Vienna: Event planners' choices

Five event planners select their favourite venues, restaurants and hotels in Vienna - a city steeped in history, culture and fine food.

Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna
Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna

PALAIS HANSEN KEMPINKSI
Taj Pabari, event manager at P&MM, is impressed by the centrally located Palais Hansen Kempinski Vienna, which opened last March on the city's elegant Ringstrasse boulevard. The 98-room and 54-suite hotel offers seven meeting rooms, including the Ballroom Theophil for up to 266 theatre-style and an executive boardroom for up to 12 people.

The Henri Lou bar caters for a maximum of 150, while a spa, pool and five treatment rooms are also available.

"The ambience and atmosphere is very classy but also understated," says Pabari. "It's great that the property is open to buy-outs for exclusive use."
www.kempinski.com/vienna

KUNSTHISTORISCHES MUSEUM
Art lovers can enjoy a private guided tour of the collections at the Kunsthistorisches Museum - located in a palatial building on Ringstrasse - before hosting an event in the venue's Cupola Hall on the first floor. The ornate area is decorated with precious materials, granite and marble and can host dinners for between 50 and 350 and cocktails for 50 to 700 people.

"The space would work very well for a presentation or a drinks reception - it has a wow factor to make an event stand out," says Samantha Cook, regional sales executive north at De Vere Venues.
www.khm.at

PALAIS LIECHTENSTEIN
Palais Liechtenstein's fascinating history and baroque decor make it a unique option for events, according to Lesley Sawyer, consumer management, Kimberly-Clark Europe. Following an extensive renovation programme, the 350-year-old venue and former residence of the rulers of Liechtenstein reopened in April last year. It is home to one of the world's largest art collections and events can be held in a number of spaces, including the dining room, which hosts up to 26 people, or the opulently decorated Music Room, which seats up to 120. "It would be ideal for a small incentive dinner," says Sawyer. Sawyer also recommends Sofitel Le Loft for a dinner.

"It has an impressive location with very attentive staff and sublime food."
www.palaisliechtenstein.com & www.sofitel.com

MOTTO AM FLUSS
Located on Vienna's Danube Canal, this trendy restaurant and bar has a nautical theme and is shaped like a boat. The venue can be hired exclusively for events for up to 200 people or the bar area can be used for smaller groups. It serves Austrian and international dishes sourced from local, organic products, with meat and fish specialities. Diners can enjoy views of the Danube and the waterfront atmosphere.

"It's buzzy, modern and atmospheric, with good service and food," says Helen Looker, event manager at George P. Johnson.
www.motto.at

HOFBURG VIENNA
For an evening or social function with a difference, David Battley, director of events at BI Worldwide Europe, highlights the Hofburg Vienna, a congress centre located in the former imperial residence of the Habsburgs, which dates back to the 13th century. It has 17,000m2 of event space with capacity from 50 to 4,900 people. "It offers a huge range of different styles, from the modern to the traditional," says Battley. "It would be a good option for an evening or social function because of its ornate style - it would also make a great setting for a gala dinner."
www.hofburg.com

DIRECTORY
Vienna Convention Bureau
Contact: May Sollinger-Soucek
Tel: +43 121 11 45 29
Email: may.sollinger-soucek@vienna.info
Web: www.vienna.convention.at

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