The Best Bed and Breakfasts in Vienna, Austria

Vienna comes alive during the summer © jozef sedmak / Alamy
Vienna comes alive during the summer © jozef sedmak / Alamy | © jozef sedmak / Alamy
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25 March 2021

To get under the skin of Vienna, stay in one of these top B&Bs. They’re often cheaper than hotels, with the added bonus of being family-run, so you’ll get all the insider tips.

Classical music fans flock to the Austrian capital for the Vienna State Opera House, while others come to cosy up with a chocolatey slice of sachertorte in a Viennese coffeehouse before exploring the baroque Schönbrunn Palace or St Stephen’s Cathedral. During the summer, Vienna comes alive with outdoor music concerts and picnics held on the edge of the Danube. And as winter draws in, snowfall covers the city and traditional Christmas markets fill pretty plazas.

Wiener Gäste Zimmer

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Wiener Gäste Zimmer is located in the 10th district, in the same building as a working Viennese vinegar factory, beer brewery and oil press. Rooms have industrial design with exposed pipes and wooden beams, while the beds are made of stacked wood. Breakfast includes home-made products such as freshly roasted coffee and honey from the hotel bees. Chickens are kept on the roof terrace, and herbs and vegetables can be gathered from the garden. If you’re on a budget, Wiener Gäste Zimmer also offers a shared kitchen. Make the most of the swimming pool and sauna, free of charge.

The Rooms Bed and Breakfast

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This charming, family-run bed and breakfast has just four rooms, located in a green, quiet spot close to the Danube. Inside, you’ll find an eclectic mix of individually designed rooms, including four-poster beds, colourful fabrics and shabby-chic furniture. There is a big porch and garden to lounge in during the summer, and the B&B is in a particularly great location for biking, hiking and swimming.

Pension Haus Sanz

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Whimsical decor makes this B&B stand out from the crowd. Themed rooms include one celebrating the giant ferris wheel at the Prater, and another inspired by the Austrian artist Hundertwasser. An abundant breakfast buffet, friendly hosts, a pretty garden and swimming pool are further highlights of a stay here. The U6 station Erlaaer Straße is just minutes away and the location puts you within easy reach of the Vienna Woods and Schönbrunn Palace.

Wienderland Bed and Breakfast

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As the name suggests, Wienderland styles itself as a wonderland in Vienna. Located in the hip 6th district, international restaurants and buzzing bars, the MuseumsQuartier and the Natural History Museum are a short walk away, as is the Naschmarkt food market and major shopping areas. Attentive hosts, rooms decorated with huge prints of brightly coloured birds, and comfy beds makes this a fun place to stay in Vienna.

Privat Zimmer Familie Schwarz

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Stay a little further outside Vienna in the multicultural neighbourhood of Favoriten. Rooms are modern and clean, with double or single options, plus you can reach the city centre by bus in 30 minutes. It’s close to the hills of Vienna Woods, an ideal hiking spot, plus the beautiful landscaped park Kurpark Oberlaa and the huge thermal spa complex Therme Wien. If you’ve got a taste for Austrian wine, make your way to the wine taverns and vineyards in Oberlaa.

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  • Hotel Pension Alla Lenz

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    A swimming pool, sun terrace and central location will tempt you to this no-frills guesthouse in the hip Neubau district. It’s close to the Central Library, home to a casual rooftop cafe that hosts film screenings in the summer, plus the MuseumsQuartier and the pubs and bars of Spittelberg. Rooms are simple and affordable and come with a large breakfast buffet included.

    Pension Neuer Markt

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    Located on the cobbled streets of the historic centre of Vienna, this 1st district bed and breakfast is a great option if you want to be super-central. Rooms are cosy and clean with affordable doubles, triples and quads available. Breakfast is served in an elegant breakfast room adorned with antique chandeliers. Dozens of attractions such as the Hofburg, Spanish Riding School, the Albertina and the Danube Canal are just a short walk away, as are the best shopping streets in Vienna.

    Das Reinisch Bed and Breakfast

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    This suburban three-star bed and breakfast hotel is ideally located near Vienna Airport, which is handy if you have a late or early flight. The B&B runs a 24-hour airport shuttle, while the centre of Vienna is just a short train ride away. Take advantage of the fitness centre, rent bikes or play a round at the nearby golf course. Breakfast is served from Tuesday to Friday only.

    Pension Mariahilf

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    Centrally located on one of the busiest shopping streets in Vienna, Pension Mariahilf is perfect if you’re only visiting for a short break. Rooms are traditional and range from singles to quads, with a six-person holiday apartment for extended stays. Breakfast is available for an additional charge, while the MuseumsQuartier is just a 10-minute walk away.

    Opera Suites

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    A charming family-run B&B in the heart of Vienna, Opera Suites occupies two floors in a former townhouse. It’s just a two-minute walk from the world-renowned Vienna State Opera House. Each of the hotel’s 12 guest rooms comes with free wifi, Nespresso coffee machine, rainfall shower and underfloor heating. Ask for a room with a view of the opera house itself.

    Nicholas Grantham contributed additional reporting to this article.

    These recommendations were updated on March 25, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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