Widely regarded as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, Vienna is the capital city of Austria and is also one of the nation's nine states. Home to around 1.9 million people, with around 2.6 million in the metropolitan area, Vienna is effectively the home city of over 30% of the country's entire population. It is the main economic, cultural, political, and touristic center of Austria and is the 7th biggest city in the European Union.
A city with a very interesting past, Vienna was once the biggest German-speaking city on the planet, back in the days of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, prior to World War I. Nicknamed 'City of Music' due to the significant role it played in the development of classical music over the years, Vienna also has the nickname 'City of Dreams' as it was the home of psychoanalysis pioneer Sigmund Freud.
The city is well-known for its high quality of life, being classed as one of the top places to live in the world and frequently ranking in the top two most liveable cities on Earth in surveys by leading experts. It's also home to some truly outstanding architecture and landmarks, with Belvedere Palace, the State Opera, Schonbrunn Palace, Vienna City Hall, and the St Stephen's Cathedral standing out as just a few examples of key landmarks to visit in this city.
Many people visit Vienna from all over the world, and one of the best ways to keep the costs of your Vienna trip down is to stay in a hostel. This city, like many other major European capital cities, is home to a long list of affordable, appealing hostels with comfortable rooms and decent amenities. See below for contact info and overviews of a few of Vienna’s best hostels.
- Vienna Hostel Ruthensteiner - Robert-Hamerling-Gasse 24, 1150 Wien, Phone: +43-18-93-42-02
Located out towards the western side of the city, the Vienna Hostel Ruthensteiner is one of the top rated hostels in Vienna, but you will have to rely on public transport to visit the various attractions like the Schonbrunn Palace and Prater's theme park. Fortunately, there's a train station only a few minutes away from this hostel, so it's a good option for people who want to get around Vienna quickly and easily.
You'll find both simple dormitories and private rooms to choose from at Vienna Hostel Ruthensteiner, which also features a communal kitchen, a lounge space with tables, chairs, and instruments, an outdoor garden and courtyard area, and a bar. The whole hostel is beautifully decorated with lots of nice, bright colors and very clean furnishings.
- Wombat's - Rechte Wienzeile 35, 1040 Wien, Phone: +43-18-97-23-36
Situated quite close to the center of the city in the Widen neighborhood, Wombat's is another super hostel with a fresh, funky, urban vibe and a lot of fun decorations dotted throughout. You'll find plenty of trendy shops in the local area, along with some great restaurants and bars too, and this hostel isn't too far away from some popular touristic hotspots like Belvedere Palace and the Vienna State Opera.
As with many other hostels in Vienna, you'll find shared mixed-gender dorms and private rooms at Wombat's. The room and dorm rates are very low and attractive, so you can stay here very cheaply, and you'll also get Wi-Fi access included in the cost of your stay. Other features of this hostel include a large lounge, vending machines, a shared kitchen, and a bar.
- Hostel Hütteldorf - Schloßberggasse 8, 1130 Wien, Phone: +43-18-77-15-01
The first thing to note about Hostel Hütteldorf is its location. It's situated out in Hietzing, which is out towards the western side of Vienna. This means you'll be quite close to Schonbrunn Palace, but quite a distance from the center of the city and the other main attractions and landmarks of Vienna, so will need to rely on public transport to get around.
However, the location of Hostel Hütteldorf does have the advantage of being very quiet and peaceful all through the day and night, so it's a wonderful place to relax with your friends and simply perfect for backpackers. You'll find simple dorms here with bunk beds and little storage areas, as well as tables, chairs, and shared bathrooms. There are some private rooms available as well, along with a play area for children, free parking right outside, a spacious shared kitchen, and a nice lawn area out front.
- HI Hostel Vienna Myrthengasse - Myrthengasse 7, 1070 Wien, Phone: +43-1-52-36-31-60
Located in the Neubau neighborhood, quite close to central Vienna, the HI Hostel Vienna Myrthengasse is a great option to choose for your stay in the Austrian capital. HI is one of the most trusted names in the hostel world, with those two famous initials standing for Hostelling International. HI locations are known for being friendly, clean, and affordable, and the HI Hostel Vienna Myrthengasse is no exception.
You'll find great quality shared dorms at this Vienna hostel, with some catering to just a few guests and others featuring up to six beds in total for larger groups or people who don't mind sharing with others. Free breakfasts are served in the mornings at the HI Hostel Vienna Myrthengasse and there's free Wi-Fi access all around the property too, along with a communal lounge with a big TV and cozy bean bags.