City venues for meetings, conferences and events
Easy to navigate with excellent infrastructure, Austria's cities are popular meeting destinations with guests from all over the globe. It's easy to see why: they're never too far from nature, they're quick to get around, and they offer a diverse range of activities for side events. Austria manages to blend tradition and modernity particularly well. As a conference attendee, you may spend your business trip in magical Vienna, which has quite rightly been dubbed one of the world's most liveable cities for many years. Or perhaps you'll stay in Salzburg, a city with a historic centre on the UNESCO World Heritage List while boasting hotels and conference centres with top-of-the-range technical equipment for all kinds of events. Besides on-site events, this is a great place to hold professional digital and hybrid events, too.
If you're looking to network with your business partners, forge ahead with your projects, or just looking for venues for your corporate events, you'll find it all here. In this post, we've put together the details and USPs of nine city-based conference venues in Austria.
Kultur Kongress Zentrum Eisenstadt: state-of-the-art convention centre
The venue, located in the Burgenland capital Eisenstadt, offers space for multi-functional events. The largest auditorium with balcony can seat around 760 people in total, and the total capacity across all spaces in the venue is 1,550. With a state-of-the-art design, the building provides theatre- and concert-hall grade AV and technical equipment, meeting the diverse needs of a convention and events centre.
Location: At the end of a pedestrian shopping area that is perfect for strolling around the city centre, within reach of the Domplatz
Ideal for: Small, intimate meetings and medium-sized conferences and cultural events
Number of spaces: 4–7 (two can be divided)
Hotel Dermuth: city hotel surrounded by nature
Dermuth hotel and restaurant is located in the leafy outskirts of Klagenfurt so you can host your meeting in the shade of chestnut trees, take your breaks in the park and hold training sessions in peaceful seminar rooms. If you're looking for exciting recreational activities on Wörthersee lake, a stroll through the city or some me-time in the spa, this Carinthian venue has got you covered.
Location: Nestled in a quiet residential area between the city centre and Lake Wörthersee, complete with panoramic views of the Carinthian mountain landscape
Ideal for: Small conferences and creative meetings
Number of rooms: The small room holds 12 people and the large room holds 70–80
Kasematten: where history meets state-of-the-art
Wiener Neustadt in Lower Austria is a place both steeped in history and at the cutting-edge of technology. Its unique, historic fortress was constructed in the 12th century and extensively renovated in 2019. The casemates, with their eight-metre-high vaulted ceilings, are now among the most exciting events venues in the southern regions of Lower Austria.
Location: Five minutes from Wiener Neustadt central square and railway station
Ideal for: Cultural events such as readings, sophisticated presentations and exhibitions
Number of rooms: Three vaulted halls accommodating up to 900 people
Ars Electronica Center Linz: the good all-rounder
Many venues can help you host impressive celebrations in a real space, but how would this work if some of the attendees were not there in person? Whether virtual or in person, Ars Electronica Center allows you to host fantastic events, and its top-class AV equipment and streaming facilities make it perfectly possible to hold hybrid ones, too. The venue's Museum of the Future gives you the opportunity to hold unique side events in the same venue.
Location: Right on the banks of the Danube, offering an impressive view of Linz and the main square. Excellent transport links thanks to stops right outside the door
Ideal for: All kinds of events (in person, hybrid or virtual), meetings, gala evenings, press conferences, company celebrations
Number of rooms: Five – Foyer, Skyloft (up to 120 people), Deep Space 8K, seminar room and Project Space
Salzburg Congress: the versatile events venue
If you're travelling to Salzburg for business, the Salzburg Congress convention centre has just what you need to host any kind of event with its high-end in-house tech. It's worth popping out between meetings to explore the old town, which is just a few minutes' walk away. You're also just a short walk away from accommodation at four and five-star hotels and Salzburg's sights. Another great plus is that the convention centre has been awarded the eco-label "Green Location" as a sustainable meetings and events venue.
Location: Right in the heart of Salzburg with direct transport links to Mirabell Palace and gardens
Ideal for: All kinds of events, from small meetings to major conferences
Number of rooms: 15 meeting and conference rooms catering for 20 to 2,500 guests
Hotel Daniel: design hotel with retro chic
At Hotel Daniel in Graz, your team meetings or chats with business partners over lunch will be, like the venue, laid back, stylish and cool, for this is where casual lifestyle meets city business travel. A top feature: one room has direct access to the terrace, giving you space for a breather between meetings.
Location: Right by Graz central station and easy to reach by public transport
Ideal for: Small and medium-sized events with up to 60 guests
Rooms: Three – small room with terrace (perfect for small meetings and conferences), large room with terrace and the Daniel Loft
The PENZ: the trendy venue
The best way to describe The PENZ design hotel is urban-alpine. With views over the rooftops of Innsbruck and the Tyrolean mountain range, this is where the best business ideas come to life. Round off your successful meetings and deals with a trip to the American bar or the hotel's restaurant – or how about a hike into the surrounding mountains?
Location: Right in the heart of Innsbruck
Ideal for: Distraction-free work in small meetings and conferences
Number of rooms: Four rooms in house. For larger events such as conferences, there are three conference rooms and an assembly hall available to use in the town hall, just a few metres away from The PENZ Hotel.
Vienna House Martinspark: the architecture hotel in Vorarlberg
Nestled in the lovely, small but vibrant city of Dornbirn is the very well-appointed conference centre and hotel, offering plenty of options for meetings and conferences with its 390 m2 events space. The conference rooms are filled with natural light, and each one exhibits a deep love of art and architecture.
Location: In the town centre, just 100 m from the market square
Ideal for: Workshops, meetings and conferences
Number of rooms: Five conference rooms that can be partly combined, accommodating up to 300 people
Superbude: for creative minds
The name says it all: the Superbude (literally, "great digs") in Vienna blends the best of all worlds with hotel comfort, hostel vibe and homely feel. This is just the right place for business travellers who love a stylish but laid-back atmosphere. In addition to meeting rooms with colourful names like "Cabinet of curiosities" to get creative ideas flowing, you also have a pick of 178 rooms for your accommodation.
Ideal for: Small conferences or creative meetings
Location: Near to Messe Wien exhibition centre and right next to Prater. You can get to the centre of Vienna in just a few minutes if you take the underground (or walk)
Number of rooms: Three rooms, 26–57 m2, catering for 8–25 people