1st District: Innere StadtThe Innere Stadt is the district where tourists spend the bulk of their time. It's also an administrative, political and economic hub.
The first district is framed by the Ringstraße, which follows the course of the old town walls. Of all districts in Vienna, the first is the oldest and the only one with noteworthy medieval buildings. The majority of sightseeing attractions are concentrated here: museums, palaces and churches. In addition, the houses of parliament, city hall, headquarters of international corporations and a U.S consulate are situated here.
2nd District: LeopoldstadtThe 2nd district is populated by immigrants and students attracted to low real estate prices. The main attraction on this island-district, situated between the Danube and the Donaukanal canal, is the Prater, an expansive park full of meadows, woods and an amusement park that houses the popular ferris wheel or Riesenrad.
3rd (Landstraße), 4th (Wieden) and 5th (Margareten) Districts :The urban 3rd, 4th and 5th districts lie south of district 1 and adjacent to each other from east to west. Districts 3 (Landstraße) and 5 (Margareten ) are urban and working class; district 4 (Wieden) is suburban and upscale. A handful of tourist sights are scattered in the 3rd and 4th districts. In the 4th, you will also find the Naschmarkt, a large, outdoor food market. Landstraße, contains some worthwhile sites including the KunstHaus Wien or ArtHouse Vienna by Hundertwasser and the 18th century castle and gardens of Belvedere.
6th and 7th Districts: Mariahilf and NeubauDirectly to the west of the 1st district, the trendy 6th and 7th districts are filled with studios and apartments, plus the busiest nightlife in Vienna. The largest shopping street in Vienna, the Mariahilferstrasse divides the two districts.
8th and 9th Districts: Josefstadt and AlsergrundThe attractive 8th and 9th districts are popular with wealthy locals who desire a centrally-located apartment. Residents are attracted to the Small and bohemian 8th district, Josefstadt, because of its close proximity to the Parliament and City Hall in the first district. It is packed with students attending the University of Vienna, along with a variety of entertainment options. The U.S Embassy is located in Alsergrund, the 9th district.
10th, 11th and 12th Districts: Favoriten, Simmering and MeidlingThese are unattractive working-class suburbs are dominated by flat buildings, ranging from the 1920s tenement housing to the huge project-type blocks of the 1980s and 1990s.
13th District: HietzingThe 13th district is another luxury district home to lovely gardens, parks and villas, both old and modern. Vienna's second largest park, Lainzer Tiergarten, contributes to Hietzing's title of greenest district in Vienna (72 percent parks, forests and other green areas).
14th, 15th and 16th Districts: Rudolfsheim and OttakringHousing conditions in the 15th and 16th Districts are poor, but in the 16th district, Ottakring, there are some lovely old villas such as Villa Aurora.
17th, 18th and 19th Districts: Hernals, Währing, DöblingThese districts, outside of the inner ring composed of districts 2-8 are where you can find single-family homes and international schools. The American International School and a portion of Vienna's expat community are in Döbling (19th district).
Beyond the Gartel and towards the Vienna Woods north of the center, the villas get bigger, the surroundings greener and the streets more splendid the further you go up the hills. In these districts you will have ample opportunities for relaxing walks in the woods, and also find beautiful Heurigen (traditional Austrian wine taverns), especially in Grinzing and Neustift am Walde. Vienna's greatest and most beautiful public swimming pool, the Krapfenwaldlbad, is situated in Döbling (19th district) and offers a wonderful view over the city.
20th District: BrigittenauThe 20th district has relatively inexpensive real estate.
Named after the 17th-century Brigittakapelle, much of the land on which this district sits was claimed from the Donau River after its containment in 1870. Around 1900, the 20th District was divided off of the larger 2nd to become Vienna's last district. Brigittenau lacks the historical attractions of many of the other districts, but contains the Millennium Tower, a high-rise spectacle, and the Hannover Market.
21st and 22nd and Floridsdorf and DonaustadtFloridsdorf and Donaustadt are on the other side of the riverbank and east of the city center, earning them the name Transdanubien (beyond the Danube). Along with the 19th district, Donaustadt (22nd district) is home to a sizable expat population living near the United Nations, non-profit Vienna International School. You will find the popular Donauinsel. This thin, long, artificial island in the Danube is a paradise for rollerblading, cycling, jogging and walking.
23rd District: LiesingLiesing sits to the south of the city center. It is filled with small detached houses, council block buildings and some nice Heurigen places. Some villages here are quite rural.
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