The Austrian capital is world-famous for its rich cultural and historical heritage, that can be sampled in the 100 musums or just by strolling the streets of the old city centre, that belongs to the UNESCO world cultural heritage. Vienna is known as one of the music capitals of the world. There is no other city where so many famous composers have lived, and music tradition is kept alive in Vienna’s famous opera house and concert halls. Modern musicals have replaced the old operetta, with two theatres devoted to this genre alone. Nowadays Vienna is also known as a modern art centre and a city with a very high quality of life. In addition to sites of historical interest the city offers fine examples of innovative architecture, fashionable shopping areas, and moreover samples of Viennese lifestyle in its traditional coffee houses, the Heurigen (wine taverns), trendy bars, sausage vendors and discos.
Vienna is one of the 4 official seats of the United Nations and home to 15 UN organizations, OSZE and OPEC as well as 18 other international organizations. 200 international corporations have their Eastern European headquarters in Vienna (incl. JVC, Heineken, Henkel, Beiersdorf, Siemens) in addition to Austrian companies of global significance (e.g. Wienerberger AG, OMV). Every year, over 100 international companies open a branch office in Vienna.
Over 34,000 people work in Vienna in the field of research and development, 43% of all research activities in Austria take place in Vienna. The city has 9 public universities, 5 advanced technical colleges and 6 private universities, with a population of over 160,000 students, the largest university city in the German-speaking region.
In 2014 there were 1458 associations‘ congresses in Vienna, and 2124 corporate events were held in the city in the same year. In 2015 Vienna holds the second place worldwide in the ranking list of the most sought-after destinations for international congresses (ranking list provided by the ICCA: International Congress and Convention Association).
Formerly the capital of a multicultural and multilingual empire, Vienna has retained its international flair. 570,000 people of international origins from 198 countries live in Vienna, 200,000 from EU Member States. 49% of Viennese have a migrant background (either personally born outside of Austria or with at least one parent born elsewhere).
Travel to Vienna
Thanks to its central location in the heart of Europe, the city of Vienna is easy to get to by air, by train and by car. The maximum direct flight time from any European capital is less than three hours.
Vienna International Airport is located Vienna-Schwechat, 19 km south east of the centre.
The airport offers an extensive route network and perfect infrastructure as well as high comfort and excellent orientation systems.
City Airport Train (CAT)
Non-stop from airport to city centre in just 16 minutes without any stops, every 30 minutes from 05:38 till 23:08, airport check-in at Wien-Mitte City Air Terminal.
Single ticket EUR 11,00, return ticket EUR 17,00. Tickets bookable online at:
To Schwedenplatz/Morzinplatz: departures every 30 minutes from 04.50 till 00.20, journey time 22 minutes.
To West Railway Station/Europaplatz: departures every 30 minutes from 06:00 to midnight, journey time 45 minutes.
To Donauzentrum: departures every hour from 07:10 to 20:10, journey time 40 minutes.
Single ticket EUR 8,00, return ticket EUR 13,00.
For information: www.postbus.at.
Railroad (S-Bahn line S7)
It runs underneath the airport and takes passengers to the city centre (subway and train connections). Trains leave about every 30 minutes from 04:54 to 00:18, journey time 25 minutes. Price: EUR 4,00.
Journey time is approximately 20 minutes to inner city. Price for one way is approximately EUR 36,00.
Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) offer a well-developed railway network and modern trains that carry you to Vienna in safety and comfort. Vienna can also be easily reached by train from further afield.
The ÖBB offer discounts for various groups.
By car and bus
Austria has an excellent network of motorways, expressways and federal highways. From across Europe, Vienna can be reached by the bus company Eurolines and by national companies.
Travel in Vienna
Public Transport is safe, clean, fast, efficient and reasonably priced. It consists of a wide network of 5 subway lines (U-Bahn), 28 streetcar lines (trams), 100 bus lines, 31 night lines with short intervals (at peak times 3 to 5 minutes, in the evenings 5 to max. 15 minutes) and operating hours 05.00 to 00.30, night lines from 00.30 to 05.00, night subways every 15 minutes during nights before Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays.
Tickets are available:
• from 27 Wiener Linien ticket offices,
• from about 1,100 tobacconists,
• from over 340 ticket machines,
• on every streetcar and every bus.
Ticket prices relating to Wiener Linien:
• 1-day-ticket: 6,84€
• 2-day-ticket: 10,80€
• 3-day-ticket: 14,76€
• 4-day-ticket: 16,74€
For more information click here.
The currency in Austria is the Euro (€ / EUR). Credit cards are widely accepted.
Weather in Vienna is typically continental, with characteristic, clearly defined seasons. Hot summers with an occasional day of rain and the cold winters mean that the “right” clothing is essential. The temperature is pleasant in the spring and autumn, but there can be cool winds to chill the air. Average temperature in May is 15-20° C.
The mother tongue of Austria is German, and the most commonly spoken foreign language is English.
Austria uses 220 Volts AC/alternating current. Plugs and sockets are European standard with 2 round pins.
Most shops are open Monday through Friday from 9.00 till 18.30 hrs and Saturday till 17.00 or 18.00 hrs. There are three main shopping areas in Vienna: the Old Town – Vienna’s own special note, the Kohlmarkt & Kärnterstrasse - cool elegance and stylish glamour in exclusive boutiques and the Mariahilferstrasse - the city’s longest and most lively shopping street.
Vienna is in the Central European time zone (CET = GMT / UCT + 1). From the last Sunday in March to the last Sunday in October, summer time is in effect (MESZ).
For info on sightseeing, tips for dining, shopping, cultural events please visit the official Vienna tourist guide www.vienna.info/en.