Home of Mozart and Sigmund Freud, Vienna is regarded as one of the world’s top music and cultural destinations. In fact, it’s this music and culture that has helped Vienna consistently rank the number one city for quality of living in the world.
If the city’s composers, rich culture, and history weren’t enough, Vienna offers planners hundreds of unique venues, making ita top meeting destination for meeting and event professionals.
Check out our planner’s guide to the best venues and places to stay in Vienna for meeting and event professionals.
Top 10 Venues planners Should Consider
Give your guest the experience of a lifetime by hosting your next meeting or event in Vienna’s most well-known building and number one attraction, the Schönbrunn. The old summer home of Habsburg rulers, the 1,441-room Schönbrunn is a historic and cultural landmark, in addition to an event and meeting space. Planners can choose to host their events inside one of the Palace’s six rooms (17-300 guests), in the Orangery Garden (400-600 guests), or the Apothekertrakt (10-260 guests). Whether you choose to host your event in one of the historic, ornate rooms, by the three historic foundations in the Orangery Garden, or in the green oasis of the Apothekertrakt, your guests’ experience will be nothing sort of extraordinary.
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Located in the center of Vienna, Musikverein has been the concert hall for classical music for over 200 years. Now, planners can host their own event in this world-class venue. Musikverein features seven venue spaces: Großer Musikvereinssaal (1,700 guests), Brahms-Saal (590 guests), Gottfried-von-Einem-Saal, Glass Hall (350 guests), Metal Hall (120 guests), Stone Hall (70 guests), and Wodden Hall (50 guests). Perhaps the most popular venue for events is the Großer Musikvereinssaal. The large concert hallfeatures massive chandlers, gold molding, and unique acoustics that are known throughout the world. Whatever type of event you choose to hold, Musikverein will ensure the stage is set for your success.
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Help your guests feel like royalty, by hosting your next event at Hotel Imperial. Originally the home of Prince Phililpp of Wuerttemberg, Hotel Imperial now offers guests 138 guest-rooms furnished with imperial luxury, and planners 4,036 sq. ft of meeting and event space. One of the most sought-after rooms at the Imperial is Marble hall, which features marble columns, ornate décor, and a vaulted ceiling, making it an ideal venue for parties, dinners, cocktail hours, and more. Captivate your guests by making this exclusive and historic venue space yours!
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If you’re looking for a large Vienna venue to host your meeting or event, then the Hofburg Conference Center is the place for you! Featuring modern glass architecture, Hofburg offers planners over 17,000 m2 of venue space spread across three floors. In addition to offering traditional meeting and conference rooms that can accommodate 50 to 4,9000 guests, the Hofburg’s top floor, the Rooftop Foyer, can combine the breathtaking views of Vienna’s Old Town with your event. With an onsite professional staff that has over 55 years of, state-of-the-art technology, and 44 venue rooms, the Hofburg can handle any event.
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Named Vienna’s “most elegant address”, the Palais Duan-Kinsky is the venue for special events, like product launches, award ceremonies, conferences, and more. The Palais Duan-Kinsky offers planners five venue spaces: Ovaler Festsaal (80-110 guests), Herrensalon (40-56 guests), Damensalon (30-40 guests), Gelber Salon (30-80 guests), and Empfangszimmer (40 guests). The Ovaler Festaal, regarded as the venue’s pièce de résistance, is the most sought-after space due to its ornate décor. But no matter what space you choose at the Palais Duan-Kinsky, your guests will feel nothing short of majestic.
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Located on Vienna’s iconic Ring Boulevard, the Ritz Carlton combines 21st-century amenities with Vienna culture and luxury. In addition to offering five-star accommodations, like 202 guest rooms, a spa, fitness center, an indoor pool, and Vienna-inspired, award-winning dining, the Ritz Carlton also offers planners state-of-the-art venue space. Planners can choose from two boardrooms (guests), three breakout rooms (18-50), the Crystal Ballroom (240 guests), or the Atmosphere Rooftop Bar. With customized culinary menus, several meeting packages, and modern venue space, the Ritz Carlton is an ideal venue for your next meeting or event.
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If you’re looking for a unique, authentic Viennese venue to hold your smaller meeting or event, then Café Residenz is for you! Located in the left-wing of Schönbrunn’s courtyard, Café Residenz offers planners Viennese cuisine, pastries, coffee, and event space for up to 70 guests. If you want to add a little something “extra” to your event, Café Residenz has experiential packages, like “Dinner & Crime”, “Magic Royale”, among others. Give your guests a truly Viennese experience by hosting your next event at Café Residenz!
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Home to over 300 events every year, the Wiener Stadthalle is Austria’s premier event center. Wiener Stadthalle offers planners six halls that can be used separately or together to host events. The largest hall onsite is Hall D, Austria’s largest event venue, which can accommodate 16,000 guests and 100 tons of technological equipment, making it an ideal venue for conferences, fairs, tradeshows, and more. Another popular hall at Wiener Stadthalle is Hall E. Also known as E-Box, the open layout space can host up to 1,200 guests and be staged to fit almost any type of layout. With so much venue space and over one million visitors per year, no wonder why the Wiener Stadthalle is one of Europe’s top 10 arena.
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Looking for a venue outside of the typical hotel conference room? Then Feuerwehr Wagner is for you! This 300-year-old family owned, and operated vineyard not only serves delicious wines, but also offers planners venue space. Feuerwehr Wagner features five private rooms for planners to choose from that can host 70 to 300 guests. Your guests can enjoy wine from the family vineyard, and nibble on homemade foods, like the family’s famous finger foods and seasonal duck, dumpling, and mushroom specialties. Whatever room, wine pairing, or dish you choose, your guests will be sure to remember this authentic Austrian venue.
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10. 25hours Hotels
Walking distance from some of Vienna’s greatest attractions like the Natural History and Art Museums, 25hours Hotel is not only conveniently located in the cultural district of Vienna, it is also planners’ top meeting and event venues. 25hours Hotel offers 7 venue spaces: Freiraum 1 (25-60 guests), Freiraum II (15-50 guests), Freiraum III (15-45 guests), Wohnzimmer (200 guests), Kleiner Dachboden (12-50 guests), Dachboden (200 guests), and 1500 Foodmakers. The 25hours Hotel offers several packages and specializes in pop-up events, press conferences, product launches, album releases, photoshoots, among others. In addition to being a colorful, sought-after venue space, the Hotel offers 34 guest rooms and a restaurant, known for their pizza and pasta. Let 25hours Hotel inspire you and your guests, by hosting your next event in one of their creative venues!
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Top 3 Things to Do in Vienna
Wiener Staatsoper, also known as Vienna’s Opera House, has been the city’s home to opera and other performing arts since 1869. If you cannot attend one of the shows, you can take a 40-minute guided tour, where you’ll be taken behind the scenes of the world’s largest theater. Tours run every day, and tickets cost 7,00 € for adults 65 and older, 9,00 € for adults, and 4,00 for those up to 27 years old.
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Rated the number one thing to do in Vienna, St. Stephen’s Cathedral is regarded by many as the symbol of the city. St. Stephen’s Cathedral has stood over Vienna for more than 700 years, and as such, is deemed as one of the most important Gothic structured in all of Austria. Tourists can attend a service, tour the main section of the cathedral, explore the underground catacombs that house bodies of victims taken by the Great Plague, and climb the 343 steps to the South Tower (or use the elevator) to enjoy the breathtaking views of the city.
Pro Tip: If you want to experience all of St. Stephen’s Cathedral attractions, you may want to buy an all-inclusive ticket here. Tickets for the 2.5-hour tour cost 14.90 euros for adults, and 3.90 for children.
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Kunsthistorisches Museum, also known as Vienna’s Museum of Fine Arts, is home to a wide variety of artwork from European artists, like Rubens, Van Dyke, Velasquez, Titian, and more. The museum is opened Tuesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Thursday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tickets cost 16 euros for adults and are free for children and teens under 19.
Pro Tip: If you’re travelling in a group of 10 or more, you qualify for a group ticket rate of 12 euros. You can learn more here.
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Have you ever hosted an event in one of these Vienna venues? How did it go? What was your favorite thing to do inside and outside of Vienna? Let us know by commenting below!
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