Vienna (Austria) is divided into 23 districts — administrative areas of different sizes and with their own specific characteristics and charm. Vienna districts are both numbered and have a name, so it is easy to navigate. Their numbers are linked to postal codes, so if an address in Vienna has a postal code 1210, it is in 21st district (middle number from postal code 1210). Here is another example — 1010 is a postal code from first district — 1010.

Also, street names displayed on plates are numbered with district numbers, so if plate reads 4. Prinz Eugen-Straße, this means you are in the 4th district. This makes navigation through Vienna really easy.

From 23 districts, first nine are considered inner districts as they are located around city center. The remaining 14 districts (10–23) are considered outer districts as they are further away from the city center.

Here is the list and brief info about Vienna districts with their postcodes (zip codes):

Vienna, administrative divisions — Numbers (source: wikimedia.org)
Vienna, administrative divisions — Numbers (source: wikimedia.org)

District 1 — Innere Stadt — 1010

The first district is a home to Kunsthistorisches (Art History) and Naturhistorisches (Natural History) museums, National Library and several other important museums. The district has many palace buildings, mostly from 19th and early 20th century: Palais Niederösterreich, Palais Dietrichstein, Stadtalais Liechtenstein, Palais Porcia, Palais Starhemberg, Palais Esterhazy, Hochhaus Herrengasse and main ne being The Hofburg.

The Hofburg, photo by allaboutvienna.com
The Hofburg, photo by allaboutvienna.com
The Hofburg, photo by allaboutvienna.com

District 2 — Leopoldstadt — 1020

Leopoldstadt has a strong Jewish heritage and also unfortunate history as Jewish people were gathered from here to be send to the concentration camps during the Holocausts. Today, Jewish presence in culture and commerce is revived and thriving in the second district.

The second district has very central position and it is well connected to the city centre, so it is very popular residential area as well, with much lower rent than 1st district.

Prater promenade, photo by allaboutvienna.com
Prater promenade, photo by allaboutvienna.com
Prater promenade, photo by allaboutvienna.com

District 3 — Landstraße — 1030

Belvedere Palace, photo by allaboutvienna.com
Belvedere Palace, photo by allaboutvienna.com
Belvedere Palace, photo by allaboutvienna.com

There are also several palaces of historical importance: Schwarzenberg Palace, Palais Schwarzenberg, Palais Wittgenstein and Palais Rasumofsky. Third district also have several churches from different denominations and architectural styles: Gardekirche, Elisabethinenkirche, Rochuskirche Church, Kirche Maria Geburt and the Russian Orthodox Church.

From other landmarks, it is worth mentioning Schwarzenbergplatz Square with Hochquellbrunnen Fountain, and the Soviet War Memorial.

District 4 — Wieden — 1040

This district is popular with tourist in the area of Karlsplatz and Naschmarkt.

Karlskirche, photo by allaboutvienna.com
Karlskirche, photo by allaboutvienna.com
Karlskirche, photo by allaboutvienna.com

District 5 — Margareten — 1050

This district also has history in labor and workers movement all the way before WWII. It was greatly destroyed during WWII and rebuilding of it took some time. Today, the district has its charm and you can find very cheap rental and very near to the city center.

District 6 — Mariahilf — 1060

Haus des Meeres, detail, photo by allaboutvienna.com
Haus des Meeres, detail, photo by allaboutvienna.com
Haus des Meeres, detail, photo by allaboutvienna.com

Academy of Fine Arts is located in this district, and this is a reason in somewhat bohemian feel in the area, since district is filled with small art galleries and art and artisan souvenir shops.

Theater an der Wien is also in Mariahilf district. Mozart’s Magic Flute was first performed there. Joseph Haydn, another famous classical composer, lived in Mariahilf area. He lived near the Kirche St. Aegyd, which is now affectionately called Haydnkirche.

Another notable church in the area is Mariahilfer Church, Baroque style church from 18th century.

Mariahilf is a district popular with tourist also because offers many streets for walking and wandering around and looking at the small shops or have coffee break in one of many cafes.

District 7 — Neubau — 1070

Many cafes, bars and restaurants in the area are making visit to Neubau enjoyable and you can always expect some street performance in and around Museumsquartier, especially in summer.

Museumsquartier, photo by allaboutvienna.com
Museumsquartier, photo by allaboutvienna.com
Museumsquartier, photo by allaboutvienna.com

Other than Museumsquartier, the 7th district also is a home to Volkstheater, ‘people’s theatre’, built in 19th century, Hofmobiliendepot, museum of Imperial furniture and Stiftskaserne, former monastery turned into military base that had some dark history, especially during WWII.

As in the rest of central Vienna, there are several churches in the area: Altlerchenfelder Church, Lazaristenkirche Church and Ulrichskirche Church.

District 8 — Josefstadt — 1080

There is a district museum with works of Klimt; Theater in der Josefstadt and Vienna International Theatre are two established performing arts institutions. There are also several small cabaret and small theater scenes around the district.

There are three notable churches in the district: Piaristenkirche Church, Dreifaltigkeitskirche and Mechitaristenkirche.

District 9 — Alsergrund — 1090

From other attractions in this district, we can mention: Votivkirche Church, Palais Liechtenstein (owned by royal family of Liechtenstein) and Roßauer Kaserne, large building which hosted military base in the past.

District 10 — Favoriten — 1100

From notable landmarks in this district we can mention following: Spinnerin am Kreuz, a rare Gothic shrine, depicting several scenes from the Bible; churches — Oberlaa, Laarberg and Salvatorkirche; Starhemberg Kaserne, army base built at the beginning of the 20th century, and 19th century water tower, construction of a historical importance.

District 11 — Simmering — 1110

It hosts some quite unique landmarks, such as: Gasometer City, former gas tanks converted into an apartment and office complex and Wiener Zentralfriedhof, Vienna Central Cemetery with around three million people burred there.

From other attractions in the district it’s worth mentioning Altsimmeringer Pfarrkirche, parish church from 18th century and two parks — Herderpark and Hyblerpark.

Wiener Zentralfriedhof, Image by toxi85 from Pixabay
Wiener Zentralfriedhof, Image by toxi85 from Pixabay
Wiener Zentralfriedhof, Image by toxi85 from Pixabay

District 12 — Meidling — 1120

There are few attractions in this district: Schloss Hetzendorf and Schloss Altmannsdorf, both used as educational institutions; Südwestfriedhof, the second largest cemetery in Vienna and Haydnpark, among others, smaller public parks.

District 13 — Heitzing — 1130

Schönbrunn Palace, photo by marcelamacias.com
Schönbrunn Palace, photo by marcelamacias.com
Schönbrunn Palace, photo by marcelamacias.com

Heitzing was always area populated with aristocracy in past times, and now with their descendants or wealthy people in general. This is weirdly noticeable in local cemetery, Friedhof Hietzing, where expansive tombs are built for deceased wealthy citizens of the district, and not with much artistic taste.

Gustav Klimt is also buried there and this is a reason enough to visit this cemetery. Also, there is a Klimt Villa in Heitzing, where the artist lived and worked until his death in 1918.

District 14 — Penzing — 1140

Otto Wagner also designed two villas in Penzing, aptly named Otto Wagner Villa I and Otto Wagner Villa II. They were, of course built in the Art Nouveau style.

From other notable attractions, we recommend Technisches Museum (Technical Museum) and birth place of Klimt in Baumgarten.

This district is also quite green almost half the territory is with parks and gardens.

District 15 — Rudolfsheim-Fünfhaus — 1150

From notable attractions in this district we can mention Maria vom Siege church and Stadthalle, large concert venue.

District 16 — Ottakring — 1160

Today, its Brunnenmarkt is a fair competition to famous Naschmarkt, and there are several areas with distinguished charm throughout the district. This is not a touristy area so attractions are few, but these are landmarks to visit: Schloss Wilhelminenberg (now a hotel, but you can go there for a coffee, or better, a mélange), Wallfahrtskirche zur Heiligen Theresia vom Kinde Jesu, a pilgrimage church whose name is not easy to pronounce (or remember), Heuriger 10er Marie, a classic tavern to have a nice break and Kuffner Sternwarte, the observatory, one of the three in Vienna.

Schloss Wilhelminenberg in Ottakring, photo by Hotellook.com
Schloss Wilhelminenberg in Ottakring, photo by Hotellook.com
Schloss Wilhelminenberg in Ottakring, photo by Hotellook.com

District 17 — Hernals — 1170

District 18 — Währing — 1180

This is also mostly residential district with very few attractions of interest to tourists.

District 19 — Döbling — 1190

Karl-Marx-Hof, large apartment complex dating back from 1920, period of ‘Red Vienna” is also in this district.

What makes this district popular is its location on the outskirts of Wienerwald, Vienna Woods, where many people go for outdoor activities.

District 20 — Brigittenau — 1200

District 21 — Floridsdorf — 1210

District 22 — Donaustadt — 1220

Alte Donau (Old Danube) is a popular recreation area, together with small national parks and several public parks throughout the district.

United Nations Vienna, 22. district, Image by 995645 from Pixabay
United Nations Vienna, 22. district, Image by 995645 from Pixabay
United Nations Vienna, 22. district, Image by 995645 from Pixabay

District 23 — Liesing — 1230

Conclusion

Originally published at https://allaboutvienna.com on June 30, 2020.

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