About Vienna

General Information

Vienna has 1.8 million inhabitants and is situated on the banks of the Danube. Austria’s capital ranks on top of the most attractive cities worldwide.

The feeling of wellbeing enjoyed by locals and tourists has been confirmed repeatedly by leading international studies and city rankings. 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. In 2001, the city centre was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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 and 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, as well as 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 because of their elegant ornamental Jugendstil (Art Nouveau) style designed by Otto Wagner.



Vienna’s time zone is Central European Time (CET), one hour ahead of GMT.


Public Transit

Tickets are available from machines at underground stations (maestro debit cards accepted), at news agent’s, or at Vienna Transport Authority’s ticket offices. 


Ground Transportation


Taxifares to the conference venue take around 35 minutes. There is a taxi rank outside the airport terminal. 


Advanced Reservation

If you wish to arrange ground transportation  in advance, you can do so here: Airporttaxis

City Airport Train (CAT)

The train service between the airport and the city centre (City Air Terminal – Station “Wien Mitte”) is 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 11.00 single or EUR 17.00 return), from ticket machines at the airport/station (EUR 12.00 single or EUR 19.00 return) or on board (EUR 14.00 single). Ticket prices are subject to change.

From “Wien Mitte” take the green-coloured underground-line U4 (direction Wien Hütteldorf, 8 stops) and get off at „ Hietzing “ 3 min walking distance (240m) to “Parkhotel Schönbrunn”




The Austria Trend Parkhotel Schönbrunn (the congress venue) is easily reachable by taking the subway line U4 (green line) to the station "Hietzing“. It can also be reached with the tramway 10, the tramway 52 and 60.

For additional directions, please click here.



Limited parking is avaiable at the Parkhotel Schönbrunn Garage. To view additional nearby parking options, please click here.


Banking, Currency & Exchange Rates

Banks are generally open from Monday to Friday from 09:00 – 17:00, on Thursdays until approximately 18:00 (closed on Saturdays and Sundays). There are multiple bank machines (ATMs) open 24 hours a day throughout the city which accept all major international bankcard.

The official currency of Austria is the EURO (€). Major credit cards are widely accepted, but please always check beforehand.

As of March 20, 2020: 1 EUR= 0,86 GBP = 1,14 USD = 1,51 CAD = 126,44 JPY = 1,13 CHF = 1,60 AUD

The VAT rate in Austria is 20%.


Safety & Emergency

The European Emergency Number is 112.

Regular pharmacy opening hours are weekdays from 9.00-18:00 hrs. A list of 24-hour pharmacies and Emergency Hospitals can be found here.


Telephone Calls

The country code of Austria is 43. To call abroad, dial 00 before the country code.



The average temperatures mid of May in Vienna are 19,5°C (high) and 10,5°C (low). The average number of rainy days is 8°C with an average rainfall of 60 mm in May.

For additional information: www.wetter.de


Electricity Supply

The power sockets in Austria are of type F. The standard voltage is 230 V (50 Hz). Most electric outlets adhere to the continental standard (Schuko). You might check here if you need a power plug adapter: www.power-plugs-sockets.com



Shops in Vienna city centre are normally open as follows:

Monday – Friday: 10:00 – 18:00

Saturday: 10:00 – 16:00

Sunday: most of the shops are closed on sundays

All major credit cards are generally accepted. 


Useful Links:


Vienna Tourist Information
Austrian National Tourist Office
City of Vienna
City map and address finder
Public Transport (Wiener Linien)
Vienna International Airport
City Airport Train
Vienna AirportLines (Bus)