6 June 2013: Programme for accompanying persons
Please make your choice of the following three options when registering for the congress:
A) A walk through the historic centre of Vienna
The tour starts at 10 am from the hotel lobby. If you are visiting the city for the first time, this tour offers you an ideal overview. During this walk you will see the inner city and its most important sights, such as the Hofburg, the former Imperial Residence. The route leads through the lively Graben with the Baroque Plague Column and will also take you to the famous opera house, to the Gothic Cathedral of St. Stephan and many other places of interest. The walk will take about 2 hours. The tour ends at the famous Café Landtmann for a light lunch. Comfortable footwear is recommended.
B) The treasures of the Vienna Hofburg
The tour starts at 10 am from the hotel lobby. For centuries, the Vienna Hofburg served as imperial residence and seat of the government. Today the huge building complex houses the offices of the Austrian federal president, but also a variety of world-renowned museums and collections. After visiting the Hofburg from the outside, you will be guided through the Imperial Apartments, the Sisi Museum and the Imperial Silver Collection. The tour will take about 2 hours and will end at the famous Café Landtmann for a light lunch. Comfortable footwear is recommended.
C) UNESCO World Heritage Schönbrunn Palace
The tour starts at 9 am from the hotel. It will take you to the most important buildings of Vienna. On the Ringstrasse you will see the Parliament, the City Hall, the Hofburg, and the world famous opera house. You will pass the Wienzeile with the Art Nouveau houses of Otto Wagner and the Secssion building to end up at Schönbrunn Palace. It was empress Maria Theresa who, in the mid-18th century, made it the imperial summer residence which it remained until the end of the monarchy. Today Schönbrunn and its baroque gardens are the most visited site in Austria, and a UNESCO World Heritage property. On the “Grand Tour” through the palace you will see the representative and private apartments of the Austrian emperors and the most beautiful rooms of the 18th century. The tour ends at the Park Café Landtmann for a light lunch. The bus will take you back to the hotel in the early afternoon. Comfortable footwear is recommended.
6 June 2013: Evening event for congress participants and accompanying persons at the invitation of the Austrian bausparkassen
Buses will depart from the hotel at 5:30 pm
Dress code: business, smart casual; comfortable footwear is recommended.
7 June 2013: Optional programme for congress participants and accompanying persons:
A trip to the UNESCO world heritage sites Melk Abbey and Wachau
Just one hour from Vienna, the lovely Wachau valley awaits you! This stretch along the Danube between Krems and Melk is a UNESCO World Heritage site. You will be enchanted by its lovely landscape offering breathtaking views of medieval castles and picturesque towns. Melk Abbey with its baroque main building, the famous library and abbey church is an architectural gem and the highlight of these parts.
After the official part of the congress, participants and accompanying persons may join a tour to these world-renowned places of culture. If you are interested, please book the tour separately when you register for the congress.
Buses will leave from the congress hotel at 2 pm. You will go up the Danube to Melk Abbey. After visiting the Benedictine abbey you will go on to Dürnstein. With its wonderful setting at the river and surrounded by vineyards, the place is one of the most visited tourist destinations in the Wachau and one of Austria's most established and notable wine regions. After dinner with local delicacies at a traditional wine restaurant, you will be taken back to your hotel at about 11 pm.