Know before you go to resco.next – Tips on what to do in Vienna
written by Anna Kontsekova on April 27, 2015
Resco.next Conference 2015 will be held in Vienna, the capital of Austria. Why, you ask? Because, we want you to maximise your valuable time. So, come to learn about Mobile CRM and, at the same time, why not sample the cultural delights of Vienna in June, when the City is at its best.
Vienna (German: Wien) is a stunning city for many reasons, so you might plan to come the weekend before the resco.next conference (which is held on June 8th & 9th – Monday and Tuesday) to explore all the city has to offer: the culture, classical music scene, art, architecture, history and traditions, amazing coffee houses, its unique charm and atmosphere. If you are not aware of Vienna’s beauties, we have collected a few tips to help you get around.
Vienna used to be the capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire (and the former home of the Habsburg imperial dynasty) and is thus one of the historically important old cities in Europe. Its city centre is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site as it is rich in beautiful architecture with grand palaces and parks.
- Stephen’s Cathedral (Stephansdom) is a huge cathedral dominating the city centre.
- Walk along Ringstrasse. It’s the road surrounding the inner city of Vienna and great route for sightseeing as you can see many famous and impressive buildings such as Vienna opera house, Burgtheater, Hofburg palace, parliament, town hall, university and museums. In 2015 Ringstrasse is celebrating 150-year anniversary.
Classical music scene
As Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Schubert and others have composed their breathtaking music pieces here, Vienna became known as the City of Music with many opera houses (State Opera House) and well-reputed theatres (Burgtheater or Volkstheater).
Historical monuments and museums
- Imperial Palace (Hofburg) is the location holding the imperial jewels of the Habsburg dynasty as this was the main palace of the Habsburg Imperial Family. Today it is a museum and home to the president of Austria.
- Schönbrunn Palace is one of the main tourist attractions in Austria, so expect crowds. It was the Habsburgers summer residence and it’s located further from the city centre. It’s also home to the world’s oldest zoo.
- Belvedere consists of two Baroque palaces with museums.
- Museums Quartier is one of the largest cultural quarters. There is Leopold Museum, the MUMOK – Museum of Modern Art, or the Museum of Fine Arts (Kunsthistorisches Museum).
Traditional food and drinks
- Culinary specialties include Wiener Schnitzel (fried cutlet of veal or pork, served almost in every restaurant), different hot sausage with cheese available from street vendors or some fine desserts such as Apfelstrudel (apple strudel) or Sacher Torte (chocolate cake with a thin layer of apricot jam) found in some cafés.
- For a drink try Viennese wine, for example the dry white Green Veltliner (Note: Look for Heurigers, they are typical Austrian wine taverns where you will only get the owner’s own wine), Spritzer (wine with sparkling water) or beer. For non-alcoholic drink try Almdudler (soft drink made from grape and apple juice).
Recommendations for restaurants with Austrian cuisine
- Figlmueller (famous for the traditional schnitzel)
- Le Ciel (great service and atmosphere)
- Loca (very modern)
- La Veranda (elegant setting)
- Salm Brau Klosterbrauerei (big portions and own brewed beer)
- Gmoakeller (meet locals and enjoy fabulous food)
- Kleines Café (small, charming and popular, therefore could be crowded)
- Leopold Cafe (trendy cafe with chilled atmosphere, located in the Museum Quartier)
- Cafe Korb (retro style, smoking allowed)
- Cafe Central (popular, vaulted ceiling and nice interior)
- and many other in the city centre
Bars with views
- Le Loft (the top-floor bar at the Sofitel hotel)
- Dachboden 25hours (8th floor bar of the 25 Hour Hotel. I personally loved it here! But they don’t offer food.)
- Das Turm (turning tower with panoramic view)
Markets and shopping
- Mariahilfer Straße is Vienna’s most popular shopping street.
- Naschmarkt. Nibble at one of the best known and oldest markets in Vienna. Here you can find everything from fruits and vegetables to spices and exotic food.
How to get around?
- It’s easy to get around the city with the extensive transportation network (public transport: buses, trams, metro U-Bahn) and unified fare system. The underground is the most efficient way – tickets are available at machines, from counters at stations and small shops. Single Trip Ticket costs 2 EUR.
- Vienna is situated on the Danube River and is close to Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, where Resco is headquartered. (Fun fact: Vienna and Bratislava are the capital cities with the shortest reaching distance in Europe). You can take a cruise with the Twin City Liner to visit both cities in the same day.
Did you know? In various rankings, Vienna is listed as the most liveable city (always in the top 10)!
As you can see Vienna has lots to offer – make it a cultural experience and benefit of your business travel when coming over to resco.next conference.
There are still some spots left, so hurry up and reserve your seat today.
See you in Vienna!
PS: What are your favourite spots in Vienna?
resco.next 2015 is over
However, you can pre-register for the upcoming edition which will take place in Munich (EU) and Philadelphia (US) in autumn 2016. Find out all the latest details at the official conference website www.resco.net/next.