Austria is a federal republic state with a parliamentary democracy. The language
spoken in Austria is German, but most Austrians speak English and are happy to
be of service to visitors.
Vienna is the Capital of Austria, with a population of almost 2 Million. The city
has recently become the number one worldwide as a congress destination. For
endless opportunities to spend your time in Vienna before or after the conference
hours visit the
Official Web-Site of the Vienna Tourist Board
TRAVEL TO VIENNA
TRAVEL BY PLANE
Vienna International Airport (VIE/LOWW) is located about 19 km from the city
center. To get to downtown Vienna you can choose between a fast train (CAT, 16 minutes),
subway, shuttle buses, taxi cabs and limousine service. None will take you any longer
than about 25 minutes.
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Transport to and from Vienna International Airport:
TRAVEL TO VIENNA VIA AIRPORT BRATISLAVA
airport Bratislava (Slovak Republic) to Vienna City Centre the distance is
about 65 km. Several low-budget airlines fly into Bratislava. The options to transfer to Vienna are:
The bus leaves Bratislava airport approx. every 90 minutes. The travel time is about
60-90 minutes. Arrival in Vienna: Südtiroler Platz (along underground line U1).
Trains between the main train stations in Bratislava to Südbahnhof in Vienna operate between
8:30 am to 0:30 am.
TRAVEL BY CAR
Austria's motorway network extends right into Vienna, making it convenient and safe to
reach the city by car from anywhere in Europe. Toll stickers are required on all vehicles
on Austria's motorways and highways! Stickers can be obtained from the Austrian Automobile
Clubs as well as post offices and gasoline stations. Please note that stickers
are also available in Austria's neighbouring countries at gasoline stations, at borders
as well as Automobile clubs.
TRAVEL BY TRAIN
Vienna occupies a hub position in Europe's international rail network. Intercity and
international express trains connect the capital with all parts of Austria and with all
major cities in Europe.
GETTING AROUND IN VIENNA
Vienna's public transport net includes underground, tramways and buses and is easy and fast.
Pdf-Map of Vienna Underground Lines
CONFERENCE VENUE (University Campus - Altes AKH)
Spitalgasse 2, Hof 2,
Tramway Information and Conference Venue Maps at the
General Information Page
Map of Vienna
INFORMATION ON VISA REQUIREMENTS
Austria is a member of the European Union "Schengen" Convention which imposes rather strict
regulations on foreign visitors. If you are a citizen of the EU and a couple of additional
countries (e.g. Switzerland, Norway, the USA, Canada etc) you will be permitted to enter
Schengen countries without a visa.
this link here
in order to find out whether you need a visa and which kind of documents you will need for your application.
You probably need an invitation from the local organizing committee (see the information below).
If you intend to visit just Austria you must
apply at the next Austrian Embassy or Consulate in your home country or the country where you
live (see list and contact addresses of
Austrian Embassies). The Austrian embassies will
also be pleased to advise you in the application procedure. If you visit more than one
Schengen country you may have to apply at an embassy of the country where you intend to spend most of
your time. Please contact the embassies for further information. Please note that many Austrian embassies
or embassies of other Schengen countries request that you personally come to their offices
for your application. In any case, we advice you to make an appointment by telephone in advance.
Time Schedule for visa application: Please consider a time period of at least 6 weeks for the
whole procedure of Visa issuing.
CURRENCY & SALES TAX
The Austrian currency is Euro (€). Major credit cards are accepted virtually everywhere.
ATM cards with the "Maestro" - sign are accepted at most ATM machines ("Bankomat") for
cash withdrawal and as payment cards at many shops. Sales tax (20%) is normally included
in quoted prices. For non-EU residents, tax-free shopping schemes are available at many shops.
WEATHER AND CLIMATE
The climate in Vienna is influenced by Continental Europe. The weather in July is normally
warm or hot with daily highs between 25 and 30 degrees Celsius and night temperatures between
15 and 20 degrees Celsius. Though normally dry, occasionally rainfall might occur.
More details on weather, climate and daily weather forecast.
Europen type 2 pin sockets with 220 V AC at 50Hz are used.
Basically, Vienna is regarded as very safe place. Common sense precautions are recommended
as for any cosmopolitan city in Europe.
The organizers do not accept any responisbility for individual, medical, travel or personal
insurance. Participants are strongly recommended to take on their own travel policies.