Millions of enthusiastic visitors to Vienna know what has now been confirmed for the tenth time in a row by Mercer’s international comparative study: Vienna is and remains the best.

Each year, the international consulting firm Mercer carries out a study to assess the quality of life in 231 cities around the world. The results of the study in 2019 once again gave Vienna top marks and made the Austrian federal capital the most livable city in the world for the tenth time in a row.



ISAPS has partnered with Lufthansa Group to offer you special rates when flying to Vienna next September. Starting September 18th, book your flight to the ISAPS World Congress with Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Eurowings, Swiss Airlines, or Lufthansa for a discounted price.

Lufthansa Group Partner Airlines offer a comprehensive global route network linking major cities around the world. We offer special prices and conditions to participants, visitors, exhibitors, invited guests as well as employees of the Contracting partner and their travel companions.

To make a reservation, please click on and enter the access code DEZQNLQ in the “Offer for discounted flights” area. This will open an online booking platform that will automatically calculate the discount offered or provide you with an even better offer if another promotional fare is available.



ISAPS is pleased to announce that we have partnered with some of the finest hotels in Vienna to offer you discounted rates while in the Austrian capital next September. Space can fill up quickly, as the European Respiratory Society Congress is taking place in Vienna the following week. Book now to secure your dream hotel!

From now until October 14, 2019, you can reserve your stay at the luxurious Melia, located directly at the ACV, using our hotel contingent to receive our special price.

Other hotel partners include the Arcotel Kaiserwasser, similarly located directly near the Congress, the Palais Hansen Kempinski Vienna, Hotel Sacher, Park Hyatt, Andaz Vienna am Belvedere, and Le Meridien.

For a full list of our partner hotels with details on prices and locations click here.

When booking your overnight stay, please take into account that the ISAPS World Congress 2020 will end around midday on Saturday, September 5.



Vienna is a green city, and besides its woods, meadows and fields, it boasts about 850 parks – and the best of them contain restaurants with fantastic views of the surrounding greenery. Enjoying an excellent meal accompanied by a glass of wine, or perhaps afternoon coffee and a slice of cake – the ideal way to take in the idyllic setting in one of Vienna’s parks.



The Vienna State Opera is prized for its exceptional acoustics. There are performances almost 300 nights a year and a different billing virtually every day. The Theater an der Wien has established a name for itself as „the other“ venue for opera. New premieres each month — from baroque to contemporary — are a hit among opera-goers. Meanwhile at the Vienna Chamber Opera, the focus is on rarities. The Volksoper presents classic operas in German, musicals and lively operettas.



At the markets and in the surrounding neighborhoods, everyday life has its habitual Viennese rhythm: colorful and creative as well as leisurely. The stalls, eateries and bars are a natural shopping paradise, meeting place and sightseeing destination.

The city’s wonderful markets offer a typically Viennese shopping experience. This is where Vienna where Vienna reveals its multicultural side: Viennese humour blends with eastern European charm, and oriental flair with Mediterranean temperament.



Vandalism or art? Street art continues to divide opinion. Developed out of the illegal graffiti scene, the young art genre has long since found its way into galleries and museums, and conquered the art market. Also closely associated with graffiti and street art culture is skateboarding. For a long time labeled an intrusive and disruptive mobility culture of young people, the cult board of the 1970s has been enjoying a renaissance as a means of mobility and a leisure sport for a number of years.



Durchhäuser, literally translated to mean ‘through-houses,’ are a distinctive architectural feature of Vienna’s old town. A Durchhaus is a house that connects two parallel streets and can be entered from both street sides. They are usually housed within an inner courtyard, which serves as a passage between the two streets and may contain shops or restaurants. These specialty houses are typical of Vienna and offer pedestrians an easy detour to the next street over.



2020 is a special year for ISAPS – we’re celebrating our 50th Anniversary in Vienna! But we aren’t the only ones with a big birthday coming up. Next year, the Austrian capital will present Beethoven Year 2020 in honor of acclaimed composer Ludwig van Beethoven’s 250th birthday, making Vienna the perfect city to host the ISAPS World Congress. ISAPS highlights some of the unique activities being offered throughout the city in Beethoven Year 2020.

Vienna’s culture is largely musical, having been Beethoven’s chosen home for 35 years. In Beethoven Year 2020, the city will showcase more of Beethoven’s music than ever before. Witness a performance of Beethoven’s only opera, Fidelio, at the Vienna State Opera or the Theater an der Wien, and hear his classic works live in concerts at the Musikverein and the Wiener Konzerthaus. To learn more about Beethoven’s life, works, and personality, visit some of the many Beethoven exhibits that will take place in 2020. Special exhibitions providing an inside look at Beethoven’s life and genius will be held at various locations throughout the city, including the Austrian National Library and the House of Music.

Join ISAPS in Vienna 2020 and take part in two of the biggest events of the year!