Crime in Vienna, Austria

Crime rates in Vienna, Austria

Level of crime
21.58 Low
Crime increasing in the past 3 years
55.90 Moderate
Worries home broken and things stolen
23.08 Low
Worries being mugged or robbed
20.10 Low
Worries car stolen
16.15 Very Low
Worries things from car stolen
21.44 Low
Worries attacked
22.85 Low
Worries being insulted
26.86 Low
Worries being subject to a physical attack because of your skin color, ethnic origin, gender or religion
18.43 Very Low
Problem people using or dealing drugs
34.06 Low
Problem property crimes such as vandalism and theft
30.06 Low
Problem violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery
19.52 Very Low
Problem corruption and bribery
30.71 Low

Safety in Vienna, Austria

Safety walking alone during daylight
87.86 Very High
Safety walking alone during night
71.70 High

Contributors: 374

Last update: November 2020

These data are based on perceptions of visitors of this website in the past 3 years.

If the value is 0, it means it is perceived as very low, and if the value is 100, it means it is perceived as very high.

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17 Comments so far
Dango on Sep 03, 2020:
Vienna is a very safe city.

You don't have to avoid any districts due to security problems, because even the most dangerous corners of Vienna are not as dangerous as Berlin, Cologne, etc.
KnowVienna on Jul 20, 2020:
Vienna is basically a safe city, even if there are still some cities in Europe that are safer than Vienna (Zagreb, Rejkjavik, Prague, Budapest, Munich, Warsaw, Zurich, Helsinki, Bucharest and Ljubljana). Vienna is the 11th safest city in Europe.
But you should be careful: Vienna is often described as extremely safe, Vienna is not that safe.

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The number of people robbed each year in Vienna is in the four-digit range, i.e. several per day. There are many countries where there is less robbery than in Austria (Österreich): https://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/statistics-explained/index.php?title=File:Raub%C3%BCberf%C3%A4lle,_2017_(polizeilich_erfasste_Straftaten_pro_100_000_Einwohner)_FP2020V2.png

One should not be misled by personal impressions (Numbeo), just because Vienna is located in "beautiful" Austria does not mean that Vienna is automatically extremely safe.

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Focal points of crime in Vienna:
-> Vienna Praterstern train station (& surroundings)
(-> Vienna Floridsdorf station (located in the north))

-> the entire Gürtel (the big street), U6 stations
-> U Gumpendorfer Strasse
-> U Josefstädter Straße
-> U Westbahnhof (& surroundings)
-> U Burggasse-Stadthalle (& surroundings, incl. Municipal library)

-> the inner 10th district (around Reumannplatz, Quellenplatz, Quellenstraße) is a bit dodgy in the evenings / nights, but statistically the 15th district is the most dangerous (followed by the noble districts 8 and 9)

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A warning to tourists: don't be alarmed, because Vienna is home to a huge number of homeless, junkies, "strange people" and, above all, many alcoholics. This can spoil the impression, because many problem hotspots are also where there are many tourists. For example, there is a homeless shelter right next to Mariahilfer Straße and Haus des Meeres (aquarium), which is why many of these people are always on this shopping mile.

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Acceptable districts in Vienna are:
1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 22, 23

Districts of concern are:
5, 10, 11, 12, 15, 16, 20, 21 (avoid if possible)

Districts from safe to not safe:
(safest->) 18 (crime rate: 54), 13, 19, 14, 23, 17, 22, 21, 7, 11, 20, 6, 16, 5, 12, 10, 3, 4, 2, 8, 1, 9, 15 (crime rate: 120) (<-not safe)

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In summary: Vienna is basically safe, use common sense and be extremely vigilant at night espacially in public transport (avoid U4 and U6 if possible because of the many alcoholics and drunks, as I mentioned above, Vienna has an alcohol problem). You shouldn't be too careless, but not too careful either. Enjoy your vacation in Vienna.
mike on Oct 01, 2019:
Likely one of the safest city in the world. You can walk alone on the streets at night as a woman without anything to fear about. I mean even the worst places are like super safe and clean compared to most of the other cities in the world.
Also never saw any problems with refugees (what someone mentioned here). True, there are people from many different countries, so it´s quite mulitcultural in some areas, but nothing to fear about.
Anonymous on Sep 01, 2019:
Es ist verwunderlich, wie man daran schuldig sein kann, Flüchtlingen oder Betrunkenen begegnet zu haben, und demzufolge beraubt zu werden. Die Schuld liegt in der Regel bei dem Angreifer, oder? Betrunken zu sein, oder auf Schwierigkeiten zu stoßen (Flüchtlinge) ist keine Ausrede wenn man die Gesetze, die Sicherheit anderer untergräbt.
Anonymous on Sep 01, 2019:
Favoriten is the worst district in Vienna with a handful of rowdy immigrants who disregard laws. The metro stations reek of human excretion and the park right outside Reumannplatz is full of shady people. Keplerplatz is not much better. The best district to live in is Hietzing, Neubau, Josefstadt, or further away, Dobling. Praterstern is also not recommended. There are normal residents there, but these abovementioned districts to be avoided are places where you will find the greatest burden to the social security system; addicts, beggars (not those with genuine difficulties but younger ruffians who ask for money rather than look for a job), alcohol abusers etc who made me wonder why did the government allow this to happen
Mason on Aug 26, 2019:
Vienna is relatively safe. Yes, there are problems, though they're easily dealt with by police force. I found it much, MUCH safer compared to the states. To summarize the past comments, I will reiterate these issues:

@mustafa: Then you should know that Europe (mainly in the EU) isn't well known for integrating well with Muslim people so it's not uncommon for this to happen. You should instead go to Bosnia and Herzegovina, especially in Sarajevo) where it's majorly populated by Muslims.

@Anonymous: As for knife problems, those were refugees before and those problems have likely stemmed. Therefore, you should be fine.

@AR: Your story is far less believable. At worst, you can encounter drunken individuals, though that's about it. Otherwise, no one will believe your lies.

@Waj: Whoever told you that, you must be crazy to think that Vienna is dangerous. That's like saying Chicago is the safest city there is, when in reality, it isn't. Full of ghettos, carjackings and break-ins, gang-related shootings on a daily basis, Vienna has none of those. You are either paranoid or you happen to be The Boy Who Cried Wolf. And muggings do not exist unless you were confronted by a refugee before, or even encountered a drunken person. Then you're at fault for not using common sense.
Anonymous on Aug 25, 2019:
Its a safe city, there are not many shady induviduals, well I was only 5 days in Wien...so yeah, as always be careful.
anonymous on Aug 22, 2019:
I live in Vienna. The level of crime increases mainly because of ethnical conflicts. Districts with a high percentage of non-austrian citizens are regarded as more criminal. Criminal activity at daylight is very low. If you are a woman, I advise you to carry pepper spray or a taser with you, you can obtain them legally here and you can use it as self defense. Vienna is one of the safest places in the world but you should make sure that you are protected especially at night.
MF on May 17, 2019:
* "Museumsquartier" is corect, not "Museusquartier", sorry, wrote too fast.

(> It´s located near metro U3 Volkstheater station and many young people relax and chat there in summer - for free, you can bring your own wine, beer and sit there with many others before going to a party, club)
MF on May 17, 2019:
I grew up here and I can honestly say, as I have been to many places around the World (e.g. also many cities in the US and Mexico), it is still the safest city (when you think about that Vienna has a population of nearly 2.000.000 inhabitants) on earth.

Such thing what is posted from "Anonymous" on May 08, 2019 or Dec 03. 2017 and before is just bullshit. (Well, I guess attentive people will know this anyway)
Also what "AR" and other wrote about the area of "Praterstern" is not really true. Yes, there might be some beggars etc. (most of them from eastern europe), but they never do anything to other people. The beggars are not obstrusive at all (when you compare it with the US for example)!!

>> You can walk every day of the year in every district as a woman alone in the streets 24 hours a day (!) and nothing ever will happen. (ok, in every(!) city of the world there is a mini chance that something minor will happen)
This I would consider as unique in the world. (for cities with that "large" size)

Also I have to say, you can compare Austria with the US when it comes to politics.
People in Vienna and other big cities are more like in the US the democrats and in rural areas of Austria they are more like the republicans. So don´t worry when you hear about right wing parties are rising - they are not in Vienna! - Here we have an open atmosphere with many international students (Vienna has the most amount of students in the whole german speaking area (which includes Germany and Switzerland))

Only thing which is partly true is that people in Vienna can sometimes be "grumpy". But just be patient and talk to them.
> After getting in a vivid conversations (and philosophize) they will be more open than for example germans. (whereas germans might seem more open at the first encounter)
Hint: Ask your austrian colleagues/ classmates to go for a beer. (could be in one of the many parks or at "Museusquartier" or "Donaukanal" and in Winter in one of the many pubs)

Hope this will help.
Anonymous on May 08, 2019:
We now have a huge problem with knives and refugees. Woman should take care of sexual harrassment and rape.
Michael on Aug 12, 2018:
It is mostly a great city but be careful of the U6, there can be difficult men.
Anonymous on Dec 03, 2017:
It's true, a lot people carry knifes in Austria. We cut sausage and bread with it. Doh.
Anonymous on May 23, 2017:
a lot of younger men carry a knife in Vienna!
bb on Apr 19, 2017:
is austria safe or not...lets be for real i need to know which one is true safe or not i have never visited there so i need to know for a project
Kenny on Mar 09, 2017:
We are a couple from Asia and we got our bag stolen in volkspark, while we are sitting on a bench. I was badly surprised by this happening in Vienna!
AR on Feb 15, 2017:
Vienna at night is not really safe.especially for a girl or woman walking alone. Right around praterstern area, obermullnerstabe, I had 2 times bad experience when I just 2 weeks here while I on my student exchange. I am asian. First one: one guy block my way directly. When I took right side, he block me. Then I took left side, he also block me. We are so just close directly. It happen about 2 times. Then I decided stop and let him go. Luckyly there's nothing worse happened.
Second : there was a guy who followed me when I went walked to home. Around 8.20 pm. He keep said something like greeting in German, but I was scared and I didn't responses since my German is poor. I aware I was bring followed then I hide by entering random restaurant. I wait there like 10 minutes. Then walk out to different way. And he came up still following me. I choose the big street this time. I was so afraid. Then I tried to smiled at him and said sorry I can't speak German ( in English). He said he can speak English. He keep freezing wait block my way. I said, please do not following me. Then he turn around and dissapeared.