dealchecker's guide to Vienna

Ranked best in the world in 2011 for quality of life, Vienna is more than just the capital of Austria, it's also the cultural capital of Europe, famous for its musicians, architecture, opera and theatre.

Choosing a Vienna Hotel

Vienna is an amazing city, but that often comes at a cost with cheap Vienna hotels hard to come by within the central ring. Thankfully you'll find plenty of cheap Vienna hotels within reasonable commuting distance in surrounding districts. If you're taking a flight to Vienna the chances are you'll actually land in nearby Bratislava, which can offer a commutable and cheaper alternative to hotels in Vienna. If you're flexible about location and don't mind if the hotel building isn't as elegant as the city itself, then cheap holidays in Vienna are within reach.

When to visit Vienna

When thinking about a stay in Vienna it's worthwhile considering how well the climate will fit the activities you've planned. July and August can be quite humid and hot, making sightseeing and shopping during the day difficult, but perfect for night-time trips to the opera and the open air cinema season. Temperatures stay reasonable in September and October, but drop sharply thereafter giving a small window for out of season travel before winter hits. While winter brings cold weather, it's also the time for Vienna's ball season which runs between December and February. Dance all night in elegant buildings that look all the more spectacular in the crisp white snow! Visit for Christmas and New Year to enjoy shopping at the many Christmas markets before attending the spectacular New Years balls.