Welcome to Vienna!
Nestled along the Danube in the heart of Europe, Vienna has long been considered a crossroads for international affairs. The city’s imperial architecture, classical music and high quality of life complement its global mindset, green spirit and innovative edge, making it the most livable city worldwide. The beauty of its sights, its vibrant nightlife and public safety are just some of the factors why Vienna is also a favourite with tourists.
Housing this year’s conference, the Messe Wien Exhibition & Congress Centre is centrally located on the outskirts of Vienna’s famous Prater Park and a short stroll away from the new Vienna University of Economics and Business as well as the Sigmund Freud Private University.
All congress participants will receive a 4-day travel pass for the public transport!
One of the first things you will notice when arriving to Vienna is its excellent public transportation system. The CAT train will take you from the airport to the city centre nonstop in only 15 minutes. Within the city the numerous subways, train, tramway and bus lines are the cheapest and one of the most reliable ways to get around.
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Lending to Vienna’s green living and Messe Wien’s close proximity to the beautiful Prater Park, the Citybike Wien is a popular transport method when weather allows. Over 120 bike stations are scattered across the city, and bikes can be rented from and returned to any bike station. To partake, one must simply register at any bike station. Once registered, users can rent immediately and enjoy a free first hour ride per rental.
Getting to the Messe Wien
Vienna International Airport is served by an efficient rail connection, which delivers passengers to Messe Wien within 40 minutes travel time and to the city centre in 16 minutes. Those heading directly to the Messe Wien should take the Schnellbahn S7 (which passes through the city centre) to Wien Praterstern Bahnhof where they will transfer to the Vienna underground line U2. One stop further along the U2 line towards Seestadt will bring them to Messe-Prater station, right in front of the congress centre. Those preferring a quick and direct trip to Vienna City Centre can take the CAT City Airport Train. This 16-minute, non-stop train runs every 30 minutes between 06:00 and 23:39 daily.
Vienna’s springtime weather can range anywhere from icy to mild temperatures which will allow you to enjoy your coffee in one of the many outdoor cafés, so be sure to bring clothes for all types of weather!
As the capital of Austria and centre of the former Austro-Hungarian Empire, Vienna boasts countless monuments, churches, museums and other architectural treasures. One of the quickest ways to gain an overview of the most important sights is to take the tramway (number 1 and 2 or the special sightseeing tram) around the Ring, the boulevard surrounding the city centre.
Of course no visit of the city would be complete without seeing Stephansdom, the cathedral in the heart of downtown Vienna. You can walk to the top of its tower for a spectacular view. If you feel less inclined to engage in physical activity but still don’t want to miss out on a great view of the city, you can ride the iconic Riesenrad Ferris wheel, famously featured in the 1949 film noir The Third Man.
Vienna is certainly most famous for the classical music prodigies: Mozart, Beethoven and Haydn are just some of the composers who lived and worked in the city, fostering a culture strongly rooted in its people’s love for music. The city boasts two opera houses, the Musikverein (home to the world acclaimed New Year’s Concert and often referred to as the world’s best concert hall) and countless other concert venues for both, classical and modern music.
In terms of museums, Vienna also does not leave anything to be desired. Whether you prefer the classical art of the Museum of Art History or the Museumsquartier offering a whole lifestyle concept complete with two major modern art museums, installation spaces, restaurants and bars, you will definitely find plenty of possibilities to explore the Vienna art scene.