extendable dining table and a huge couch that transforms into a sofa bed, this Airbnb is ideal for families (a crib and high chair are also available upon request).
Claudia’s Airbnb, which sleeps two guests, is in the centre of the Neubau quarter and a one-minute walk from a metro station. There’s an organic bakery next door and many veggie-friendly eateries, independent shops and shabby-chic bars in the area. The flat features a cosy and quiet bedroom and a natural light-filled living room with a black leather couch. Upon arrival, Claudia greets guests with a bottle of prosecco and provides tips on what to see and do in Vienna. The historic centre is a 30-minute walk or a quick metro ride away.
Astrid Hofer contributed additional reporting to this article.