We’ve put together an exciting social programme for you, to give you a taste of Vienna. The costs for these unique social events are included in the conference registration fee (except for the Gala Party which is charged separately). Be sure to indicate the social events you would like to participate in on the online registration form.


Wednesday 3 November
Afternoon – Vienna Tour

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Join the tour of Vienna for a great opportunity to hit the highlights of this stunning city with the added pleasure of reconnecting with your fellow members. We encourage new members and delegates to attend.

Evening – Welcome Reception and Dinner at the Vienna Marriott hotel

We invite you to join us at the Welcome Reception and Dinner for an opportunity to kick off the conference in the true ICMA fashion.

Thursday 4 November
Viennese Heurigen


Mayer am Pfarrplatz, which is well known to every Viennese wine drinker, maintains the tradition of the Viennese Heurigen, which are the wine taverns and vineyards located on the outskirts of Vienna.

Mayer am Pfarrplatz stands out among the rest in with their award-winning wines, along with being the home to Ludwig van Beethoven in the summer of 1817. In fact, this is where he composed his greatest opus the 9th Symphony.

Here we will enjoy a wonderfully unique and traditional Austrian dining experience accompanied with the Heurigen Music. (Those of you who have enjoyed Austrian “apres ski” get ready to sing-a-long!) Come prepared to have fun and enjoy an authentic Austrian experience!

Friday 5 November
Free Night

After a few full-on days of learning, networking and the like, we give you a chance to relax and explore more of this truly awe-inspiring city. The Vienna Marriott hotel is situated in the heart of Vienna and all of the city’s major attractions lie within walking distance.

Saturday 6 November
Gala Party at Palais Daun-Kinsky


The elegant Palais Daun-Kinsky is one of the city’s most impressive historical buildings. Built between 1713 and 1716 for Philipp Laurenz Graf von und zu Daun the Palais is a pièce de résistance of baroque architecture. At the end of the 18th century marriage placed the building in the hands of the royal Kinsky family who presided over this architectural gem for over 200 years.

All artists involved in the construction and decoration of the structure were renowned celebrities of their metier at the time. The constructer Johann Lukas von Hildebrandt, for instance, was the star architect of his time. Alberto Camesina was responsible for the ornate decorative plasterwork. The breath-taking ceiling fresco above the stairway was designed by Carlo Innocenzo Carlone. Together with Marcantonio Chiarini he also created the magnificent ceiling panel in the Ovaler Festsaal.

The Palais Daun-Kinsky stands out for its multi-faceted room design as well as its grand ceiling stuccoes, its breath-taking quadrature paintings and its numerous sculptures, which makes it the most exquisite Gala party venue to date, and surely one not to be missed.

Tickets for the Gala Party are separate from the conference Registration Fee.
(Text courtesy of Palais Daun-Kinsky.)