These inclusive MICE premises score high with barrier-free access for all guests.
Do your guests use wheelchairs? Are they elderly persons or participants with sensory impairments? If yes, then you definitely attach great importance not only to making your meeting, workshop or corporate celebration barrier-free, but also to offering a variety of programme options for afterwork events that everyone can take part in. To make your search for the right venue easier, we have compiled a practical overview of inclusive MICE venues that cater excellently to the needs of all visitors and attendees.
Jaz in the City Vienna is an ultra-modern boutique hotel that is also breaking new ground in terms of accessibility. Two wheelchair-accessible rooms are available to ensure that really all your guests can participate. Each floor is of course accessible by lift, distances are short, offer level access and have no stairs. Four different conference rooms are ready for you and all your participants, one of them with a flexibly expandable room concept in case you do need extra space. A welcoming place to relax after a long day’s work is the charming rooftop bar with a view over the whole of Vienna, which is of course also easily accessible. Your guests would rather explore the city by themselves rather than just enjoy it from up above? Thanks to the ideal location in the heart of the capital, evening excursions to the countless sights situated around the hotel are simple to do. Vienna's buses, trams and underground stations pose no problems even for wheelchairs, walkers or canes, and the ticket machines are also located at the appropriate height. Tactile orientation aids and guidance systems in many of the stations help visually impaired persons move around safely. So, nothing can get in the way of your corporate event in Vienna – and that’s guaranteed.
MuTh is also a space for music, the acronym already anticipating its thematic focus on music and theatre. Located in the Augarten, a public baroque park in Vienna, the concert hall can seat up to 500 participants and is easy to reach from the Taborstrasse station of the U2 underground line. The modern underground station is disability-friendly and equipped with a lift and a tactile guidance system. The hall, which opened in 2012, hosts up to 300 events a year – making it a well-tested location that is guaranteed to accommodate all guests. This is also ensured by a flat ramp and self-opening doors at the entrance providing easy access for wheelchair users. On the inside, the current inclusive architecture continues: a lift helps to reach all levels, the wide corridors provide sufficient room to move around in. Toilet facilities for people in wheelchairs are also commonplace here. Acoustically, MuTh as a concert hall has all the right things in place: comprehensive stage technology with a flexible platform system, trusses, acoustic sails, and three different projection screens with projectors ensure that even participants in the back rows can hear what is happening on stage in the best possible quality. The state-of-the-art sound technology and the possibility of holding live streams with three cameras are offered by the venue. The content of your presentation is thus conveyed to all those guests who cannot be there in person.
Already from afar the large ramp at the entrance makes a visible statement: the future is barrier-free. The futuristic and fascinating premises of the Ars Electronica Center is a fusion point of technology and art. It includes three meeting rooms for up to 150 persons, plus the Cubus Restaurant, all of which are easily accessible by elevator. This means that even older participants or people in wheelchairs can move around the entire location with ease. The breathtaking view from the glazed walls of the meeting rooms also reveals the excellent location. Centrally situated in Linz, the Ars Electronica Center is very simple to reach by public transport, but also offers 118 parking spaces for people arriving with their cars. As a MICE venue always keeping abreast of the times, there is no skimping on technical possibilities: streaming technology is cutting-edge and thus ideal for staging innovative hybrid or purely virtual events. Physical distances no longer pose a barrier.
The fact that the Montforthaus Feldkirch won the MICE World Awards for Austria’s Best Convention Centre in 2021 is not surprising given the location's cutting-edge equipment and all-round modern facilities. But when it comes to accessibility, no other venue can compare with the convention centre in Vorarlberg. The entrance area is level, all ten event rooms are easily accessible by lift and special wheelchair spaces are available in the large hall. You will find toilet facilities for people with disabilities in the atrium and in the restaurant on the top floor. Are your guests travelling by car? There are designated parking spaces for persons with disabilities in the underground car park of the Montforthaus Feldkirch, from which your visitors can access all rooms directly by lift. To ensure that people with impaired vision can also find their way around the Montforthaus without encountering any problems, guide grooves have been installed that lead directly into the building from the nearby bus stop, and signs have been placed on the handrails in audience areas and in the lifts. Do you have participants with impaired hearing? No problem: Montforthaus Feldkirch has an audio induction loop system in the large hall and the gallery. This can easily be used by switching the hearing aid to the "T" setting. As you’ve already noticed, at Montforthaus Feldkirch they don't believe in barriers, but rather, in solutions.
As Austria's second largest city, Graz can of course also offer barrier-free MICE locations. A classically elegant and spacious one is the hotel "Das Weitzer,” which lies directly on the Grieskai along the river Mur. Located in the immediate vicinity of the main square and various creative places such as the Murinsel and the Kunsthaus Graz, the location not only convinces with excellent public transport connections and easily accessible cultural amenities, but also with sufficient parking spaces in the hotel's own garage. 204 rooms in seven different categories provide for comfort, and facilities for guests with disabilities ensure barrier-free accommodation for the duration of the event. Hotel owner Hans Helmut Weitzer, himself a wheelchair user, keeps an eye on ensuring that all public areas are easily accessible for everyone. The modern equipment in ten meeting rooms also makes hybrid events possible and transmits your information out to the whole world. In summary: a family-run, magnificent and yet modern hotel that puts its heart and mind into making sure that none of your wishes are left unfulfilled.