Vienna - Preliminary and Main Round Host City
Life is good in Vienna. What the Viennese have long known to be true is also officially confirmed: In 2018, the Mercer Study voted Vienna the world's most livable city for the ninth year in a row.
The reason for this outstanding quality of life? Vienna has more green space than virtually any other city. It is a place where you can relax – there are even parks in the heart of the city – or enjoy sport. The Austrian capital also has excellent infrastructure and is one of the safest major cities on earth.
Form decorative flowerbeds to unspoiled nature – there is plenty to discover in green Vienna. It comes as no surprise that the Vienna Woods on the city’s western fringes are referred to as the lungs of the city. This 1,350 square kilometer UNESCO biosphere reserve provides a unique habitat for countless plant and animal species. There are countless vantage points elsewhere in the city including the Danube Tower, Kahlenberg and Cobenzl, all of which can be easily reached using public transportation.
The “beautiful, blue” Danube is complemented by the New Danube with its outdoor recreation areas and skaters’ paradise on Danube Island. The Danube Canal cuts through the center of the city and is transformed into a stretch of bars and restaurants each summer. Highlights include the 4.5km long Prater Hauptallee and the famous Wurstelprater amusement park. Vienna’s trademark Giant Ferris Wheel is also impossible to miss.
Beside the Giant Ferris Wheel, Vienna boasts 27 palaces and 163 other residences - examples of the city’s illustrious history wait on virtually every street corner and the capital’s coffee houses are the perfect places to dream of imperial days of yore. A trip around Vienna's magnificent Ringstrasse boulevard is always a special sightseeing experience, whether you are walking or taking a ride in a traditional "Fiaker," a horse-drawn carriage. The magnificent boulevard is lined with parks and breathtaking buildings. The religious and geographical heart of the city is the St. Stephen’s Cathedral with its giant and famous bell, the "Pummerin."
The MuseumsQuartier, an art area with important exhibition houses such as the Leopold Museum and the Museum of Modern Art, once again offers a vast array of cultural events in its extensive courtyards during "Summer in the MQ." Cafés, restaurants and bars as well as the MQ Furniture, the futuristic loungers on the squares in the area, offer a superb opportunity to chill out. With the Summer Stage and the university campus in the Old AKH, Vienna has a string of other excellent spots that are ideally suited to hanging out in the open air. Not to forget is a visit to one of the trendy rooftop bars with an excellent view over Vienna. And it goes without saying in Vienna that the "Schanigärten," the sidewalk seating areas in front of cafés and restaurants all over the city, invite everyone to find a spot and watch the world go by.
From November, a skating rink and light installations in the adjacent park set the mood for the Vienna Christmas World at Rathausplatz. Thousands of lights create a homey atmosphere as Christmas decorations in Vienna's Old City and shopping streets. Romance and enjoyment come together at the Advent markets. The biggest of these is the traditional Christmas Market during the Vienna Christmas World. The Christmas markets in front of Schönbrunn Palace and the Kunsthistorisches Museum enchant against an imperial backdrop, while the market on Spittelberg derives its charm from the ambience of the old Biedermeier district.
Thanks to the diverse cultural offerings, numerous magnificent buildings and the lively and diverse scene with local neighborhoods and events of all kind, the capital city is a popular tourist destination throughout the year for all ages, young and old.
With over 300 events and around one million visitors each year, Wiener Stadthalle is Austria’s largest event centre and one of Europe’s top 10 arenas.
Situated in an ideal location, the wide and varied programme of events at the Wiener Stadthalle includes something for audiences of all ages. The list of personalities who have appeared at the venue in the past few decades reads like a who is who of the worlds of international sport, culture and entertainment. Music legends like Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan and Rod Stewart, as well as contemporary superstars such as Robbie Williams, Lady Gaga and Linkin Park have all played to full houses here. Every year, the Wiener Stadthalle plays host to Austria’s biggest ATP tennis tournament, the Erste Bank Open.
Since 1958, Hall D, with a capacity of up to 16,000 people, has been the centrepiece of the facility. With its length of 92 metres and height of 17 metres, and with flexible stage elements, the hall is unbelievably versatile, with a wide variety of possible set-ups. In 2010, the ninth Men’s EHF EURO took place in the Wiener Stadthalle and became a huge handball festival.