VIV Reg Update #4: Good Times Creeping up on You

It’s that time of the year again. February is slowly passing by and the best thing about it is that VIV approaches steadily. We hope you are already looking forward to coming to Vienna. In this update we have gathered some more useful information for you so that you can prepare properly for your time in Vienna. This post will be structured as follows:

1 – Before you go: What to pack for VIV

2- Arrival: How to get about in Vienna

3- At the IV: Schedule etc.

4- Austro-Hungarian Debating Week: What to do if you are there earlier

5- Help and Assistance: Important numbers and things to find people to help you out

1- Before you go: What to pack for VIV

Although nudity is widely accepted in Vienna (according to the author), you should bring cloth and all the regular stuff that you would need at a debating tournament. This includes:

  1. Your teammate
  2. A toothbrush
  3. A winter jacked (expected temperatures will be between -3 to +6)
  4. 5 EUR in cash for the key-card in the Hotel. You will get the 5EUR back if you hand the key-card back to the hotel at the end of the tournament.

This does not include:

  1. A sleeping bag (no need, there is Hotel Accommodation)
  2. Your weird pet (you can do some days without it, just give it enough food for the weekend)
  3. Your rifle (I know we have many Americans coming, but in Austria the 2nd Amendment is not that accepted – this is Europe)

Both lists are not exhaustive!

Especially mind the following:

Attire at VIV

Friday night social: Formal/Business*

Saturday night social: Casual/Debate Wear

Sunday Final: Formal/Business Casual

*The Fri night social is quite classy this year, which means you won’t be overdressed if you wear black tie or even white tie (tailcoats? – yes this is Vienna – some people possess these things and you can bring them along). Yet, since this is a debating tournament, nobody will be kicked out if he or she does not comply with the formalities, just make sure you have something nice to suit the venue we are getting you into (which is our glamourous city hall).

2- Arrival: How to get about in Vienna

One thing to note before everything else: We organised 3 day public transport tickets for all participants. DO NOT buy your own day tickets, it’s a waste of money. The tickets will be handed out right at registration, which should be an incentive for you to register first and put everything else behind that.

So how do you get to Meininger Downtown Franz (i.e. the Hotel)?

If you arrive in Vienna on Friday (8th March) before 12:30pm:

From the airport:

meiningermapLook out for the S-Bahn signs at the Airport (blue). Book a VOR Ticket for 2 Zones into the city and take the next train westbound.

Get off at Landstraße and change to U4 (green subway), direction Heiligenstadt.

Get off at Roßauer Lände and walk to Meininger Hotel Donwtown Franz to reg and receive everything you need there (see map).

From the station: Westbahnhof

Book a single ride (2EUR) at the ticketing machines and take the U3 (orange subway) towards Simmering.

Change at Landstraße and take the U4 (green subway), direction Heiligenstadt.

Get off at Roßauer Lände and walk to Meininger Hotel Downtown Franz to reg and receive everything you need there (see map).

From the station: Meidling

Book a single ride at the ticketing machines.

Take the next S-Bahn that passes through Landstraße (most S-Bahn’s do, have a look at the maps or ask somebody – they usually depart from platform 3 or 4).

Change at Landstraße and take the U4 (green subway), direction Heiligenstadt.

Get off at Roßauer Lände and walk to Meininger Hotel Donwtown Franz to reg and receive everything you need there (see map).

By car:

The address of the Hotel is Rembrandtstraße 21, 1020 Wien. Enter that into your navi and do what it says.
(But use your brain as well – you’re a debater!)

By bike:

Search it on google maps before you go and beware of the taxi drivers – they are pretty unfriendly to cyclists in the city.

3- At the IV: Schedule etc.

Friday
9am Start of Registration Meininger Downtown Franz
10am Workshop with the CAs Meininger Downtown Franz
1pm End of Registration Meininger Downtown Franz
1:30pm Draw 1st Round WU Wien
4pm Draw 2nd Round WU Wien
6pm End of Day WU Wien
7:30pm Cocktail Reception City Hall
afterwards after party Wein & Co Schottentor
Saturday
7am Breakfast Meininger Downtown Franz
8am Transfer to WU
8:50am End of Reg WU Wien
9am Draw 3rd Round WU Wien
11am Draw 4th Round WU Wien
1pm Lunch WU Wien
2:30pm Draw 5th Round WU Wien
5pm Draw 6th Round WU Wien
7pm End of Day WU Wien
8pm Schnitzel & Break Centimeter
afterwards Social (with first free drinks) MMX Bar
Sunday
6am Zombie Sightseeing TBA
7am Hardcore Sightseeing TBA
8am Wimpy Sightseeing TBA
10am Semi Finals Uni Wien
11:30am Brunch/Lunch Uni Wien
2pm Final Ceremony Great Hall, Uni Wien
4pm End of Finals/Winner Announcement
afterwards Sunday Evening Drinks Einstein

Colour Codes:

Red: Fixed Times – Reg/Social Entry. Please write those times in bold in your calendar.

Green: General Debate Schedule

Grey: Optional Side Events

Blue: Afterparty, Stringently Mandatory

4- Austro-Hungarian Debating Week: What to do if you are there earlier

If you come right from Budapest, we have the following options for you:

1- There is a limited number of cheaply pre-booked rooms at the Hotel. To get one of them, get in touch with Madlen (madlen.stottmeyer@gmx.net).

2- There is a guided tour through the UN Headquaters, on Thursday at 1:30pm. To sign up, write an email to Miriam (baghdady.miriam@gmail.com)

3- We are planning to have a debate and pre-registration on Thu evening. To get all the when and where’s for this event join the AHDW facebook group.

 5- Help and Assistance: Important numbers and things to find people to help you out

Numbers:

Stefan (sergeant at arms): +43 664 6415032

Anika (registration): +43 6641022081

Addresses:

Hotels:
Meininger Hotel WienDowntown Franz, Rembrandtstraße 21, 1020 Wien,
Wombats Vienna “THE BASE” Grangasse 6, 1150 Wien

WU Wien (general rounds): Augasse 2-6, 1090 Wien

Uni Wien (Finals): Universitätsring 1, 1010 Wien

City Hall (Fri Night): Feststiege 1, Lichtenfelsgasse 2, 1010 Wien

Centimeter (Sat Eve): Lenaugasse 11, 1080 Wien

MMX Bar (Sat Night): Alserstraße 15, 1080 Wien

 

We are very excited and look forward to welcoming you all very soon to Vienna!

Your Debattierklub Wien – Crowd