One of the most cultured capitals in the world, Vienna is an essential stop on any European tour. Despite the refined cultural sights on offer, the city’s thriving student population and popularity with backpackers means there is plenty of affordable accommodation available.

There are hundreds of hostels in Austria, but Vienna has the cream of the crop, with rooms ranging from traditional backpacker dorms to chic boutique hostels with ensuite rooms. Here’s a guide to the very best:

Wombats City Hostel: The Lounge

Wombats City Hostel

This surprisingly stylish hostel is on the longest shopping street in Vienna, and boasts excellent amenities and helpful staff. In an historic building dating from 1880, the hostel has its own atmospheric bar in the vaults, and a huge lounge perfect for chilling out.

Rooms range from 2-6 person dorms, but there’s a shower and toilet in every room, and a special girls-only ‘Pink Wing’.

Hostel Ruthensteiner

If you’re looking for an international Vienna hostel, then look no further than the Ruthensteiner. This hostel has a friendly atmosphere, and is family run, adding to the homely feel. Just 4 minutes away from the station but located on a quiet side street, this hostel is ideal for individual travellers and small family groups.

There are two lovely gardens complete with BBQ and a giant chess set, and the decor has bags of character, with musical instruments displayed around the hostel, as well as art and sculpture from around the world. The cosy bar serves delicious local draft beer and cocktails, and the hostel even run their own cheap tours, from bike trips to excursions to the Danube Valley.

K&T Boarding House 2

Feel like a local in this brand new private guesthouse, with five intimate and stylish rooms. All maintain the original features of the beautiful old building, with high ceilings and parquet floor, but are recently refurbished, and come with cable TV.

The location is right in the heart of Vienna, surrounded by traditional Viennese coffee houses and close to Spittelberg, a student area of cobbled streets lined with cool bars and shops. Despite the private atmosphere, the friendly staff are always on hand to dish out travel advice, and give all guests a free maps and list of things to do in Vienna on arrival.

Guesthouse Arabella

This family-run guesthouse is a homely place to stay in the city center, close to “Westbahnhof”, the main shopping street and the ‘Maria vom Siege’ Church is just across the street. The warm and friendly owner welcomes all guests on arrival, and she speaks fluent German, English and Spanish.

Ideal for families or groups of friends, the spacious apartments all have kitchens and private or shared bathrooms.

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