Give your business a fresh perspective thanks to far-reaching views into the wild with woodland, mountain and lakeside venues for meetings and events in Austria.
If you want to expand your professional horizons, see your business from different perspectives and freshen up your team's ideas, then you need an inspiring environment. After the cold winter months in lockdown and working from home, we're especially excited for the start of spring this year. The biggest workspace for creative minds is, and always will be, the great outdoors. When the fields are luscious and green, and flowers burst with magnificent blooms, the perfect place for a meeting is outside – or at least somewhere with a view. Austria has a whole host of special places for holding meetings in the great outdoors. Whether historic or contemporary, in the middle of a lake (no, really!) or high up in the mountains – here are the meeting and event venues in Austria where you can get up close to nature.
Right in the heart of Europe and close to Vienna and Bratislava, Burgenland offers all manner of venues for meetings, incentives, conventions and events to bring companies together.
Renaissance-era Lackenbach Palace has been turned into a contemporary events venue in recent years. It's a historic place offering a whole host of modern facilities for meetings, workshops and corporate events. The country estate has parkland, a garden and courtyards, providing a range of spaces for various outdoor activities and events.
Nestled in the wildlife haven that is the UNESCO World Heritage site Seewinkel and right on the border with Hungary is the Vila Vita Pannonia. The hotel and holiday resort is not just a venue with spaces for outdoor events, its facilities also offer the opportunity to hold sustainable "green meetings". Its seminar rooms and large Seewinkelhalle conference hall give you the flexibility to host a range of events: meetings, conferences or celebrations for up to 600 guests.
The historic town of Rust, a UNESCO World Heritage site, has a special character, and the Seehotel Rust is located just outside of its centre. This conference hotel has a fantastic range of leisure activities, cutting-edge events equipment and exclusive green spaces, including its own island and waters for bathing in, perfect for recreational and training events. And it all comes with a view of Lake Neusiedler.
This conference hotel is right on the shore of one of Carinthia's most well-known lakes, which in itself offers a variety of options for outdoor side events. There's always something going on at Lake Wörthersee, and even the meetings themselves can be entertaining: with the Move & Meet conference packages, there's no shortage of opportunities for attendees to get up and get moving.
The seminar room on the top floor of Hotel Streklhof is called "Weitblick", or "vision", a name it's been given not only because it comes with a beautiful view, but also because this panorama will inspire your vision. The hotel in Velden am Wörthersee is a place filled with natural energy, offering 80,000 m2 of green spaces and retreats for more involved team tasks. Inside it has a 90 m2 seminar room that can comfortably accommodate 30 people.
Situated in an extraordinary location, Austria's only island hotel resides right at the heart of Faaker See, Carinthia's warmest and most southern lake. Leave the everyday hustle and bustle on the mainland, this car-free island will help focus your mind. Top tip: when your meetings are done, go discover the 100-year-old bathhouse.
Get out of the city and hit the countryside – sounds like a good plan for your free time, and in Lower Austria with its view of vineyards from the Danube, it's a great idea for events, too.
Nature plays a key role at Schloss Thalheim. Nestled in the rolling hills of the Mostviertel to the south, the palace's ornate parkland and baroque gardens provide an idyllic backdrop for events. Although the 17th-century Schloss is historic, you'll still find it equipped with state-of-the-art multi-function rooms for your business event.
Convents are built on particular sites for a reason. And this convent's location, along with its contemplative spirit, makes Refugium Hochstrass perfect for private meetings, seminars and workshops. Situated in the Vienna Woods, the former convent has been lovingly renovated and now offers eight seminar rooms complete with panoramic views, providing the right environment for working and re-energising.
The four-star conference and event hotel Krainerhütte in Baden bei Wien combines state-of-the-art meeting and events infrastructure with friendly hospitality and outdoor activities. The 50,000 m2 parkland provides space to gather safely and is perfect for sustainable green meetings and outdoor events. The hotel has workspaces right next to the stream and in its pavilion and biotope areas. But that's not all – there are various adventure spaces to use for inspiring team-building activities.
Where will a trip to Upper Austria take you? To the Salzkammergut and Mühlviertel regions, or along the Danube? Or perhaps to the state capital Linz, or maybe the world-famous Hallstatt?
Located at the gateway to the Kalkalpen National Park, National Park Lodge Villa Sonnwend is sure to impress with its outdoor meeting space. Here you can get down to work in the shade of a towering lime tree, a distraction-free environment for intense group tasks. The art nouveau villa is a listed building tucked away in an exclusive spot, with its remote location and large garden providing ample space for meetings. Once work is over, the National Park and its mountains beckon, so take a tour on an e-bike or torchlit walk. On your return, you can gather around the campfire to reflect on the day's activities, warmed by the glow of the fire.
Located in a former monastery in Pyhrn-Priel, this conference hotel not only boasts views of picturesque scenery, but it's also housed in an impressive, historic building complete with a spacious courtyard, which is perfect for outdoor sessions. Wurbauerkogel adventure mountain and the Kalkalpen National Park offer activities for active outdoor side events.
Conferences are complemented by panoramic views over the Mühlviertel region in Hotel AVIVA. Its seminar rooms look right out onto the luscious green surroundings, where you can also hold meetings or take breaks. Side events at Hotel AVIVA are also surrounded by greenery: its location provides opportunities for hikes and tours by mountain bike or e-bike. Round off the day with a toast to your productive meeting with a beer brewed at the hotel's own brewery.
Salzburgerland is where landscape and architecture, art and culture, and tradition and modernity blend perfectly, creating the ideal settings for productive outdoor meetings and social events.
Schloss Fuschl and its coach house are located in Salzkammergut, right on the shores of the picturesque Lake Fuschlsee and just a stone's throw from Salzburg. Here you can hold meetings right by the crystal-clear lake surrounded by breathtaking mountain views.
Schloss Fuschl also has a variety of outdoor areas, offering little hideaways for group work, specific activities or your meeting itself.
The Stiegl-Gut Wildshut brewery is Austria's first farm brewery. This meeting and events venue operates on a "from field to glass" circular system – every step of the brewing process is done in house. You can move your event or workshop outside thanks to the farm's surrounding green fields. And, interestingly, the brewery is also certified organic.
If you're looking for an extraordinary venue in the heart of the countryside for your business meetings, then Villa Etaner in Priesteregg is the place for you. Here you'll find total peace and quiet for your creative meetings and workshops, as well as cutting-edge AV equipment. Plus, the breathtaking mountain views give you the perfect surroundings for clearing your mind and letting your thoughts wander.
Family-run conference hotel Häuserl im Wald is located in the mountains of the Schladming-Dachstein region, 800 m above sea level. A large, peaceful garden complete with shady terrace, seating and biotope is the perfect venue for outdoor meetings and events. And right next to the conference hotel is a forest with clearly sign-posted trails – ideal for outdoor activities and team work exercises.
You may be right in the centre of Graz, but this former soap factory boasts riverside outdoor space so you can enjoy some fresh air by the Mur River. The listed building has kept its characteristic red-brick design, and it has all the amenities for any meeting or event: in addition to facilities to host large conferences and celebrations, the seminar room provides a cosy space for smaller meetings and workshops.
In a quiet area on the western side of Graz lies the Steiermarkhof – a multifunctional training, conference and cultural centre with over 3,000 m2 of events space and 10,000 m2 of extensive green spaces. It boasts 20 state-of-the-art seminar rooms, a large 400-person function room, 53 hotel rooms and a 250-seat restaurant serving regional and seasonal dishes, making it the perfect place for meetings, training events, celebrations and accommodation surrounded by greenery.
Wherever you are in Tirol, there are sure to be panoramic views of the mountains and a forest scent in the air. Meeting in a place that's teeming with nature will inspire fresh new ideas for your business.
Instead of decorating with box trees and summer plants, Hotel & Wirtshaus Post, located in St. Johann, grows tomatoes, peppers and all manner of herbs around the premises and on its roof terrace for use in its restaurant. These fruits of nature will be all around you as you meet out on the terrace, and then you'll see them again not long after on the lunch menu.
Just 15 minutes from Innsbruck, congresspark igls is a venue right in the heart of a spa garden, 910 m above sea level and surrounded by extraordinary scenic countryside. Starting life as a spa in 1906, congresspark igls has now become one of the top venues for the Tyrolean meeting and events industry.
From majestic mountains to wild woods and beautifully maintained alpine landscapes, the four-star Gradonna Mountain Resort in Kals has an abundance of inspirational spaces. The hotel's meeting rooms are as unique as each guest's needs, with the opportunity to hold meetings and workshops in the surrounding fields and woods as well.
Tucked in a corner of Austria bordering Germany, Switzerland and Liechtenstein, Vorarlberg is a majestic region on the shores of Lake Constance in the foothills of the Alps. This is a place where you can look beyond the horizon to new countries and landscapes, which will soon open up new vistas for your business, too.
Nestled in the mountain landscape of Laterns, Bergfrieden gives you plenty of space to get your creative juices flowing. The contemporary, natural wood design bears the hallmarks of local architect Jürgen Haller. The meeting venue is perfect for creative group work with teams of 8 to 26. Brainstorm on the sun deck, chill out in the spa area and gather around the brazier to chat a while.
When we say "high up", we're not exaggerating. Taking the Pfänderbahn cable car (the unofficial symbol of the Lake Constance-Vorarlberg region), you ascend 1,064 m to this spectacular venue – the seminar room on the upper floor of the Pfänder mountain station, offering views over Lake Constance and the border region. If you're looking for more inspiration, we highly recommend visiting the 360° terrace with panoramic views of 240 alpine peaks and stopping at one of the mountainside restaurants for refreshments.
Lovingly restored, the historic St Gerold priory (Propstei St. Gerold) is surrounded by magnificent hiking trails. This picturesque monastery complex, located on the sunny slopes of the Großes Walsertal valley, was gradually built in different eras, starting in the Middle Ages through to present day. Today it's a retreat with warm hospitality, providing spaces for brainstorming and sharing ideas.
Vienna is one of the top meeting destinations, delighting business travellers from across the world and showing just how a city can blend perfectly with nature.
The Hilton Vienna Danube Waterfront is more blue than green. As the name suggests, the hotel is located right on the banks of the Danube, offering exceptional views, not just for hotel guests but for your conferences, meetings and seminars, too. It's just a few minutes from Vienna's historic centre if you take the underground, and the Reed Messe Wien exhibition and congress centre and the Prater are not too far away either.
Located on the edges of Vienna, the idyllic setting of this former hunting retreat on Wilhelminenberg is truly magical. With far-reaching views over the Viennese rooftops, the plans you make here will definitely have vision. The Austria Trend Hotel Schloss Wilhelminenberg is surrounded by fields, forests and vineyards, and it is the perfect venue for conferences or gala dinners.
The "ideas room" at the Boutique Hotel Stadthalle in Vienna is the perfect place to clear your mind and let your imagination run wild. The bright, light-filled space ticks all the technical boxes to ensure your meeting is perfect, and it comes with its own terrace and a beautiful view of the lush green courtyard. If you want to make your visit even greener, take a look at the lavender garden on the hotel's roof, which is home to busy bees and butterflies. And before you forget – yes, you're still in the capital!