The 23 Districts (Bezirke) of Vienna
The "Wiener Bezirke" & How They are Arranged
Districts: Finding Your Way Round in Vienna
Vienna has a population of approximately 1.6 millions. Until the mid-19th century, only the parts within the city walls were considered to belong to Vienna. Later, the surroundings "suburbs" were incorporated. The city is divided by the Danube and the old branch, the Donaukanal.
Today, Vienna consists of 23 districts or Bezirke. The way they are arranged can be a bit confusing: In theory, they spiral out from the city centre (1st district) in a clockwise manner. However, there are gaps and jumps at various points (see the map below). The most central district is the first, which is surrounded by the Ringstraße.
The surrounding districts are the second to the ninth, the former "Vorstädte" or suburbs. Most of these are surrounded by another circular street, the Gürtel. The Gürtel does not only serve as Vienna's red-light district, it is also an important road and landmark. Beyond the Gürtel, there is the second ring of districts, the former "Vororte" (sub-suburbs), roughly matching with districts 10 to 19. The numbers of houses along a street always start at the more central end (closer to the first district).
It is easy to tell the district of an address by its zip code: They always
start with a 1 for Vienna, followed by the two digits for the district and
finally a number for a mailing sub-division (usually zero). For example: 1010 is
the first district; 1130 is the 13th district or Hiezing. By the way, Vienna is not only the capital of Austria and a city, but also a province -
the mayor is at the same time governour.
Districts & Communities of other Provinces
Sightseeing Guides to Vienna's Districts
1st District (Innere Stadt) - 2nd District (Leopoldstadt) - 3rd District (Landstraße) - 4th District (Wieden) - 5th District (Margareten) - 6th District (Mariahilf) - 7th District (Neubau) - 8th District (Josefstadt) - 9th District (Alsergrund) - 10th District (Favoriten) - 11th District (Simmering) - 12th District (Meidling) - 13th District (Hietzing) - 14th District (Penzing) - 15th District (Fünfhaus) - 16th District (Ottakring) - 17th District (Hernals) - 18th District (Währing) - 19th District (Döbling) - 20th District (Brigittenau) - 21st District (Floridsdorf) - 22nd District (Donaustadt) - 23rd District (Liesing)