best place to stay in vienna

Vienna is an amazing city with a lot to offer, from culture to modern art. But there are so many areas, attractions, and most of all districts in the city, so let me help you out with the best options on where to stay in Vienna for your trip!

I loved Vienna, and want to go back for sure, but my brief visit gave me an honest perception of how the city was divided, so in case you are asking yourself what is the best neighborhood to stay in Vienna, I will help you out with this in just a brief moment!

Let me start by saying that Vienna is a very organized city for their population of about 1.6 million, and although it might seem confusing to us tourists, it actually makes sense. The city is divided into 23 districts that go around the area, starting from the city center as 1st district and going clockwise with the rest.

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For each neighborhood, I have carefully chosen the best hotels for every type of budget, including 5-star hotels, middle-priced accommodations, or hostels. I will also share with you the best Vienna hotels in downtown that are worth considering for your future stay, divided by neighborhood/district to get a better perspective.

UPDATE: Oh, and by the way, if you want to create the best itinerary for Vienna, you can check out my article on Things to do in Vienna!

And, as always, my main recommendation is to book accommodation in advance because all hotels with good reviews and great prices always get sold out fast!

So, here we go – the best 7 neighborhoods to stay in Vienna and hand-picked hotel recommendations for each of them, all are hand-picked by me for fabulous reviews and sorted by budget for your convenience:

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1. Innere Stadt (1st district)

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What is Vienna city center called? You can recognize it on the map and signs under the name of “Innere Stadt” which is the literal German word for inner-city, or 1st district. This is the main area around the historic central town where most of the buildings are. The scenery and architecture will leave you amazed while making you feel as if you were in a Habsburg ancient city!

Over at Innere Stadt, you can find Stephansplatz which includes St. Stephen’s Cathedral, Albertina, Haus der Musik, and the Rathaus, among other famous local landmarks.

Here are my hotel recommendations for Innere Stadt:

Luxury (€240 and up)

  • The Ritz-Carlton, Vienna – This 5-star hotel is one of the best boutique hotels in Vienna, just from the outside, you can sense the luxury and contemporary design that is spread across the property. You can use the largest indoor pool with underwater music, the fitness room, or the sauna and steam baths offered to the guests.
  • Grand Hotel Wien – The historic building of this accommodation is equipped with elegant furniture, modern flat-screen TVs, and coffee making facilities. All the rooms come with a bottle of mineral water on arrival, and you can even find bathrobes and slippers available in the marble bathrooms.

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Middle-priced (from €90 to €240)

  • Grand Ferdinand Vienna – This is one of the best Vienna hotels with a pool and it’s on the rooftop, so just imagine the great view you get while relaxing! The guests can also benefit from the fitness center, a gift shop, and three restaurants on the property.
  • Hotel Ambassador – This luxury hotel is located in one of the main shopping streets in the city center. The hotel has hosted famous guests since 1898; imagine being able to say you stayed at the same hotel as Mark Twain! All rooms are elegant and individually decorated with different antiquities.

Budget (up to €90)

  • Aparthotel Adagio Vienna City – All the hotel apartments are air-conditioned, have free Wi-Fi, and access to the sauna and fitness center facilities. Each unit has a kitchenette, fridge, dishwasher, microwave, and coffee making facilities. You right next to the Danube Canal that has many bars at the waterside, a great way to spend an afternoon with a lovely sunset.
  • Hotel Pension Residenz – This hotel is a 5-minute walk to Town Hall and the Ringstraße Boulevard. All the rooms are non-smoking; they have air-conditioning, a TV with access to satellite channels, and free Wi-Fi. The entire hotel furniture which is very comfortable has a very classic style which will make you feel in a museum.

2. Leopoldstadt (2nd district)

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This district used to be a Jewish quarter and has been remodeled over the years to be more of a young creative’s magnet. You can now find many cool coffee shops and restaurants there, that have opened recently. This entrepreneurial factor has made the area a hub for the creative middle class.

The most magnificent attractions in this district is its proximity to the Danube River and the Prater theme park, a great destination to take the whole family.

Here are the best hotels in this area:

Luxury (€170 and up)

  • SO/ Vienna – This is one of the best luxury hotels in Vienna you could look for, it offers panoramic views, a gourmet restaurant, a gym, and even a free spa area. You will see that there is a mix of Viennese architecture with modern design on the façade and in the lobby.
  • House of Time – Fancy Suites – The building is from the 19th century and the guests can choose between their luxury and fancy suites that may have a terrace or balcony. All the suites are air-conditioned, they have an Apple flat-screen TV with Netflix access, and bathrooms with a rain shower.

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Middle-priced (from €100 to €170)

  • Hotel Stefanie – This hotel is the oldest one in Vienna with over 400 years, all of their rooms have a private bathroom, Sky satellite TV, and air-conditioning. It is an elegant hotel with their old-museum style decoration that will make you travel in time with every element.
  • Hotel IMLAUER Wien – This is a stylish hotel among the best hotels in Vienna, Austria with all air-conditioned rooms that include a minibar, a bathroom, and a safe. Among facilities, the guests can make use of the sauna, and fitness center, or relax at the bar which is in a glass-covered conservatory.

Budget (up to €100)

  • Hotel City Central – The Hotel City Central in Vienna offers great service for an insanely friendly price, comfortable for all budgets while being near downtown and the Danube River, and its attractions. The spacious areas have a very clean and modern décor with classic furniture to combine and let the guests feel at home.
  • Austria Classic Hotel Wien – This is a 200-year-old and family-run accommodation with modern rooms all air-conditioned. All the rooms are comfy and spacious, and each is uniquely decorated. Add to the bathroom amenities, not only a hair-dryer but also a make-up mirror. The hotel offers a sauna, a gym, and an internet terminal for free, Wi-Fi included.

3. Landstrasse (3rd district)

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You can stay in Landstrasse to be close to the lovely and filled with gardens Schloss Belvedere, the Hundertwasserhaus, and the impressive Palais des Beaux Arts. You might also want to be around the neighborhood if interested in going to the Strandbar Herrmann right next to the canal for a waterside calm meeting spot.

In case you are wondering what are the best hotels in Vienna near Ernst Happel Stadium, I have good news for you! Landstrasse, the 3rd district is your best option to find accommodations that will have you closest to the stadium.

Luxury (€170 and up)

  • Mercure Grand Hotel Biedermeier Wien – This hotel offers its guests a gym, a sauna, and a relaxation area right in a unique street close to City Park. All the rooms have air-conditioning, a private bathroom, and a cable TV. They are all decorated in a fashionably simple way with warm colors and past century style paintings.
  • Ruby Sofie Hotel Vienna – This is a great destination for two travelers to choose as their accommodation with small but spacious rooms for both not to feel crammed in one area. All the stylish rooms have wooden floors, a great 40-inch flat-screen TV, a laptop safe and extra-long beds.

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Middle-priced (from €100 to €170)

  • Hotel Spiess & Spiess – The best feature of this hotel is probably their rooms, they are air-conditioned, have underfloor heating, but most importantly, while being elegant they are allergy-free! It has been certified by the European Center of Allergy Research Foundation (ECARF) to ensure this quality level.
  • Eurostars Embassy – This hotel 24-hour front desk is not only for check-ins but also where you can get tickets and tours to go around the city. For your comfort, each room has a work desk, a safe, a flat-screen TV, and an air-conditioning system.

Budget (up to €100)

  • Best Western Plus Amedia Wien – This modern hotel is right in the business area, but you won’t even feel the noise. Every room has adjustable air-conditioning, soundproofing, a flat-screen satellite TV with international channels, AND you’ll never guess…free phone calls to 24 countries! The hotel amenities also include a sauna, a steam bath, and free Wi-Fi throughout the property.
  • Austria Trend Hotel Doppio Wien – The main facilities of the hotel are having a fitness center, the free Wi-Fi, and allowing pets into the installations. Additionally, all the rooms have air-conditioning, come with a refrigerator, a TV with satellite channels, and a safe the size of your laptop.

4. Wieden (4th district)

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Weiden is an interesting neighborhood where you will find many Viennese fashion boutiques with original designs, second-hand bookshops, and even vintage furniture! Because of the big student community near the area, there are many pubs and restaurants you can go to enjoy a laid back atmosphere in the city!

Here are the best accommodation options in Wieden:

Luxury (€170 and up)

  • Hotel Kaiserhof Wien – This is a traditional style hotel that offers all air-conditioned rooms, with a flat-screen satellite TV, and a multimedia docking station. There is also a hairdryer and a make-up mirror in all the bathrooms. As part of the hotel facilities, you can use the spa area with a sauna, a steam bath, and the gym.
  • Pakat Suites Hotel – This is a good selection from hotels in central Vienna that comes with specially designed Wittman furniture in the elegant suites. The property is surrounded by embassies and palaces while being next to the Belvedere Palace, quite the royal waking up to a lovely scenery.

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Middle-priced (from €100 to €170)

  • Schreiners Essen und Wohnen – It is a great accommodation in Vienna, Austria with a classic local restaurant, a private garden to enjoy by the guests, and free Wi-Fi. The rooms additionally have a king-size bed, come with a flat-screen cable TV, a minibar, and a coffee maker.
  • Hotel Erzherzog Rainer – The individually designed rooms of the hotel have air-conditioning, a TV with free Sky channels, and a minibar. The rooms are comfortable and spacious while being classy and basic in design. Your pets are allowed if requested and you can even ask for pet bowls and a pet basket.

Budget (up to €100)

  • Wombat’s CITY Hostels Vienna – Naschmarkt – One of the most strategic and fun budget accommodations in the city. There is a shared lounge on the first floor where you can meet other travelers. Inside the historic façade, you can find a modern styled hostel throughout the ambient. It also has an on-site happy hour and nightclub, mostly limited to guests.
  • Do Step Inn Central – It is one of the best cheap hostels in Vienna, I stayed here and can definitely recommend it to anyone traveling alone or thinking of backpacking. It has a shared lobby-kitchen area where you can have a quick snack or catch up on some emails. Most rooms are shared for at least six people, but each bed is closed up like a safe so your objects are completely safe. Make use of this great, safe, and technology-friendly hostel gives you a passcode on the day of arrival.

5. Mariahilf (6th district)

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Mariahilf was named a district back in the 1800s and its greatness lies in being a relaxed area, located slightly far from the touristy movement. You can find many lovely small art galleries, thrift stores, and great cafés here that will not be overcrowded.

There Foltermuseum Wien and the Aqua Terra Zoo is also in the area!

Luxury (€180 and up)

  • Boutiquehotel Das Tyrol – This gorgeous hotel has “luxury” visible in every room, on every door, as part of every detail inside and out.The rooms have interior designs created by famous local designers like Wittman and Thonet, they also include a Nespresso tea and coffee maker.
  • Hotel Beethoven Wien – The hotel is on a quiet street close to the Naschmarkt Open-Air Market. It is an elegant 5-floor building built back in 1902 in a Neo-Renaissance style. Add to this having a classical concert for guests on the weekends at 6 PM including a FREE glass of champagne.

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Middle-priced (from €100 to €180)

  • Mercure Secession Wien – This is a charming 4-star hotel that combines a classic Viennese style with modern comfort in their building. All rooms are non-smoking; they have a private bathroom, air-conditioning, and free Wi-Fi. The popular Naschmarkt open-air market is only a 1-minute walk away!
  • Austria Trend Hotel Anatol Wien – This non-smoking hotel is located in a quiet location but still very close to the main shopping street in the area. It offers a modern design in their classic and executive rooms which are all very comfortable and spacious, and include air-conditioning and an electronic safe that even has a charging plug for your laptop.

Budget (up to €100)

  • Leonardo Hotel Vienna – This hotel is right next to one of the main shopping streets and has an on-site bar available for the guests from 5 PM to midnight. There are a fitness room and a business center in the building, and the rooms shave flat-screen TV with cable channels plus free Wi-Fi.
  • Hotel Mocca – All the rooms at this hotel have a flat-screen TV with satellite channels and a safety deposit box. The property has a nice and modern design with a cozy atmosphere in every room and shared areas. It is a very good option for cheap hotels in Vienna, a great location for a comfortable price.

6. Neubau (7th district)

The 7th district is home to the Museums Quartier and to many modern cafes, bars, restaurants, and yummy bakeries! The vibe is fresh and welcoming and less touristy than the first 5 districts. You can spend your days here going by some small organic markets or visiting the big cultural complex filled with museums and art galleries!

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Luxury (€180 and up)

  • Hotel Schani Salon – This 4-star hotel is a great spot for visitors interested in museums and culture because of proximity. The property is well decorated, with a modern and young vibe, and all the rooms have air-conditioning and a coffee maker. Although it is located on the main shopping street, the hotel is very calm and quiet.
  • NH Collection Wien Zentrum – The hotel offers big and modern rooms that are between 30 and 50m2 in size. All the rooms come with a rain shower in the bathroom, air-conditioning, and free Wi-Fi. Among their shared facilities, there is a spa area with a sauna, a relaxation room, and a small gym.

Middle-priced (from €100 to €180)

  • 25hours Hotel beim MuseumsQuartier – The hotel while being surrounded by many museums has a rooftop bar where you can get a panoramic view of the city. Each room has a unique design, having vintage and modern furniture mixed with a circus theme. All the rooms have air-conditioning, free Wi-Fi, and a flat-screen TV.
  • NH Wien City – The rooms at this NH Hotel in Vienna are spacious and come with a flat-screen TV and a work desk. A few of them have a separate living and sleeping area, while others have a kitchenette included. You can find a spa center in which there is a sauna, exercise equipment, and a relaxation room.

Budget (up to €100)

  • Ruby Marie Hotel Vienna – This hotel offers a free guitar rental on site for any guests interested and can also share their online playlist with the guests. All of their rooms have luxurious spring mattresses for you to have the best rest, and there is a modern sound system with Marshall Amplifiers to use.
  • IntercityHotel Wien – This hotel offers the guests a free ticket for the public transport valid for the length of your stay.  All the accommodation units have a minibar, a safe, a bathroom, and free Sky TV. The guests can use the lobby bar to watch sports events or stay for a rest on the terrace.

7. Favoriten (10th district)

This district is the place where a big part of the city’s immigrants have settled down, having a diversity of worldly cuisines and you’ll find there Turkish, Bosnian, and Serbian restaurants. It is one of the best neighborhoods to stay when traveling on a limited budget!

Here are my recommendations for Favoriten:

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Luxury (€180 and up)

  • Hilton Garden Inn Vienna South – It is an elegant and stylish hotel with modern furniture in all the areas. The rooms have a clean and cozy decoration to fit the hotel’s personality of making you feel at home. All of the rooms have an HD flat-screen TV, individually adjustable air conditioning, work desks, and coffee making facilities.
  • Novotel Wien Hauptbahnhof – This is one of the 4-star Vienna hotels that offers an on-site restaurant, a shared relaxation area, a sauna, and a fitness center. On the property, there is also a play area and an outdoor seating section for the adults. 

Middle-priced (from €100 to €180)

  • Ibis Wien Hauptbahnhof – The hotel includes in each room air conditioning, a private bathroom, free Wi-Fi, and a flat-screen TV. This Vienna accommodation has modern furniture and a contemporary design fit for the local lifestyle and has an on-site business center for the guests to use if needed.
  • Holiday Inn – Vienna – South – This hotel offers an on-site restaurant, a fitness center, a bar, and a shared lounge, and a currency exchange for the guests. On the property, guests can also make use of their business center to review the newspaper, use the fax machine, or even use the on-site ATM machine.

Budget (up to €100)

  • Hotel Schani Wien – It is a stylish hotel that combines modern and traditional aspects of the Viennese culture in their décor. All the rooms come with high-quality mattresses, have a flat-screen TV, a desk, and free Wi-Fi. You can go for mobile check-in and check-out, and even have your smartphone work as a room key.
  • Hotel Kolbeck – This accommodation has been running since 1848 and is among the best budget hotels in Vienna. The rooms can be in the main building or reached in the annex by crossing the courtyard, and there are Art Nouveau elements on the entire property.

BONUS 1 – Best Apartments and B&Bs in Vienna

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Throughout the city, you will find many options for accommodations with special breakfasts, or top-notch service, but maybe you are looking for something more home-style for your stay! If that is the case, then apartments or bed & breakfasts are your better choice.

The options I am recommending below are awaiting you with many facilities such as a kitchen or kitchenette ideal for you to prepare your own meals (having your own kitchen is especially useful if you are traveling with kids!). This way you can enjoy your trip while feeling entirely at home!

Let me share with you some of the best Vienna apartments that I know you will love:

Luxury (€170 and up)

  • Luxury bright Apartment Vienna Central Station – It is a nice apartment that includes a balcony with beautiful garden views, a fitness center, and even a terrace. The accommodation can fit up to six people, having two bedrooms, a living room, a fully equipped kitchen, a dishwasher, a washing machine, and a bathroom with a bath.
  • City Pension Stephansplatz – This accommodation is a family-run B&B in Vienna which has a Viennese and classic style decoration but still keeps the city center vibe along with the rooms. The rooms are spacious and comfortable and have included a flat-screen satellite TV, a minibar, an electric kettle plus air conditioning.

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Middle-priced (from €60 to €170)

  • Vienna City-Center Apartment – This city center apartment can hold up to six people and allows the stay with pets on request. The apartment is very spacious, clean, and fully equipped with a kitchen, a dishwasher, a microwave, even a washing machine so you can travel light and wash whatever needed.
  • Vienna Apartment Gutarra – It is located in Hernals, a calm neighborhood, and has beautiful garden views to complete the relaxing ambient. The apartment has one bedroom, a living room, a flat-screen TV, and a kitchen with a dining area. As part of the facilities, there are BBQ facilities, free Wi-Fi, and free private parking for the guests.

Budget (up to €60)

  • Comfort Apartment Naschmarkt – It is a comfortable, beautifully decorated and spacious apartment perfect for up to four people, great for a family trip. It has one bedroom, a living room, an equipped kitchen with dishwasher, one bathroom with shower, and even a washing machine. There is also a filter coffee machine and a TV with Netflix among amenities.
  • Vienna Inn Apartments – This compound of apartments is perfect for two or four travelers because of its size, but also the proximity to the great Danube Canal. The studios and apartments are accessible by elevator, have wooden floors, and are equipped with a central heating system.

BONUS 2 – Best hotels in Vienna for families

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Are you wondering which hotels in Vienna are good for families? I am here to help with all the questions you might have!

For starters, you could consider Innere Stadt as your first option (#1 in my list of recommended neighborhoods)! This is the absolute city center, also known as the 1st district, because it is close to most of the local historical sights and attractions. The main benefit of staying here is that it requires less walking than the rest of the areas, which is a great plus when traveling with small children.

The other neighborhood I recommend as top choices is Wieden, the 4th district, this time because it is very close to the Museum Quarter in particular. There is no better excuse to visit a museum with your kids so they can learn about history than staying next to it! Plus, you can even find dynamic games for them to play within the Quartier center.

Now, let me share some great accommodation options for families that can host up to three people:

Luxury (€170 and up)

  • Park Hyatt Vienna – This hotel offers an indoor swimming pool, an in-house spa center, a wellness center, and all the rooms are air-conditioned. The elegance of the accommodation is seen in their elegant furniture and modern appliances matched with a characteristic Viennese décor throughout the property. Your pets can stay with you as long as requested at the moment of booking.
  • HiLight Suites Hotel – The accommodation is perfectly located at walking distance to the main sights while offering the guests a spacious bedroom, with a living room, and air conditioning system. All the suites also have a private bathroom, a working area, a dressing area, and believe it or not TWO satellite TVs, no need to fight over one with the kids.

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Middle-priced (from €100 to €170)

  • Arthotel ANA Amadeus – It is a great accommodation option for two travelers right in the center of Vienna. The elegant rooms come with an electric kettle and a selection of different teas. All the bedrooms have allergy-free pillows and blankets. There is a computer near the front desk available for all guests if needed.
  • Boutiquehotel Stadthalle – This is a family-run and eco-friendly hotel with individually designed rooms and a beautiful garden at the back. The water here is heated with solar panels and the rainwater collected is used to water their natural garden. There is a library available for the guests, and all rooms have a flat-screen TV with cable and satellite channels, and free Wi-Fi.

Budget (up to €100)

  • Arthotel ANA Adlon Vienna – The hotel is located in Leopoldstadt, the closest area to the Prater amusement park perfect for a day filled with games. All the rooms have a minibar, cable TV, free Wi-Fi, and a private bathroom. The rooms have a classic but nice decoration and are spacious, giving you a feeling of being at home.
  • Boutique Hotel Donauwalzer – This is a great option for cheap accommodation in Vienna, found in the district of Hernals is a 15-minute walk from the Ringstraße boulevard. Although for an extra charge, you can make use of the hot tub, spa, and sauna available in the property. On Sundays during breakfast, you can enjoy some live classical music.

BONUS 3 – Best hotels near Vienna Airport

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In case you have a transfer, an early flight that you don’t want to miss, or maybe you arrive so late at night you would rather skip getting to the city to find your hotel. In all cases, it makes sense to choose and book a hotel near the airport!

Thanks to the great public transportation system in Vienna, you will have no problem moving around the city while leaving your belongs at a hotel near the airport. So if you are staying for one night or more, you will get to enjoy the city in the easiest way while having your comfortable bed waiting for you at the hotel!

I will now share with you the best Vienna airport hotels by price so you can see which one fits your travel style better:

  • NH Vienna Airport Conference Center – The airport is located less than 200 m from this great luxury hotel, so no more than a 5-minute walk, literally right across from the arrivals hall! Among the facilities, they have a spa area with sauna, a steam bath, AND fitness room!
  • MOXY Vienna Airport – There is an underground tunnel that connects this middle-priced hotel with the airport, and it is only a 7-minute walk. The hotel has a 24-hour open bar that offers snacks and beverages to the guests. You will also discover their fitness center open to all guests and an outdoor terrace with a picnic area.
  • InStyle Residences Vienna Airport – This budget accommodation has many modern and different sized apartments for the guests’ requests. They all have a bedroom, a living room with a sofa bed, a fully equipped kitchen, and a complete bathroom. It has a sun terrace and a patio with outdoor furniture to relax.



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Conclusion

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Vienna is such a unique, historical, and culturally diverse city! In this article I simplified your neighborhood options to a top of 7 best choices!

If you have never been to this city and you were looking for the best suggestions for where to stay in Vienna for first time visitors, the best answer would be to look for a hotel near the city center, so one of the first 7 districts that encircle Vienna.

The city is totally worth the visit! I only got to stay for 2 full days here, and I can say it was not enough. Getting to know the main attractions and surroundings, plus the local food should be done with time and not in a hurry!

I hope my list of recommendations on places to stay in Vienna was useful for you! In case you need some extra motivation on why it would be worth it to go on this trip, I suggest taking a look at my article on the best things to do in Vienna!

I hope my post helped you decide on the best neighborhood for you and the perfect accommodation as well!

As always, if you have any questions or recommendations, please leave them below in the comments.

I hope you will enjoy your stay in Vienna! Have fun!

Mariana

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