I'm staying in the 4th, near Karlsplatz station. There's a large market not far from there. This will be my first time in Vienna, so I don't have a lot of info. I was kind of looking forward to navigating my way there from the airport, but my friends are picking me up at the airport. Thanks for the advice on where to shop for clubwear, we will definitely be enjoying the nightlife. I think I'll being a suit or two as well. Is the 4th district nice? I want an unbiased opinion...
I don't know the 4th too well, except for the Naschmarkt, which is an "ethnic" food market that also adds a huge (and interesting) flea market on Saturdays. The Naschmarkt (not to be confused with the restaurant of the same name) is the best place to get a fast lunch in the city. That said, it's sandwiched between the 1st, or inner city (where most of the good shopping is) and the 3rd, which is a boring, solidly upper-middle-class district. (My fiance's parents used to live in the third.) Of course, I lived (by choice) in the massively unfashionable "socialist workers" 10th Bezirk instead of the 1st (most fashionable) or the 19th (where all of the diplomats live, as well as the wealthiest Wiener). So take anything I say about any Bezirk with a grain of salt. For things to do, Vienna has an amazing number of small but excellent art galleries. A fair number are concentrated on the Doratheen-Gasse (I think I spelled that wrong). Also, remember that the Staatsoper and Musikverein essentially give tickets way to students. (You can get standing-room seats to an opera or ballet for about US$3.00.) Vienna's best bars are in the Innenstadt (1. Bezirk). You should probably go to the Sky-Bar (on top of Steffl on Kaertnerstr.) even though it's very, as they say in Wien, chic-y/meek-y. (It's the kind of place the Hilton sisters go when they're in town, for instance.) I also quite like the Kruger Bar on Krugerstr. (Coming from the Staatsoper and going down Kaertnerstr. towards Stefanplatz, take the first right after the big Starbucks.) The dress code is civilised, the women are hot, and there are plenty of Cohibas and Montecristos all around. Speaking of Starbucks, don't go there. A real Viennese Melange at Hotel Sacher (...) across the way costs less than a tall Starbucks Latte, and actually tastes good, too. Demels is the other famous confectionary, the ones who used to do pastries for the Habsburgs. As for clubbings, etc., U4 and Titanic are probably still the two biggies, or Fun Factory if you're into jailbait. I really liked the club in the middle of the Stadtpark, but I can't remember the name. I think it's Meierei, but don't quote me on that. My fiance's standing favourite is the Havana Club, which has no cover and is the place for Spanish/Latin dancing. There's also a pretty good "after work" club somewhere in the 1st (I know that helps) if you want to party from 8 till midnite but have to get up to go to work. There are also lots of privately-organised parties, and that's where most actually Wiener go. The listing at www.vienna.at/tools/programm
covers pretty much all of the open ones. Having a ISIC student ID almost always reduces the cover at these parties, so remember to bring it if you have one. (If you don't, and you're a student, get one at any STA Travel.) One BIG difference between Viennese and American clubs is that one will often see extremely young girls all over the place in Vienna. Even the top places will tend to have rather too many 15 year old schoolgirls. The consolation is that a rather wonderful percentage of Vienna's female population is outstandingly beautiful.... Peace, JG PS: Just in case your friends change their minds, from Schwechat (the airport) it's really easy. Just get on the S-Bahn underneath the terminal, and it'll take you to Wien Mitte/Lansstr. That's the U3 U-bahn, and I'm guessing they live on either the U3 or U4.