ICSOC 2007


ICSOC 2007 will take place in the city of Vienna, the capital of Austria. Vienna University of Technology is located in the center of Vienna, at the Karlsplatz with its baroque Karlskirche (St. Charles’ Church), and just beside the Ringstrasse, Emperor Franz Josef’s circular boulevard, which surrounds the inner city.

The famous Staatsoper (State Opera) is just a stone's throw away from the conference venue, and following the Ringstrasse from there you will enjoy an impressive walk passing by Vienna's main attractions: the Hofburg Palace, the Parliament, Naturhistorisches Museum (Museum of Natural History) and Kunsthistorisches Museum (Museum of Fine Arts), the Burgtheater, University of Vienna (one of the oldest universities in Europe) and the Rathaus, Vienna's City Hall. The conference dinner will take place in the magnificent Festival Hall of Vienna's City Hall.

At the very heart of Vienna, you will find Stephansdom (St. Stephen's Cathedral). Starting from here, you will discover the cobblestone squares and medieval lanes, conjuring up images of Vienna's past. You will certainly not be able to resist the delicious aromas of coffee and Viennese pastries, inviting you to the many lovely cafés and restaurants in Vienna's Old Town. If you stay longer in Vienna, you will not want to miss a trip to the Schönbrunn Palace, the summer retreat of Empress Maria Theresia, with its impressive gardens, a ride on the Riesenrad, Vienna's famous giant ferris wheel located in the Prater, or a night in one of the many theatres or music halls of Vienna -- the city of music.

The organizers of ICSOC 2007 are pleased to welcome you to Vienna for an amazing and memorable experience of Vienna's rich culture and history, and, of course, the food.

The Wikipedia page on Vienna has pictures and more details of Vienna's attractions.


Currency: The currency in Austria is the Euro. All conference, workshop and tutorial fees are charged in Euros.

Banks and Money Exchange: Banks are officially open from Mondays to Fridays from 08.30-12.30 and 13.30-15.00. Banks are closed on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. It is possible to change foreign currency into Euros at most city hotels and exchange counters. You will be able to withdraw cash in Euros, using your bank card with a 'Maestro' logo, 24 hours from automatic teller machines labeled 'Bankomat'.

Shopping Hours: Most shops are generally open during the week from 09.00 - 18.00 or 19.00, and on Saturday from 09.00 - 12.00, or until 17:00 in most shopping areas. Shops remain closed on Sundays and public holidays.


While in Vienna, you can see a musical of the Vereinigte Bühnen Wien (see the program here). There are also many theatres in Vienna, e.g., the Burgtheater, Volkstheater, or you can go to the opera and operette.

And, of course, there are concerts in the Konzerthaus and Musikverein, where Vienna's major orchestras (the Vienna Symphony Orchestra and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra) are at home.

There are 41 cinemas in Vienna, with some of them showing films in their original versions.

EATING & DRINKING (near the Conference Location)

Bäckerei - Bakery

1. Anker Brot


Favoritenstrasse 2, A - 1040 Vienna

A traditional austrian snack-bar

Traditionelle Wiener Küche - Traditional viennese restaurants

2. High Tea


Paniglgasse 17, A - 1040 Vienna

A modern restaurant providing numerous tea specialities

3. Wiener Wirtschaft


Wiedner Hauptstrasse 27, A - 1040 Vienna

A traditional viennese restaurant

6. Das Triest - Restaurant Collio


Wiedner Hauptstrasse 12, A - 1040 Vienna

An upscale italian restaurant

7. Wiedner Bräu


Waaggasse 5, A - 1040 Vienna

Provides traditional viennese cooking

8. Wiener Wia-z-haus


Gusshausstrasse 24, A - 1040 Vienna

Traditional viennese cooking. Experience true austrian "Schanigarten" ambiente

10. Arthur & Arthur


Gusshausstrasse 16, A - 1040 Vienna

Provides traditional viennese cooking

11. Gußhaus


Gusshausstrasse 23, A - 1040 Vienna

Provides traditional viennese cooking

12. Artner


Floragasse 6, A - 1040 Vienna

Provides traditional viennese cooking

Asiatische Küche - Asian cooking

4. Asia Pavillion


Favoritenstrasse 1, A - 1040 Vienna

A modern asian restaurant providing numerous specialities

5. Ostmeer


Argentinierstrasse 9, A - 1040 Vienna

A traditional chinese restaurant

Italienische Küche - Italian cooking

9. Il Monello


Apfelgasse 11, A - 1040 Vienna

An italian restaurant providing menus at lunch time

Last updated: 17 July 2007, Priya Narasimhan