AUG 12,2011 - AUG 12,2011 (1 DAYS)
Vienna - from Europaplatz to the Museumsquartier or Museums Quarter - 1/2 day walk:
Start: Europaplatz, 15th district of Vienna, Fünfhaus.
End: Museums Quarter - Museumsquartier U-Bahn station.
Orientation: winning solution for a rainy day or for an introductory part-of-the-day (after early arrival to Vienna).
Duration: 5-7 hours, depending on your in-depth visits in the MQ numerous museums. 5-6 km.
We start at the 15th District (Rudolfsheim-Fünfhaus). My accommodation was in the Strawberry Hostel, Mittelgasse 18 (see Tip below) . Head southwest on Mittelgasse toward Aegidigasse. On your left is the Raimund Theater. Named after the Austrian dramatist Ferdinand Raimund, the theater was built by an association of Viennese citizens and opened on 28 November 1893 with Raimund's play Die Gefesselte Phantasie. The theater mainly presented German folk dramas and playsץ Nowadays - musicals.
Then, turn right onto Mariahilfer Gürtel Straße (Gürtel = inner-city ring road). The Hotel Ibis Wien Mariahilf Mariahilfer, Gürtel 22-24 is a bit forward, on your right. The Maria vom Siege church is on your left. Open: 07.30 - 20.00 - everyday. Maria vom Siege was built between 1868 and 1875 on a site that had previously been mostly agricultural lands. The area of Fünfhas had become a prospering working-class suburb with a rapidly increasing population and needed a bigger church. The name "Maria vom Siege" ("Mary of the Victory") is derived from a painting that depicts a nativity scene. It was damaged in the 30-Years-War by Protestant troops. Imperial Catholic units had carried the painting into battle and when they were victorious, the Imperial forces donated money towards the construction of a church in Rome. This became "Santa Maria della Vittoria", the model for the church Maria vom Siege in Vienna. It is a dark brick building with a very large, central cupola that is easily spotted from the Gloriette Hill of Schloss Schönbrunn Palace. In fact, people often only drive by it without taking a closer look... The Viennese Maria vom Siege church was designed by Friedrich Schmidt, the architect who has also designed buildings like the Rathaus city hall or the Akademisches Gymnasium. Friedrich Schmidt was a popular architect of the Ringstraßen-Style, recycling styles of various periods in decorative elements on buildings. The interiors are surprisingly light and friendly with several large windows. On contrast to the neo-Gothic outside, the inside of Maria vom Siege resembles a neo-Byzantine style:
You head 400 m. northward along Mariahilfer Gürtel Straße - passing Kurzgasse, Aegidigasse, Bürgerspitalgasse, Mariahilfer Straße ( to the immediate south-east provides a direct route into the centre of the city), westend Cafe' and Hotel Fürstenhof - all, on your right (east). Then, turn left to the Wien Westbahnhof. Westbahnhof is the largest Viennese railway station after Wien Südbahnhof, and the departure point for trains to Germany, Poland, and beyond to France and Belgium. There are also trains (via the Speisinger connection station) to Hungary, Serbia, and Romania in the east and southeast. The station is also the departure point for regional rail lines into the west of Vienna. With the establishment of the long-planned Wien Hauptbahnhof (Vienna main station) the Westbahnhof will lose some of its significance, as international trains, above all those that go on to Eastern Europe, will be routed directly to the Hauptbahnhof through connecting Lainzer Tunnel under the Lainzer Tiergarten, which has been put into regular operation by December 2012. From 2013 the Westbahnhof faces degradation in its status and volume of transport. The station was designed by the architect Moritz Löhr and opened in 1858. It was redesigned (by Architects Hartiger & Wöhnhart) and rebuilt in 1952. Because only narrow administration wings were built on the sides, space was available for eleven tracks in all, accessed from covered peninsular platforms. The centerpiece of the rebuilt Westbahnhof is the large hall giving on to the Gürtel (Europaplatz), which is divided into a lower and an upper level that is reached by two flights of stairs and escalators. The hall is lighted by high windows that are built into the east and west facades above the platform overhangs. The ticket windows are installed beneath the upper hall. Later on, a pavilion was built in the lower hall that offered a service centre for bookings, hotel reservations and the like. In the 1980s a parking garage was erected on the north side of the station. The Westbahnhof, with its half-timbered roof construction, enjoys protected-monument status. In the course of building the U3 subway line, a large new steel and glass construction was built in 1993, which accommodates some of the station's restaurants and a cafe on several levels. The underground passage to the subway stations can be reached from the lower level. Various businesses catering to travelers are on both levels of the hall (supermarket, tobacco and newsstands, Internet cafe, post office, copy centre, snack shops, flower shops, barber shop, etc.). In September 2008 a series of works commenced at Westbahnhof. There were constructed two new buildings to the left and right of the main hall, all of which are part of the new BahnhofCity project. To the left, above the park on the corner of Mariahilfer Straße and Neubaugürtel, an office building with a large atrium, on the other side another modern office complex with integrated hotel was constructed. The new shopping centre includes space for roughly 90 shops and various restaurants. The station and the buildings of BahnhofCity Wien West were officially reopened on November 2011. Bus line 1187 is the best connection between Vienna airport and the Westbahnhof and it departs from the railway station. You pay € 8,- for a one-way ticket for adults, for children it's € 4. Departure times: Vienna Westbahnhof (Europaplatz) from 05.10 until 23.10, always at minute 10 and 40. Ride length: 45 minutes. There are 24hr left luggage lockers and a manual storage option:
U-Bahn: The station is at the top of Mariahilfer Strasse, which leads directly to the city centre. It's a 30 min walk and so it's much easier to take the excellent U-Bahn (lines 3 or 6) which takes about 10 minutes.
The underground (U3) station:
The lines of the Underground - U3 and U6 - are as well integrated in the lower parts of the station building. But should you leave on foot in the direction of the city center, you'll find yourself on the Europaplatz, which is crossed by the Mariahilfer Strasse. In the other direction it leads until the castle alley of the Castle of Schönbrunn (tram 58), but leading downtown the Mariahilfer Strasse is a traditional shopping street. In the past it was only outdone by the Kärntner Strasse, today it has a lot of competition in many other districts, not at least due to the newer shopping centers. So, we return to the Wiener Gürtel Straße. Head east toward the Wiener Gürtel Straße and turn right 150 m. back onto Europaplatz. Mercure Wien Europaplatz and Leonardo are two hotels and the most remarkable buildings in this square:
But before we start walking, we have a quick cup of coffee. We get that in the Café Westend, right on the corner of the Europaplatz. There will be lots of pavement cafés later, but the Westend is at least as traditional as the Mariahilfer Strasse itself. The building and the café have known better days - you are supposed to benevolently overlook a possible hole in the leather sofa - but on the other hand you are still served by waiters in tailcoats and the furniture is as well from the "good old times":
We continue, from Europaplatz, more southward and turn LEFT (east) to Mariahilfer Straße. The Mariahilfer Strasse got its name in 1862, called after the sixth district in Vienna, which is called - Mariahilf. But the truth is, that it forms the border between the sixth and seventh district. The original village was founded in the 17 th century and got the name Mariahilf after a statue of the Virgin. The length of the street from the Wesbahnhof station to the Ring around the city center is about two kilometers, but it slopes downwards in our direction. The look of the street has changed a lot during the latest decades. Earlier there were trams passing, together with the rest of the traffic, later all of it became a pedestrian area and today it is something in between - there are rather wide pavements, but cars may drive on the street. Mariahilferstrasse that includes the Innerer (inner) and Ausserer (outer) parts divided by the Gurtel is the longest shopping street in all of Vienna, stretching on for nearly two kilometers. While the inner Mariahilferstrasse is more popular, a variety of shops, restaurants, cafes, as well as historical buildings can be seen in both sections. Anything from H & M or Benetton to Libro and Merkur can be found here. Today, the traffic through Mariahilferstrasse is extremely slow thanks to all the traffic lights and narrow roads. Thus, walking is usually the preferred choice when shopping at Mariahilferstrasse:
On the first intersection of Mariahilferstraße with Stumpergasse - you can turn right to Mariahilferstraße, then take the first turn to the left onto Schmalzhofgasse and then, right to Haydngasse - to visit the Haydnhaus (see Tip below).
We walk along Mariahilferstraße from west to east and browse several interesting places in this bustling street. In the second half of the 19th century large stores started to establish themselves in the street. Herzmansky was at that time (1897) the biggest shop in the entire Habsburgian Empire, that specialized in textiles. Herzmansky and his partner and later competitor Alfred Gerngross were the first to build their stores here. The Herzmansky building in the Mariahilferstraße 30 fell victim to the flames In the last days of the war in 1945. in 1957 the building was sold to the German Hertie company with a new building in the Mariahilferstraße 26 - 30 rebuilt. Since 1998, located in its place a branch of Peek & Cloppenburg. Today, one of the largest department stores in Vienna. Recommended for a stroll for shopping lovers:
Kaufhaus Gerngross - in the shopping centre of Mariahilfer Straße 42-48:
Most of the shops on Mariahilferstrasse specialize in clothing, with 40% of the shopping area assigned to it. The average size of a shop on Mariahilferstrasse is 287 square meters, more than twice the size of Vienna’s average. The most recent refurbishments of the 1990ies led not only to good access to modern means of transportation (most importantly the U3 subway line that runs along the street), but also 10 metre wide sidewalks on both sides as well as lines of trees. As the Green party of Vienna has criticized quite rightfully, cyclist paths are severely unsatisfactory.
In this shopping centre, Mariahilfer Straße 42-48 (very near to the Neubeugasser U-Bahn) - you can find also a branch of Akakiko - a chain of Asian food restaurants - to get a nice Asian meal. Main courses starting at €10 (summer - 2014). Check the daily deals for cheaper options. The Akakiko branch in Mariahilferstrasse offers a great view of the city. Especially, you have a great view of the Mariahilfer Church ! Take the lift at the side of the building. The toilets at this shopping centre / mall and near the restaurant are free - unlike in many malls in Vienna!
But still much older is - on the other side of the street - the Mariahilfer church, Mariahilfer Straβe 55, in which one can see the statue, giving the name to street and district. Of all the busy shopping lanes and malls in Vienna, Mariahilferstraße is by far the busiest. But it does have its quite corners - and one is the Mariahilfekirche Church, also known as "Kirche Maria Hilf" or "Barnabitenkirche". In front of the church you find a monument of the famous composer Joseph Haydn, holding a sheet of music in his hands, a work by Heinrich Natter. The Church of Mariahilf is a Baroque parish church and the church of the Congregation of Saint Michael the Archangel. When the Church of Mariahilf was completed it became the parish church for Order of the Barnabites in acknowledgement to their contribution to the building process. The Salavtorians took over the church during the 1930's. Since 1997 the Church has been run by the Michaelite Fathers. Open: MON, TUE and FRI 09.00 - 12.00, WED - 10.00 - 12.00, THU - 09.00 - 12.00 and 14.00 - 17.00:
The church has six chapels and is decorated with frescoes in trompe l'oeil made by Johann Hauzinger and Franz Xaver Strattmann in 1759–1760, pupils of Paul Troger. The altar was made by J. G. Dorfmeister:
The organ was built in 1763 by the Austrian organ builder Johann Hencke (3 Dec 1697 Geseke- 24 Sept 1766 Vienna):
A market in front of Mariahilfer Kirche:
Another option of cheap dining is the McDonald's Restaurant, Mariahilfer Straße 22-24 (numbers are going down from west to east).
Before arriving to the Neubaugasse U-Bahn station - you can turn right to the Schadekgasse - leading to the Fritz-Grünbaum-Platz - where the Haus des Meeres (Aqua Terra Zoo) is located (see Tip below).
After passing the Karl-Schweighofer-Gasse, on your left - you arrive to the Museumsquartier or Museums quarter at the onset of the Mariahilfer street. MuseumsQuartier Wien is one of the largest art and culture complexes in the world. With many courtyards, cafés, and shops throughout the complex it owns quality of being an urban living room and an oasis of recreation in the middle of the city. Historic buildings from the 18th and 19th century and contemporary museums form a unique architectural ensemble. In addition to its use as an art and creativity space, the MuseumsQuartier represents a living space for a variety of different purposes. About forty private apartments are integrated within the complex, and it also offers a comprehensive selection of services and recreational activities that invite visitors to make themselves at home. Food and drink in the MQ: Aloha, Café Leopold, CupCakes Wien, cafe-restaurant CORBACI (see Tip below), Café.Restaurant.HALLE, der KIOSK, DSCHUNGEL WIEN•CAFE•BAR, Glacis Beisl, Kantine.
List of Museums in the MQ quarter and described in the subordinate, below tips: Leopold Museum, The museum moderner kunst stiftung ludwig wien (Mumok), Kunsthalle Wien, Tanzquartier Wien, Architekturzentrum Wien, Quartier21, ZOOM Children's Museum.
Entrance to the MQ from Mariahilfer Straße:
Alongside terrace cafés, bars, shops, and relaxation zones, the MQ courtyard furniture creates a comfortable environment for spending free time or meeting with friends. Incredible courtyards, which are really good fun.
Leopold Museum: Housed in a bright, imposing cube. There are two floors to the top and two floors down. The collection of the Leopold Museum, for instance, encompasses more than 5,000 objects, including the world’s largest and most important holdings of masterpieces by Egon Schiele (1890-1918) alongside highlights of Art Nouveau and Classical Modernism. It has one of the largest collections of modern Austrian art, featuring artists such as: Gustav Klimt, Oskar Kokoschka, Koloman Moser and Richard Gerstl. It contains the world's largest Egon Schiele Collection. The core of the collection consists of Austrian art of the 19th and 20th centuries. The Leopold Collection is one of the most important collections of modern Austrian art in the world. The more than 5,000 exhibits were collected by Rudolf and his wife Elisabeth Leopold over a period of five decades.
Open daily: 10.00 - 18.00, Thursdays: 10.00 - 21.00. Closed on Tuesdays (SEP-MAY). June, July, August: Open daily. FULL PRICE TICKET € 12,00,
REDUCED PRICE TICKET - (Under 28 years: school children, apprentices,
unemployed, disabled € 7,00), STUDENTS (under 28 years) € 8,00, SENIORS (from 60 years on) € 9,00. You should fill written application to get permission for having photos in the museum !
Gustav Klimt - Life and Death (!):
- Young Girl:
Oskar Kokoschka, Self-Portrait:
Egon Schiele, Portrait of a woman named Wally:
Cardinal and Nun:
Koloman Moser - Mariglods:
Richard Gerstl - Self Portrait:
The museum moderner kunst stiftung ludwig wien (Mumok) is the largest museum for modern and contemporary art in Central Europe and has an extensive collection of international art from the 20th century. It complements the Leopold Museum which its core permanent exhibition is until the first half of the 20th century. The Mumok collection today comprises around 10,000 works by c. 1,600 artists. The striking dark grey cube structure clad in basalt stone in the middle of the MuseumsQuartiers Wien houses an unusual collection featuring important works from Classic Modernism, Pop Art, Fluxus, and Viennese Actionism to present-day film and media art. The museum first opened in 1962 as the Museum of the 20th Century in Schweizergarten. In 1979 it became the Museum of Modern Art. Since 1991 the museum has been officially named "Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien ", but is often known as "MUMOK". When the museum moved to its current location in 2001, MUMOK, become the established designation.
Opening Hours: Monday: 14.00 – 19.00, Tuesday to Sunday: 10.00 – 19.00,
Thursday: 10.00 – 21.00. Admission: Adult: € 10, Reduced: € 8 (Seniors, Groups of 10 or more), Reduced: € 7 (Students up to 27 years of age, unemployed), Admission free: € 0 (Children and young persons under 19). Family Ticket: € 14: 2 adults with up to 3 children under 19 years. Combined Ticket: Normal admission to Mumok & Leopold Museum: € 19
Reduced admission to Mumok & Leopold Museum: € 15. Art on Thursday: € 5 - 18:00 to 21:00, including a tour at 19:00. Multimedia Guide: € 3.
Pablo Picasso - Seated woman:
Maria Lassnig - Rest of the swimmer:
Niki de Saint Phalle - Tea Party:
The Kunsthalle Wien focuses on photography, video, film, installation, and new media, and presents large-scale exhibitions featuring selected themes covering trends and interrelationships from classical modernism to present-day art. The Kunsthalle is international in scope. The Kunsthalle Wien organizes and hosts temporary exhibitions of contemporary art. It opened in 1992, and was originally located on Karlsplatz, in a container-shaped building designed as a temporary site by the Austrian architect Adolf Krischanitz. In 2001, it moved into a new building in the Museumsquartier. In 2002, the Italian art magazine ARTE named the Kunsthalle Wien as one of the six best contemporary art centres in Europe. So, nowadays it has two venues: at Museumsquartier and Karlsplatz. At Karlsplatz the yellow container was reduced to a glass pavilion in 2001. This glass box, also designed by Adolf Krischanitz, is Kunsthalle Wien’s second venue and presents a rich program of exhibitions and events.
Opening Hours (Kunsthalle Wien Museumsquartier): Daily 10.00 – 19.00, Thursday 10.00 - 21.00. Admission: Adult EUR 8, Reduced EUR 6, Students/apprentices EUR 2, Children (under 10) free, Family ticket EUR 12:
The Tanzquartier Wien, Austria’s first center for contemporary dance and performance. The Tanzquartier Wien (TQW) first opened in 2001 and is the first production and event facility in Austria dedicated to the genre of contemporary dance and performance. It is one of the most important facilities in Europe for the promotion and advancement of contemporary dance along with the related theoretical discourse and positions. he Tanzquartier Wien has two different venues within the MQ: The studio complex is operated year-round and features three dance studios and a publicly accessible theory and media center with a public library, media and video collection, magazine gallery, and Internet facilities. The principal performance venue of the Tanzquartier Wien is Halle G at the MuseumsQuartier, where a weekly changing program of events is offered to the public. Halle E is also used twice a season. Opening hours: Mon to Fri 09.00 - 20.00, Sat 10.00 - 20.00, Holidays closed. Admission: €18:
Quartier21 is a collective name for the small and medium-sized cultural initiatives dedicated to art and culture of the 21st century and covering a total area of about 7,000 square meters at the MuseumsQuartier (MQ). Quartier21 is a support structure that offers space and support to fifty small and medium-sized autonomous cultural initiatives within the MQ. It is an integral part of the overall concept of the MuseumsQuartier, which is based on variety and a broad understanding of culture. An Artist-in-Residence program fosters international, project-related exchange and is financed with the aid of private sponsors. Since 2002, about 400 artists have been invited to live and work at MQ to realize joint projects with the resident cultural initiatives on location, consequently promoting the establishment of international networks.
Studio 802 (from 2011):
The Architekturzentrum Wien (AZW), in the heart of the MuseumsQuartier (MQ), is Austria's main museum of architecture. It opened in 1993 as a center for exhibitions, events, and research on the subject of architecture and the culture of building. The AZW and its varied programs have earned a high reputation both in Austria and internationally. In addition to the permanent exhibition "Austrian Architecture in the 20th and 21st Centuries", changing exhibitions on regional and international subjects reflect the tremendous diversity of the Austrian contemporary architecture. Opening hours: Daily 10.00 - 19:00. Standard Admission: €7.
The Architekturzentrum Wien's café-restaurant, designed by French architect duo Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassa, is a special attraction. In addition to a wide selection of food and beverages, it features an oriental tiled ceiling. French architects Anne Lacaton and Jean Philippe Vassal have based their philosophy around the intelligent treatment of a minimalist approach to using materials, and this is plain to see at Corbaci. The mosaic ceiling work from Turkish artist Asiye Kolbai-Kafalier provides a suitable contrast to the minimalist architecture elsewhere. The OUTSTANDING ceiling is supposed to be a sky over a restaurant made of a very delicate and fragile material- in opposite to the monumental solid architecture that could be seen in the whole of the Museumsquartier. The restaurant provides perfect and innovative food. Seating area is more functional than comfortable. On a top of that - prices are very reasonable! Do not miss !!! Open: Daily between 10.00 and 24.00.
ZOOM Children's Museum:
The ZOOM Children's Museum in the MuseumsQuartier (MQ) offers a year-round program of exhibitions, workshops and multimedia laboratory. There are four venues for children. It's not really a museum. There are activities around a theme and scenery for children of different age levels. The exhibits encourage children to use all their senses and learn about their world as they play. The idea for the Zoom Kindermuseum dates back to 1992, when the art historian Claudia Haas suggested to built a museum for children modelled after such projects in the US. The new MuseumsQuartier finally agreed to provide some 600 square metres of space for the project. When it was opened in a provisory location in 1994, it soon became obvious that the space was not sufficient to satisfy the demand. When the Zoom Kindermuseum was finally opened in its permanent location in 2001, it got almost three times the space that the original plans had intended.
ZOOM Ocean (8 months - 6 years): The "Underwater World" contains water grotto, a mirror tunnel and a coral reef with flowers waiting to be experienced. Bigger explorers will turn to the "ship's deck" of the ZOOM Ocean. Here, they slip into the role of the ship's crew and invent their own games. They catch fish, untie knots, turn the ship's wheel or communicate with the lighthouse. Children especially like the 'fishing' activity of dropping a rope down a port hole and pulling up fish. Child: €3.00 (free admission for one adult per child); adult: €4.00; groups of 10 or more children: €3.50 per child.
ZOOM Studio (3-12 years): Children work together with artists and can try out a range of techniques and materials. Children paint, cut, build, spray, fabricate, make things out of felt, paste, glue, model and other materials. Child: €6.00 (free admission for one adult per child); adult: €4.00; groups of 10 or more children: €5.00 per child.
ZOOM Exhibition (6-12 years): Interactive exhibitions make big topics from the worlds of science, art, everyday culture and architecture into something that children can experience with their senses. The ZOOM Exhibition is free for visitors below 19 years of age. Child: free admission; adult: €4.00.
ZOOM Animation Studio (8-14 years): Children and young adults slip into the roles of scriptwriters, editors, camera operators, photographers and sound engineers. Using new technologies, they put together their own animations as well as sound collages and pop songs. Child: €6.00 (parents/guardians free); groups of 10 or more children: €5.00 per child.
Reservations recommended! Don't be put off by having to book and wait a little for your activity. Avoid visiting the exhibitions at the same time as a school groups are coming - you'll have trouble getting any attention from staff or access to stalls. There are no indications or translations in English though staff are happy to talk to the kids in English !
Haydnhaus (Haydn's House), Haydngasse 19. TUE-SUN and holidays 10.00 - 13.00, 14.00 - 18.00. Joseph Haydn spent the final twelve years of his life in this home, during which time he composed the oratories The Creation and The Seasons. The house has been a museum since 1899, and careful restoration has included the small garden, which is now also open to the public. €4 (adults), €3 (seniors/students/Vienna Card), free (children/youth under 19), free the first Sunday of every month. Audioguide is 3 euro extra. The exhibition in the Haydn House has been redesigned for Haydn Year 2009 and the Haydn house was reopened on January 29, 2009. The focus is on Haydn's last years - his music, his way of life. As he was the most famous composer at his time, many visitors were received. Also seeing Haydn's piano. The composer Johannes Brahms (1833 – 1897) was a passionate admirer of Haydn who diligently cared for the memory of his great idol – so there is also a Brahms Memorial in the Haydn House. In addition Haydn's garden with a small herb garden based on the one he planted gives another side to this genius composer.
Haus des Meeres (Aqua Terra Zoo), Fritz-Grünbaum-Platz 1 (U3 Neubaugasse). Aquarium with 10,000 creatures including snakes, crocodiles & sharks, plus a tropical house. A marvelous zoo, with a rain forest glasshouse, tiny apes, aquariums with sharks, and terrariums with reptiles and venomous snakes. It is in one of the surviving air raid shelters from WWII, a so-called Flakturm. The Haus des Meeres aquarium in one of the flak towers. The building formerly housed some of the first radar equipment, and is designed to withstand a direct bomb hit, an earthquake, and wind speeds up to an overpressure of ten bar. Now there is also a platform on top affording nice views over the roofs of Vienna. €14.20 (adults), €10.90 (concessions). Open: MON - WED 09.00 - 18.00, THU 09.00 - 21.00, FRI-SUN 09.00 - 18.00. Photos allowed without flash. Too expensive. I wouldn't recommend it for adults. Crammed with children. Adult 14,90 euros, Senior, Student, Handicapped
11,50, Scholars older than 15 years 11,50, Child 6-15 years 6,90.
The view from the 9th floor is exceptional:
Strawberry Summer Hostel: Mittelgasse 18. A-1060. Vienna, Tel: 0043-1-59979660, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Open only: 1. Juli - 12. Sept. 5 min walk to main train station or subway (Westbahnhof). 10 min walk to main Shopping street (Mariahilferstrasse). All rooms with shower and toilet. Self service kitchen. free internet (4-5 stations). Single rooms. Private double rooms. Laundry and luggage rooms. Open 24 hours. Budget fantastic place. Meant, mainly, for younger crowds although there is no age limit. Quiet (depending on your neighbors). Polite, helpful staff. Convenient, but, not luxury. The hostel doesn't offer any toiletries and one has to rent the towels. The rooms had linen and that's all. During the summer months it might be hot - since there is no fan or AC in the rooms. The hostel is not at all well signposted. It is quite near the Westbahnoff station, but do have your smartphone handy for directions. From the Westbahnhof staion - go south, down along the Wiener Gürtel Straße (on the left, east wing of the avenue) and turn left or east (approx. at the 4th turn) to the Mittelgasse road.