Information for the PEP 16 Meeting, Vienna, 16-18 February 2011 Meeting venue The meeting will take place at the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna/Vienna School of International Studies, Favoritenstrasse 15a, 1040 Vienna Accommodation We made block bookings at the following hotels for you from Hotel Rates for single From the Contact person rooms (incl. hotel to the Breakfast) venue Hotel beim Standard 70,- € 5 minutes Michaela Gansfuss Theresianum *** walk firstname.lastname@example.org Business 75,- € Tel: +43 1 50516 06 Fax: +43 Favoritenstraße 1 50516 09 52, 1040 Wien NH-Belvedere 116,- € 15 minutes Christian Kaiser **** walk or Tel: +43 1 521 72 186 streetcar + Fax: +43 1 521 72 167 Rennweg 12a, 10 minutes reservation.cityvienna@nh- 1030 Wien walk hotels.com The rooms are blocked until 16 January. Please kindly book the rooms by yourselves before this date, indicating ‘PEP’ as reference. You will need to confirm the booking with your credit card details. If you’re looking for an alternative, or if no rooms should be available anymore at the hotels mentioned above, here are the links to other hotels close to the venue http://www.hotel-johann-strauss.at/auswahl.html **** (situated more or less across the road of the venue) http://www.schick-hotels.com/hotel-wien-erzherzog-rainer.de.htm **** (5 minutes walk from the venue) http://www.climacity-hotel.com/en/index.php *** (5 minutes walk from the venue) http://www.lindner.de/de/LHAB **** (neighboring the NH-Belvedere Hotel) From the Airport to the City Center All hotels listed and the meeting venue are close to the city centre and easy to reach by public transport from the airport. You may choose from several options. 1) The City Airport Train CAT (Express Shuttle) runs every 30 minutes between the Airport and the railway station ‘Landstrasse/Wien Mitte’ where you can connect to the Vienna Underground network. The ride takes 16 minutes. www.cityairporttrain.com 2) Buses of the Vienna Airport Lines to/from the city center (Morzinplatz/ Underground Station ‘Schwedenplatz’). Duration: 20 minutes; every day from about 5:00 am to midnight; runs every 30 minutes. Vienna Airport Lines 3) City Train (Schnellbahn) S 7. Trains leave every 30 minutes http://www.schnellbahn-wien.at/netz/s7.htm . You need to buy a ticket in advance at one of the ticket machines on the platform for 3,60 Euro (inner city zone + 1 outer zone) and have it punched before entering the train. If you’re staying at the NH-Belvedere Hotel, get off at the station ‘Rennweg’ (20 minutes ride). The hotel is located very close to this station Public Transportation To move around in Vienna it is best to use public transportation: underground, streetcar, bus and city train. Tickets cost 1,80 € per ride. Depending on how long you plan to stay in Vienna you may choose to get a multiple day ticket. They are available for 24h, 48h, 72h or 1 week. Taxis The starting rate during the day is 2,50 €; at night (11:00 pm – 6:00 am) and on Sundays and public holidays 2,60 €, surcharge for radio taxis: 2,- €. For rides from and to the airport: surcharge 12,- €. For special airport rates see also http://www.wien.info/en/travel-info/to-and-around/taxis Time Zone Vienna lies within the Central European time zone (CET). Climate The weather in February may be quite wet or snowy and chilly with temperatures around freezing point (average max 4 °C, average min -1 °C). Often there is a moderate westerly wind in the city which often makes cool days even cooler. You should bring along warm winter clothing. Electricity The voltage in Vienna is 230 Volts (Alternating Current). Language In Austria, German is the primary language. The most common foreign language is English. Money / Banks, Currency & Exchange The legal tender in Austria is the Euro. There are plenty of ATMs around. Banks are usually open from Mon to Wed, Fri 8:30 am – 3:00 pm, Thu 8:30 am – 5:30 pm. Tipping In many areas such as gastronomy, in taxis, at hairdressers, at service stations, tipping is traditionally expected. Usually, the tip amounts to about 5 to 10 percent.