Location: Vienna; 1st, 7th and 19th Districts
Events: Multiple demonstrations are planned throughout downtown Vienna this weekend, the largest on Sunday where several thousand participants are expected. Residents and visitors should expect major traffic delays, public transportation disruptions, and heavy police presence through the weekend.
Saturday, November 5, 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
–“Fair Denken” (Fair Thinking), a right-leaning protest against Russia sanctions, inflation and COVID measures will begin at Heldenplatz in front of the Hofburg Palace, followed by a march along the Ringstrasse. Significant traffic disruption and or delays are likely along the march route.
–“No to Tents, Housing Now”, a demonstration calling for humane policies for asylum applicants and immigrants, will take place at Christian-Broda-Platz near Westbahnhof train station in the 7th district. Several hundred protestors plan to march down Mariahilferstrasse to the Chancellor’s office in the 1st District.
–“That’s Enough,” a demonstration calling for solutions to the energy crisis, will begin at the Karl-Marx-Hof, Heiligenstadt, 19th district. Demonstrators will then march to the 20th district to rally.
Sunday, November 6, 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
–Several thousand demonstrators are expected to march against poverty, inflation, Russian sanctions and COVID policies at Heldenplatz in front of the Hofburg Palace, 1st District. Demonstrators plan to march along the Ringstrasse. Significant traffic disruption and/or delays are likely in the vicinity of participants as they march.
Most demonstrations in Vienna are peaceful, orderly, and well-policed. However, all demonstrations and protests should be avoided as they are often unpredictable in nature. In addition to registered demonstrations, flash protests are always possible.
Actions to take:
- Avoid the areas of demonstrations.
- Follow the instructions of authorities and road signs regarding closures and detours.
- Exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of large gatherings or protests.
- Monitor local media for updates.
- Keep a low profile.
U.S. Embassy Vienna – Consular Section
+43 1 313-39-7535 (weekdays 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.)
+43 1 313-39-0 (after hours, weekends and holidays)
Department of State – Consular Affairs
888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444