Austria Center Vienna
Austria's largest conference centre in the international heart of contemporary Vienna.
Thanks to its location right next door to the Vienna International Centre – one of the four international United Nations headquarters – it is the only conference centre that is directly linked to a UN site. With 24 lecture rooms for between 100 and 4,320 participants, 180 meeting rooms and 22,000m2 of exhibition space, the Austria Center Vienna has a total capacity for around 20,000 participants.
Milestones at a glance
- 2016: Opening of the new meeting rooms on Level 0 - 520m2 of additional space right next to the entrance
- 2016: Award for highly-available WLAN (INCON Digital Infrastructure Award 2016
- 2015: New furniture with 12,800 chairs, 1,400 conference and 840 banquet tables
- 2015: Innovative lighting system in Hall ABC for tailor-made Settings
- 2015: Opening of the Business Lounge and Café MOTTO
- 2014: First Green Conference Centre – awarded with the Austrian Eco-label for conference centres
- 2013: Presentation of the new strategy and logo
- 2013: New management headed by CEO Susanne Baumann-Söllner
After a construction
project lasting four years and ten months, and a brief test run, the Austria
Center Vienna was officially opened on 22 April 1987 in a formal ceremony
presided over by the incumbent Austrian President Kurt Waldheim, Federal
Chancellor Franz Vranitzky and high profile representatives of the building’s
On 17 May 1987 the Soirée in Vienna opening gala was broadcast live from the centre’s largest hall in 32 countries worldwide by the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation (ORF). Austrian entertainer Peter Alexander presented a star-studded musical show featuring some of the biggest names of the day such as Plácido Domingo, José Carreras, Gilbert Bécaud, Udo Jürgens and Jerry Lewis. The production also provided a milestone in the shape of a duet performed by Barry Manilow and Alla Pugatschova – the first by an American and a Russian star.
A building with an illustrious history...
The first UN conference held at the Austria Center Vienna took place in 1987 – the International Conference on Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. In 1993 the centre hosted the UN World Conference on Human Rights which, two decades later, is still the largest intergovernmental summit ever to be held in Austria. In the past years the Austria Center Vienna welcomed more than five million international visitors and has entertained countless high-profile public figures. Ideas that change the world have been and continue to be discussed at the Austria Center Vienna.
The annual event schedules feature a little bit of everything, from large-scale medical congresses to corporate meetings, product launches, trade shows, balls and banquets. Just about every industry imaginable has called in at the centre at one time or another.