Frequently asked questions

Where are the kangaroos?

Wrong country, mate - We’re sorry to report that there are no (wild) kangaroos in Austria. However, if you head to a souvenir-store you may find t-shirts that say “no kangaroos in Austria”

How do I get to the Hotel?

Please refer to the section ‘Accommodation’ for this one. In short: You can drive, or take the metro lines U3 or U6 once you’re already in Vienna. We’ll also organise shuttles from the airport, international bus terminal and main railway station.

What language do you speak?

There are actually several official languages in Austria, but most people speak German (or at least a kind of German - try saying Oachkoatzlschwoaf). Most people will also speak English, albeit some with a heavy accent.

Which time zone are you guys in?

Austria is in the Central European Timezone, or Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) +1

What currency do I need to bring?

Austria uses the Euro (€)

When do the shops open/close?

This may vary, but most supermarkets will open around 7 a.m. or 8 a.m. and close between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. from Monday to Friday and around 6 p.m. on Saturdays. Stores are generally closed on Sundays (with a few exceptions)

What kind of clothing do I need to bring?

You will need your general Annual Conference attire of course - such as fancy clothing for the gala dinner, traditional clothing from your country for the international evening et cetera. Most of all bring warm clothes - temperatures below 0 °C, wind, rain and snow are all to be expected in a Viennese January.

What are the emergency phone numbers?

If you’re in an emergency dial one of these numbers:
122 - Fire fighters
133 - Police
144 - Ambulance
112 - General emergency

Can I drink the tap water?

You can indeed! In fact Austrians take some pride in the great quality of our tap water.

Do I need an adapter to charge my phone?

Well that depends on where you’re from of course. Austria uses type F plugs with a standard voltage of 230 V and a standard frequency of 50 Hz. So please check, if you need 

What’s the deal with IAESTE Austria and pineapples?

Look, it’s a long story… 

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