Vienna is the federal capital, and the smallest of Austria’s nine provinces by area. It is located in the heart of Europe, stretching from the banks of the Danube to the north-easternmost foothills of the Pre-Alps and is home to almost 1.9 million people (making it the fifth largest city in the EU). The greater Vienna area has a population of around 2.8 million people.

Historically, the Austrian capital has always been an interface between different cultures, and marks the spot where ancient transport routes, the Amber Road and the Danube intersect. With woods, grassland, parks and gardens accounting for around half its area, Vienna is the city in Europe with the highest ratio of green space. The capital of culture and music’s historic old town was named a world cultural heritage site by UNESCO in 2001.

The city boasts around 120 performance venues, including 50 theaters, four opera houses, and several stage musical theaters, as well as more than 100 museums, numerous galleries, and renowned drama, music, and dance festivals. All this ensures an extraordinarily rich cultural program throughout the year, making the city one of Europe’s leading cultural centers.



Venue of Main Group I, Final Weekend 16 matches

With over 300 events and around one million visitors each year, Wiener Stadthalle is Austria’s largest event centre and one of Europe’s top ten arenas. Built according to a design by star architect Roland Rainer and opened in 1958, Wiener Stadthalle has been hosting events of all kinds for over 60 years, building up a wealth of expertise in the process. With its unrivalled versatility, the venue can host a wide and varied programme of events, with everything from rock concerts, opera evenings and TV shows to sports events, fairs to conferences. The site comprises six halls which can be individually or jointly let, making this one of Europe’s most firmly established, multipurpose event centres.


Opened: 1958
Built: 1954-1958
Maximum capacity: 10000 (handball set up)