Situated in the heart of Europe at the crossroads of diverse cultural traditions from east and west, the city of Vienna has been a centre of learning for many centuries. Vienna, a university town since 1365, has an impressive cultural heritage and has been home to a remarkable concentration of innovative thinkers.
Klimt, Schiele, and Loos revolutionized the arts and architecture; Mahler, Schönberg, and Berg, music. Wittgenstein, Popper, and the Vienna Circle changed our ways of thinking and philosophy, as did Freud, Charlotte Bühler, and Alfred Adler in the field of psychology. Mach, Boltzmann, and Gödel revolutionized the natural sciences, while Schumpeter, Mises, and Hayek contributed to the theory of economics. The Literature of fin-de-siècle Vienna is associated with the names of Schnitzler, Werfel, and Zweig — to name but a few.
Vienna was and remains a cultural centre with many museums, historical attractions, and cultural events that include a lively contemporary arts and music scene. Walk in the footsteps of the Habsburgs, visit the splendid baroque Schönbrunn and Belvedere Palaces, or stroll along the magnificent Ring Boulevard and take a look at the heart of the former vast Habsburg Empire, the Imperial Palace. Get a sense of the luster and glory of the old empire by visiting St. Stephen’s Cathedral, the Spanish Riding School, and the Giant Ferris Wheel at the Prater, as well as the sarcophagi in the Imperial Vault.
The Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU) is the largest and one of the leading educational institutions for business and economics, business law, and social sciences in the European Union. We are happy to welcome workshop participants at our new Campus WU, which is situated in the immediate neighborhood of the famous historical Viennese city center.
The following hotels are in a walking distance (5-10 minutes) to Campus WU and offer special rates (to be announced in due course) for workshop participants:
- Austria Trend Hotel Messe *** (http://www.austria-trend.at/hotel-messe-wien/de/)
- Courtyard Vienna Messe **** (http://www.marriott.de/hotels/travel/viefg-courtyard-vienna-messe/)
- Best Western Plus Hotel Arcadia ***Superior (http://www.bestwestern.at/bwc/media_article.ct?lang=en&id=278)
Traveling to Vienna
By plane, the Vienna International Airport (VIA: www.viennaairport.com) is located about 25 minutes from the city center. Campus WU can be reached either by taking the CAT (Vienna City Airport Train: http://www.cityairporttrain.com/default.aspx?lang=en-US) to Wien Mitte, Metro “U4” to Schottenring and “U2” to Messe-Prater or alternatively, you can take the railway “S7” to Praterstern and Metro “U2” to Messe-Prater (http://www.wien.info/en/travel-info/to-and-around/airport-to-center).
By rail, the 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.
By car, Austria has an excellent network of motorways, expressways and federal highways for a safe journey to Vienna by car or bus. As tolls are compulsory on all motorways and expressways, you will also need a vignette to use Vienna’s city motorways (http://www.asfinag.at/en/home). Please consider that the inner districts of Vienna are chargeable short-term parking zones from Monday to Saturday. Parking facilities for workshop participants are available at the Campus WU against payment.
For further information to plan your trip to Vienna please visit the Viennese tourist information: http://www.wien.info/en.