Vienna - a student’s home away from homeBy Joe Myko
The Austrian capital can provide students with all their home comforts at an affordable price, in a fresh, foreign environment, including drinking, eating and chilling — the holy trinity!
Located on the city’s western side, The Gürtel is home to dozens of bars and is electrified at night by those longing to party. The railroad tracks running over The Gürtel ring road adds to the urban, boisterous atmosphere — with famous old clubs merging with new music venues to create a hotspot of excitement. Chelsea is one of The Gürtel’s crowning jewels, a venue established by a former pro football player, famed for its consistent exhibition of concerts, DJ sessions, club nights and football games on large screens.
Vienna’s Bermuda Triangle is a well-known entertainment area in the inner-city where most students flood to intoxicate themselves at various different pubs, bars and nightclubs. Cheap alcohol is readily available at a whole host of establishments, notably the likes of Ron Con Soda, Philosoph, Kaktus, First Floor Bar, Non + Ultra, Kaktus and of course The Pub - a pub (surprise!) where you pull your own pints using a touch screen self-service payment system. And stay as long as you want — the public transportation system is open all night!
Regardless of your budget and how glamorous you’re feeling, Vienna hosts a wide range of places to rest your head after a long night of drinking and a long day of exploring. There's a hotel for every budget, ranging from rustic hostels to luxurious hotels. Here are some of our recommendations:
Sofitel Stephansdom: a French architect carefully designed the exterior and interior design of this five-star hotel, providing a uniquely vibrant experience. The glass-clad design gives you the illusion of hovering above the city when indulging in your luxurious breakfast buffet or restaurant dinner, based only 15 minutes from Vienna Airport.
Approx. £165 per night
Hostel Ruthensteiner Vienna: ideally located in the city centre, a walking distance from Westbahnhof train station, this hostel offers an enjoyable, affordable experience — boasting free wifi, music, scenic gardens, BBQ food and rentable bikes.
Approx. £51 per night
Kaiser 23: located only a 5-minute walk from Wien Westbahnhof railway station, this hostel offers free wifi, modern rooms, comfy beds and breakfast in an ideal location for a great price.
Approx. £25 per night
The daytime fun
Tiergarten Schönbrunn: travelling to Vienna provides a great chance to visit the world’s oldest zoo, one of Europe’s best, situated on the grounds of the historic Schönbrunn Palace.
The Prater: this large public park, located in the city’s second district, can offer you roller coasters, theme park food and the Wiener Riesenrad Ferris wheel — one of Vienna’s most famous landmarks.
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien: if you’re feeling particularly cultural then you have to visit this art history museum, considered one of the world’s most illustrious, which boasts artwork and treasures spanning from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance and Baroque era.
Bitzinger's sausage stand at Albertina: probably the best street-food in Vienna is available at this top class hot dog stand, as well as bottled wine, champagne, beer and refreshing soft drinks
Steirereck: this formal establishment is just here for that rarer breed of students who crave a fancier sort of cuisine… white-gloved waiters, contemporary interior design, delicious food, large crowds and bills warranting student’s a panic attack can all be expected at Steirereck - which impressively made the Telegraph’s World’s Best 50 Restaurants list in 2016
Naschmarkt: over 100 gourmet street food stalls, restaurants and even vintage stalls are available at this diverse marketplace.