Amazing Venues to Host Your Next Austrian Event
Nestled in the heart of Europe, Austria is the perfect venue for hosting national and international events. A major business hub, it is listed in top international rankings as a fantastic location for meetings, conventions and events and is located just a short four hours flight away from anywhere in Europe. As well as this, Austria offers fantastic economic and financial stability, state of the art infrastructure and exceptional flexibility. No wonder then that the country is becoming a popular choice for corporate companies, both big and small.
From the snow peaked mountains of the Alps, to the impressive cultural delights of Graz; Austria boasts spectacular contrasting elements of natural scenery and elegant urban pockets, making it an ideal and highly memorable setting for any corporate business traveller. Austria also offers plenty of scope and creativity for corporate incentive trips. From adrenaline pumping white water rafting, to cross country skiing, or a relaxing wine tasting trip to the mountains. Whether you plan to host a large conference, small meeting, or an incentive trip here, Austria’s many hidden gems and vast scenic diversity will not fail to enchant and inspire. Below, we take a look at some of the most popular cities, attractions and venues to host your next corporate event or business trip…
Well known as a compact, green and safe city, Vienna is Austria’s capital and one of Europe’s top meeting and incentive destinations. It consistently ranks as one of the world's most popular cities for meetings, as compiled by the International Congress and Convention Association. Brimming with history, music and art, Vienna boasts a simply unique charm, fascinating architecture and a vast array of cultural attractions. From experimental theatres to film and dance festivals; grand opera houses to exhibitions, music concerts to designer boutiques and a lively nightlife, there is sure to be something exciting for every visitor to discover.
Already hosting up to 3,400 corporate events each year, Vienna has an impressive selection of meeting rooms, conference spaces and venues to host your special event. With 3 large congress and trade fair centres, 95 convention hotels, 8 universities, and an abundance of historical, unique and contemporary event venues, it’s safe to say that there is a perfect option to suit every occasion. Some of Vienna’s best and largest meeting places include the Messe Wien Exhibition and Congress Centre, a huge exhibition space that can host up to 30,000 people. The Austria Center Vienna, is another premier venue offering highly flexible meeting space for up to 20,000 delegates. In addition to this it also boasts exceptionally modern conference equipment and a digital signage system of over 120 plasma screens. For smaller events, The Hilton Vienna is located a short 15 minute drive away form the airport and offers 17 different meeting rooms and various business packages, whilst providing the perfect base to experience everything that the Austrian capital has to offer.
After a successful business meeting, delegates will have the opportunity to explore the many attractions of Vienna’s buzzing metropolis. For a complete tour of the city, groups should take a customised sightseeing trip to explore the narrow, medieval alleyways and imperial squares by foot. Here they can marvel at the majestic architecture of the stunning Schönbrunn Palace and Imperial Palace, or become more acquainted with the city’s famous music scene and opera houses. For something a little bit different, delegates can take a trip to Schonbrunn Zoo, the oldest Zoo and according to many, the most attractive zoo in the world. Alternatively, a trip to Wiener Hofreitschule, Spanish riding school will provide an experience like no other. For team building activities how about a waltz around the city, by partaking in an exclusive waltz lesson at one of Vienna’s best-known dancing schools! After a glass of sparkling wine to unwind, participants will then be instructed in the art of the waltz and even have the opportunity to show off their newly learnt skills to the rest of the group. For a bigger taste of Viennese life, a cooking workshop can provide great fun as individuals race to cook the best Apple Strudel or Schnitzel; all of course washed down with a glass of something cold in one of Vienna’s vibrant bars.
Sandwiched in between the glorious Alps, contrasting plains, lakes and many historical wonders; Salzburg is internationally renowned for its stunning surroundings, its baroque architecture, and its famous music scene. The birthplace of the classical music legend Mozart, Salzburg hosts numerous, top-class festivals and was also where the iconic, “Sound of Music” was filmed just 50 years ago. From the surrounding mountains, lakes, rivers, ice caves, castles and waterfalls - Salzburg offers plenty of options and activities to integrate into an event or business incentive programme. Whether culture, sports or a nature experience – the spectacular city offers the perfect combination of ingredients for everyone.
Favoured for its fantastic connections, excellent train networks and short distance from Munich’s international airport, Salzburg presents the ideal destination for an upcoming meeting or conference. The Austrian city also boasts plenty of modern research facilities and unique venues for the corporate business traveller, offering everything from classical to traditional folklore events, through to innovative technological enterprises, successful small and medium sized businesses and organic farms. A high quality event destination; Salzburg has proven to be popular with many global players including Porche, Red Bull, Sony DADC and Spar who have all established their headquarters in the inspiring city. The Salzburg Congress Convention is one of Europe’s leading venues for congresses, meetings, seminars and corporate events in Austria. A sophisticated, architectural gem, it has been a popular venue for international events of all shapes and sizes, and can host anything from 20 to 2,500 people. Located just a short distance from Salzburg’s old town, this unique venue offers the best of both worlds. Another popular choice is The Congress Saalfelden conference and meeting centre in SalzburgerLand. Guaranteed to take your meeting to a higher level, the venue has breathtaking views over the Austrian Alps and a 400 m² rooftop terrace for delegates to take in the beautiful views after a hard day at work. At night, guests can enjoy the special character of this beautiful village or celebrate at one of the area's mountain cabins or a modern event location high up on the mountain.
Besides Salzburg being a spectacular business destination, the city also offers numerous options and exciting activities to integrate into your business trip with an abundance of cultural, sporting or natural experiences. Taking a short trip outside the city, will present a largely untouched landscape etched with glistening ice caves, Alpine mountains, and glorious lakes. Team building activities on offer here include a visit to Werfen, home to the largest Ice Caves in the world, which combines a tour and cable car ride through the breathtaking Alps. Back in Salzburg’s historic centre, there are a wide selection of grand buildings to explore; the Carillon, the Cathedral, the Franciscan Church, Mozart Square, the Horse Pond, Hofstallgasse, Hohensalzburg Fortress, St. Peter's Monastery…the list goes on.
Graz is Austria’s second largest city and home to around 260,000 people. A world heritage site, it has been awarded the prestigious, “City Of Design” title, to reflect the active attitude and conscious design on environment. Brimming with culture, history and culinary delights, Graz fuses striking contemporary buildings, with ancient historical houses, providing a vibrant and highly unique setting for any explorer. Contrasting cultural styles including Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and Art Nouveau. With a huge wealth of sights to discover, groups can take a guided tour to uncover the city’s culinary delights, its weird and wonderful attractions or view the twinkling beauty of Graz in a twilight city walk.
With an excellent international reputation as a research and academic location, Graz is home to 6 universities with more than 44,000 students. Businesses located here include research institutions for the aerospace, biotechnology and automotive industry, as well as private high-tech businesses that export their products worldwide. Often referred to as Austria’s great "technology-plant", Graz is the home of high-tech-innovation, with one third of the country’s technology industry created in this region. Full of versatile event venues, Graz ensures that any conference held in the city will be a positive one. From the green meeting space of the Messe Congress to banquet halls, theatres, business hotels and historical venues, there is a suitable venue for all types of events, big or small. The three largest business venues include the Messecongress Graz - where the specialists meet; The Stadthalle Graz – a superlative venue, and the Congress Graz – a place for international gatherings. Each venue is equipped with state of the art facilities and presents something unique. With a busy annual calander of events, these venues host an array of concerts; TV shows, conferences, meetings, gala evenings, and exhibitions, trade shows… the list goes on!
For an entertaining and fascinating insight into the city after hours, delegates can explore the old town by foot on a walking tour; enjoy a tractor ride into the stunning countryside or enjoy the designer fashion boutiques, local markets, museums, art galleries, botanical gardens and fabulous architectural delights on offer. There is also no shortage of corporate team building activities; from the adrenaline pumping hire Wire Park in Hilmteich to the unique Adrenalinpark located just a short distance outside of the city. The City Adventure Center also offers one of the largest and most modern indoor climbing wall complexes and a programme of exciting corporate incentive activities, including the breathtaking 12 metre “Skywalk”.
Top Entertainment Picks
For those looking for exciting corporate entertainment in Austria, we have an increasing roster of talented acts, including cover bands, contortionists, magicians and more. Austrian Folk Band, based in Maxendorf, this unique crossover folk band offers authentic folk music in an upbeat and energetic performance. Finalists of the famous Austrian TV show, “The Big chance” 2012, the band won the hearts of the Austrian nation and have since soared to fame reshaping the Austrian folk music scene. Rocking stages across Europe in their lederhosen and jogging highs these six lads have entertained audiences young and old with their unique and distinctive crossover folk music style. Their live performances radiate energy and create a buzzing atmosphere that rivals many well-established global boy bands.
Living Gallery Dance Show is perfect for exhibitions, carnivals, and festivals looking for something a little unusual, the Living Gallery Dance Show provide eye-catching and highly unique entertainment. Full of various ‘living paintings’ this is an interactive gallery with characters that actually ‘speak’ to your audience. With themed characters ranging from Andy Warhol’s pop art to Jean Dubuffet’s famous French paintings and Salavador Dali’s iconic surrealist artwork; this is a fascinating and highly unique show!
Percussion Show is based in Vienna, this exciting crossover performance combines choreography and dance in a stirring, futuristic and highly energetic drumming performance. Featuring percussion, modern and classical dance and classical vocals, the performers deliver innovative hot beats and a contagiously high energy show that will blow the mind of guests at any event. The show demonstrates outstanding stage designs made of light and shadow as each performer is dressed in futuristic style costumes, complete with computerised 3D light design, which visualises rhythm and percussion.
Circus Theatre Show is perfect as an after dinner show and will keep guests intrigued and highly entertained all night long. Based in Vienna, the performance tells the story of the longing of life and nature in a wonderful and surreal fantasy world. The show is a dynamic and diverse mix of art forms, combining stunning circus acts, aerial artists, acrobats and theatre performers.
For more entertainment inspiration and information on events in Austria take a look at our Austrian entertainment roster or get in touch with one of our entertainment coordinators at firstname.lastname@example.org
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