General Information
The City of Vienna


Vienna¹ in figures:


414 km²


1.6 million

geogr. Location:


48.2° N
Longitude: 16.2° E

171 m ASL

Avg. Temperature in the month of August:

mean value 19.7° C (= 67.4 F)
max 24.7° C
(= 76.4 F)
min 14,7° C (= 58.4 F)
Amendment of July 2004:
until mid-July, the temp this summer remained some 3C below average




Euro² (€)

1 € = 100 Cent (¢)
Electricity: 220 V 50 Hz


Why Vienna?

There are many good reasons for inviting the PA Convention to Vienna:

The tradition of Vienna as a major conference site dates back to the year 1815, when the city hosted the peace talks following the Napoleonic Wars ("Congress of Vienna").  Since then, Vienna has established itself as a prime international conference location and ranks among favored destinations in the world, providing all the infrastructure and professionalism required to successfully organize a convention.

Vienna is clean, green and safe.  PA members and accompanying persons will feel at ease when discovering the many facets of this metropolis.
The "Global Competitiveness Yearbook" ranks Austria as number 1 for highest security and safety.

Since January 1st, 1995, Austria is a full member of the European Union.

Orientation in Vienna:

Like most of the larger cities in Europe, Vienna is located at a big river (the Danube) -- initially Vienna has been a Roman settlement called Vindobona (where the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius died in 180 A.D.).  
The city has expanded considerably during the 19th and 20th century resulting in new districts North of the Danube river.  What until the middle of 19th century used to be the Walled City is now the first of Vienna's 23 districts, and the former walls gave place to the "Ring" (Ringstrasse) where all the famous buildings are located, such as the Opera House, the Parliament, the City Hall, the "Burgtheater" (the former Imperial Theatre), the Museum of Fine Arts and, vis-à-vis, the Museum of Natural History, and many more.  This "Inner City" has recently been inscribed as a World Cultural Heritage Site to the UNESCO World Heritage List.  
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(See also the Section on "The Imperial Heritage".)

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There is, parallel to the Ring, another peripheral street called the "Gürtel" (i.e. the Belt) running around the districts III to IX that used to be independent villages until mid-19th century, the time of the enlargement of the city.

The 2nd district is, not unlike an island, located between the Danube river and the Canal ("Donaukanal") which is another distinctive geographical pattern.

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Further useful Information:

Vienna-Info 1
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Vienna-Info 2 
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Views of Vienna
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(See also the Section on Public Transportation in Vienna)

Download Vienna Videos
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Austria -- Map and Country Information
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Austria -- Consular Information Sheet
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Austria -- CIA Factbook
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Passport & Visa Requirements 
provided by the Austrian Federal Ministry for Foreign Affairs

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Text available in German only:
"Visum ja" = yes = visa required,
"Visum nein" = no = visa
not required which applies to most countries PA members come from.]

Download Visa Application form
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1) Compare the respective figures of the Republic of Austria:
area 83,858 km², population 8,1 million.

2) Since the introduction of the Euro in January, 1999, the exchange rate to the US $ oscillated between 1.1747 : 1 (highest) and 1 : 0.8225 (lowest).  Right now (July 2002) the exchange rate happens to be exactly 1  = 1 $.  Anyway, this 1 : 1 rate may well serve as a rule of thumb.
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Amendment dtd Feb, 2004:  things have changed since this website was launched first some two years ago and the above rule of thumb does no more apply.  Presently, 1 EUR = 1,25 US $ approx resulting in the unfortunate fact that a convention held in Europe became more expensive for US citizens.  Anyway, this is not an Austrian issue, this is an issue of the European Community.  It ought not to be overlooked that 10 new members will join the EC early this year, i. e. at the time of the PA convention the same exchange rate will apply almost all over Europe - there will be no more 'cheap' countries.

The VISA Credit Card is the number 1 credit card in Austria, it is accepted widely, almost everywhere (more than 80.000 VISA merchants and businesses in Austria, the majority of them in Vienna), and other credit cards (MasterCard, American Express, etc.) are popular, too.

Furthermore, there are numerous automatic teller machines in Vienna where one can get cash on the VISA Card, other Credit Cards, or the "Maestro" banker's card.