WELCOME TO AUSTRIA is a dynamic and attractive association for spouses of diplomats and international civil servants accredited to Austria. Founded in 1997 by the then State Secretary Dr. Benita Ferrero-Waldner “WA” has been under the patronage of the Foreign Ministry ever since. The current President is Sebastian Kurz, Federal Minister for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs.

Hofburg, 1010 Vienna (204K)The aim of the Association is to promote the awareness and understanding of Austria’s rich cultural heritage and history past and present.

Austrians, all volunteers, organise and host the programmes for our foreign members. These include a wide choice of activities ranging from art, music and history to cuisine. Visits to private homes, castles, museums, galleries and ateliers as well as
excursions to places off the beaten track enrich the knowledge of Austria.

For specific social events, for lectures and coffee mornings we meet in our new office in the Hofburg with its large conference room.

Cross-culture events are often hosted by Embassies in Vienna, and by foreign members of “WA”, thereby offering an insight into different international viewpoints.

As a member of “WA” you will establish new friendships and enjoy an awareness of the many fascinating aspects of life in Austria.

We look forward to receiving your membership application.