Thursday evening: Social dinner
Traditional Viennese dinner at Fuhrgassl-Huber
The traditional Viennese Heuriger Fuhrgassl Huber is one of the best-known wine taverns in Neustift am Walde, located right on the outskirts of Vienna. The tavern is located amidst the vineyards of Vienna’s 19th District, transporting you from the hustle-and-bustle of a busy conference to a much quieter village setting. Conference guests will be greeted with a brief introduction to the world of wine (including tasting!), before moving to the hall for a multi-course buffet. “Heuriger” is an abbreviation of “heuriger wine”, and as such the term refers to not only the tavern, but that year’s new home-grown wine too. This young wine tends to be sold throughout the autumn months and spending cosy evenings at a Heuriger has become a staple of Viennese culture.
In order to spend the evening worry-free, we are putting on a free shuttle bus to take you both to the restaurant and then back to the city centre. On the outward journey, the bus will depart from the Austria Trend Hotel Wien Praterstern (near WU Vienna) at around 6 p.m. The return trip back to the city centre will be possible at two different times: the first shuttle will leave around 10 p.m., and the second at around midnight.
We are very much looking forward to a pleasant evening with our guests!
Friday evening: Dance class
After three interesting and stimulating days of academic talks, we would like to offer some variety to conference participants – perhaps something you haven’t thought about trying before! On Friday evening, there will be the opportunity to participate in a dance class at the Stanek dance school in the 1st District. In this exclusive setting, you will be taught the basics of the Viennese waltz and a joint polonaise will be held. The course will last around 2.5 hours with a break in the middle. The dance class will be taught in English and in German.
Please note that food and drinks are not included.
Saturday morning: Guided city walk
After the end of the three-day conference, we would like to invite participants to stay in Vienna for the weekend to get to know the city even better. For those interested, there will be the opportunity to participate in a guided city walk on Saturday 24th September. There will be two themes to choose from: participants can decide on either a traditional Vienna Highlights Tour through the city centre, passing the most important sights like Hofburg, the imperial residence of the Habsburgs (Imperial Library and Spanish Riding School), Ringstraße with the majestic buildings Museum of Art History and Burgtheater, further on to the elegant Kohlmarkt and Stephan’s Cathedral.
Or you choose to take the Despicable Vienna Walking Tour, which will take guests among the macabre, the seductive, and the scandalous, granting a deep look into the humorous chiaroscuro of the flighty Viennese soul. Vienna's dreamy alleyways stand as much in contrast to its imperial squares, in all their splendour, as does the city's everlasting flirt with both Eros and Thanatos alike. Yet somehow, Death seems to always gain the upper hand in the game; conceivably because Death is Viennese as an old saying would have it…
Meeting point: the meeting point for both tours is outside the Film Museum. The address is Austrian Film Museum, Augustinerstraße 1, 1010 Vienna, Austria. Please note that you will need a valid public transport ticket.
Duration: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. for the tour plus lunch afterwards. The walks will last about three hours and will end in the Viennese Prater.
Prater is well known for the amusement park including the giant ferris wheel and a very large park, about six square kilometres.
Lunch: afterwards we will have lunch at Luftburg Kolarik, a modern Austrian Restaurant within the green Prater. Please not that lunch is not included in the fees.