Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,
Dear Accompanying Persons of Participants in the 41st International Vienna Motor Symposium,
Following the great success of 2019, we are pleased to invite you again in 2020 to the Reception and the Opening of the Exhibition in all exhibition premises at the Congress Center Hofburg Vienna on Wednesday, 22 April 2020, 18.00 to approx. 21.00 hrs. These events provide an initial get-together and give you the opportunity to visit the exhibition in advance. We kindly ask you to register for them.
On 23 and 24 April 2020, while the participants in the conference will hear lectures about the most recent findings in the areas of powertrain technology, energy supply, environmental studies and – in new additional sessions – cross-company cooperations and development methods, we are pleased to offer to the accompanying persons a choice of half-day guided tours to places of interest in Vienna and within the near surroundings. Our qualified guides will accompany you and give you detailed information en route.
Please register in good time to join our interesting half-day tours:
- "Klosterneuburg – Former Residence of the Babenberger"
- "Treasures of the Hofburg"
Following a long tradition, the Mayor of Vienna will invite to a Reception at the City Hall at the evening of the first day of the congress. This Reception will give you the opportunity to end the day with a relaxed and leisurely get-together.
We will be delighted to welcome you as our guests also on this occasion. In order to enjoy an evening event, we have reserved a number of tickets for performances at the Vienna State Opera, the Vienna Volksoper (popular opera) as well as for a concert at Musikverein and for a musical at the Ronacher.
Please register for the Reception and Opening of the Exhibition as well as for the Reception at the City Hall together with the registration for the technical programme.
Chargeable tickets for the tours, the performances at the Vienna State Opera and Volksoper, for the Musikverein and for the Ronacher may be ordered after receipt of the confirmation of participation in the technical programme using the link indicated in this confirmation.
We wish you a pleasant and exciting stay in Vienna.
Reception and opening of the exhibition in all exhibition premises at the Congress Center Hofburg Vienna, 18.00 to approx. 21.00 hrs.
We kindly ask for registration.
Price: € 67,- / person incl. bus, guide and entrance fees
Minimum number of participants required.
Meeting Point: 9.00 hrs., Entrance Congress Center Hofburg, Heldenplatz
The Augustiner Chorherrenstift in Klosterneuburg (Klosterneuburg Monastery) is the focus of our tour. It is known for its beautiful location, its treasures and eventful history, and is therefore of particular importance. The bus leads up the Danube to Klosterneuburg to the monastery, whose domes are visible from far away.
The tour will start with a visit of the church, whose exterior is decorated with the original Romanesque round arches, dating back to the construction period of the 12th century. The interior was redesigned in the Baroque period, as Karl VI (1685 – 1740) wanted to build a convent here, modeled after the Escorial near Madrid. However, his plans could not be realized to the full extent. One of the ceiling paintings of the church is reminiscent of the Ottomans who besieged Vienna in 1683. The cloister connects various rooms, such as the Roman lapidarium, the well house and the Leopold chapel, where you can find the very famous Verdun altar, a winged altar with 51 enamel plates in three rows that correspond thematically and are made after a deliberate theological programme. The masterpiece was completed in 1181 and, unusually at that time, was signed with date and name. Nikolaus von Verdun was goldsmith and enamel painter, born in Lorraine.
This chapel also houses the tomb of Leopold III (1073 – 1136), who was the founder of the abbey Klosterneuburg and the most important representative of the Babenberger ruling family.
He was canonised in 1485 and is the patron saint of Lower Austria.
On one of the beautiful medieval glass windows one can see the oldest coat of arms of Austria. The imperial rooms offer a beautiful view of Vienna and the Leopoldsberg. They are located under the domes that are decorated with the imperial crown and the Austrian Archduke’s hat.
The tour ends with a visit to the Treasury, where the “Erzherzogshut” (Archduke’ s hat), donated by Maximilian III (1558 – 1618), is kept. The “Erzherzogshut” should not be removed from the Treasury for more than 30 days, except for the “inheritance homage”, the assumption of office of the new Archduke. In addition to goblets, monstrances and ivory carvings, the “Marienornat”, made in 1911, is on display here – a magnificent Art Nouveau masterpiece and the only one of its kind.
On the way back the bus drives along the extensive vineyards of the monastery Klosterneuburg – the largest wine producer in Austria – to Kahlenberg’s panoramic terrace in order to enjoy a wonderful view over Vienna.
The tour ends at approx. 12.30 / 12.45 hrs. at the Congress Center Hofburg, Heldenplatz
hosted by the Mayor of Vienna in the City Hall for participants of the symposium and accompanying persons (free of charge).
Please make sure to register and bring the invitation that will be handed over to you when you pick up the conference papers at the registration desk.
Price: € 51,- / person incl. guide and entrance fees
Minimum number of participants required.
Meeting Point: 9.15 hrs., Entrance Congress Center Hofburg, Heldenplatz
The Hofburg was the residence of the Habsburgs until the end of the First World War in 1918. When the Habsburgs came to Vienna in 1278 after a victorious battle against Przemysl Ottokar II, the oldest part of the Hofburg already existed – today it is called Schweizerhof.
It was a castle on the city wall with four towers that can still be guessed. For centuries more buildings have been added, and today the Hofburg consists of about 2,500 rooms. It is thus the third largest historical building complex in Europe – after the Vatican and the Escorial near Madrid.
The tour starts at Heldenplatz walking along the Hofburg, passing by the former representative rooms of Maria Theresia, which have been used as official offices by the incumbent Federal President since 1945. The statue of Emperor Franz II / I dominates the Burghof. He reigned at the beginning of the 19th century and was the last emperor of the Holy Roman Empire, which he declared to have ended, and at the same time he had the Austrian Empire proclaimed. The Schatzkammer (Treasury) is housed in the oldest part of the Hofburg, in the so-called Schweizerhof. The entrance to the Treasury is secured by a safe door and is located under the stairs to the Hofburgkapelle (Hofburg Chapel), in which the Vienna Boys‘ Choir sings regularly at High Mass on Sunday.
The Vienna Treasury displays not only the Austrian Imperial Crown, which was made in Prague around 1600, but also the Crown and the Imperial Insignia of the Holy Roman Empire. Emperor Franz II / I had taken them to safety from Napoleon I around 1800. So, these precious exhibits arrived in a roundabout way from Nuremberg to Vienna, and as they do no longer fulfil any purpose because of the dissolution of the Holy Roman Empire, they have been in Vienna ever since. The Burgundian heritage, memorabilia of Napoleon, of Emperor Maximilian of Mexico and the liturgical vestments of the Order of the Golden Fleece will be seen. The needle painting of these liturgical vestments, created at the beginning of the 15th century, is a very special kind of embroidery.
The walk will be continued passing the stables of the Lipizzaner, the white horses, which are housed in the Stallburg. There are about 50 to 55 stallions here in Vienna, who train in the hall of the Riding School and show their skills during the weekend.
The Court Silver and Table Room is one of eight museums in the Hofburg, in which the imperial crockery is shown that the Habsburgs collected for centuries or received as gifts. Glasses, cutlery, silver platters, bowls for cocoa, coffee or tea, as well as table decorations and tablecloths of various sizes are displayed in the showcases. The sanitary porcelain can be seen in one room – from the water jug and wash bowl to the chamber pot. A special section is devoted to Chinese porcelain, famous for its beautiful colours and produced only for the European market. Until a few years ago, this imperial porcelain was used at representative entertainment events of the Austrian Government. Meanwhile, however, there are Republican dishes, produced by the Augarten porcelain manufactory.
The tour ends at approx. 12.15 / 12.30 hrs. at the Congress Center Hofburg, Heldenplatz.
- Performance at the Vienna State Opera “Madama Butterfly” by Giacomo Puccini
- Performance at the Vienna Volksoper "The Bat" by Johann Strauss
- Musical at the Ronacher "Cats" by Andrew Lloyd Webber
- Performance at the Vienna State Opera "Fidelio" by Ludwig van Beethoven
- Performance at the Vienna Volksoper "Vivaldi – The Fifth Season" (Musical by Christian Kolonovits)
- Concert at the Vienna Musikverein – Great Hall Vienna Symphony Orchestra:
Pjotr Ilyich Tschaikovski, Modest Mussorgsky
- Musical at the Ronacher "Cats" by Andrew Lloyd Webber
All programme arrangements may be subject to change.
Starting times of performances may be obtained from the counter of Austropa Interconvention. Please note that participation is limited. Tickets will be reserved on a first come first serve basis. If the requested price category is not available, we shall reserve tickets in the next higher or lower price category.
Prices, as indicated, include an advance booking fee.