Vienna, the capital of Austria, is famous for its cultural events, unforgettable music shows, imperial sights, old coffee houses breezing with history, art galleries, cozy wine taverns, spacious parks, baroque gardens, fashionable little shops, and a very special Viennese charm.

Vienna is also called a city of fountains, romance and music. Serious music admirers have long considered Vienna to be a paradise: one encounters music everywhere, from the sounds of a child practicing a Mozart piano sonata through an open window, to street musicians playing classical as well as folk music. There is no other city in the world that has been home to so many composers of international renown, such as Schubert, Strauss, Schoenberg and Berg, who were born there, others, such as Mozart, Beethoven, Haydn, Brahms and Mahler chose to live there.

HISTORY


Vienna’s history dates back to the first post-Christian century when the Romans established the military camp Vindobona. Today’s cityscape is represented  by baroque buildings created mostly under the rule of Empress Maria Theresia and Emperor Franz Joseph who was largely responsible for the monumental architecture round the Ringstrase.

USEFUL INFORMATION


Shops are usually open Monday – Friday from 9.00 am – 6.30 pm and on Saturday until 5.00 pm or 6.00 pm; some shopping centers are open until 8.00 pm or 9.00 from Monday to Friday. The only shopping possiblity  on Sundays and holidays is at the big railway stations, at the airport and in the museum shops.

Most restaurants in the city centre are open everyday. Hot food is generally served during lunch time (11.00 – 14.00) and dinner time (18.00 – 22.00). Many restaurants also serve hot food throughout the day. Some restaurants, more often situated outside of the city center, are closed one day per week, sometimes on Sundays as well.

In all establishments, service is included in the price. It is you choice to leave a tip or not, depending on your satisfaction of the provided service.

In Vienna, mineral water comes out of the taps; over 95% of Vienna’s water comes through two pipelines direct from the Alps.

With an Oceanic climate Vienna experiences warm summers and dry, cold winters. The best time of year to visit Vienna is in spring and summer (June – September). In the heart of summer it can be warm, the average monthly temperature rises above 25 degrees Celsius (77° Fahrenheit) starting from July.

In Austria there are two associated plug types, types C and F. Plug type C is the plug which has two round pins and plug type F is the plug which has two round pins with two earth clips on the side. Austria operates on a 230V supply voltage and 50HZ.

Vienna has a well-developed public transport network. Buses, trains, trams and underground lines will take you almost anywhere in the city in no time at all. Vienna public transport Wiener Linien operates five underground lines, 29 tram and 127 bus lines, of which 24 are night lines. Night lines only operate between 0.30 am and 5 am. On weekends and public holidays the Vienna underground remains at the service of its passengers all night. The Wiener Linien vehicle fleet currently consists of over 500 tramcars and more than 450 buses. A single ticket costs EUR 2.20.

For over 20 years, the city has pursued a “barrier-free” development plan. In general, pavements are flat, smooth and well-cared for. Transport hubs are served by ramps and lifts, as are most points of interest. Many trains, trams, and buses have low floors and raised platforms for step-free boarding. And wheelchair users can access various mobility services and resources.

Austria was one of the first countries to join the Schengen Agreement, which abolished internal borders, enabling passport-free movement between many European countries. If you’re a citizen of a non-Schengen country, check with the Austrian Embassy in your home country whether you need a visa.

If you need an invitation letter for VISA application, don’t hesitate to contact the Organizing Secretariat at: ntmbronchiectasis@publicreations.com and provide us with your passport details.

THINGS TO DO IN VIENNA IN JULY


July is one of the busiest tourist months in Vienna. Comfortable warm weather and plenty of sunshine make this month one of the best periods to visit this old imperial city.

Many old buildings, squares and palaces date back to Vienna’s imperial heyday, so one of the best suggestions would be to take a city map and simply have a nice walk around Vienna, enjoying the beauty of its architecture. There are many green spaces, such as the Danube Island for example, where you can find some shade if it gets too hot in the afternoon.

In one of those green areas there are two splendid palaces known as the Belvedere Palaces. They are located in a large park the city’s 3rd District, not far from the Old Town. Built for Prince Eugene de Savoy, both palaces now host museums exhibiting Austrian art. Inside, you can find works by renowned Austrian painters, such as Schiele, Kokoschka and Klimt. The Upper Belvedere Palace serves as the main art museum, while the Lower Belvedere Palace features apartment, rooms and sheer splendor in which the Viennese aristocracy used to live.

MONEY IN VIENNA


Since 1 January 2002, Euro has become an official currency in Austria (= 100 euro-cents). Austria is one of member states of the European Union that took part in the European Currency Reform, and replaced its old currency (the Schilling) with the Euro. There are banknotes with the values of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500 euro, coins with the values of 1 and 2 euro, and 1, 2, 5, 10, and 50 cents.

Austrian banks are open from Monday to Friday between 8.00 and 15.00. On Thursday most banks are open until 17.30, but close between 12.30 and 13.30.

You can withdraw cash at Bankomaten (Automated Teller Machines) throughout the Austria. The fees charged for withdrawing cash with your credit card can vary and sometimes are quite high. Information about it can be obtaines at your bank.

Foreign currencies and travellers’ cheques can be exchanged at all banks, currency excahnge offices and post offices. Commissions can vary.

You can check whether you may pay by credit card in the entry or counter area of any businesses, restaurants and hotels. Pay attention to symbols corresponding to Visa, MasterCard, American Express etc.

HOW TO GET TO VIENNA


Vienna’s Schwechat International Airport is located about 18 kilometres (11 miles) south-east of the city centre.

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The train is a comfortable way to travel to Vienna. The products of ÖBB (Austrian Federal Railways) and the Westbahn correspond to any individual travel needs.

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You’ll have a safe journey to Vienna by car and bus on Austria’s excellent network of motorways, expressways and federal highways.

As payment tolls are compulsory on all motorways and expressways in Austria, you will also need to buy a special vignette to use on Vienna’s city motorways.

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Some of Vienna’s districts are entirely short-stay parking zones. In districts 1 to 9 and 20, you will need to purchase a parking ticket from Monday to Friday (except public holidays) between 9.00 and 22.00. In districts 12 and 14 to 18, short-stay parking zones apply from Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays) from 9.00 to 19.00. Around the Vienna Stadthalle in the 15th district, tickets must be purchased for the short-stay parking zone, which operates from Monday to Friday from 9.00 to 22.00. On Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays, a parking ticket is needed between 18.00  and 22.00.