Business Travel: Frequent Flyer - Georg Unger's Guide to Vienna

HOW TO GET THERE - I fly with Austria Airlines or BA to Vienna International Airport. Ryanair flies to Bratislava, 40 miles from Vienna.

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Last Updated: 31 Aug 2010

AIRPORT TO TOWN: Taxis take 20-30 minutes and cost about EUR30. The City Airport Train takes 16 minutes and costs EUR9 one-way.

BEST HOTEL: Vienna has all the international chains, but it's nice to stay somewhere more atmospheric. The old-fashioned Konig von Ungarn 1 (Schulerstrasse 10, +43 1 515840, www.kvu.at) is located behind St Stephan's Cathedral. It's made up of four interconnecting houses, with a glass-covered inner courtyard. The Palais Schwarzenberg 2 (Schwarzenbergplatz 9, 1 79845150, www.palais-schwarzenberg.com) is a former palace, and also quite central. The Schwarzenberg family still lives there. It has a fabulous restaurant and fine views of the garden. Behind the Opera is the recently refurbished Hotel Sacher Wien 3 (Philharmonikerstrasse 4, 1 514560, www.sacher.com).

BEST BUSINESS RESTAURANT: The in place is Fabio's 4 (Tuchlauben 6, 1 532 2222). It has a Mediterranean feel, with a wonderful bar, and is commonly used for business dinners. Book in advance. One of the hottest venues is Indochine 21 5 (Stubenring 18, 1 513 7660), with its Asian fusion cuisine and long wine list. It's a place to see and be seen. You need to book.

The Steirereck 6 (Heumarkt 2A, 1 7133168), which has just moved to the Stadtpark, has been one of Austria's top three restaurants for the past 10 years. The cooking is international, with Austrian touches. For spectacular views, Do & Co 7 (Stephansplatz 12, 1 5353969, www.doco.com) looks down on the cathedral. It serves everything from Viennese schnitzel to seafood. The tables are close, so it may not suit a discreet meeting.

BEST CAFES AND BARS: Vienna is full of cafes, often used for breakfast meetings. Most famous is the Landtmann 8 (Dr Karl Lueger-Ring 4). Others are the Cafe Schwarzenberg 9 (Karntnerring 17) and Cafe Central 10 (Herrengasse 14). All are extremely old and beautifully designed. One of my favourite bars is the small Loos Bar 11 (Karntner Durchgang 10), with its turn-of-the-century design. It serves wonderful mojitos! After dinner, the Eden Bar 12 (Liliengasse 2) has live music and people stay till late.

A FEW HOURS TO KILL? The 1st district, with its shopping streets, is beautiful to walk around, with a palais on nearly every corner. Vienna has many galleries and museums. The world famous Albertina Museum 13 (Albertinaplatz 1, 1 534830) houses a large collection of Durer paintings, and the Museumsquartier 14 (Museumsplatz) is full of great 20th-century art. I also recommend the Belvedere Palace 15 (Prinz Eugenstrasse 27, 1 79557134), which has permanent exhibitions of Klimt. If you have time, visit the Versailles-like Schonbrunn Palace, the Hapsburgs' summer residence 16 (Schonbrunner Schlossstrasse 13, www.schoenbrunn.at). It's 30 minutes on the U4 tube line from Karlsplatz.

BUSINESS ETIQUETTE: Men and women should wear suits to meetings. Expect small talk at the start. If the meeting is successful, you'll often be invited to lunch. The Viennese enjoy a glass of wine at lunch (Vienna has its own vineyards). They are used to drinking, and a bottle will slip down easily if you're in a group of three. Austrians are less formal than Germans, if more formal than Brits and Americans; but this breaks down once they get to know you well.

SECRETS OF THE JET SET: I avoid late-evening flights, as delays from earlier in the day can build up. Early-morning flights are best. If you can spend a whole weekend in Vienna, do so: you'll get better deals on hotel and flight prices.

- Dr Georg Unger is senior client partner and global leader, advertising and marketing services sector, at Korn Ferry.

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