Some suggested Pre and Post Conference Trips

All destinations given below are easily accessed by railway:


Salzburg - Mozart’s city! A city of culture and elegance, set against the backdrop of some of the most charming and picturesque scenery in Austria.  Stroll round some of the many impressive palaces, churches,  galleries and pastry shops, and enjoy the panoramic views from the castle. Hourly high-speed trains connect Salzburg to Vienna in less than 2.5 hours.

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Graz and its Surroundings

Graz, the provincial capital of Styria, is situated on the Mur River about 200 km south of Vienna. The old town was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1999 due to the harmonious co-existence of typical buildings from different epochs and in different architectural styles. Graz was the European Capital of Culture of 2003. The surroundings of Graz are also well worth a visit, in particular the Styrian Wine Country, offering marked hiking and cycling trails with beautiful views and nice wine taverns directly located in the vineyards. Graz can be reached by train in 2.5 hours.

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Enjoy an excursion to Vienna’s nearby mountain area, the ‘Schneeberg’ -  the highest mountain in Lower Austria at 2075 m. On clear days it can be seen from some parts of Vienna, approx. 65 km away. The rich Karst plateaux has provided drinking water for Vienna via pipeline since 1873. Expect untouched nature, marked hiking trails and incredible views! A train brings you to Puchberg am Schneeberg in less than 1.5 hours.

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Wachau Valley

Enjoy a relaxing boat trip on the river Danube in the Wachau region, which was included in the UNESCO world heritage list for its exceptional beauty. The Danube Valley extends over 40 km and  offers highlights such as beautiful Abbey at Melk, the Schönbühel Castle and the stunningly picturesque town of Dürnstein, along with vineyards, apricot trees and gentle hills. The historical town of Krems, at the downstream end of the Wachau, can be reached from Vienna by train in 1 hour.

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The economic triangle of Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest has been one of the fastest-growing regions in the European Union in the last few years. From the centre of Vienna you will reach the centre of Bratislava in only 75 minutes by high speed catamaran or in 66 minutes by train. Enjoy a day on the Danube and in the picturesque centre of Bratislava.

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Budapest is full of extraordinary examples of architecture. Cited as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, its extensive World Heritage Site includes the banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter, Andrássy Avenue, Heroes' Square and the Millennium Underground Railway, the second oldest in the world. The Hungarian capital can be reached in less than three hours by train from Vienna.

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Prague, the ‘Golden City’ and capital of the Czech Republic, is home of a number of famous cultural attractions, many of which survived the violence and destruction of 20th century Europe. Main attractions include the Prague Castle, the Charles Bridge, Old Town Square, the Jewish Quarter, the Lennon Wall, and Petřín hill”. The distance from Vienna is less than 300km, covered by frequent quick trains in less than 5 hours.

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