Vienna, a city with about two million inhabitants, is situated in the very heart of Europe. Due to its unique geographic and geopolitical location, Vienna has been the setting for many international events and has become a popular conference venue. Vienna hosts one of the United Nations headquarters and is home to a number of other international organisations.
Vienna’s ever-changing history has left an indelible mark on the city, a mark also manifest in a rich cultural heritage. The city’s ultimate fascination stems from merging imperial grandeur with a cosmopolitan spirit, a combination which emerged after the dissolution of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy. Viennese writers, musicians and artists as well as scientists have all influenced many aspects of our modern world. Vienna took part in all major political developments of the 20th century. Shaped over the centuries as the capital of a huge empire, Vienna will always arouse feelings of nostalgia.
Today, Vienna offers historical palaces alongside modern shopping centres, traditional hotels, Austrian food as well as haute cuisine, typical Viennese coffee houses and luxury restaurants, outstanding opera and theatre performances, classical concerts and open-air festivals, antique shops next to elegant boutiques – all joined together in incomparable Viennese harmony.
Weather Conditions in Vienna
Vienna, the largest city of Austria, lies between a transition of humid continental and oceanic climate. Weather is cold in winter, the average maximum temperature is 4 degrees Celsius, the minimum averages at minus 1. Snow can be expected every now and then.
Electricity & Time
The main voltage in Austria is 220V. Vienna is in the Central European Time Zone, Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) +1hour.
Shops are usually open from 10:00 – 19:00 from Monday to Friday and from 10:00 – 17:00 on Saturday. On Sunday shops are usually closed except in the old town. Grocery stores already open around 8:00 during weekdays.
Service is usually included in the prices in bars and restaurants. Tips are always welcome and usually 10%.
Banks & Local Currency
Banking hours in general are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 08:00 – 12:30 and 13:30 – 15:00, Thursday 08:00 – 12:30 and 13:30 – 17:30. ATMs are located outside most banks, cash can be withdrawn there 24/7. National and foreign Maestro cards (cash cards) as well as Mastercard, AMEX, Visa and Diners are accepted. A Cash machine can be found at the nearby Raiffeisenbank (Loos-Haus on Michaelerplatz).
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