Vienna Business Travel Guide

The best hotels, restaurants and activities for Vienna business travelers.

Ornate baroque façades, lofty gothic spires, leafy boulevards, magnificent palaces and the meandering Danube River set a majestic background for this city that once ruled an empire and a country that was the second largest in Europe. These days, Austria's size may be a tad less grand, but between its European Union membership and central continental location, as well as the strong Austrian market, the capital city of Vienna has proven to be a haven for international organizations and businesses, especially those looking for entrée with the country's neighbors: the burgeoning economies of Eastern Europe.

With regard to industry, Austria's stability comes from a thriving service sector, in addition to tourism, construction, vehicle manufacturing, mechanical engineering, metals, machinery, chemicals, paper and paperboard. With such a diverse resume, numerous United Nations organizations and groups such as Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) are headquartered here.

Away from the office, Vienna's past and present come together like a vibrant waltz. Take in the timeless precision of the Lipizzaner horses at the Spanish Riding School, a free evening concert at the Schönbrunn Palace or the Museum Moderner Kunst, a cubist building enveloped by basalt lava.

For lunch, try a "Heurigen" tavern for a tasting of the region's white wine. In the evening, savor Eastern-European influenced Viennese fare, like spicy ghoulash. If your business environment is flexible, indulge in the decadent delights of an elegant Wi-fi-wired coffee house while you work from your laptop. Vienna, it should be noted, is one of the most "wireless" cities in Europe. Freud, one of the city's most preeminent citizens stated, "When inspiration does not come to me, I go halfway to meet it." In this city, there's nothing like mixing shrewd business skills with a sinfully sweet bite of chocolate sacher torte.

Take a look at GAYOT's Vienna Business Travel Guide to plan your itinerary.