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Austria, part of the European Union since 1995, is a democratic republic with the prime minister as the head of the government and parliament elections every four years. The formal head of state is the president, who has more representative duties than political power. The country is divided into nine federal states. The language spoken in Austria is German, but most Austrians speak English
and many some French or Italian, too and are happy to be of service to visitors.
Vienna is the Capital of Austria, with a population of almost 2 Million. The city has recently become the number one worldwide as a congress destination. For endless opportunities to spend your time in Vienna before or after the conference hours visit the
>>OFFICIAL WEB-SITE OF THE VIENNA TOURIST BOARD
providing information in German, English, French, Spanish, Italian, Danish, Swedish, Hungarian, Polish, Czech, Russian, Chinese and Japanese.
Vienna - 3rd place in international quality of life survey
Subjective expectations, of course, vary but certain attributes are objectively relevant: political stability, personal safety and freedom, medical and health considerations, educational situation, public services and transports, recreational options, availability of consumer goods, housing and environmental situation.
Internationally acclaimed ranking by Mercer's overall quality of life survey 2004 evaluates 250 cities world wide.
Vienna (Austria) and Vancouver (Canada) share the third place, Zurich and Geneva (Switzerland) score ex-equo highest.
Within EU capital city rankings Vienna (Austria) is unchallenged first.
TRAVEL TO VIENNA
TRAVEL BY PLANE
Austrian, the national airline, is member of the Star Alliance Group and the official carrier for the FENS Forum in Vienna. It offers direct connections to Vienna from more than 100 cities in EUrope, Africa, Asia, USA, Australia and Japan. In addition, a number of other airlines fly daily into Vienna from numerous destinations worldwide. As official carrier, Austrian offers attractive fares to conference delegates if booking with a specific code that will be published here as soon as it is available, in due time prior to the meeting.
The airport is located about 19 km from the city center and is a state-of-the-art airport featuring many restaurants and fine shops. To get to downtown Vienna you can choose between a fast train (CAT, 16 minutes), subway, shuttle buses, taxi cabs and limousine service. None will take you any longer than about 25 minutes. Austria Center Vienna, the meeting venue can also be accessed with a direct bus from the airport in 20 minutes.
AUSTRIAN, Austrian Arrows and Lauda are the official carriers of the Forum 2006. Please contact your nearest Austrian Airlines office or travel agent where you will receive information on flights and fares.
As participant of the Forum in Vienna, you and one accompanying person will benefit from a favourable congress fare on Austrian, Austrian Arrows and Lauda flights (excluding certain reduced and action fares). Please identify yourself as participant by presenting your registration and referring to: CODE-FENS6
If your ticket is issued at a travel agency, please ask your agent to contact his Austrian Airlines office.
Participants from the USA please contact exclusively:
LYON TRAVEL, 999 Putney Road, POB 6179, Brattleboro, Vermont 05302
Toll free number: 800-639-3849
General office phone: 1-802-254 6033
Fax: 1-802-254 6123
TRAVEL TO VIENNA VIA AIRPORT BRATISLAVA
From the airport Bratislava (Slovak Republic) to Vienna City Centre the distance is about 65 km. Several low-budget airlines fly into Bratislava. The options to transfer to Vienna are:
The bus leaves Bratislava airport approx. every 90 minutes. The travel time is about 60-90 minutes. Arrival in Vienna: Südtiroler Platz (along underground line U1).
Trains between the main train station in Bratislava to Südbahnhof in Vienna operate between 8:30 am to 0:30 am.
Download Bratislava Airport Information (pdf approx. 300 kB) for more information
TRAVEL BY CAR
Austria's motorway network extends right into Vienna, making it convenient and safe to reach the city by car or motorcoack from anywhere in Europe. The Austria Center Vienna can also be conveniently reached via an expressway, and provides ample parking space in a garage right below the congress center.
TRAVEL BY TRAIN
Vienna occupies a hub position in Europe's international rail network. Intercity and international express trains connect the capital with all parts of Austria and with all major cities in Europe.
GETTING AROUND IN VIENNA
Vienna's public transport net includes underground, tramways and buses and is easy and fast. Please note that all registered participants will receive a free ticket for public transportation for the entire time of the forum meeting (Saturday - Wednesday).
The venue (ACV) can be reached by underground U1 (stop "Vienna International Center - Kaisermühlen; 6 stops from City - Stephansplatz, 7 minutes)
There is a lot to do in Vienna. Please check also the >>STUDENTS PAGE where a plenty of information has been collected primarily, but not solely for young scientists and participants travelling on a lower budget.
>>PDF-MAP OF VIENNA UNDERGROUND LINES
FORUM VENUE (AUSTRIA CENTER VIENNA, ACV)
The venue (ACV) can be reached by underground U1 (6 stops from City - Stephansplatz, 7 minutes)
INFORMATION ON VISA REQUIREMENTS
Austria is a member of the European Union “Schengen” Convention which imposes rather strict regulations on foreign visitors. If you are a citizen of the EU and a couple of additional countries (e.g. Switzerland, Norway, the US, Canada etc) you will be permitted to enter Schengen countries without a visa.
Please check >> this link here in order to find out whether you need a visa and which kind of documents you will need for your application. If you intend to visit just Austria you must apply at the next Austrian Embassy or Consulate in your home country or the country where you live (see list and contact addresses of >> Austrian Embassies). The Austrian embassies will also be pleased to advise you in the application procedure. If you visit more than one Schengen country you will apply at an embassy of the country where you intend to spend most of your time. When you have not yet decided on the details you will apply at the embassy of the country where you first enter the Schengen territory. Please note that many Austrian embassies or embassies of other Schengen countries request that you personally come to their offices for your application. In any case, we advice you to make an appointment by telephone in advance.
The Schengen rules aim at preventing illegal immigration into Schengen countries. Hence, the documents requested for applications must proof the intention of the journey and must guarantee that the visitor is able to support him/herself during the visit, even in the case of an accident or illness.
For your application you will therefore need:
- a health/accident insurance for the time period of your stay
- a documentation of your income/employment, showing that you can support yourself during the visit, and that you will leave the Schengen area and return to the country where you are currently working
- a letter of invitation from the Local Organizing Committee of the FENS Forum 2006 Meeting
- please check with the embassy for locally necessary additional requirements
We will be pleased to issue letters of invitation to all applicants
- who have submitted an abstract
- who have registered and paid their registration fee
- who are affiliated to an academic or other research institution
Important note: Please be aware that we are unable to handle requests for letters of invitation for those who cannot fulfil these requirements.
We want to assure you that as the organizers of the Vienna Meeting we will do our best to support your efforts in order to obtain a visum. As the LOC we are keeping contact with the Austrian Foreign Ministry. Hence, the letters of invitation will be sent not only to the applicants, but via the Foreign Ministry by courier mail to the respective Austrian embassies as well. This will guarantee the maximal possible attention by the embassy staff in the handling of your application.
Contact for invitation letters: Please refer to the "CONTACT" page and select "request for invitation letter" from the subject - drop down menu.
Time Schedule for visa application:
Please consider a time period of at least 6 weeks for the whole procedure of Visa issuing, starting from the date of your registration.
This time span will be needed for:
- the review of your registration by the Local Organizing Committee
- the postal mailing or FAX of the letter of invitation
- the time required for the authorities to process your application
We advise you to register and send your abstract early in advance, and to swiftly pursue your application once you have received our letter of invitation. Doing so will help to avoid a conflict with the cancellation policies for refund of the registration fee in case your visa application has been rejected.
CURRENCY & SALES TAX
The Austrian currency is Euro (€). Major credit cards are accepted virtually everywhere. ATM cards with the "Maestro" - sign are accepted at most ATM machines ("Bankomat") for cash withdrawal and as payment cards at many shops. Sales tax (20%) is normally included in quoted prices. For non-EU residents, tax-free shopping schemes are available at many shops.
WEATHER AND CLIMATE
The climate in Vienna is influenced by Continental Europe. The weather in July is normally warm or hot with daily highs between 25 and 30 degrees Celsius and night temperatures between 15 and 20 degrees Celsius. Though normally dry, occasionally rainfall might occur.
>>MORE DETAILS ON WATHER AND CLIMATE AND DAILY WEATHER FORECAST
Europen type 2 pin sockets with 220 V AC at 50Hz are used
Basically, Vienna is regarded as very safe place. This is one of the reasons why Vienna hes been recently ranked among the top cities worldwide in an >>INTERNATIONAL QUALITY OF LIFE SURVEY. Common sense precautions are recommended as for any cosmopolitan city in Europe.
The organizers do not accept any responisbility for individual, medical, travel or personal insurance. Participants are strongly recommended to take on their own travel policies.