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Vienna is the capital and largest city of Austria with a population of about 1.8 million (2.6 million within the metropolitan area) and it is the second-largest German-speaking city. Vienna is host to many major international organizations, including the United Nations and OPEC. In 2001, the city centre was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Vienna is known for its quality of life. For seven consecutive years (2009–2015), the human-resource-consulting firm Mercer ranked Vienna first in its annual "Quality of Living" survey of hundreds of cities around the world.
Apart from being regarded as the City of Music because of its musical legacy, Vienna is also said to be "The City of Dreams" because it was home to the world's first psycho-analyst – Sigmund Freud. The city's roots lie in early Celtic and Roman settlements that transformed into a Medieval and Baroque city, the capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. It is well known for having played an essential role as a leading European music centre, from the great age of Viennese Classicism through the early part of the 20th century. The historic centre of Vienna is rich in architectural ensembles, including Baroque castles and gardens, and the late-19th-century Ringstrasse lined with grand buildings, monuments and parks.

Detailed information on possible activities and sights in Vienna can be found here


How to reach Vienna


By Plane:
Vienna is well connected with most major cities in Europe and the world via Vienna International Airport.
The airport connected to 240 destinations is located in the nearby town of Schwechat, about 10 kilometers from the city center.

Special offer: Discounted travel with Lufthansa Group Airlines

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Lufthansa Group Airlines is delighted to be the “Official Carrier” for Europhoton 2016 event that will be held in Vienna. Lufthansa Group Airlines offer all participants and accompanying persons attending the Congress special prices and conditions. The flights need to be booked online via the link below.

Lufthansa Group Partner Airlines offer a comprehensive global route network linking major cities around the world.

To make a reservation, please click on and enter the access code FRZZISC in the "Access to Your Special Lufthansa Offer" area. This will open an online booking platform that will automatically calculate the discount offered or provide you with an even better offer if another promotional fare is available.
NOTE: Pop-ups must be enabled otherwise the booking platform window will not open.

These promotional fares are also available through your IATA / ARC travel agent. Travel agents can obtain ticketing instructions by sending an email to and providing the access code as a reference.

By Train:
Vienna can also be easily reached by train from almost all European cities.
Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) offer a well developed railway network and modern trains that carry you to Vienna in safety and comfort. For further information see

By Car:
Austria and Vienna offer an excellent network of motorways, expressways and federal highways. As tolls are compulsory on all motorways and expressways in Austria, you will also need a vignette to use Vienna's city motorways. For further information on parking places/rates and car rental companies click here. Parking locations can also be found on the university's web site. Convenient parking and cheaper rates are available at several locations at the Park & Ride Facilities, located on the outskirts of Vienna. From there you can also easily change from your car to public transportation (such as underground, streetcar or bus). Many users of Park & Ride Facilities have additional benefits with a weekly, monthly or annual ticket of the Wiener Linien or VOR.

By Bus Connections (international or within Austria):

Travel to and from Vienna International Airport

The approximate travel time from the airport to the venue is about 20 min. by taxi, 30 min. by City Airport Train (CAT) + subway and 40 min. by the regular S-Bahn train + subway.

City Airport Train (CAT)
CAT trains depart from the airport at 08 and 38 min past the hour and bring you to Wien Mitte within 16 min. The cost of a one-way ticket is 12€. From Wien Mitte take two stops on subway U4 to Karlsplatz. You may also change at Karlsplatz to travel an extra stop on U1 to Taubstummengasse, the subway stop nearest to Campus Gusshaus. Practice shows that walking on foot from Karlsplatz is faster than switching trains at Karlsplatz, but the additional stop on U1 might be handy for travelers with luggage. To enter the subway system you need to pay 2.20€

Railjet and IC
Railjets (RJ) and intercity trains (IC) depart from the airport at 03 and 33 min past the hour and bring you to the main railway station (Wien Hauptbahnhof) within 15 minutes. The cost of a one-way ticket is 8.60€. From Wien Hauptbahnhof take subway U1: one stop to Taubstummengasse or two stops to Karlsplatz (see CAT description above).

S-Bahn line S7
S7 trains depart every 30 min. Transfer time to Wien Mitte is 25 min. From Wien Mitte follow the subway connection as described above. For the S-Bahn and U-Bahn you need a single ticket that can be purchased from a vending machine on the departure platform. The total cost of a one-way trip 4.40€.

Airport Bus
 The airport bus to Wien Morzinplatz/Schwedenplatz takes 20 min. and brings you to the U1 station Schwedenplatz, from which you can continue to Karlsplatz or Taubstummengasse on U1. The bus ride is 8€ + 2.20€ for the subway ticket. Please make sure that you are on a correct bus route because there are several other routes to more distant destinations in Vienna.


If you hire a cab at the airport arrival terminal it may cost 40€ or more, depending on the service provider. The cost of a pre-ordered taxi starts from 33 € (e.g. For prepaid taxis the driver holding your name shield will be waiting for you in the arrival hall.

Route planners and ticket information:

Get around


Vienna has a well-developed public transportation network. Buses, trains, trams and underground lines will take you almost anywhere in the city. Vienna public transportation Wiener Linien operates five underground lines, 29 tram and 90 bus lines, of which 24 are night lines. Night lines only operate between 0.30 am and 5 am. The Wiener Linien vehicle fleet currently consists of over 500 tramcars and almost 500 buses.

Vienna public transportation is part of the Verkehrsverbund Ost-Region VOR (transport association for Austria's eastern regions). Verkehrsverbund Ost-Region is split into eight zones and includes parts of Lower Austria, the Burgenland and all of Vienna. The city of Vienna accounts for one full zone or core zone (Kernzone or "Zone 100"). A single ticket is valid for travelling one way in one zone. You may change to different lines in the course, but you may not interrupt your journey. Single tickets can be purchased at a price of EUR 2.20.

Where to buy a ticket?
Validated tickets can be used for all public transportation in the core zone. Tickets are available at ticket machines at most underground stations or at points of advance sale. Tobacconists also sell tickets. You may also purchase a ticket on board the bus or tram at an increased rate of EUR 2.30 per ticket.

Apart from single tickets there are passes for longer periods of time. Passes are available for 24 hours and 72 hours, or as weekly, monthly or annual passes. Visitors can also buy Easy City Passes for one week (Attention!!!: on valid from Monday to Sunday). For further information click here.

Tickets must be validated before boarding. To validate your ticket stamp the ticket at the blue machines located at the entrance of underground stations as well as on buses and trams. Tickets bought directly from the tram or bus driver are automatically validated and there is no need to stamp again.


Conference Location

 The conference will take place at the TU  Vienna.

The full address of the conference building is:
TU Vienna
Campus Gusshaus
Gusshausstrasse 27
1040 Vienna, Austria

Underground U1: stop Taubstummengasse 
Underground U4: stop Karlsplatz
Tram lines 1, 62, and Wiener Lokalbahnen: stop Paulanergasse


We recommend a selection of hotels which are all located in the vicinity of Campus Gusshaus.

Best Western Premier Hotel Kaiserhof Wien****
Frankenberggasse 10, 1040 Wien,
Tel:  +43/(0)1/505 17 01 
E-mail: wien@hotel-kaiserhof.a

Hotel Erzherzog Rainer****
Wiedner Hauptstr. 27-29, 1040 Wien
Tel.:    +43 1 22 111

Hotel Johann Strauss ****
Favoritenstraße 12, 1040 Wien,
Tel.:  +43 1 505 76 24

Hotel Papageno Vienna***+
Wiedner Hauptstraße 23-25, 1040 Wien
Tel.: +43 1 504 6744

Hotel Drei Kronen***
Schleifmühlgasse 25, 1040 Wien
Tel:  +43 (1) 587 32 89 

Carlton Opera Hotel***
Schikanedergasse 4, 1040 Wien
Tel.:  +43-1/587 53 02       

Hotel Saint Shermin (Bed&Breakfast)
Rilkeplatz 7, 1040 Wien
Tel: +43 1 586 618 30

List of hostels in Vienna

Passport and Visa Requirements


Delegates from countries requiring visas should apply to the Austrian consular offices or diplomatic missions in their home countries. Contributors requiring a letter of invitation to include with their visa application should fill out the invitation letter template and return it to the European Physical Society for the final signature. The inviation will be returned via email or upon request only via surface mail. Express delivery will be at cost.

Vienna Tips


Shops are usually open Mon - Fri from 9.00 am - 6.30 pm, Sat until 5.00 pm or 6.00 pm; some shopping centers are open until 8.00 pm or 9.00 from Mon-Fri. Shopping is available on Sundays and holidays at the large railway stations, at the airport and in the museum shops.

Most banks in Vienna are open from Monday to Friday from 8.00 am to 12.30 pm and from 1.30 pm to 3.00 pm, and until 5.30 pm on Thursdays. In the city centre (1st district), almost all banks are open over lunchtime.

Most of Vienna's museums open their doors daily. Some are closed once a week, often either on Monday or Tuesday. The daily opening times vary from museum to museum, but you can generally assume that a museum will be open between 10.00 am and 5.00 pm. Some of the large museums offer art lovers one late evening per week and stay open until 8.00 pm or 9.00 pm. All details at Vienna's attractions.

Public transport

  • The underground trains (U-Bahn) run from about 5.00 am in the morning to about midnight
  • Trams and buses normally stop running earlier. A detailed timetable is available at each stop or with the qando app on your mobile
  • The underground trains run around the clock on Friday and Saturday and on the eve of public holidays! 
  • Night buses run every night along the city's most important routes

Vienna Ring Tram:
The Vienna Ring is an Austrian World Heritage Site. The majestic boulevard was laid out in the mid-19th century around the centre of the city, replacing the old city wall and the glacis. Take the opportunity to see buildings such as the state opera, parliament buildings, city hall, Burgtheater, stock exchange and numerous palaces were erected along the resulting boulevard. All of these sights can be viewed from the Vienna Ring Tram, irrespective of the weather. Hop on board and enjoy our integrated multimedia system, which provides explanations in German, English, French, Italian, Spanish, Hungarian, Russian and Japanese. A version in Viennese dialect, spoken by a well-known Viennese actor, is also available. Circuits run from 10 am to 5:30 pm. You can board the Vienna Ring Tram at Schwedenplatz, platform C. The ticket is valid for one Ring tour and costs € 8.00. Once the ticket has been punched, it is valid for 30 minutes (1 round). Wiener Linien network travel cards are not applicable.



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