Practical information

Practical information


Vienna has a moderate continental climate: colder winters and warm summers, without excessive rainfall. The average temperature during the congress period is 5-15°C.

Click here to check weather conditions in Vienna prior to your departure.

Currency and credit cards

The currency of Austria is the euro (EUR). Major credit cards (VISA, American Express, Diners and Euro/Master Card) are accepted in most shops, hotels and many restaurants. It is therefore recommended to inform of this possibility of payment before you order.


The organisers will not accept liability for individual medical, travel or personal insurance. It is highly recommended that all participants carry proper health and travel insurance.

Invitation letter for visa applications

International participants may need a letter of invitation from the congress organisers in order to obtain a visa for entry into Austria. The organisers will not be able to contact or intervene with any Austrian embassy or consulate office abroad on your behalf. This procedure is intended to assist participants who need to obtain a visa or permission to attend the 36th EHP Congress and is not an official invitation covering fees and/or any other expenses or financial support from the congress.

Please start the visa application process as early as possible and at least six weeks prior to your departure. The organisers are not to be held responsible for the outcome of your visa application.

All participants must register and pay the required registration fees before requesting an official letter of invitation. The registration fees are refundable should the visa application be denied. All refund requests will have to be received before the congress, by e-mail, fax or letter. No refunds will be made for cancellations received during or after the congress.

Safety tips

As in all major cities and congress venues, people should take care of their personal belongings.


Opening hours vary, but in general shops are open between 10.00 and 18.00 on weekdays and Saturdays. Supermarkets are open from 08.30 to 19.30 on working days (21.00 on Thursdays), and from 08.00 to 18.00 on Saturdays.

Touristic information

Vienna’s history dates back to the first century AD when the Romans established their military camp, Vindobona.

The city is located on the Danube River and has many beautiful attractions and museums including the Hofburg Palace, the Spanish Riding School, the Schönbrunn and Belvedere palaces and the Museum of Modern Art.

Vienna is also known as the capital of music. It has been a home to many famous composers like Johann Strauss, Franz Schubert, Haydn, Beethoven and Brahms.

The local standard time zone in Vienna is CET and GMT +1 hour.

For detailed touristic information please click here.

Walk the city

The most comfortable way of discovering Vienna is the audio guide Your Friend in Vienna

The audio guide is available for download in 6 languages (DE, EN, FR, IT, ES, ZH ).

Use the code:  EHP13 to benefit from the free download.



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