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T+L's Definitive Guide to Vienna

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Lay of the Land

First District: Once the seat of the Hapsburgs, the core of imperial Vienna is now known for its pedestrian-only streets and St. Stephen’s Cathedral.

Second District: Cutting-edge shops and restaurants occupy this former immigrant enclave.

Third District: One of the city’s most charming areas draws crowds thanks to its grand avenues and Belvedere Palace.

Fourth and Fifth Districts: In these adjacent areas, 19th-century town houses stand alongside buzzy cafés and old haberdasheries.

Sixth District: This is Vienna’s shopping epicenter—look for independent stores and the food stalls of Naschmarkt.

Seventh District: Near the MuseumsQuartier, this district has boutique hotels and one-off stores run by young local designers.

Getting Around

Taxis are easy to hail and the subway is expansive. Streetcars are great for sightseeing.

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