Optional Tours

Tour 1: Classical Vienna – a City Stroll
Wednesday, September 15, 2010 | 14:00 – 17:30

Hofburg Palace in Vienna, Michael’s Gate
© Austrian National Tourist Office/Mayer

Explore the Hofburg (Imperial Palace), the former winter residence of the Habsburg Family and visit the Royal Treasury. History comes alive through fascinating stories and historical information on the Habsburg family’s past. Also included on this tour are a guided visit to the world-famous Spanish Riding School and a walk through the magnificent State Hall of the National Library.

Duration: 3,5 hours
Meeting point to be announced

Price: 54,00 EUR per Person
(incl. English-speaking guide, entrance fee Royal Treasury, entrance and guided visit Spanish Riding School, entrance National Library/State Hall)

Tour 2: Beautiful Danube Valley – ‘Wachau’
Thursday, September 16, 2010 | 08:00 – 16:00

Dürnstein Danube, Wachau Valley, Lower Austria
© Austrian National Tourist Office/Weinhaeupl W.

This tour will take you west of Vienna, to the beautiful part of the Danube Valley known as the ‘Wachau’. The full day’s journey includes a visit to the magnificent Benedictine Abbey of Melk, one of the finest examples of Baroque architecture in Austria and often referred to as the “cradle of Austria”. The picturesque village of Dürnstein, where King Richard Lionheart was held prisoner until his faithful minstrel Blondel rescued him, is particularly worthwhile, as is the old merchants’ town of Krems. Other highlights of this tour include a boat ride on the mighty Danube River and a three-course lunch menu with selected beverages.

Duration: 8 hours
Meeting point to be announced

Price: 105,00 EUR per person
(incl. bus, English-speaking guide, entrance fee and guided visit Abbey of Melk, lunch incl. a glass of wine and one soft drink, boat ride on the Danube)

CANCELLED: Tour 3: About Gustav Klimt & Co. – Art Nouveau in Vienna
Friday, September 17, 2010 | 08:00 – 11:30

Steinhof church St. Leopold by Otto Wagner
© Austrian National Tourist Office/ Grieder

Next to Paris and Brussels, Vienna is known as ‘capital city of Art Nouveau’. On this tour, you’ll visit the most important and well-known Art Nouveau buildings and get to know their famous architects, Josef Hoffmann, Adolf Loos and Otto Wagner, all of whom are inseparably tied to Vienna. One of Gustav Klimt’s master pieces, the so-called “Beethoven frieze”, is on view at the Secession, an art nouveau-era gallery in the centre of Vienna. Another highlight is a visit to Otto Wagner’s ‘Kirche am Steinhof’, a wonderful church renovated and newly opened in October 2006.

Duration: 3,5 hours
Meeting point to be announced

Price: 39,00 EUR per person
(incl. bus, English-speaking guide, entrance fee Secession Beethovenfries, entrance fee Kirche am Steinhof)

Thursday, September 16, 2010 | 06:30 – 07:30

© Austrian National Tourist Office/ Wolfgang

Join a refreshing jogging tour through the Prater, Vienna’s green heart – a good start into a successful congress day.

Meeting Point: in front of Messe Wien main entrance

Terms and Conditions

Optional tours must be booked and paid in advance at the time of registration. Each tour requires a minimum number of 15 participants. If this minimum is not reached, the tour will be cancelled and the full advance payment will be refunded. Any cancellations/alterations by a participant must be made in writing. Cancellations before Sunday, August 15, 2010 will be accepted free of charge.