Practical Information

Here we try to give some useful information for your visit.

Money

The currency in Austria is the Euro.

If you need to exchange money, we recommend you to visit a bank, not an exchange office (where fees are typically higher). The bank closest to the meeting venue is

UniCredit Bank Austria AG
Wiedner Hauptstrasse 11
1040 Vienna

If you walk out of the meeting building, turn left (towards west) until you come to a traffic light and the end of the pedestrian zone. Do not cross the street, but turn left immediately. The bank is at the next corner (with another traffic light).

Opening hours are Mon - Fri 8:00 - 12:30 and 13:30 - 15:00 (on Thu until 17:30). On Saturdays and Sundays, money exchange offices are open at the airport, at Westbahnhof railway station, and in Kärntnerstrasse.

Cash dispenser machines (ATMs) are located next to most banks (watch for a green-blue "B" sign as shown in the picture to the right), either directly in the street, or inside the lobby (accessible with your card). Maestro, MasterCard, Visa and DinersClub are generally accepted.

Shopping

Shops are generally open Mon - Fri 9:00 - 19:00+ and Sat 9:00 - 18:00. Shops remain closed on Sundays (with a few exceptions, notably at the airport and at big petrol stations).

Main shopping areas are (all are relatively close to the meeting venue):

Weather

The weather forecast for the meeting (as for any other period of the year) is: Partly sunny, partly cloudy, snow or rain is possible :-)

Now seriously. February is in the middle of winter, so prepare for cold weather. Of course excursions towards moderately warm and sunny weather can occur, but don't count on it. Snow and/or rain is not unlikely, and Vienna also has lots of wind which makes the felt temperature lower than it actually is.

The graph on the right (click to enlarge) shows long-term average climatic data for Vienna. Click here to go to the source, where you can find a numeric table and the same information in imperial units.

Electricity

Austria uses the standard European power grid of 230V AC at 50 Hz, but nowadays portable devices typically use switching power supplies and thus don't care.

However, you still have to consider the physical layer in order to achieve connection. The type of wall socket used in Austria is shown to the right, which is quite common in central Europe - with Switzerland being an exception. It fits with the so called Euro plug (shown on the leftmost photo), which is the typical plug for portable devices on the continent, and a bigger version with grounding as shown in the center photo.

Guests from UK, Ireland, the US and Japan definitely need an adapter (this is a non-exhaustive list). It may not be so easy to find one in Vienna, so better bring one yourself.

Water

You can safely drink tap water everywhere in Vienna. When this is not allowed, it is explicitly posted (Kein Trinkwasser), typically at fountains where water is mostly circulating. However, there are some public drinking springs in the city where it is perfectly fine to quench your thirst.

Vienna's tap water is delivered from mountainous regions about 100km to the southwest and has superior quality. Two underground pipelines to the city were already commissioned in 1873 and 1910, respectively.

If you buy bottled water, there are usually two choices: (highly) carbonated (prickelnd, mit Kohlensäure) or plain (still, ohne Kohlensäure). Sometimes, there is a third option which lies in between (mild, mit wenig Kohlensäure) and probably comes closer to the international standard of carbonated water.

 

Safety, Insurance & Liability

In general, Vienna is a pretty safe city and you can go anywhere at any time without restrictions. However, general precautions and a practice of common sense are always advisable, as pickpockets are attracted by (tourist) crowds and thus typically appear in the city center and in the proximity of sightseeing spots.

Medical infrastructure is excellent in Vienna, but it may become costly if you unlucky and need serious treatment. Inside the European Union, medical expenses may be covered by mutual agreements between countries. If you are in doubt, we highly recommend you to take out adequate travel and health insurance.

Please note that the Local Organizing Committee cannot take any liability for accidents, illnesses or injuries that may occur at or during the meeting, no matter if those occur at the venue or outside. Moreover, the committee does not accept any liability for losses incurred by participants and/or accompanying persons, nor loss of, or damage to, any luggage and/or personal belongings.