Taking a breather between items on the agenda: Let your guests relax in quiet natural landscapes at these MICE locations.
Nature is good for mind, body and soul: Studies prove that being in a green environment for just twenty to thirty minutes is already long enough to establish a measurable reduction in the stress hormone cortisol. So why not merge the beautiful with the useful and hold your next meeting amidst impressive sceneries of spacious gardens, cosy arbours, and seats under trees? A faster regeneration period gives your participants more energy and is guaranteed to cater for even more efficient meetings and brainstorming sessions all packed with fresh creativity. We’ll show you where the best locations in Austria can be found.
You want to encourage participants at your meeting to think more outside the box? Then move your next MICE event into the great outdoors. The perfect venue for this is at Hannersberg, an event location successfully combined with a chalet village sitting on 10,000 square metres in the tranquillity of southern Burgenland. Besides having meeting rooms with plenty of daylight and marvellous views of the vineyards, your guests also have access to Burgenland’s typical rustic “Kellerstöckl” buildings, which may be used as alternative places to retreat and relax or as breakout rooms. Providing a breath of fresh air during the idea generation process they can easily be reached on foot in just a few minutes. De-stressing and re-energizing happen ever so quickly in the midst of the peaceful wine idyll, at the very latest though, when all the guests are sitting around a campfire in the evening enjoying a glass of good wine. Simply put, an excellent location for team building, group work and new perspectives.
Saint George’s Abbey lies embedded in the glistening natural landscape of Lake Längsee. Walls that have clocked up over 1,000 years of age now meet modern event technology plus wellbeing that exists in harmony with nature. The spacious meeting areas are flooded with daylight and can accommodate up to 100 persons during events. And the best way to beat the afternoon slump is for your participants to take in the sights of the sparkling body of water outside. This is sufficient to boost energy levels and fully restore their batteries. And when out walking around this location filled with power and tranquillity, new ideas form spontaneously, whilst the tasty, regional Alpe-Adria cuisine in the monastery’s restaurant satisfies all hunger pangs. Coupled with warm hospitality and professional support, the perfect place for idyllic MICE events.
You already start winding down whilst attending your meeting at the Refugium Hochstrass, a former monastery located in the western part of the Vienna Woods. After renovation work was carried out with great loving care, it now offers seven meeting rooms from where, at any given time, the vastness of the landscape can be admired. Forty comfortable rooms, a gourmet restaurant, an outdoor sauna, and a panoramic terrace make up just some of the many amenities that you can look forward to. Located merely a half hour from St. Pölten and 45 minutes from Vienna, a stroll down forest paths in between items on the agenda is enough to put you in a state of relaxation. A special fringe programme ensures team building activities so you can choose between lantern-lit walks, forest tours, joint bread baking and pizza making workshops, as well as leadership development training with horses. A quiet spot, where right in the midst of idyllic nature, nothing is left to be desired.
Only 5 minutes away from Linz and lying in the middle of the countryside, the BAUAkademie Lachstatthof helps you escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. Located in the quiet municipality of Steyregg, this event venue caters completely for your relaxation. The spacious foyers and outdoor areas not only offer panoramic views of the natural surroundings, but also provide the latest equipment in all the meeting rooms. To enjoy a rejuvenating break or have a period of reflection, your guests can take a walk through the 40 hectares of forest and natural park areas or, recharge their batteries with the various exercises provided at the venue’s very own outdoor high ropes course. The latter is also the ideal plan of action to use to draw your team even closer, getting all participants to literally “pull together.” A charming close-to-nature alternative that adds that certain green touch to your MICE event.
The Landgut am Pössnitzberg is located on the South Styrian Wine Route, which meanders through the gentle hills in the “Green Heart of Austria.” It offers meeting rooms with modern equipment in a quiet and secluded location. Thanks to the package deals available, you receive all-inclusive service at the vineyard, transforming your business trip into a carefree, feel-good stay. Depending on seating arrangements, up to 50 persons can be accommodated in the meeting venue and up to 30 in the Czamillonberg Room. During their brainstorming sessions here, they’ll enjoy plenty of daylight and the best technical equipment. In such a serene and relaxing environment, however, no one should miss out on the breaks. Recuperate while out on an excursion through the vineyards using the in-house e-mopeds and e-bikes, treat yourself to something deliciously good to eat in the Kreuzwirt restaurant, and in the evening, sit down together to indulge in a tasting set in the historic sparkling wine cellar.
When you step out of the door here, you’re literally standing right in front of the Hohe Tauern National Park. And with that, you get a special treat: a panoramic alpine view, which is certainly one of the most unforgettable sights you’ll ever see. Located at the foot of the Grossglockner, the breathtaking vista from the Gradonna ****s Mountain Resort is a truly delightful inspiration. What’s more, the special architectural concept used makes the resort ideal for seminars, meetings, presentations and much more. The high degree of flexibility that prevails in terms of equipment and size, is a major advantage thanks to the multifunctional premises. This means that no exact number of event rooms can be counted, as the conditions are adapted entirely to your wishes, needs and ideas. So, at 2,600 metres above sea level you can hold your meeting in the Adlerlounge or at the Gradonna place of power in the middle of the forest right next to the glistening pond. Your team will soon see that working has never felt so easy as it does when you are here.
Only someone who is able to actually stop and pause for a moment, is also able to be creative and generate new ideas. This is the key concept and motto of our next location. Being in the middle of the beautiful alpine region of the Bregenz Forest, the Fuchsegg Eco Lodge will activate greater idea flow in your team. Let the green surroundings free their minds to make room for fresh thoughts and promote creativity. Beyond the daily grind, your participants draw new energy and inspiration from the sense of lightness and lack of stress at this location. At the same time, they physically start to wind down and completely relax. Winner of the "best architects award," the venue has multifunctional meeting and exercise rooms, including a private terrace, a library with an open fireplace, a book gallery, and covered open space. Catering and accommodation options are also available – and necessary – because you definitely won't want to leave this venue in a hurry.
At the meeting location Weitsicht Cobenzl, newly opened in autumn 2022, you’ll find yourself nestled in the middle of the Viennese vineyards. The spacious buildings are located in the 19th district’s beautiful biosphere park and on a clear day they reveal marvellous views over the entire city. Available individually or used all together, six different meeting rooms showcase a terrace out front. This is the perfect spot to take a short break in the fresh air without having to actually leave the premises or the activities of the meeting. And should you be planning a large-scale event this is yet again the perfect location. That’s because in the historic castle, plus in the attached new building, there is ample space for an incredible number of 2,600 people. Lying in a lush natural environment, this magnificent venue has a beautiful interior, too.
Newly opened: the Falkensteiner Genuss & Wohlfühlhotel Mühlviertel ****s
The former Falkensteiner Bad Leonfelden shines in all its glory as it reopens under a new name. After extensive refurbishment, the wellness hotel in the Mühlviertel climatic health resort is once again ready to cater for your meetings and incentives – along with exciting opening specials.
In addition to event venues in green environments, there are also many sites in the landscape of MICE locations, which, particularly with their extraordinary flair, are very impressive. Your guests will definitely remember these six premises. An overview of all event locations can be found here.