Cheap hotels in Innere Stadt, Vienna
The Innere Stadt is the Vienna of tourist brochures and chocolate boxes. This is not such a bad thing. The 'hood is popular because it's still charming and beautiful. The narrow, twisting cobblestone streets and fin-de-siècle façades, the expensive shops on the pedestrian-only Graben, and the alluring Stephansdom are all here. Sure, the Stephansdom is constantly undergoing renovation, but the parts not obscured by scaffolding are knock-your-socks-off gorgeous.
Unlike many old city centers popular with tourists, the Innere Stadt is big enough to boast back streets that appear quiet and undiscovered, thus offering a respite from the frenzy. If the Graben doesn't empty your pocketbook fast enough, there's also the slightly less posh shops of the Kärtnerstrasse, leading to the Opera and the Ring circumscribing the Innere Stadt.