WELCOME TO AUSTRIA (WA) 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 Dr. Michael Linhart, Federal Minister for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs.
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 and lectures we meet in the WA premises in the Hofburg with its large conference room.
Cross-culture events are often graciously 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