European Conference on Embolotherapy
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June 1-4 | Vienna, Austria

Mastering embolization

June 1-4 | Vienna, Austria

Mastering embolization

June 1-4 | Vienna, Austria

Mastering embolization

June 1-4 | Vienna, Austria

June 1-4 | Vienna, Austria

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Exploring Vienna

Vienna, Austria’s capital, offers a tapestry of experiences, blending rich history, vibrant culture, and stunning natural beauty. ET 2024 Local Host Chairperson, Manfred Cenja boasts, “Depending on the weather, Vienna offers everything from indoor activities like museums, exhibitions, and fine dining to walks in the vineyards in the outer districts, as well as enjoying evenings at the guest gardens of the restaurants in the inner districts.” We asked all members of the ET 2024 Local Host Committee to give us their tips on what to do in Vienna after congress hours.

Cultural sites

Elke Gizewski shares, “If you want to get outside, I recommend taking a relaxing walk in the Baroque Garden of the Belvedere Palace. The art museum inside is also worthwhile to check out.” A little history about the palace is that in the 18th century, the Austrian general Prince Eugene of Savoy commissioned the renowned Baroque architect Johann Lukas von Hildebrandt to build a summer residence. After the death of Prince Eugene, Empress Maria Theresa acquired the entire complex and transformed the Upper Belvedere into an exhibition venue for the imperial collections – making it one of the first public museums in the world. Today it is home to masterpieces by Klimt, Schiele, Funke, and van Gogh.

Rupert Portugaller also emphasizes the cultural gems of Vienna, including Schloss Schönbrunn and its adjacent attractions. He insists, “In Vienna, one should not miss a visit to the Schloss Schönbrunn and the neighbouring Schönbrunn Zoo as well as the botanic garden. It is wonderful to visit, especially in June.” Schönbrunn was the main summer residence of the Habsburgs and Schönbrunn Zoo is the world’s oldest zoo still in operation.

Sport lovers

Vienna is an excellent city for those who want to get in a workout before or after congress hours. Florian Wolf recommends jogging along the Prater Hauptallee. He shares, “If you are a jogger, I really can highly recommend bringing your running shoes to explore Vienna during a relaxed run.” Christian Neumann adds, “If you want to stretch your legs a little, take a walk or run along the Prater Hauptallee not far from the congress centre. This 4 km long, completely straight road was also the place where the first marathon under two hours was done.”

Florian Wolf also has tips for cyclists and even kitesurfers, “If you are a cyclist, Vienna is more than great for road biking and even mountain biking. If you need tips for routes and tracks, feel free to contact me via LinkedIn or DM me on X (Twitter). If you cannot take your bike with you, you can try to rent one with listnride.com. Last but not least, if you have time after the congress and are a kitesurfer, bring your stuff with you if the wind prognosis is good and go to Neusiedlersee which is only a 45-minute drive outside of Vienna – it is a wonderful place for kitesurfing.”

Relax outside

Christian Neumann recommends ascending Kahlenberg for a panoramic view of Vienna, followed by a delightful evening indulging in local wine. He advises, “If you find the time, take the 38A bus up the Kahlenberg and enjoy the stunning view over Vienna. Then take a lovely stroll down the hill and round off the evening with a delicious glass of fresh wine (preferably Wiener Gemischter Satz) at the ‘Mayer am Nussberg’ or ‘Wieninger am Nussberg’ Heurigen. I think it’s better to take a taxi back to the hotel afterwards, as the bus does not run as late.”