All scientific sessions and social activities will take place at The Hofburg in Vienna. The Habsburg’s former imperial residence was built between the 13th and 20th century. It was the center of the Habsburg Empire for over 600 years and main residence of the imperial family until 1918. Today, the Hofburg is the official seat of the Austrian Federal President (situated in The Leopoldine Wing) and also houses several attractions within the complex, which consists of eighteen wings with more than 2,000 rooms. Some of the highlights include the Albertina Museum, the Austrian National Library; the Spanish Riding School and the halls of the Imperial Treasury. Plus, a portion serves as a conference center, where the SPR sessions will take place.
The Hofburg is home address for the following organizations:
Church of the Augustinian Friars
The Hofburg Imperial Apartments
Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna
Museum of Ethnology
Museum of Natural History Vienna
Austrian National Library
Austrian Film Museum
Office of the Federal President
Spanish Riding School Vienna
The Wiener Hofmusikkapelle
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Getting Around Vienna
City Airport Train — Fast, comfortable and safe. Trains run from 5am to midnight Monday to Thursday and continuously from 5am Friday through to midnight Sunday. Tickets are sold at machines or windows at stations. Validate tickets prior to boarding.
Tram — Slower but more enjoyable. Depending on route, trams run from around 5.15am to about 11.45pm. Buy tickets at kiosks or from the driver (more expensive). Validate tickets when boarding.
Bus — Reliable, punctual, with several very useful routes for visitors. Most run from 5am to midnight; services can be sporadic or nonexistent on weekends. Tickets can bought from the driver or from a Tabakladen (tobacconist). Validate tickets on boarding.
Taxi — Book your taxi in advance.
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Markets and Shopping
Be sure to plan a visit to the Vienna world famous markets during your stay. A great place for lunch during the Annual Meeting!
The Vienna “Naschmarkt”
General Information on Markets
The Hofburg is around the corner of “Graben”, “Kohlmarkt” and “Kärntner Straße” – the inner city shopping areas, from luxury brands to regular stores…
Check out the benefits of the Vienna Card, which offers discounts on museums, signs, theaters and free travel on Vienna’s public transportation system for 24, 48, or 72 hours. The cost is 13.90 euros ($14.69), 21.90 euros ($23.15), or 24.90 euros ($26.32).
Language — The official language of Vienna is German.
— Austria operates on Central European Time (CET), which is 1 hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and 6 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time (EST) in the United States. Official times like shop hours or train schedules are usually indicated by the 24-hour clock, means 7:30 pm is 19:30.
The power supply in Austria is 220V AC. All sockets follow European standards. To use American-type plugs, a 220V transformer should be used together with an adapter plug. Be sure to bring your universal adapter with you!
— The Euro is the official currency in Austria and the most of its bordering countries. You can change money at banks, post offices and currency exchanges in airports or train stations. The banks are open from Monday to Friday from 8.30 to 14.00. In case you require cash money, you can withdraw money from the ATM machines with Eurocard, Mastercard or Visa. A commission is charged for each transaction.
— Classic credit cards, like American Express, MasterCard, Diners Club or VISA are rarely used, but accepted by major hotels, petrol stations or large shops. International fees will be charged. Otherwise cash or Eurocheque.