Vienna, the capital of Austria, 2 million inhabitants, is situated on the banks of the Danube. Vienna is a dream city for anyone with an interest in history. Narrow, medieval alleyways and grand boulevards lead to historic sights such as the Imperial Palace (Hofburg), Belvedere Palace, Burgtheater, the Spanish Riding School, St. Stephen’s Cathedral, the Opera House, Karlskirche, or Schönbrunn Palace. Vienna has been synonymous with music for centuries, and was home to Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert and Johann Strauss. The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra is one of the world’s top orchestras; the Vienna Boys’ Choir is triumphantly successful wherever it tours.
Vienna possesses a lively and vast array of cultural attractions, from classical or experimental theatre, film or dance festivals, opera or operetta, to exhibitions and concerts. The Museum of Fine Arts is one of the world’s largest and most distinguished museums, housing priceless works of art. Art accompanies you wherever you go in Vienna - even some of its underground stations are listed properties on account of their elegant, ornamental Jugendstil (Art Nouveau) style designed by Otto Wagner.
For more information about Vienna, please see www.aboutvienna.org
Some useful information:
Bank services - Money matters
Banks open from 8.30 – 12.30 and 13.30 - 15:00 hrs on Monday - Wednesday and Friday, from 8.30 – 12.30 and 13.30 - 17:30 hrs on Thursdays. There are multiple bank machines (ATMs) open 24 hours a day throughout the city that accept all major international bankcards. The official currency of Austria is the euro (€). Major credit cards are widely accepted, but please always check beforehand.
The districts 1 – 9 are short-term parking zones (Mon.-Fri.): 09:00 - 22:00 (max. 2 hours).
Parking vouchers (“Parkscheine”), to be filled in and placed behind the windscreen, are available at tobacconists (“Tabak-Trafik”), railway stations and Vienna public transport offices. The charge is EUR 0,60 per 30 minutes.
The weather in June is generally nice and temperatures can rise to 25°C, evenings may be cooler though.
The Austrian currency is the Euro (EUR / €).
1 Euro = 100 Euro-Cent.
The tap water in Austria is of excellent quality and can be used without concern.
230V AC. Connectors can be obtained from your hotel reception or electronic stores.
GSM cell phone roaming
GSM cell/mobile phone roaming is available without any problems for all major international providers. It is advisable to inquire beforehand at your provider which roaming company in Austria offers the cheapest tariffs.
There are numerous small Internet cafés throughout the city.
Pharmacies are open from 8.00 - 12.00 and 14.00 - 18.00 hrs on weekdays, from 8.00 - 12.00 hrs on Saturdays. Medicines that do not require a medical prescription may be purchased directly over the counter. If you need advice, do not hesitate to ask the pharmacist. If you usually take some medicine in particular, it is advisable to bring a sufficient amount with you for your trip. There are duty pharmacies open 24 hours a day in all city districts. Outside all the pharmacies there is a list of the nearest duty pharmacies.
Safety - Crime
Visitor safety is generally adequate and Vienna can be considered a rather safe city. Like in any other major European city, you can walk everywhere using common sense.
Compared to other major cities, Vienna is a safe city with a very low crime rate.
The ISPNO 2010 is a “No-smoking-Conference”.
Please note the smoking is banned from all public buildings. Restaurants and bars may, depending on size, be declared either as “smoking” or “no-smoking” locations or have separate areas and ventilation systems.
A taxi is the most comfortable way of getting around the city but also the most expensive. Vienna's taxis do not have a special livery/colour. They are identifiable by their roof-sign which is lit when available. Prices must be displayed inside the cab and meters (which are compulsory in all cabs) will indicate the fare.
Tips of 5-10% of the total bill are usually expected in restaurants and bars, although not mandatory. If part of a big group, you may of course ask the waiter to pay separately. Hotel and airport porters will accept tips, depending on the luggage.
Travelling - Accessibility / Public Transport in Vienna
Vienna has a well-developed public transport network. Buses, trains, trams and underground lines will take you almost anywhere in the city in no time at all. Vienna public transport Wiener Linien operates five underground lines, 31 tram and 80 bus lines, of which 21 are night lines. Night lines only operate between 0.30 am and 5 am.
The fastest and cheapest way of moving around Vienna is using public transport. Tickets are available from machines at underground stations (maestro debit cards accepted), at news agents’, or at Vienna Transport Authority’s ticket offices. Tickets bought in advance are cheaper and must be punched in a blue ticket cancelling machine on the tram or bus, or at the barrier before boarding the underground train. Single trip tickets can be used for any single trip within Vienna. You may change lines (and switch between bus, tram, underground, or urban train), but you may not interrupt your journey. Ticket price: EUR 1.70 when bought in advance; EUR 2.20 when bought in the means of transport.
The 24-hour pass is valid throughout Vienna for exactly 24 hours from the time it is punched. Price: EUR 5.70
The 72-hour pass is valid throughout Vienna for exactly 72 hours from the time it is punched. Price: EUR 13.60
The 8-day ticket is valid for any eight days, not necessarily eight consecutive days. It is a rover ticket, which means you can travel all around Vienna. You can also use the ticket for several people travelling together. Simply punch one strip for each person in the group. Price: EUR 27.20 Week-pass valid from Monday to Monday, 09.00 hrs. Price: EUR 14.00
Travelling from and to the Vienna Airport (Schwechat)
Vienna International Airport is located 13 kilometres south east of Vienna.
Rapid Train Railway
The rapid train railway line S7 takes you directly from the airport to the hotel / congress
venue (get of at station “Rennweg”). The price for a one way ticket is EUR 3.60 .
City Airport Train (CAT)
The CAT runs every 30 minutes and takes 16 minutes. It is covered from 6:05 hrs to 00:05 hrs
(Airport to City) and from 5:38 hrs to 23:38 hrs (City to Airport). Tickets may be purchased
online (EUR 8.00 single or EUR 15.00 return), from ticket machines at the airport/station
(EUR 9.00 single or EUR 16.00 return) or on board (EUR 12.00 single). From ‘Wien Mitte’ you
can take the tram line O direction Migerkastraße and get off at Ungargasse / Neulinggasse
Taxi fares to the conference venue are about EUR 35.00 and take around 25 minutes. There
is a taxi rank outside the airport terminal. Night-time fees are slightly higher.
The Vienna AirportLines operate several bus lines between Vienna and the Vienna International Airport. Wien Schwedenplatz - Vienna International Airport The trip takes approx. 20 min. From Schwedenplatz you have access to the underground lines U1 and U4.
A value-added tax (V.A.T.) of generally 20% is applied to most products and services (a 10% V.A.T. applies on e.g. books, drinks and a few other items). The VAT is included in the displayed price.
Info: do you need a visa for Austria ?
Visa information in English (Austrian Embassy London)
Visa information in German (Austrian Foreign Ministry)
Vienna Tourist Information
City of Vienna
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Public Transport (Wiener Linien)
Vienna International Airport
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