Vienna plays host to a variety of fairs every year. From automotive shows to baby fairs, from wellness exhibitions to medical conferences – the range is diverse. The biggest conference centres can be reached quite easily from the Grand Ferdinand’s location on Schubertring. This can remarkably simplify the day-to-day routine for trade fair-goers. They save time and can use it to explore the city in the evenings.
Austria Center Vienna
Austria Center Vienna is Austria’s first green conference centre. The conference centre has room for 100 to more than 4,000 people in 24 halls. Events of all sorts happen here. Particularly well known is the Breast Cancer Conference, which first took place in Vienna in 2015, as well as the Congress of Radiology.
Austria Center Vienna is in direct proximity to UNO City, Vienna’s UN Headquarter. This makes it an ideal location for politically relevant events. For instance, the Iran talks 2014/15 took place here.
It’s also possible to rent offices and meeting rooms at Austria Center Vienna. 9 restaurants in the lobby of the centre keep fair-goers, conference attendees and hard workers fed.
To get to Austria Center Vienna from the Grand Ferdinand by public transport simply take U1 from Karlsplatz to Kaisermühlen/VIC. The journey takes about 25 minutes door-to-door.
Messe Wien Exhibition & Congress Center
Messe Wien Exhibition & Congress Center, often shortened to Messe Wien, is one of Vienna’s biggest exhibition locations. It’s run by Reed Messe Wien, which is a subsidiary of Reed Exhibitions, the world’s largest trade fair organiser.
The location consists of two areas. The Congress Center is ideal for events with anything from 100 to 3,000 guests. Its 18 rooms can be rented separately or together for congresses, company meetings, product presentations, exhibitions or events.
The Exhibition Center can host up to 30,000 congress attendees or 50,000 fair-goers. The most frequent events happening here are trade fairs and public fairs, exhibitions and congresses, as well as stage shows. The spectrum is broad, among the events one can find the yearly Viennafair (an international art fair), Cake World Austria, and the first Vienna Comic Con, which took place in 2015.
In both areas of Messe Wien there are multiple restaurants and cafés available. The centre is smoke-free and accessible for wheelchair users. Getting from the Grand Ferdinand to Messe Wien is easy with public transport: U2 from Karlsplatz goes directly to Messe Wien. Depending on which entrance is needed, one can get out at either of two stops: Messe-Prater leads to the entrances A and Congress Center, Krieau leads to entrance D.
No need to forgo the sightseeing
Fair-goers are wise to spend their nights at the Grand Ferdinand. Thanks to the hotel’s perfect locations directly on Schubertring they will have ample time to explore the city. Many of Vienna’s sights are merely a short walk of less than 10 minutes away. After all, everyone should be able to see more of Vienna than just the inside of a conference centre.