Hold a meeting like Sissi used to: Event locations with typical Austrian flair

Hold your meetings surrounded by majestic mountains, next to tranquil lakes or in institutions steeped in history.

Austria is a country recognised as a meeting place, a forum for encounters and for inspiration. Impressive structures in the middle of the Alps, on picturesque bodies of water or in cities beyond comparison, all welcome innovative thought, bringing visionary ideas to life, and celebrating wins together. Guests visiting the many local event venues are enchanted by the abundance of traditional flair that creates a very unique and typical Austrian atmosphere. The meeting facilities found in the mountains of Tirol and Vorarlberg ­– on an island in Lake Faaker See or in historical monasteries, libraries and residences – are certainly not commonplace.

Seminar rooms on the Patscherkofel

Just a few kilometres south of Innsbruck, the capital of Tirol, lies an extraordinary event location. High up at an altitude of 1,965 metres, the top station on the local mountain, the Patscherkofel, provides the perfect setting for stimulating seminars, workshops or conferences. The station has two modern and well-equipped seminar rooms, which are also ideal for team-building events, incentives or meetings for up to 34 participants.

Tirol presents itself at its very best from the top of the Patscherkofel. The magnificent views over Innsbruck and the Inn Valley reveal the typical, idyllic Austrian landscape. Take advantage of the unparalleled surroundings and the spectacular mountain scenery and don't miss the chance of trying out the regional specialities in the restaurant "Das Kofel." When you venture out on a hike or an e-bike tour through the landscape of unmatched beauty, that’s when you’ll experience that true Tirolean feeling. Alternatively, explore Innsbruck and marvel at the sights of one of the country's most impressive cities.

Inselhotel Faaker See

If you fancy holding a meeting on an island, there’s no need to jet off to the Caribbean. That’s because a truly exceptional venue lies right in the middle of one of Carinthia's most beautiful lakes: the Inselhotel Faaker See. The completely car-free island can only be reached by water taxis provided by the hotel. Just like an oasis, the island will for sure help you forget your everyday stress.

A spacious meeting room that holds up to 70 persons is available at the Inselhotel for seminars and workshops, team-building sessions and even hybrid events. And an outdoor dinner set directly at the waterfront is a special highlight. Enhance your catering options with delicious snacks or a rich breakfast buffet – the Inselhotel relies entirely on sourcing typical Austrian products from the region. Enjoy Carinthia’s inspiring atmosphere and discover its diversity as you embark on a hiking or a rafting tour nearby or visit the Landskron Castle or the ruins of the Finkenstein Castle. Guests who would prefer to recuperate between meetings should definitely visit the hotel’s sauna in the historic bathhouse building.

Göttweig Abbey

Founded in 1083, the Benedictine abbey is not only one of the oldest and most beautiful monastery complexes in the country; it is also captivating with its breathtaking location high above the Danube Valley and the vineyards of the Wachau. The UNESCO World Heritage Site has seven historic meeting rooms with a total capacity for 750 persons and is therefore ideally suited for all kinds of events and functions.

In terms of general facilities, the event location leaves nothing to be desired, just like the gastronomic offer, too, is excellent. Personalised catering solutions are made possible by the various seminar packages available. With its very inviting atmosphere, the monastery’s restaurant has cosy dining areas, an elegant hall and an impressively large terrace, considered by many to be the most beautiful in the entire Wachau region. At the baroque Göttweig Abbey, meetings are not only held within historic walls featuring unrivalled views, but they are also held in the middle of what is probably Austria's most fascinating wine region. Indulgence and culture are important in the Wachau – whether on a hike through apricot orchards or grapevines, on a boat trip on the Danube or on a sightseeing tour through the picturesque town of Krems.

Austrian National Library

One of Austria’s highly prestigious event locations lies in the heart of Vienna: The National Library in Josefsplatz. Where already centuries ago inquisitive readers bustled around among the almost four million books, today it is a beautiful venue for seminars, conferences or evening events such as gala dinners.

With its opulent interior and magnificent event rooms, the National Library is perfect for exclusive events. Hold a meeting in the baroque State Hall, Prince Eugene’s former private library, or dine in the unique ambience of the Augustinian Reading Room. A total of ten rooms steeped in history can cater for up to 1,300 people. When holding conferences in the National Library, you benefit not only from the historical Austrian charm, but also from the location's immediate surroundings: On foot, you can reach the Spanish Riding School, Heldenplatz or Vienna's elegant boulevard, the Ringstrasse, in just a few minutes.

Wald 12 Holiday and Seminar House

The rustic Wald 12 Seminar House in Vorarlberg’s idyllic Klostertal Valley scores high in Austrian hospitality and exceptional friendliness. The renovated, 400-year-old farmhouse is surrounded by meadows, forests and mighty summits in the mountain village of Wald am Arlberg, with just about 600 inhabitants. If you want to recharge your batteries and become more creative, this is exactly the place to be. The most distractions you’ll get here are of the mountain panoramas at your doorstep and the jingling of cowbells on the pastures.

Use this haven of peace in the western part of Austria for your events. Benefit from the ideal work environment in an informal atmosphere. In Wald 12, two large, bright and well-equipped seminar rooms are at your disposal for lectures and presentations. The impressive surrounding landscape also invites you to tackle a range of outdoor activities like hiking to the Radona Gorge or to Lake Formarinsee and enjoying the slopes of the Sonnenkopf paradise with its natural snow. Finally, the comfortable rooms that have been specifically furnished by local craftspeople ensure a high degree of cosiness.

Hotel Schloss Leopoldskron

Located only a few minutes' walk away from Salzburg's Old Town, Hotel Schloss Leopoldskron promises exceptional events in a class of its own. The princely palace, which already served as the setting for the 1964 film "The Sound of Music," welcomes its guests with Austrian opulence. Set in a seven-hectare park, this event location offers peace and quiet, as well as stimulation. Be inspired by the historical ambience of the nine different seminar and conference rooms. Whether in the ornate Marble Hall, in the Great Hall with terrace and garden access or in the extravagant Chinese Room, you are sure to find the right setting for your seminars, meetings, Christmas parties or team-building events.

Cutting-edge technology, coffee breaks and the opportunity to have a hearty breakfast, and a common lunch or dinner together, are all ingredients that guarantee a successful event. Another big plus is the proximity to Salzburg, one of Austria's great “Sehnsuchtsstädte,” places or cities of longing. Enjoy the magnificent view of the Hohensalzburg Fortress and the Untersberg mountain from the hotel, and in the city itself, visit the cathedral or the world-famous shopping street, Getreidegasse.

Are you looking for event locations that can easily be reached by public transport? Then this article will definitely give you the right inspiration. An overview of all event locations, on the other hand, can be found here.