(January 13-15, 2022)
Locations: Announced gathering points include, but are not limited to, Vienna’s 1st District, including:
–Mariahilferstrasse / Human Rights Square
–Heldenplatz (in front of the Hofburg Palace)
— Siegmund Freud Park (next to Votivkirche)
–Thursday, January 13, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. at Mariahilferstrasse / Human Rights Square: Organizers are calling for a demonstration in support of human rights. A large number of protestors are expected, and counter-protests are possible.
— Saturday, January 15, noon to 6 p.m., at Heldenplatz (in front of the Imperial Hofburg Palace): Up to 100,000 protestors and 1,000 police officers are expected at a major demonstration against COVID-19 measures including mandatory vaccinations. Vienna ordinances now prohibit demonstrations in business areas during opening hours, however some groups have called for spontaneous gatherings in defiance of these ordinances. Expect a heavy police presence and major disruptions to traffic and public transportation along the Ring Road and downtown area. Counter-protests are possible.
Other planned minor demonstrations for various causes:
–Friday, January 14 to Saturday, January 15 at midnight at the Rathaus.
–Saturday, June 15, noon to 6 p.m. at Siegmund Freud Park (next to Votivkirche).
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 these 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 you unexpectedly find yourself in the vicinity of large gatherings or demonstrations.
-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
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