Field Trips at the 2024 International Geography Championships
Vienna is one of the world’s greatest cities – come and explore it with us at the 2024 International Geography Championships! In addition to the Scavenger Hunt which will take place throughout the city, the following sites are on our schedule. All entry fees are included in the costs of IGC with the exception of the trip to Bratislava (an extra $60 per person). Note that the Prater is free to visit, but each ride costs separately (ride costs are not included).
–Musical Vienna Walking Tour including a visit to the Mozarthaus where Mozart lived in the center of Vienna when he wrote The Marriage of Figaro
–Viennese Pastry Walking Tour with samples and stops at some of the legendary cafes, coffeehouses and bakeries in the center of Vienna. Apfelstrudel, Sachertorte, Gugelhupf and more!
–Schonbrunn Palace – Home of Emperor Franz Josef and Empress Sisi: Austria’s answer to Versailles!
-The Esperanto and Globe Museums – Both of these are in the Hofburg Palace complex and are of clear interest to any geographile!
-The Hofburg Imperial Court and Treasury – 1000 years of Holy Roman Empire treasures await at the former central imperial court complex!
–Kunsthistorisches (Art History) Museum – The world’s greatest collection of Brueghel, Cellini’s salt cellar, Titian, Raphael, Klimt, Caravaggio and more!
–Naturhistorisches (Natural History) Museum – The world famous Venus of Willendorf, dinosaurs, the collections of Alexander von Humboldt, and more!
–Military History Museum – The military history of Austria until 1918, including the car in which Franz Ferdinand was shot, and the world’s oldest military aircraft!
–Sigmund Freud Museum – Where modern psychoanalysis began at Berggasse 19 in the 9th district, and now a museum dedicated to one of Vienna’s most famous residents!
–Half-Day Trip to Bratislava, Slovakia – In addition to all the sites of Vienna, add a new country to your life list with an afternoon in Bratislava, Slovakia just an hour away! This trip will visit Bratislava Castle, Heydukova Street Synagogue, Church of St. Elizabeth, Old Town, and more! Participants on this trip have the exclusive chance to compete in the Slovak Geography Exam, an official IGC medal event, whose medal ceremony will take place in a place of cultural importance at the end of the afternoon before the return trip to Vienna. The half-day trip is limited to participating students, and their accompanying family members, chaperones, and friends. Accompanying family members, chaperones, and friends must be enrolled in the Family and Friends Program to come on the trip.
–Hundertwasserhaus & Kunsthauswien Museum – The Austrian artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser created a magical world of color and form in painting and architecture. Come learn about him at this newly-renovated museum!
–OPEC Headquarters (Pending administrative approval) – Did you know OPEC is headquartered in Vienna? Students participating in the OPEC simulation will have a chance to visit OPEC Headquarters prior to the competition!
–UN Vienna – Together with New York, Geneva, and Nairobi, Vienna is one of the headquarters cities for the UN, including the International Atomic Energy Agency, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, and the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Ukraine. We’re planning several tours but space will be limited, so be sure to sign up as soon as event selection opens!
–Chocolate Museum – Learn about the wide world of chocolate at this museum suitable for young and old run by the Austrian chocolate maker Heindl!
–Prater Amusement Park and Ferris Wheel On the last night of IGC after the Closing Ceremonies, we’ll head to the Prater for one last night of fun in Vienna at one of the world’s iconic amusement parks!