Local information

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ISMIR 2007 will take place in the city of Vienna, the capital of Austria. Vienna University of Technology is located in the center of Vienna, at Karlsplatz with its baroque Karlskirche (St.Charles' Church), just beside the Ringstrasse, Emperor Franz Josef's circular boulevard, which surrounds the inner city. The famous State Opera is just a stone's throw away from the conference venue, and following the Ringstrasse from there you can enjoy an impressive walk passing by Vienna's main attractions: the Hofburg Palace, the Parliament, Naturhistorisches Museum (Museum of Natural History) and Kunsthistorisches Museum (Museum of Fine Arts), the Burgtheater, University of Vienna (one of the oldest universities in Europe) and the Rathaus, Vienna's City Hall.

At the very heart of Vienna, Stephansdom (St. Stephen's Cathedral) is located, starting from there you will discover the cobblestone squares and medieval lanes, conjuring up images of Vienna's past. Definitely, you will not be able to resist the delicious scent of coffee and Viennese pastries inviting you to the many lovely cafés and restaurants in Vienna's Old Town.

If you stay longer in Vienna, you certainly will not want to miss a visit to Schönbrunn Palace, the summer retreat of Empress Maria Theresia with its impressive gardens, a ride on the Riesenrad, Vienna's famous giant ferris wheel located in the Prater, or a night in one of the many theatres or music halls of Vienna - the city of music.

Since ISMIR participants might be also interested in database technology, we would like to inform you that the 33rd International Conference on Very Large Data Bases will take place in Vienna from September 23rd-28th 2007

For further information about Vienna, see:


The currency in Austria is the Euro. All conference, workshop and tutorial fees are charged in Euro.

Banks and Money Exchange

Official opening hours of banks are from Monday to Friday from 08.30-12.30 and 13.30-15.00. Banks are closed on Saturdays and Sundays and public holidays. It is possible to change foreign currency into Euro at most city hotels and exchange counters.
You will be able to withdraw money in Euro with your bank card with 'Maestro' logo 24 hours from automatic teller machines called 'Bankomat'.

Shopping Hours

Shops are generally open during the week from 09.00 - 18.00 or 19.00, and on Saturday from 09.00 - 12.00, or 17:00 in most shopping areas. Shops remain closed on Sundays and public holidays.

Conference Site

The conference will take place in the Vienna University of Technology in the Freihaus Building, near Karlsplatz.

The exact address of the conference location is:

The conference venue is within walking distance of several of the hotels listed under Accommodation, and is easily reachable by public transport.

Public transport

The conference takes place near Karlsplatz, a node of 3 subway lines (U1, U2, and U3).
Subway stations in the city are recognizable by the blue [U] sign.

Arriving with the S7 train or the CAT from the airport, you will have to leave at Landstraße (Wien Mitte) and take the U4 to Karlsplatz.

If you are arriving with the Vienna Airport Lines bus from the airport at Schwedenplatz, take the U1 to Karlsplatz.

Subway is available from 5:00 in the morning until about 0:15 at night. Between 0:30 and 5:00 a night bus service is offered (same tickets valid).

Information hotline Wiener Linien: +43 (0)1 7909-100

The official web site of Vienna's public transport company is http://www.wienerlinien.at (German only).

On http://efa.vor.at/wvb/index_en.htm you can enter any two addresses or locations in Vienna and search for the fastest connection by public transport.


Tickets are valid on all buses, trams, subway lines and S-Bahn trains within Vienna; tickets can be bought in subway stations, major subway stations have counters as well (e.g. Karlsplatz, Schwedenplatz, Stephansplatz, Landstraße (Wien Mitte), Westbahnhof), open Mon - Fri, 6.30 to 18.30, and also in shops with the sign "Tabak Trafik" (i.e. tobacconist).



The map below shows the subway and S-Bahn system of Vienna, it does not show buses nor trams. Blue lines are the S-Bahn (trains), colored lines are the U-Bahn (subway).

You can also download the map in high resolution, suitable for printing.

Vienna subway system