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Vienna Media News 01/2022 Vienna in 2022: Celebrate Life. Experience Vienna.

Vienna is back in all its finery. The Austrian capital is emerging from the crisis even more full of life, even more modern and even more spectacular than ever. With no end of reasons – new and old – to celebrate life here again. Vienna has been working tirelessly on its future. As expected of a world capital of its caliber. Behind the city’s imperial backdrop, new attractions are coming to light all the time. For centuries, art and culture, science, diversity, cultural exchange, architecture and enjoyment have shaped the soul of this unique city. Vienna has experienced a great deal. But there is one thing it hadn’t until now: standstill. But 2022 will bring a return to perpetual motion, offering visitors the very best of all worlds – with art, culture, city life and enjoyment leading the way.

Celebrate the Arts

The city’s burgeoning art and cultural scene is an integral part of its DNA. Three quarters of visitors to Vienna come because of its world-beating cultural life. between the University of Vienna and Karlsplatz alone – an area of not even 1.2km² – visitors have close to 30 museums to choose from. It’s hard to imagine any more art – from the age of antiquity to the present day – packed into such a small space. Vienna is a buzzing hive of art. The sheer volume of cultural attractions found here would easily serve a city four times its size.

Its cultural scene is growing all the time. 2022 will bring a number of new museums like the Lower Belvedere and the return of the Heidi Horten Collection. And its established venues will be serving up a raft of blockbuster exhibitions, too.

New museums and reopenings in 2022:

  • Lower Belvedere (end of January 2022), Rennweg 6, 1030 Vienna,
  • Heidi Horten Collection (scheduled opening spring 2022), Hanuschgasse 3, 1010 Vienna,
  • Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky Center (scheduled opening in summer 2022), Franzensgasse 16/40, 1050 Vienna,
  • Josephinum (scheduled opening 2022), Währinger Strasse 25, 1090 Vienna,
  • House of Strauss at Casino Zögernitz: Museum – Concerts – Brasserie (scheduled opening summer 2022), Döblinger Hauptstrasse 76, 1190 Vienna,
  • Lebendiges Haus/Alte Post (scheduled opening summer/fall 2022), Dominikanerbastei 11, 1010 Vienna,
  • Wien Museum Karlsplatz (scheduled opening December 2023), Karlsplatz 8, 1040 Vienna,
  • Villa Beer (scheduled opening start of 2024), Wenzgasse 12, 1130 Vienna,

Celebrate the City

Openness and exchanging ideas are an integral part of the city, where diversity is anything but an empty marketing buzzword. It is this outlook that helped Vienna to play a pioneering role nationwide in promoting LGBT rights. What’s more, an impressive 178 nationalities are represented by the city’s residents. This blend of different influences is best experienced in Vienna’s countless different neighborhoods, where real life in the city can be celebrated to the full.

Vienna is built on variety: here, imperial landmarks rub shoulders with prime examples of contemporary architecture. In the historic city center it’s easy to get from A to B on foot. The days of public squares being used as car parks are ancient history – today they provide havens of relaxation where pedestrians can watch the world go by. Almost half the city is accounted for by green spaces and waterways, with just under 1,000 parks and gardens defining its look and feel. Vienna offers the experiences of a safe world capital, without the stress factors associated with a major world capital. And all of this makes it an attractive destination for meetings, too: more than 200 impressive venues and hotels – from historic to modern – provide the perfect backdrop for congresses, corporate events and incentives. When it comes to planning smart new urban development zones, it’s not just about innovative and sustainable living, but creating spaces for research companies, eco-friendly designer hotels, co-working spaces, parkland and cultural facilities to thrive in. If this wasn’t enough, Vienna is committed to going carbon neutral by 2040. 

Congresses in 2022: 

  • 26th Congress of the European Association of Hospital Pharmacists – EAHP, Austria Center Vienna (23.-25.3.2022)​
  • European Congress on Interventional Oncology – ECIO, Messe Wien (24.-27.4.2022)​
  • Baukongress 2022, Austria Center Vienna (28.-29.4.2022)​
  • ÖHV Hotelierkongress 2022, HOFBURG Vienna (2.-4.5.2022)​
  • 46th Ordinary UEFA Congress 2022, Messe Wien (10.-12.5.2022)​
  • General Assembly of the European Geosciences Union – EGU, Austria Center Vienna (23.-27.5.2022)​
  • Congress of the European Hematology Association – EHA, Messe Wien (9.-12.6.2022)​
  • 55th European Human Genetics Conference 2022, Austria Center Vienna (11.-14.6.2022)​
  • European Academy of Neurology, Austria Center Vienna (25.-28.6.2022)​
  • European Congress of Radiology – ECR, Austria Center Vienna (13.-17.7.2022)​
  • World Conference on Lung Cancer – WCLC, Messe Wien (6.-9.8.2022)​
  • 17th European Congress on Neuro-Oncology – EANO, HOFBURG Vienna (15.-18.9.2022)​
  • 35th European College of Neuropsychopharmacology Congress – ECNP, Austria Center Vienna (15.-18.10.2022)​
  • 12th World Congress on NeuroRehabilitation, Messe Wien (14.-17.12.2022)

New hotels:

approx 12. hotel projects with about 2,000 rooms by the end of 2022.  

New openings in 2022, luxury segment: 

  • The LEO GRAND HOTEL Vienna (77 rooms)
  • Rosewood Vienna (99 rooms)
  • Almanac Vienna (111 rooms)

Additional hotel openings:

  • magdas Hotel im Stephanushaus (86 rooms)
  • Radisson RED Vienna (179 rooms) 
  • BASSENA Wien Donaustadt (198 rooms)

Celebrate the Extraordinary

No other European capital has a city with its own cuisine named after it (Viennese Cuisine), a winegrowing industry that comes anywhere close – or can serve up anything like Vienna’s inimitable coffeehouse culture. 

What might come as something of a surprise: lots of the ingredients that go into the dishes served at the city’s restaurants are actually grown right here. Using cutting-edge methods, without any of the long transport chains. It doesn’t get much more sustainable than that. Cucumber capital: 62% of the nation’s cucumbers are grown in the capital. And Vienna has another luxury up its sleeve: simply turn on a tap to savor crisp, fresh water direct from the mountains. And that is by no means a given for a major city, which is why people look to Vienna with envy from all over the world.

But that’s not it for astounding achievements in the Austrian capital: a proud centuries-old tradition of handcraftsmanship and design is constantly evolving. Because manufacturers such as Augarten Porzellan – which dates back to the days of the empire – have always kept their finger on the pulse, we can continue to celebrate their exceptional quality and contemporary designs to this day. Young designers like Laura Karasinski are imbuing the capital’s creative scene with fresh ideas, and are very much in demand for interior projects such as the new Superbude hotel next to Vienna’s prater park.

  • Opening Weitsicht Cobenzl (prop. Bernd Schlacher) (scheduled fall 2022)
  • Around 8,210 hospitality sector enterprises – from restaurants to coffeehouses (source: annual statistics for 2020 published by the Vienna Economic Chamber)
  • Around 2,240 cafés – from traditional coffeehouses to neighborhood espresso bars (source: annual statistics for 2020 published by the Vienna Economic Chamber)
  • 12 Michelin-starred restaurants: including Austria’s first 3-star restaurant, Amador. Restaurant Steirereck, Silvio Nickol Gourmet Restaurant at Palais Coburg, Konstantin Filippou and Mraz & Sohn each with two stars, seven others with one star (Source: Guide Michelin Main Cities of Europe 2020)
  • 153 Gault Millau toque winning restaurants in 2021
  • Steirereck: 12th place in the World‘s 50 Best Restaurants (Source:
  • Vienna is the only major city in the world with extensive vineyards within the city limits. Around 700 hectares of vineyards, 140 winegrowers (not including hobby growers), (source: Landwirtschaftskammer Wien)
  • One third of the city’s winegrowing area given over to organic wines (source: Jahrestätigkeitsbericht 2018 published by Landwirtschaftskammer Wien)
  • 645 winegrowers (source: Wiener Landwirtschaftsbericht 2017, published every two years)

Let’s celebrate

There are plenty of reasons to celebrate in – and with – Vienna next year. Visitors will not only leave happier than when they arrived: the impressions they take away with them will live on for a very long time to come. And it goes without saying that Vienna won’t be standing still in future, either. It is firmly on the path to becoming a sustainable smart city. Quality of life will continue to rise. The Vienna of the future arrived a long time ago.

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Media Relations
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