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European Geosciences Union
General Assembly 2008
Vienna, Austria, 13 – 18 April 2008
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Travel to the Venue

Please find information about the location and the local transportation in Vienna here

By plane

Vienna International Airport at Schwechat, 19 kilometers from the city center, is state-of-the-art in every respect, featuring many restaurants and fine boutiques. The airport is served directly by all major European airlines.

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To get downtown to Vienna from the airport to the hotels you can choose between taxi cabs, shuttle busses (Vienna Airport Lines), and non will take you any longer than 20 minutes. In only 16 minutes the City Airport Train takes its passengers non-stop from the airport to the heart of Vienna.

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By train

Vienna occupies a hub position in Europe's international rail network. Intercity and international express trains connect the capital with all parts of Austria and with all major cities in Europe. Please visit the home page of the Austrian National Railways ÖBB for connections and special rates.

By car

Austria's expressway network extends right into Vienna, making it convenient and safe to reach the city by car or motorcoach from anywhere on the European continent.

From the west to the Austria Center Vienna (ACV)
Arriving from the west on the A1 motorway, take the Wien Auhof exit and follow the exit road without turning off. Proceed to Schönbrunnerstrasse passing Wientalstrasse (81), Hietzinger Kai, Schönbrunner Schlossstrasse and Schönbrunn Palace.

Continue along Schönbrunnerstrasse until you reach Magaretengürtel. Turn left and follow the signs to Praha (Prague). Stay on the Gürtel (ring road) until just before you reach Heiligenstädterstrasse at which point you turn left in the direction of Praha into Adalbert-Stifter-Strasse.

Continue along Adalbert-Stifter-Strasse crossing Floridsdorfer Brücke (Floridsdorf Bridge) and join the A22 motorway in the direction of Graz/Linz/Budapest. Leave the A22 at the Kagran/Vienna International Center/Donau City exit and follow the signs for Austria Center Vienna.

From the south to the ACV
Take the A2 motorway into Vienna. Change to the A23 in the direction of Praha. At the Kaisermühlen intersection change to the A22 in the direction of Praha/Brno/Vienna International Center/Kaisermühlen. Take the exit marked Reichsbrücke and follow the signs to Austria Center Vienna.

From the east (airport) to the ACV
Arriving from the east on the A4 motorway change on to the A23 direction Praha/Brno/Vienna International Center/Kaisermühlen at the Erdberg intersection.
Leave the A22 at the Reichsbrücke exit and follow the signs for Austria Center Vienna.

From northwest to the ACV
Arriving in Vienna via the A22 motorway follow the road in the direction of Graz/Linz/Budapest. Leave the A22 at the Kagran/Vienna International Center/Donau City exit and follow the signs for Austria Center Vienna

About Vienna

Vienna, the old imperial residence city now a modern art center, remains a city for connoisseurs - where you can enjoy endless waltzes, the exciting contrasts between imperial and modern architecture, a relaxed shopping trip or simply the life of coffee houses and Heurigen, trendy bars and sausage vendors and discos.

There is no other city where so many famous composers have lived; the variety of music is manifold in Vienna. You can visit the "House of Music" and the memorial houses of Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Johann Strauss and Arnold Schönberg.

Vienna was an imperial residence for several centuries and it has a great historical tradition. Follow in the tracks of the former Habsburg monarchy, visit the magnificent baroque castles "Schönbrunn" and "Belvedere" or visit the Hofburg, the Habsburg palace. You can also experience the spirit and the grand imperial style by visiting the Stephansdom, Spanish Court Riding School. Alternatively, you could try the Big Wheel at the Prater.

The old town of Vienna belongs to the UNESCO world cultural heritage.

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