Welcome to Vienna
Vienna has approximately 1.8 million inhabitants and is situated in the “Heart of Europe”. Its geographic as well as its geopolitical position has established Vienna as a centre for international meetings. Moreover, it is one of the United Nations headquarters, and also home to a number of other international organizations. Vienna is a city on which its ever-changing history has left an indelible mark, reflected in its rich cultural heritage. Viennese writers, musicians, artists and scientists have created new directions for the modern world in every field. Today, Vienna offers old historical palaces and modern shopping centers, Austrian food and haute cuisine, Viennese coffee houses and international restaurants, opera performances and jazz sessions, classical concerts and open air festivals, antique shops and elegant boutiques – all these contrasts are harmonized into something typically Viennese. Vienna is different!
For accompanying persons including children, Vienna offers numerous museums and tourist attractions.
August falls in the middle of the prime tourist season in Vienna. This is one of the best months to visit the city, featuring the warmest temperatures and the most sunshine. The nights in August are comfortably warm with an average low temperature of 14°C. In the afternoons, the mercury climbs to an average high of 24°C, absolutely amazing weather to spend hours walking from highlight to highlight, palace to palace and museum to museum.
Opening times on weekdays are 9:00 to 18:00, some until 20:00 on Thursday or Friday. On Saturdays, most shops close at 18:00. All shops, with very few exceptions, remain closed on Sundays.
Currency and Credit Cards
The Austrian currency is the EURO (€). Most hotels, restaurants and shops accept internationally valid credit cards.
The current electricity used in Austria is 220 V, with 50 Hz frequency.
Vienna boasts a modern, efficient public transport system consisting of tramways, subway [U-Bahn], city railway [Schnellbahn; S-Bahn] and buses. Almost all hotels have easy access to the public transportation system. In your conference bag you will find a complimentary 3 days public transportation ticket, which is valid on all means of public transportation within the city of Vienna. Please punch it at the beginning of your first trip; from this time onwards it is valid for 72 hours.