Accompanying Person's - Program

Companions of IEPC 2019 participants will be very warmly welcomed.
We have an exciting companion’s programme which will provide participants the opportunity to explore Vienna, experience some of its best attractions and get a good impression of the city’s history and modern culture.

If you are interested in tickets for opera and concerts, please contact Ms. Katharina Stiel ( with the reference “IEPC 2019”. She will gladly help you with the booking process.

COLUMBUS Ihr Reisebüro GmbH & Co.KG.

Universitätsring 8, 1010 Vienna, Austria
Tel:  +43-1-53411-214
Fax: +43-1-53411-243


Sunday, 15.09.2019

Welcome Reception: Main Ceremonial Chamber of the University of Vienna
06:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Enjoy the get together before the conference in the historic surroundings of the University’s Arkadenhof/Arcaded Courtyard. (If the weather is rainy and unpleasant, then the reception will be in the Main Ceremoinial Chamber).

Price: €50,--

You can book the tour within the registration process.

Monday, 16.09.2019


© WienTourismus / Christian Stemper

City Walk & St. Stephen's Cathedral
09:00 am - 12:00 pm

(This program requires good walking shoes and the stamina to walk and stand 3 hours. It involves many stairs as well.)
Starting and End Point: University of Vienna

Explore the old town of Vienna with historic buildings and monuments with the occasional contrast of a few new buildings. Enjoy St. Stephen’s wonderful interior with all its fascinating architectural details. At a height of 136.4 metres, St. Stephen’s South Tower is an architectural masterpiece of the late Middle Ages.

Price: €35,--

You can book the tour within the registration process.

Tuesday, 17.09.2019

Conference Tour to Melk Abbey with Dinner Cruise on the Danube River
11:00 am  - 10:00 pm

Starting and End Point: University of Vienna

Melk Abbey is one of the biggest and most beautiful European Baroque ensembles. Its splendid architecture is famous worldwide and part of UNESCO’s world cultural heritage. The Baroque building situated on a cliff overlooking the Danube, in the Wachau region, ranks as one of Austria’s most visited art-historical sites. Enjoy the dinner cruise on the “MS Admiral Tegetthoff” the way back to Vienna.

Trip to Melk Abbey available only for conference attendees. Ask at the on-site registration desk if places for accompanying persons are still available. 

Price: €120,--

You can book the tour within the registration process.

© Niederösterreich-Werbung/Michael Liebert

Stift Melk, Donau Niederösterreich

Wednesday, 18.09.2019

Spanish Riding School & Hofburg Vienna – Imperial Palace
09:30 am - 12:30 pm

Starting and End Point: University of Vienna

The morning exercise of the Spanish Riding School offers an insight into the training of the riders and their Lipizzans. The morning exercise includes relaxation exercises, the refining and perfecting of lessons and the targeted strengthening of muscles.

The Imperial Palace was the residence of the Habsburgs for over 600 years and thus the centre of the Holy Roman Empire. Apart from its function as the seat of government and administrative centre, the “Vienna Hofburg” was also the winter residence of the imperial family.
The Sissi Museum displays numerous personal items which once belonged to Empress Elisabeth illustrating the true personality of the frequently misunderstood Empress. The Silver Collection Museum gives visitors a fascinating insight into the culture of courtly dining in its various forms. 

Price: €45,--

You can book the tour within the registration process.


©WienTourismus / Lois Lammerhuber

Spanische Hofreitschule: Winterreitschule

Wednesday, 18.09.2019

Gala Dinner at the Vienna City Hall
06:00 pm - 11:00 pm

The IEPC 2019 Award Ceremony in the ambiance of Vienna City Hall’s breath-taking ballroom as well as an impressive dance performance will guarantee an unforgettable evening in the heart of the city.

Price: €100,--

You can book the tour within the registration process.

©WienTourismus / Christian Stemper

Wiener Rathaus

Thursday, 19.09.2019

Vienna Bus Tour: City sites, Schönbrunn Palace & Giant Ferris Wheel (includes Lunch)
09:00 am – 05:00 pm 

Starting and End Point: University of Vienna

Experience Vienna by bus and then explore Schönbrunn Palace (on foot) on the “Selected Highlights Tour”. Enjoy your lunch (beverages are not included/pay your own) at the Schönbrunner Stöckl restaurant in an imperial ambiance. A tour highlight is the breath-taking view of the city from the Giant Ferris Wheel (Note: this particular stop might not be good for people with acrophobia).

Price: €130,--

You can book the tour within the registration process.


© WienTourismus / Peter Rigaud

Schloss Schönbrunn

Your three-course meal at Schönnbrunner Stöckl (Please select one main dish):

Leek velouté with leek strips
Roasted chicken breast on leaf spinach gratin with tomatoes and sauce Mornay, Serbian bell-pepper Rice
Sautéed courgette and tomatoes on quinoa gratin with sheep milk cheese and Gorgonzola
Nut meringue „Sissi“ with chocolate sauce and whipped cream

Friday, 20.09.2019

Technical Tour to Technopol Wiener Neustadt and Dinner at a typical Austrian Tavern
01:00 pm – 09:00 pm

Starting and End Point: University of Vienna

Technopol Wiener Neustadt  focuses on technology and research aiming to establish Lower Austria as an innovative high-tech location in Europe. The goal is to connect R&D institutions with high-tech companies and academic education and training institutions.

Free of charge

(incl. Lunch Box and Dinner at a typical Austrian Tavern)

You can book the tour within the registration process.



©WienTourismus / Peter Rigaud

Heuriger Schübel-Auer