Landstraße is the third district of Vienna, a the largest of the inner (single-nnumbered) districts. While most tourists arriving by air land at Landstraße on their train from the airport, many head immediately towards the ring and Innere Stadt. There are many reasons to stay and explore the district though.
A heavily populated area, Landstraße has many faces - from the densely-packed residential streets including the surprising creations of Hundertwasser through the peaceful grounds of the Belvedere Palace to the former industrial areas in the south.
Landstraße (3) is a rather large district to the southeast of the center separated more or less by the Wien River (which is partially underground and otherwise chanellized. Stretching from the station Wien Mitte and the surrounding business and financial district where the lively Landstraßer Haupstraße shopping street begins, over quiet residential areas where the Hundertwasserhaus is located, all the way to the industrial hinterlands and the bus station at Erdberg in southeast, through neighborhoods containing examples of public housing like the Rabenhof and many embassies to the Belvedere Palace and the Soviet Memorial at Schwarzenbergplatz.
Landstraße's northern part is nestled between the river Wien and the Wiener Kanal, so it is easy to make out on the map. On the east, Landstraße's border starts with the Belvedere palace gardens and extends along the tracks running south from the Hauptbahnhof. The southern border is complicated harder to make out, but not as important for orientation - one thing to remember is that while the Gasometer U-Bahn station is on the border, the Gasometers themselves are in Simmering.
To those understanding a bit of German it may come as a surprise that there is no street called Landstraße within the districts. Rather than that, the main street running southeastwards from the Wien Mitte / Landstraße train station is called Landstraßer Hauptstraße or "the main street of Landstraße". Another major street in the district is the Rennweg, which marks the northeastern border of the Belvedere Park.
Bahnhof Wien Mitte is the main train station in the district. This is where the City Airport Train from Vienna International Airport terminates and S-Bahn train S7 from the airport stops as well. Wien Mitte/Landstrasse is a part of the Stammstrecke, the part of the Viennesse S-Bahn system that is traversed by all trains, so that you can get there from whichever S-Bahn station within the city and beyond (provided you board the train in the right direction).
Other Stammstrecke S-Bahn stations in the district include Quartier Belvedere and Rennweg, situated at two opposite corners of the Belvedere gardens. The St.Marx station on the trunk line towards th airport is also in the district, but not particularly close to any attractions.
Wien Mitte is a busy station for suburban and metro traffic, but no long-distance trains stop there - the closest long-distance railway station to Landstrasse is the Wien Hauptbahnhof, from where you can simply walk towards Belvedere or take the S-Bahn to one of the abovementioned stations.
The underground line U3 crosses the district and U4 is available to the north. From Stephansdom and Westbahnhof, take U3 towards Simmering. From Schoenbrunn and Mariahilf, take U4 towards Heiligenstadt and get off at Landstrasse.
Museums and galleries
- Belvedere Palace (Schloß Belvedere) (Tram D, stop Belvedere), ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Intended as a summer residence for Prince Eugene of Savoy, was outside the city walls. Its two palace segments, the Upper and Lower Belvedere, later became the permanent home of the Austrian Gallery. Combination ticket for Upper and Lower Palaces: €19 (adults), €15.50 (seniors/students), free (under 18).
- Austrian Gallery Belvedere (Österreichische Galerie Belvedere), Prinz Eugen-Straße 27 (Upper Belvedere / Oberes Belvedere). Daily 10:00-18:00. Contains recent Austrian and international art from the past two centuries. Viennese art from the early twentieth century is well-represented in the permanent collection Vienna around 1900 and the Art of the Classical Modern, and includes masterpieces from Gustav Klimt, Oskar Kokoschka, and Egon Schiele, as well as earlier works by the Biedermeier painter Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller. €12.50 (adults), €11 (Vienna Card), €10 (seniors/students), free (under 18).
- Lower Belvedere / Orangery (Unteres Belvedere), Rennweg 6. Th-T 10:00-18:00, W 10:00-21:00. The Lower Belvedere and Orangery house temporary exhibits. The Baroque state rooms including the Marble Gallery, Golden Room, and Grotesque Hall are open for normal visiting. €11 (adults), €9.50 (Vienna Card), €8.50 (seniors/students), free (under 18).
- Palace Stables (Prunkstall), Rennweg 6 (by the Lower Belvedere). Daily 10:00-12:00. The former stables now house a permanent collection of medieval religious art and a collection of medieval tapestries. €9 (adults), €8 (Vienna Card), €7 (seniors/students), free (under 18).
- 21er Haus (Museum für zeitgenössische Kunst / Museum of Contemporary Art), Arsenalstraße 1, ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. W Th 11:00-21:00, F-Su 11:00-18:00; open on holidays. Has a permanent exhibit of works by the Austrian sculptor/architect Fritz Wotruba, and hosts rotating exhibits of international contemporary art. €7 (adults), €5.50 (seniors/students/Vienna Card), free (under 18).
- KunstHausWien (Vienna House of the Arts), Untere Weißgerberstrasse 13 (Tram O/N Radetzkyplatz), ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Daily 10:00-19:00. Even an avowed hater of modern art can appreciate this. This is Hundertwasser's (born Friedrich Stowasser in 1928) major contribution to the Viennese art world. In a time when artists often try to shock the public or merely impress other members of the rarefied gallery subculture, Hundertwasser's KunstHausWien would be a bastion against the dictatorship of the straight line, the ruler and T-square, a bridgehead against the grid system and the chaos of the absurd. Starting with the façade of the building, adapted from its prior life as a furniture factory, there is a Gaudi-in-Barcelona feel to the place. Windows peek out like eyes from curvy, rounded plaster and colorful paint. It is a Disneyland for grownups. €10 (adults), €8 (seniors/students/handicapped/military), €5 (children 11-18).
- MAK Tower Gefechtsturm Arenbergpark (Depot of Contemporary Art), Gefechtsturm Arenbergpark/Dannebergplatz 6, Ecke Barmherzigengasse (Bus 74A to Hintzerstrasse or U3 to Rochusgasse), ☎ , fax: +43-1-7131026, e-mail: email@example.com. Curently closed for renovation. Part of MAK, housed within a flak tower. Exhibits works include spatial interventions and objects by international artists specifically developed for the MAK. A lovely addition to a visit to MAK is popping over the road for a coffee at the 100-year old Cafe Pruekel. €7.90 (adults), €5.50 (seniors/students), free (under 19).
- Heeresgeschichtliches Museum (Museum of Military History), Arsenal 18 (near the Südbahnhof, trams 18, D, O), ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Daily 09:00-17:00. A huge museum featuring weapons and military maps from different periods. You can also see the open-top car in which Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the last Austrian prince, was shot in Sarajevo. His death triggered World War I and the eventual downfall of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. In the same room as this is the visibly blood-stained jacket he was wearing at the time of his assassination. €5.10 (adults), €3.30 (seniors/students), free (under 19).
- Museum of Art Fakes (Fälschermuseum), Löwengasse 28 (down the street from the Hundertwasserhaus), ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. T-Su 10:00-17:00, closed M and 24-25 Dec. Houses a large collection of counterfeited paintings, many from highly-skilled, infamous forgers. €4.90 (adults), €4.40 (seniors/students), €2.20 (children 10-18), free (children under 9).
- Streetcar Museum (Straßenbahnmuseum), Ludwig-Koessler-Platz, ☎ , fax: +43 1 7909 46809, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Currently closed for renovation, expected to reopen in 2014. This museum is located in a former depot, and houses a comprehensive collection of Viennese streetcars, including a horse-drawn car from 1868, a steam train set from 1885, and a range of electric streetcars operated until 1969. There is also a bus collection, including buses from 1949-1978. €6 (adults), €4 (youth), free (children under 15).
- Hundertwasserhaus, Kegelgasse 36-38 (5–10 minutes east of Wien Mitte U-Bahn stop, tram N stop Hetzgasse), ☎ . Interesting apartment/office complex, designed by the Austrian architect/painter Hundertwasser.
- Schwarzenbergplatz. The Schwarzenberg place is a big square in inner Vienna. It is faced by many palaces amongst them the Palais Schwarzenberg, the hosue of industry, the French embassy and others.The square runs next to the RIng.
- Soviet War Memorial (Heldendenkmal der Roten Armee), Schwarzenbergplatz (Trams 1, 2, 71, D, J, Schwarzenbergplatz). An imposing Soviet style monument near Karlsplatz commemorates the Soviet victory in Vienna over the Nazi army.
- Arnold Schönberg Center, Schwarzenbergplatz 6 (entrance at Zaunergasse 1), ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. M-F 10:00-17:00. This building houses an archive of the works of the Viennese composer, with a permanent exhibit relating to his work and music and a gallery of his paintings. €5 (adults), €3 (seniors/students), free (children under 12), 10% reduction for Vienna Card.
- St. Marx Cemetery (St. Marxer Friedhof), Leberstrasse 6-8, ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Apr-Sep 06:30-20:00, Oct-Mar 06:30-18:00. This historic cemetery was in use from 1784 until 1874. Mozart was buried here in an unmarked pauper's grave in 1791; the tombstone dates from a later period, after his grave was tentatively identified. The Bezirksmuseum Landstraße offers regular guided tours of the cemetery (in German). Free.
- Botanic Gardens (Botanischer Garten), Rennweg 14 (Main entrance: Mechelgasse/Praetoriusgasse; Upper entrance: Belvedere/Alpinegarden; Jacquingate), ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. Vary by season and weather, generally 10:00-15:00/18:00. Established in 1754 by Empress Maria Theresia as a garden for medicinal plants and granted to the University of Vienna, which has maintained it since. The gardens contain a number of rare plants, including alpine specimens. Free.
- Konzerthaus, Lothringerstraße 20, ☎ , fax: +43 1 24200-110, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Box office: M-F 09:00-19:45, Sa 09:00-13:00; Sa Su holidays: 45 min prior to performance. Built between 1911 and 1913, the Konzerthaus is the homebase for the Vienna Symphony (Wiener Symphoniker), the Vienna Chamber Orchestra (Wiener Kammerorchester), the Wiener Singakademie and the Klangforum Wien.
- Arena (Arena Wien), Baumgasse 80 (U3 Erdberg), ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. The arena is one of the biggest concert and alternative culture places. The slaughterhouse got squatted in 1976 and operates since as culture center. FM4 hosts here it's annual birthday party. The programme lists the performing artists. The open air arena can host 3000 peoples.
- Akademietheater, Lisztstraße 1. The Akademietheater is the smaller of two performance halls of the Burgtheater ensemble. It was built between 1911 and 1913 by the architects Fellner und Hellmer and Ludwig Baumann.
- Ice skating (Wiener Eislaufverein), Lothringerstraße 22 (U4 Stadtpark), e-mail: Office@wiener-eisloewen.at. 19 Oct 2013 - 2 Mar 2014 15:00-21:00. At the Wiener Eislaufverein in winter time one can skate on a big 6000 m² square.
- Landstraßer Haupstraße (starting from Wien Mitte, U3 Rochusgasse). A relatively upper middle-class neighborhood shopping street, with a wide variety of business from pubs and clubs to organic shops to second-hand stores. The Rochus Market, Rochusmarkt, and a shopping arcade are located along this street as well.
- Mocca Brasil (Brasil Kaffee), Rennweg 75, ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. The coffee shop also sells and repairs coffee machines. The main reason to come here is to purchase good coffee beans. They are one of the very few places in Vienna which even sells excellent green beans, and their roastery offers many choices.
- wakeup, Landstraßer Hauptstraße 105, ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. M-F 10:00–18:30, Sa 10:00–17:00. Mario Sciurti sells Italian Espresso-machines. The shop serves a short espresso (Ristretto).
Due to the concentration of many different embassies in the 3rd district the restaurant selection is very international. It also includes with the Steiereck the most famous Austrian restaurant.
- Vegetasia, Ungargasse 57, ☎ +43 1 713 8 33 2 and 523 1 091. Daily 11:30-15:00, 17:30-23:00. Chain of vegetarian restaurants. Serves a huge variety of Taiwanese Buddhist vegetarian food. Most of it vegan, many meat imitations. Non-smoking.
- Amon, Schlachthausgasse 13 (U3 Schlachthausgasse), ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. M–Sa 10:30–24:00, Su 11;00–16:00. The restaurant serves seasonal Viennese food typically of course plates with large quantities. The cellar is a vinothek with a good selection of Austrian wines.
- Benkei, Ungargasse 6 (U3, U4 Landstraße), ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. M–F 12:00–14:30, 18:00–23:30, Sa 18:00–23:30. Favorite place from nearby Japanese embassy. The place has a bit dated interior.
- El Fontroussi, Reisnerstraße 39, ☎ . M–F 11:00–14:30, 18:00–24:00, Sa 18:00–24:00. The Belgium restaurant in this renovated tavern offers seafood with refined sauces. Daily lunch menu.
- Marx Restauration, Maria-Jacobi-Gasse 2 (U3 Erdberg), ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. The restaurant inside an old butchery serves modern Viennese food. Free Wi-Fi.
- No. 27, Ungargasse 27, ☎ . M-Su 11:00-15:00, 17:30-23:00. The Chinese restaurant is best visited with several persons to be able to taste their different plates. €7,50-27,00.
- O'Connor's Old Oak, Rennweg 95/2/1, ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. M–F 10:00–01:00, Sa, Su 13:00–24:00. Gareth "Gaz" Smith is cooking here daily, hence this Irish pub may serve the best Irish food in Vienna (not only legendary fish and chips).
- Pho & Saigon Market NR, Rennweg 5, ☎ . M-Sa 11:00-22:00. A Vietnamese restaurant next to the shop has small delicate choices. The cellar has one table tennis.
- Sri Thai Imbiss, Baumgasse 18/1, ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. M-Sa 18:00-21:00, Tu-Th 12:00-15:00. The small cellar place cooks Thai food (green curry,..) on the spicy side of life.
- Taverna Lefteris, Hörnesgasse 17 (U3 Rochusgasse), ☎ . Mo–Sa 18:00–24:00. The Cretan (not Greek) restaurant changes it's menu daily.
- Meierei im Stadtpark, Am Heumarkt 2A / im Stadtpark, ☎ . M–F 08:00–23:00 Sa, Su 09:00–19:00. The very posh restaurant offers 120 different cheese varieties combined with freshly baked Viennese bread. This is the "bistro" of the Steiereck, but still extremely classy.
- Steirereck im Stadtpark, Am Heumarkt 2a (U3 Station Stubentor, U4 Stadtpark). M-F 11:30-15:00, 18:30-. The most renowned Austrian restaurant in middle of the beautiful Stadtpark is defintely worth a visit. Heinz Reitbauer is cooking with exotic or mostly forgotten natural herbs. Adi Schmid is the leading Sommelier. Reservation in advance is definitely needed.
- That’s Amore, Messenhausergasse 13, ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. M–Sa 11:30–15:00, 17:30–23, Su 17:30–23:00. Italian cooks use well chosen products for their pizzas.
- Cafe Menta, Radetzkyplatz 4 (1, O Radetzkyplatz), ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. 08:30-24:00. Designed by Robin Molenaar and Yvonne Krisch with Rainer seats and an industrial bar, the café has a cool look plus interesting vegetarian options.
- Intermezzo Bar, Johannesgasse 28 (Inside the Intercontinental Hotel), ☎ . 18:00-02:00. Incredible lustre above the bar from the sixties.
- Das Radetzky (Das Radetzky Kaffebar), Radetzkygasse 13, ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. M–F 15:00–24:00, Sa 09:30–24:00, Su 09:30–22:00. A retro café bar at a place that used to sell sweets with a good Italian espresso machine.
- Salm Bräu, Rennweg 8 (71 Unteres Belvedere), ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. 11:00-24:00. The brewery has a Viennese kitchen, but people mostly come for the good beer.
- Strandbar Hermann, Herrmannpark (U1, U4 Schwedenplatz), e-mail: email@example.com. 31.3-29.9 10:00-02:00. The outdoor bar serves daily happy hour cocktails during 18:00-19:00. As the name tells it is a bar on sand next to the Danube canal near the Urania.
- Ibis budget Wien Sankt Marx.
- Vienna Sporthotel, Baumgasse 83 (U3 Schlachthausgasse), ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Spa and Tennis possibilities.
- Hotel Am Konzerthaus - MGallery Collection, Am Heumarkt 35-37, ☎ . The rooms are nice and smallish, but still stylish. €120+.
- Austria Trend Hotel Doppio Wien.
- Best Western Plus Amedia Hotel Wien, Landstraßer Hauptstraße 155 (Tram stop Viehmarktgasse). Rather boring both outside and inside (although with liberal use of red), the hotel is easy to miss at the far end of Landstrasser Hauptstrasse. Amedia marks high on comfort, cleaniness and service, which is a combination rarely found in Viennese hotels.
- Lindner Hotel Am Belvedere, Rennweg 12 (S-Bahn Rennweg - e.g. for S7 from the airport). Surprisingly tasteful, with large rooms, oversized beds and very reasonable pricing - and next to the Belvedere gardens indeed. You can get airline miles with many frequent flier programmes by staying at Lindner hotels.
- Mercure Grand Hotel Biedermeier Wien, Landstraßer Hauptstraße 28 (400 m south from Wien Mitte/Landstrasse). More Biedermeier than grand, this Mercure is a very typical representative of Viennese hotels, with questionable colours and patterns, all wrapped in a vaguely historic setting. That said, the unusually large rooms (esp. Privilege) make it an option worth considering. Do mind that many rooms face the narrow internal courtyard, i.e. another room's windows within a short distance. €124.
- NH Wien Belvedere, Rennweg 12a (S-Bahn Rennweg - e.g. for S7 from the airport). The NH corporate unformization did not quite make it to this hotel, but you can expect reasonable standards - and a simpler format of the typical Viennese hotel. Next door to the Lindner, the NH is indeed close to the Belvedere
- Austria Trend Hotel Savoyen, Rennweg 16 (next to Belvedere Palace), ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. The hotel offers spacious and modern rooms including great breakfast.
- Hilton Vienna, Am Stadtpark 1 (U4 to Landstraße-Wien Mitte), ☎ , fax: +43 1 7130691, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Check-in: 15:00, check-out: 12:00. Home to Vienna’s premier conference centre. Features meeting space for 2-1,800 and provides a business service centre.
- Imperial Riding School Renaissance Vienna, Ungargasse 60 (Wien Rennweg S-Bahn - e.g. S7 from the airport). This Renaissance is one of the Marriott properties scattered across Vienna, located in a renovated historic building of the former Imperial Riding School - not to be confused with the Spanish Riding School, which is far away from it. With an impressive interior and rooms appointed with decorations referencing the equine history, it surely does impress.
- Intercontinental Wien, Johannesgasse 28 (Next to Stadtpark, near Landstraße (easy airport connection)), ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. See above for the bar.
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