More Opera, Concerts, Exhibitions:

Vienna University Observatory

During the IAU GA, the historical building of the Vienna University Observatory will be open to interested conference participants. The Observatory harbours, among other treasures, astronomical literature dating back to the 15th-18th centuries and a 27 inch refractor, manufactured by Howard Grubb in Dublin - an instrument that used to be the world's largest refracting telescope for several years. Participation in these guided tours will be upon on-site registration at the conference venue. Note that the University Observatory is located in the 18th district of Vienna at the address: Türkenschanzstrasse 17, 1180 Wien. Our pre-defined guided tours will take place between 8-11 PM on: 

Wed, 22nd Aug.Fri, 24th Aug.Mon, 27th Aug.Fri, 31st Aug.

Natural History Museum

As a special offer, the Natural History Museum, harbouring e.g. the world-largest meteorite collection, invites GA 2018 participants and their families to visit this imperial building from the 19th century and its famous exhibitions for half of the regular admission fee (show your badge!). Moreover, from July to September 2018 the NHM will host the ESA/HST exhibition "Our Place in Space", a fusion of HST images with Austrian arts.

Opening hours:
Thursday-Monday: 09:00 - 18:30
Wednesday: 09:00 - 21:00
Tuesday: closed
last entrance half an hour before closing time

Kuffner Observatory

Escape the heat of the city and relax in the Kuffner-Observatory's shady and cool garden after a long GA day. Admire the authentic and intact 19th century observatory founded in 1884 by Jewish entrepreneur, beer-brewer and mountaineer Moriz von Kuffner. For more Information about the Kuffner Observatory and special excursions like "The Großmugl Milky-Way Express " or "The Starlight Alp" click HERE. 

Schönbrunn Palace Orangery - Classical Concerts

The widowed Empress Wilhelmine Amalie had an orangery garden installed in Schoenbrunn with the purpose of overwintering her bitter orange plants inside a greenhouse. Even today, concerts are held in grand old style in this historical location. The Schoenbrunn Palace Orchestra interprets the most famous works by Mozart and Strauss at the original location every evening.

For more information, please click HERE.

Vienna State Opera

Vienna State Opera has its summer break, unfortunately, in July and August. The season starts again on September 1st, 2018. Tickets can be ordered hereGuided sightseeing tours will become available under the menue "Excursions and Guided Tours". The State Opera is already reserved during the GA time for Mozart Concerts. Tickets for this can be purchased on the "Events with Registration" site.

Mozart Concerts

The Vienna Mozart Orchestra plays in Vienna concerts with internationally renowned singers and soloists – all in magnificent historical costumes and wigs - and creates a special atmosphere in Vienna's largest and most famous Concert halls, like the State Opera.

Wiener Konzerthaus

The Wiener Konzerthaus also closes in summer and reopens on September 1st.
Guided sightseeing tours will become available under the menue "Excursions and Guided Tours".


Unfortunately, the Musikverein will also be closed for sightseeing tours during the last weeks in August due to restauration works.

XXX IAU General Assembly | ACV - Austria Center Vienna  | Bruno-Kreisky-Platz 1  | 1220 Vienna