Vienna, a city with about two million inhabitants, is situated in the very heart of Europe. Due to its unique geographic and geopolitical location, Vienna has been the setting for many international events, such as previous St.Gallen International Breast Cancer Conferences, and has become a popular congress destination of global rank. Vienna is the seat of one of the United Nations headquarters and home to a number of other international organisations.
Vienna’s ever-changing history has left an indelible mark on the city, a mark also manifest in a rich cultural heritage. The city’s ultimate fascination stems from merging imperial grandeur with a cosmopolitan spirit, a combination which emerged after the dissolution of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy. Viennese writers, musicians and artists as well as scientists have all influenced many aspects of our modern world. Vienna had a part in all major political developments of the 20th century. Shaped over the centuries as the capital of a huge empire, Vienna will always arouse feelings of nostalgia.
Today, Vienna offers historical palaces alongside modern shopping centres, traditional hotels, down-to-earth Austrian staples as well as haute cuisine, typical Viennese coffee houses and luxury restaurants, outstanding opera and theatre performances, classical concerts and open-air festivals, antique shops next to elegant boutiques – all joined together in incomparable Viennese harmony.
Sights, Art & Culture, Gastronomy, Shopping
Visit the website of the Vienna tourist authority for up-to-date information and recommendations on how to spend your spare time in the city: https://www.wien.info/en
Weather Conditions in Vienna
The weather in Vienna is typically continental - there are characteristic, clearly defined seasons. In March, temperatures can be expected to range around 8-12 degrees.
Electricity & Time
The main voltage in Austria is 220V.
Vienna is in the Central European Time Zone, Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) +1hour.
Shops are usually open from 10:00 – 19:00 from Monday to Friday and from 10:00 – 17:00 on Saturday.
On Sunday shops are usually closed, with the exception of souvenir shops. Some grocery stores already open around 8:00 during weekdays, bakeries open earlier yet.
Service is usually included in the prices in bars and restaurants. Tips are always welcome and usually 10%.
Banks & Local Currency
Banking hours in general are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 08:00 – 12:30 and 13:30 – 15:00, Thursday 08:00 – 12:30 and 13:30 – 17:30. ATMs are located outside most banks, cash can be withdrawn there 24/7. National and foreign Maestro cards (cash cards) as well as Mastercard, AMEX, Visa and Diners are accepted.