Vienna contains 23 municipal districts, each with its own individual character and flavor. You can tell which district any Viennese location is in by looking at its four-number zip or postcode.
The first digit identifies the Austrian province with a 1 indicating Vienna (the city doubles as one of the country’s nine provinces).
The second and third digits identify the relevant city district (German: Bezirk). In our example, 07 is – surprise! – the 7th district.
The fourth number is, um, I don’t know. It’s nearly always 0, and I think any other number indicates some kind of postbox.
Anyway, these are the codes and names for the 23 districts:
- 1010 – the 1st district (Innenstadt or Innere Stadt). That’s the very center of town and home to many of Vienna’s historical attractions, the most prestigious addresses, and the highest rents. The area roughly equates to the city as it was before the fortified walls came down in the 19th century.
The districts immediately surrounding the centre:
- 1020 – the 2nd district (Leopoldstadt and home to the giant Ferris wheel)
- 1030 – the 3rd district (Landstraße and home to the two Belvedere palaces)
- 1040 – the 4th district (Wieden)
- 1050 – the 5th district (Margareten)
- 1060 – the 6th district (Mariahilf)
- 1070 – the 7th district (Neubau)
- 1080 – the 8th district (Josefstadt)
- 1090 – the 9th district (Alsergrund)
The outer districts:
- 1100 – the 10th district (Favoriten)
- 1110 – the 11th district (Simmering)
- 1120 – the 12th district (Meidling)
- 1130 – the 13th district (Hietzing and home to Schönbrunn Palace)
- 1140 – the 14th district (Penzing)
- 1150 – the 15th district (Rudolfsheim-Fünfhaus)
- 1160 – the 16th district (Ottakring)
- 1170 – the 17th district (Hernals)
- 1180 – the 18th district (Währing)
- 1190 – the 19th district (Döbling)
- 1200 – the 20th district (Brigittenau)
- 1210 – the 21st district (Floridsdorf – one of only two districts north of the Danube river)
- 1220 – the 22nd district (Donaustadt – the other district north of the Danube)
- 1230 – the 23rd district (Liesing)
You can always tell which district you’re in by looking at the nearest street sign – the street name is nearly always preceded by the district number.
While this number may not mean much to your average visitor, it’s important to the locals. You are, after all, where you live. A noble address in the 13th, 19th or – gasp! – first district will set you back many thousands of dollars more than the same house in the less salubrious alternatives.
Be careful, though. Don’t confuse the district number with the house number. In the two photos below, the first is a street sign, indicating you’re on Stephansplatz in the first district. The second is a house number, indicating that you’re at house number 8 on Stephansplatz.