As the ESC Congress 2007 (European Society of Cardiology with expected 30 000 visitors) will take place in Vienna the week after YAPC::Europe we advise you to book your accomodation as soon as possible. If you are planning a longer stay in Vienna you will have a very hard time finding a room for the weekend after the conference. If you decide to come a few days earlier, you shouldn't have this problem.
Vienna is the capital of Austria. With a population of about 1.6 million (2.2 million within the metro area), Vienna is by far the largest city in Austria as well as its cultural, economic and political centre. [read more about Vienna on Wikipedia].
As we all know there's a variety of maps available in the net, we can recomend Vienna's official city map (including public transport lines) and the conference map (including all important places) to help you find your way around Vienna.
The Belvedere Palace, designed in baroque style in the early eighteenth century by Johann Lukas von Hildebrandt for Prince Eugene of Savoy, is home to the Austrian Gallery.
Hofburg imperial palace
The huge Hofburg (Court Palace) is the most important secular building in Vienna, once the center of the powerful Habsburg Empire. The old Hofburg, with its many different sections and courtyards, was built (and renovated many times) between the 13th and the early 19th centuries. The Neue Burg (New Palace) was developed in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, despite the dwindling power of the Habsburg Empire. Today, the Hofburg is home to various museums the natitonal library and seat to the president.
Riesenrad (giant ferris wheel)
Erected in 1897 to celebrate Emperor Franz Josef I's golden Jubilee, making it one oth the fist giant ferris wheels. One of Vienna's most beloved symbols (see YAPC logo above ;-)
From the 18th century to 1918, Schönbrunn was the residence of the Habsburg emperors. It was designed by the architects Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach and Nicolaus Pacassi and is full of outstanding examples of decorative art. Together with its gardens, the site of the world's first zoo in 1752, it is a remarkable Baroque ensemble and a perfect example of Gesamtkunstwerk. Unesco World Heritage site since 1996.
St. Stephen's cathedral
Vienna's main landmark, biggest church, seat of a Roman Catholic Archbishop and beloved symbol (see YAPC logo above ;-). Some parts of the church are dating back to 1237, making it presumably also Vienna's oldest church.
Altes AKH campus
In 1998 the Allgemeines Krankenhaus (AKH), moved to a new building, allowing the University of Vienna to take over its 16th/17th century abode, with its spacious 100,000m2 of parks at 9th district. After extensive renovation, Austria's first "real" campus was opened. Consequently some institutes relocated to the campus, followed by a number of places to eat and drink.
Am Hof square
Augarten palace & gardens
Baroque gardens. Great place for enjoying a picknick or sunbath. Also hosts the most durable reminders of Viennas dark past during World War II, the gigantic Flaktürme or Flak Towers.
A lot of rare and lesser-known exotic plants and trees can be seen in this garden. Empress Maria Theresia realised this project in 1754 to plant the medicinal herbs suggested by her physician. It is an oasis of peace and tranquillity. Next to the botanical there is an alpine garden. One can see a rock garden with thousands of plants normally only found in alpine regions. Some of these are quite rare.
Bratislava historic city centre and castle
Enjoy the historic center of Bratislava, the capitol of Slovakia, a day trip from Vienna. Bratislava can easily be reached by bus from Wien Mitte, by the Twin City Liner or by train from Südbahnhof in about one hour.
This theatre, built between 1874 and 1878 by Karl Hasenauer and Gottfried Semper, is one of the most famous in the German-speaking world. "The Burg", as the Viennese have dubbed it, was never just a theatre but also a sacred place where heated debates took place about the function of art and culture.
A popular lookout point located on a hill in the Vienna Forest
Heating Plant Spittelau
Located next to the venue. Once a dull waste incineration plant, now one of three buildings in Vienna designed by the Austrian painter and sculptor Friedensreich Hundertwasser.
Love it or hate it, this brightly colored, off-centre, eco-minded transformation of a drab council block by Austrian hippy artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser in Vienna's Third District is now as much a tourist attraction as the Hofburg or Stephansdom. By declaring war on the straight line and pledging to repay a debt to nature, Hundertwasser covered the facade in a chequerboard of primary colors, added onion domes and ceramic cladding, and planted lawns and trees on the rooftops.
As the name suggests, this was the site of the city's first Jewish ghetto dating as far back as the 12th century. It remained at the heart of the Jewish community for centuries and is now, appropriately enough, the site of a Holocaust Mahnmal
Since 1633, the significant members of the Habsburg family have been buried in the so-called Kapuziner or Kaisergruft (Imperial crypt). Twelve emperors, 15 empresses and around 100 archdukes lie here, carefully guarded by Capuchin monks.
When the Social Democrats came into power in Vienna at the beginning of the 1920s, they started a social project to construct more buildings in the hope of improving the bad living conditions in crowded Vienna. The Karl-Marx-Hof is an impressive example: more than 1km long, with pinnacles and thick walls for the balconies, it looks like a fortress.
Kirche am Steinhof
Situated in the middle of a nice parkland some 17km south of Vienna, Schloss Laxenburg is a fine example of 18th century garden artistry. Full of canals, bridges and monuments. The architectural highlight is the 14th century castle which stands in the centre of the grounds.
Museum of art history
Designed and built at the end of the 19th century by Gottfried Semper and Karl Hasenauer, the Kunsthistorisches Museum houses the Habsburg family's art collection, widely regarded to be one of the finest in Europe.
Housing several world-class museums and several art groups. Located in the former court stables it is a great place to chill out after a long sight-seeing tour. Free WLAN access.
Established in 1916, this huge food market always draws enormous crowds and has a lively atmosphere. Built on a long esplanade over the river, it is a wonderful place to stroll, look, and buy an interesting array of international food. Close to the market there are some of the finest Art Nouveau buildings of Vienna
Once a separate municipality, now a suburb of Vienna. The historic centre has preserved a lot of its 18th-19th century charme. Hosts some Heurigen (wineries) and is a convinient starting point for a walk in Vienna forest.
Old university / Academy of sciences
The labyrinth of medieval streets east of Rotenturmstraße in the 1st district is one of Vienna's most attractive areas and at the confluence of Bäckerstraße and Postgasse lies the Dr.-Ignaz-Seipl-Platz, studded with impressive buildings like the academy of sciences.
Parliament of Austria
Situated on the south side of Rathausplatz, this edifice designed by the Danish architect Theophil Hansen, is one of the most striking examples of the Ringstrasse era's architecture.
Originally a large moat protecting the ramparts, it was filled in later to create a market area. This illustrious commercial history is continued today by an amazing array of stylish shops. There is a memorial for the victims of 1679's plague at Graben.
Best known for its giant Ferris wheel and amusement park, the Prater, a long stretch of woods and meadows between the Danube and its tributaries, originally served as the imperial hunting grounds. The park was opened to the public in 1766, and its giant Ferris wheel at a height of 67 meters and weighing 430 tons, was erected in 1896.
This beautifully renovated Baroque palace ist located some 40km from Vienna. It also features a 50 hectare baroque garden and a little zoo (nice if you come along with children).
Schwarzenberg square and Russian monument
This is one of the most important squares in Vienna. It is surrounded by a couple of elegant buildings and palaces. At the upper end of the square there is a Sowjet monument commemorating the victory over fascist Germany/Austria in WW2, as well as a beautifully lit fountain and the Schwarzenberg palace.
Sigmund Freud museum
Sigmund Freud's office and private rooms are now a museum, which contains original furniture, documents, letters and photographs, some of his personal belongings and even some pieces from his collection of antiques. Freud lived and worked in this house from 1891 to 1938, before he was forced to leave Austria because of the Nazi regime.
Few areas in the Vorstädte (once the suburbs, but now part of the city center) have managed to preserve their original 18th- or 19th-century appearance. The exception is the Spittelberg quarter, a district consisting of half a dozen narrow, cobbled streets between Siebensterngasse and Burggasse. In decline since the late 19th century, the area was saved from demolition in the 1970s. Its baroque and Biedermeier houses were carefully restored and many of the streets pedestrianised. Now hosts a lively bar/pub scene.
St Marxer cemetery
St. Karl's church
This towering Baroque construction was built by request of the Emperor Karl the Sixth. In 1713, he resolved to commission the construction of a church, if the terrible plague epidemic should cease. Once the epidemic had been stamped out, Vienna's most magnificent baroque church was duly erected, according to the designs of architect Johann Fischer von Erlach.
The Opernhaus am Ring, famous first and foremost for its annual high society ball, hosts productions by the likes of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, the State Ballet Company and a host of famous opera singers and directors. The Opera House opened with Mozart's "Don Giovanni" in 1869, and has been going ever since.
Viennese City Park
Vienna's largest cemetery hosting over 3 million graves, including the grave of Beethoven, many members of the Strauss family, Schoenberg and Schubert. There are some fine Art Noveau edifices at the compounds.
Attendees dinner: Weingut Schilling
Ramble through this large open-air market. Recommended to be visited on saturdays forenoon.
Early registration: Centimeter III
Early registration monday 27th starting from ~7-8pm. Unfortunately has no WLAN and only a few english bills of fare (check out the website first). Take tramway line D (Venue, Schottenring, Ring, Südbahnhof) to get here.
Enjoy Vienna's superb icecream at Gelateria Zanoni or Gelateria Hoher Markt
Enjoy a glass of wine at this beautifully located 'Heurigen' location (tavern selling young homegrown wine)
Nice place for shopping, but very crowded on saturdays.
Naschmarkt jumble sale
Find a valuable gem or just useless junk at this nice flea market. The market is taking place saturdays next to the subway station Kettenbrückengasse (U4 line) starting at 6:30. Arrive early if you are looking for a good deal.
National park Donauauen, Stopfenreuth
Canoe through the meadow sidearmes of the Danube in this magnificent national park. Canoes and guided tours can be booked in the village nearby. There's also a national park museum in 'Orth an der Donau'.
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Weingut am Reisenberg