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Vienna's best Hostel since 1968!

Welcome at Ruthensteiner Hostel Vienna!

Hello dear beautiful travelers, backpackers, seekers and others!

Feel at home with us

  • Handmade with lots of love, safe and called Austria’s best Hostel by Hostelworld 2019 and 2020 Hostel Ruthensteiner has been providing world travelers with a place to meet, kick back & enjoy since 1968.
  • Beautiful common spaces & gardens (complete with local artwork & furniture-creations), musical instruments for guest use (amazing jam sessions!), a cozy bar (make new friends), a fully equipped guest kitchen and arguably the coolest, most helpful staff in the city…in short, Hostel Ruthensteiner is the perfect Vienna base for solo and small-group travelers of all ages. But don’t take our word for it: check out what our guests are saying!
  • FREE High Speed WIFI, FREE Internet PC and iPads for rent it has never been so easy to contact your folks back home!
  • GREAT LOCATION- Our newly renovated, early 1800’s historic building is just a stone’s throw from the Westbahnhof Metro&Train Station, with both the historic city center and the lovely Palace Schönbrunn just a quick metro ride or pleasant stroll away. Our house is on a peaceful side street just around the corner from the beautiful Mariahilferstrasse, Vienna’s most popular shopping & strolling avenue – another destination not to be missed on any Vienna visit!
Vienna Hostel Ruthensteiner
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Eric ThielEric Thiel
11:16 25 Jul 23
amazing atmosphere here. the garden is beautifull and the commons room lovely. the staff are friendly aswell. all in all the best hostel ive been to so far
h. petermannh. petermann
11:15 25 Jul 23
best hostel I've been to! very friendly atmosphere, nice people and a lovely hostel
Daniel MüllerDaniel Müller
15:36 24 Jul 23
I was looking for a local and cozy hostel and Ruthensteiner did not disappoint at all! There are people from all over the world and every age and it was impossible to not connect right away. You get in and feel like at home. There is free great lemonade at the reception and I really appreciated the "pay what you wish" -dinner. The rooms are fitted with electronic, roomcard-controlled lockers and the hostel seems overall very modern and fair in every way. I liked the online check in feature as well, it speed up the check in process on site. The staff is very friendly and helpful and I got to give a shoutout to Thor, who lend me his rain jacket so I could go hiking. Highly appreciated! This will forever be my go to hostel whenever I'll be in Vienna.
Steffen BergerSteffen Berger
06:48 23 Jul 23
Good location, really nice people. Apartment had no cooling but fans.
Ada ChełmińskaAda Chełmińska
08:55 10 Jun 23
Can't wait to get back!EVERYTHING WAS EXCEPTIONAL!! The atmosphere of this hostel, cleanliness (fresh sheets, towels), value for money, quick check-in, all info about the hostel and Vienna at hand, a huge variety of activities to do and integrate guests at the hostel. everything is thought through, one has a private locker in mixed 6-people room with a socket in it(!). Loved the patio (green and quiet) as well as the common room with pillows to sit comfortably. there's no other place I'd rather returned to in whole Vienna, absolutely recommendAt times bathroom floor was slightly dirty, but no wonder - it was a 6-people room, can't get everyone to pay attention to cleanliness
Anna CraftonAnna Crafton
09:21 20 May 23
This was my first hostel experience so I was a little nervous. But it was a really great place and amazing time! The beds were comfortable and the staff very helpful. There is a roomy kitchen and space to eat. It’s a clean and nice place to stay!
Rachel EnsmingerRachel Ensminger
07:48 17 May 23
Four stars, leaning towards three.Pros: quiet, warm atmosphere, and our room (with a full bed and sink) was clean. The room darkening curtains meant a good night of sleep! Appreciated the delicious, in-house gluten free waffles for breakfast. And the bar area was bustling every night without being noisy. A good environment if you want to meet people. Easy location to take public transit around the city.Cons: the quality of breakfast varies with the chef, and on our final day it took 38 minutes to get our whole order (waffles, eggs, and a coffee). We we ended up missing our train to our next destination.Also, the two toilets in our area, serving 5 rooms, did not have hand soap for 3 of the 4 days of our stay. Didn’t point it it at reception - kept assuming they would clean and notice.I would stay here again, but I’d be more vocal about having the little issues solved.

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Here’s what a few of our favorite travel bloggers have to say:


”Hostel Ruthensteiner was refreshingly personal, cozy and fun. While brainstorming about an article on the hostel, me and my friends decided to list the positives and negatives. However, we ended up with a long list of positives…”

– from ’17 Reasons Why Hostel Ruthensteiner Rocks!’ by Manouk, the whirling force behind BUNCH of BACKPACKERS


”After a smooth check in I meander deeper into the hostel and find not one but two interior gardens, where peaceful plants climb the walls and wrap oak benches, tables and chairs in a soft embrace.  A hand carved, oversized wooden chess set sits on the patio and groups of weary, contented travelers relax with a drink…”

from ‘Hostel Ruthensteiner: Original and Independent Vienna’ by Lauren Salisbury of Something In Her Ramblings

mochilas edit”El Hostel Ruthensteiner está muy bien ubicado y se parece más a un hostel sudamericano que europeo. Una casa grande con jardines y habitaciones diseñadas. A nosotros nos gustó mucho.”

Lucas & Ludmilla, Mochilas en Viaje


” I fell in love with the magnificent artwork all around the hostel. Art is a prominent part of Vienna’s culture and the hostel reflects an understanding of the culture by featuring various pieces of art from both domestic and international artists.”

from ‘Vienna’s Prettiest Little Hostel’ by Chanel of Cultural Xplorer

”Hostel RuthensAmbassador-banner-blog-220x220teiner has a great bar that is rounded which makes it nearly impossible to not make friends with those sitting around you because you are nearly looking at them anyhow.  The hostel is not a party hostel, but rather more of a relaxed atmosphere setting where gentle music plays when someone in the common area is not entertaining with one of the musical instruments hanging on the wall…”

Stephen ‘Beaver’ Harris,  Official Europe’s Famous Hostels Ambassador