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Welcome to the Website of the Austrian Embassy in London!
The Austrian Embassy in London provides an initial point of contact for various enquiries and interests. Our website contains information on Austrian politics, the economy, culture and tourism.
Are you planning a visit to or a longer stay in Austria? Under Practical Advice you find further information on consular services, travel and tourist information.
Information from this website is not legally binding.
Opening times Consulate:
Mo to Fr 09.00 am - 12.00 noon
Telephone enquiries (local time):
Mo to Fr 09.00 am - 05.00 pm: 020 7344 3250
Visa enquiries only:
Mo to Fr 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm: 020 7245 6689
Lecture on cultural diplomacy as an important tool in foreign policy on 2nd February 2017
On 2nd February 2017 Austrian Ambassador Martin Eichtinger gave a talk about Austria's International Cultural Policy at the German language lecture series at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. In his lecture "Kulturdiplomatie als wichtiges Element der Außenpolitik. Wie macht das Österreich?” Ambassador Eichtinger presented the main goal of Austria´s Cultural Policy, which is to present a unique image of a contemporary, innovative and creative Austria, promoted by means of high-quality cultural projects initiated and carried out by Austria's network of representations abroad or in collaboration with local partners in the respective countries.
Europe State Award 2017 – Europe concerns us all
Based on an initiative launched by Sebastian Kurz, Federal Minister for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs, the Europe State Award will be awarded for the third year in succession.
Opening of the World Museum Vienna
At the end of 2017 the World Museum Vienna (Weltmuseum Wien) will reopen in the historical complex of the Vienna Hofburg at the Heldenplatz. For this special occasion, Dr. Steven Engelsman gave a presentation about the transformation of the old Museum of Ethnology into the World Museum Vienna at the Austrian Ambassadors´ Residence at Belgrave Square on 1 February 2017. The World Museum Vienna is one of the most important ethnological museums in the world as it can look back on 500 years of collecting activities.
Inauguration of the new elected Austrian Federal Presidedent, Dr. Alexander Van der Bellen
Dr. Alexander Van der Bellen was sworn in as the new Federal President of the Republic of Austria on January 26, 2017. He will serve as the ninth president of Austria’s Second Republic until 2023
Applications for the "Writer of the City of Graz" scholarship
Austrian OSCE Chairmanship 2017
Invitation to panel discussion on the challenges and priorities for the Austrian OSCE Chairmanship 2017
The Austrian Embassy in London and Chatham House would like to invite you to an OSCE event at Chatham House (10 St James's Square, London SW1Y 4LE) on Wednesday, 14 December 2016, from 09.00 to 12.00.
Austria will take over the Chair of the OSCE in 2017.On this occasion, Chatham House is hosting a panel discussion on the challenges and priorities for the Austrian OSCE Chairmanship.
Please confirm your participation until 5 December by email to london-ob(at)bmeia.gv.at.
More information on the conference program:
BREXIT - Information for Austrian citizens in the UK
UK Referendum on 23 June 2016 on EU membership
Currently there are no changes known with regard to the status of Austrian and other EU citizens with residence in the UK as well as British citizens with residence in Austria, as long as the new modalities of the relationship between the EU and the UK enter into force. This process can only be triggered by the UK informing the European Council about its intention to leave the EU and will presumably take several years.
Christmas Prize Draw
Have the chance to win a city break for two in Vienna!
Enter this competition for your chance to win a city break for two in Vienna, including:
· Two nights accommodation for two
at the Courtyard by Marriott Vienna
Schönbrunn Hotel, staying in a twin or
double room (breakfast buffet incl.)
· a 2,5 h city walking tour in English
· a Vienna Card, valid for both the
winner and their guest, which offers
discounts at 210 City attractions and
unlimited free public transport for 72
For your chance to win simply answer the question below:
When does Austria hold the chair of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE)?
The winner will be chosen from all comments on the respective Facebook prize draw posting on www.facebook.com/AustrianEmbassy
London submitted by 8 January 2017 23:59.
Our Partners of this prize draw are the Vienna Tourist Board (www.facebook.com/ViennaTouristBoard) and Courtyard by Marriott Vienna Schönbrunn (http://www.courtyard-vienna.at)
Terms and conditions of participation see here
Dame Janet Ritterman awarded Decoration of Austrian Cross for Science and Art, 1st class on 15 November 2016
The Chancellor of Middlesex University London, Dame Janet Ritterman, received the Austrian Cross for Science and Art, 1st Class, one of the highest honours in Austria, for her significant contribution to science and the arts. The award was presented by Austria’s State Secretary for Science, Research and Economy, Dr Harald Mahrer at a ceremony in Vienna. Dame Janet’s contribution to the arts at universities in Austria as a founding member of the Austrian Science Council and her ongoing role at the Austrian Science Fund were especially recognized.
Austrian National Day reception on 26 October 2016
On the occasion of the Austrian National Day, Austrian Ambassador Dr. Martin Eichtinger hosted a reception at the Embassy´s residence on 26 October 2016. Keynote speeches were held by Mrs Barbara Schwarz, Minister for Education, Social and Family Affairs in the Government of Lower Austria and by Alistair Harrison, Her Majesty's Marshal of the Diplomatic Corps. Austrian chocolate entrepreneur Josef Zotter, who was awarded gold, silver or bronze 15 times in total at the 2016 Academy of Chocolate Award in London, presented his new chocolate collection 2016/2017 at the Embassy premises.
Concert by Austrian pianist Ingolf Wunder on 25 October 2016
On the occasion of the Austrian National Day and as part of the Vienna Concert Series, Austrian Ambassador Dr. Martin Eichtinger invited to a concert of Austrian pianist Ingolf Wunder at the Austrian Ambassador’s residence. Ingolf Wunder was born in Klagenfurt and he studied at conservatories in Klagenfurt and Linz before joining the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. He achieved worldwide recognition at the 2010 International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw, winning Second Prize and several special awards including Best Prize for Concerto, Best Prize for Polonaise Fantasy and the audience award. Ingolf Wunder will perform at Southbank Centre in London on 19 November 2016.
150 Years Austrian Embassy on Belgrave Square - Austrian style ball and book launch
This year, the Austrian Embassy is celebrating 150 years of presence at 18 Belgrave Square. On this special occasion, the Embassy hosted a Gala event on 10 October 2016 – an Austrian style ball featuring opera singers and music by Johann Strauss – in the presence of HRH Princess Michael of Kent and Lord Mayor of Westminster, Steve Summers. On 11 October the jubilee publication “Celebrating 150 years of Austria’s Presence on Belgrave Square” was presented within a panel discussion by the author Prof. Otto Rauchbauer (University of Vienna) and Prof. Richard Bassett (University of Cambridge). The book was especially commissioned for the anniversary and compiles photographs, portraits of Ambassadors and facsimiles of original documents.
Jazz concert with Simone Kopmajer and Reinhardt Winkler
On 30 September 2016 as part of the Austrian Ambassador Dr. Martin Eichtinger’s special concert series the Embassy presented a jazz concert featuring pianist and singer Simone Kopmajer and drummer Reinhardt Winkler. The audience enjoyed the selection of self-composed songs and the own and unique interpretation of jazz classics and applauded the performances enthusiastically.
Visit of Finance Minister Hans Jörg Schelling to London on 29 September 2016
On 29 September 2016 Finance Minister Hans Jörg Schelling and the President of the Austrian Central Bank Claus Raidl opened the conference “CEE Breakfast Panel Discussion 2016” in London, an event within the framework of 21st Austria. 21st Austria is an initiative established in 2011 for strengthening Austria’s global competitive position. Leading Austrian companies together with the Central Bank of Austria and the Vienna Stock Exchange represent 21st Austria. Afterwards, Finance Minister Schelling met his British counterpart Philip Hammond at 11, Downing Street in London. Schelling’s visit to the United Kingdom concluded with a meeting with the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford Professor Louise Richardson and a speech to university students.
“150 Years Austrian Embassy on Belgrave Square“ - Invitation to book launch on 11 October 2016, 6:30 p.m.
This year, the Austrian Embassy is celebrating 150 years of presence at 18 Belgrave Square. On this special occasion, the Embassy is hosting the book launch “Celebrating 150 years of Austria’s Presence on Belgrave Square”. The history of the Embassy and the contents of the book will be presented in a panel discussion with author Prof. Otto Rauchbauer (University of Vienna) and Prof. Richard Bassett (University of Cambridge), moderated by Ambassador Martin Eichtinger. The book was especially commissioned for the anniversary and compiles photographs, portraits of Ambassadors and facsimiles of original documents. It therefore provides a unique illustration of the British-Austrian relationship over the last 150 years.
Venue: Austrian Embassy (Residence), 18 Belgrave Square, London SW1X 8PX
Place is limited, so please register until 30 September 2016 at london-ob(at)bmeia.gv.at or T +44 (0)207 344 3272.
Visit of Salzburg's Mayor Heinz Schaden and Delegation to London from 15-16 September 2016
From 15 - 16 September 2016 Salzburg’s Mayor Dr. Heinz Schaden and a delegation of mayors of the Association of Cities and Towns of Salzburg met with the Lord Mayor of Westminster Steve Summers and other high-ranking representatives of the City of London’s district administration unit. On their visit’s agenda was an exchange of the latest initiatives and topics concerning urban policy. Furthermore, the delegation visited the monthly meeting of the Court of Common Council, the City of London’s primary decision-making assembly. The program of the visit also included a discussion about BREXIT with ORF-correspondent Bettina Prendergast in the residence of the Austrian Ambassador Dr. Martin Eichtinger.
Defence Minister Doskozil visits London from 7-8 September 2016
From 7-8 September Defence Minister Doskozil attended the "UN Peacekeeping Defence Ministerial : London2016", a conference convened by British Defence Minister Michael Fallon. The program of the visit also included a working meeting with the Secretary of Defense RtHon Mike Penning, expert discussions with the Secretariat of the National Security Council and the British Ministry of Defence as well as a visit to the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), an independent think tank dealing with issues of national and international safety.
First bilateral meeting between Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz and British Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Boris Johnson in Vienna on 2 September 2016
On 2 September 20016 Foreign Minister Kurz and Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson met for the first time in Vienna, where they discussed shared foreign policy issues including Ukraine, Turkey and concrete cooperation on migration and counter-Daesh. The ministers agreed that Austria and the UK face many joint challenges and that cooperation remains vital in dealing with them. With regard to the envisaged UK exit from the European Union, Foreign Minister Kurz stated “Our goal must be to keep a strong partnership between the EU and the UK, and strong relations between the UK and Austria.”
Foreign Secretary Johnson furthermore visited the counter-radicalisation NGO ‘Women Without Borders’, an NGO active in Austria and the UK which trains women to prevent and counter radicalisation in their communities.
Vienna Summer Nigh Concert in London
Public Viewing 26.05.2016 - 19:15h
Riverside Grass, Riverside Walkway
South Bank, London
Come and enjoy a Viennese concert Tradition, broadcast live from Schönbrunn Palace. Share your impressions of the Event with https://www.wien.info/en/vienna-summer-night-concert/home for a chane to win a meet & greet with the Vienna Philharmonic in Vienna!
Internship at the Austrian Embassy London
Please note that all positions for 2016 have been filled.
- Austrian citizenship
- Active enrollment at an accredited
university or recent completion of studies
- Good command of English and German
Applications must include:
- CV incl. photo
- Motivation letter in German and
- 2 references of prior internships
Applications should be addressed to: london-ob(at)bmeia.gv.at
Deadline for the first half of 2017: 31 August 2016
Deadline for the second half of 2017: 1 December 2016
Internships are paid and for the duration of 2-3 months.
Additional information: (only in German)