I have reserved an apartment in Vienna in the area of Floridsdorf and wanted to hear from anyone that has stayed before in the area. Am I too far from everything (museum, historic places, palaces,...)? VRBO says it is 12 minutes to Wien Mitte.
If you are OK with walking to the station, you can access the U4 and U3 lines there. From Wien Mitte it is only a couple blocks to the Ringstrasse. Your chosen location is a little bit away, but Vienna is very compact and there is lots of public transit (goes everywhere and at high frequency). You must have chosen the apartment for good reasons, so if you are OK with a bit of walking you are likely fine. Depending on where, exactly, those 12 minutes of walking take you, you might have further mobility options.
You might check your location by plugging in a few of your planned destinations from the apartment at the Wiener Linien site.
Which part of Floridsdorf? It's a very large district. If you at the vienna end of it, you are not too far, if you don't ind are riding the subway - the subway lines are not so long like New York.
Note that the subways stop service late at night, and are replaced by a network of night busses (and cabs make a killing).
No, it's not convenient for sightseeing. It's a working class suburb and not very pretty. Not where I'd stay.
VRBO says it is 12 minutes to Wien Mitte.
This means using the S-train (Schnellbahn), not walking.
From the center of Floridsdorf you have the choice of S-train, metro U6, and tram 31 to go to the city.
E.g. with S-train to Praterstern and changing to metro U1 you are in the very center (St. Stephen's chathedral) in less than 15 minutes.
Public transport in Vienna consists of a mesh of lines, so there are many choices of going from A to B.
Floridsdorf is the terminus for the U-6. You can go to Wien West direct from Floridsdorf on the U-6. You also access Wien Hbf direct from Floridsdorf on the S-1., the same S-1 that goes out to Deutsch Wagram. With the S-1 and U-6 you picked a convenient spot for the apt with direct connections to both stations.
more than just the S1 stops in Floridsdorf. The S3, S4, S7, and many regional trains, etc. Why mention Deutsch Wagram?
Anyway, Floridsdorf is not a good place to base yourself as a tourist. It is a decent place to live, though. Nothing to see. The U6 is also notorious for crime and drug dealing.
The U6 is also notorious for crime and drug dealing.
That is over exaggerated. There is/was some drug dealing near some stations, but in general there is no reason not to use the U6.
Vienna is one of the safest cities in the world.
Yes, Vienna is exceptionally safe as I have said here many, many times. But people who live here avoid the U6 and you know it.
I lived in Vienna and took the u6 every day.
There were some people who avoided the u6 - but I never saw them because they weren't there :) Probably some purse-clutching old ladies?
Actually, the people I know that avoid the U6 are those that are originally from Africa as it is the old ladies that yell at them to leave. As a mom with small kids, I have other mom friends who avoid it when traveling with children. I take it to go to my dentist and doctor, but do keep a closer eye on my stuff.
My young colleagues complain about the drug dealers at SOME of the U6 stops. Handelskai might be the worst. Heck, I've been accosted riding over the access bridges to the insel on my bike. The police presence has been greatly increased and while actual assault is vanishingly rare, it can be dicey. If you are looking for weed (or anything else I'm sure), that would be the place to visit. ;-)
In any case it is like night and day in comparison to the other lines. It's also the only line that doesn't cross thru the center (not a coincidence, IMO).
PS: Apologies, I was reading on my phone and missed the VRBO--somehow thought that was walking 12 mins . . . sorry!
Thanks to everyone for your great input!