Healthy Venue


Messe Wien Exhibition & Congress Center is proud to be a Healthy Venue, accredited by the World Obesity Federation.
The award encourages venues to support their customers, visitors and staff in making healthier choices and to minimize the negative health impacts of conference-going. This means we are committed to providing you with a venue that promotes physical activity and healthy eating.

Meetings and events are notorious for ‘diet busting behaviors’; lack of healthy options, a general encouragement for sitting and a lack of sunlight! On the flip side, healthy meeting environments are proven to improve delegate productivity and leave them with a positive memory of the event. Healthy eating and physical activity have both been shown to promote alertness and increase concentration. This in turn can help you have a better and more productive meeting as people are more likely to be engaged. In addition interactivity brings new and insightful ideas to discussions.

As a bronze healthy venue we are committed to…

Providing together with our catering partners healthy food options across all of our menus for you to choose from

 Providing water around the venue, free of charge

 Helping you design your meetings to promote less sedentary behaviour

 Supporting you in incorporating physical activity into your program

 Promoting active travel to and from our venue


The RELX Group is a dedicated signatory of the UN Global Compact which uses the Sustainable Development Goals – SDGs to chart business participation in achieving these aims.

As a part of the RELX Group we intend to drive forward these SDGs and spread awareness and understanding for these goals to our customers, employees and all our stakeholders. The Healthy Venue Award is our contribution to goal 3, Good Health and Well-Being, which brings benefits both for our customers and employees.


What can you do as an event-organizer
to make your event healthier?

Promote active travel to and from our venue

  • Public transport is the preferred way to move around Vienna. Two underground stations of the Wiener Linien are just a stone’s throw away from the venue’s main entrances. (U2 Station “Messe/Prater” and “Krieau”)
  • For those who prefer arriving or leaving by bike, a rental station of Citybike Vienna is directly located in front of our venue. The bikes can be rented and returned at any of the 120 bike-stations all around the city. The bikes are available 24/7.
  • Because our venue is located in the heart of the city it is also easy accessible on foot. The St. Stephans Cathedral is just 3,5 kilometers or around 40 unhurried minutes away.

Promote the nearby recreation facilities to your delegates

  • Our venue is directly attached to Vienna’s Prater park which is the largest recreational green area of the city. Your delegates will find mile-long walkways, bike lanes and running courses just next to the meeting rooms. Click here for our Runner’s Tips.
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Offer the delegates possibilities for standing in the lecture rooms

  • Set up high-tables additionally to the chairs for those delegates who prefer to stand during a session.

Offer the delegates Option of active meetings

  • Our mall offers 500 metres of walkway for your delegates walking-meetings.

Make space available for fitness and relaxation sessions

  • Depending on the desired size of these rooms our Congress Center offers a wide range of possible layouts.

A healthy catering helps your delegates to eat smarter while attending your conference

  • There are a lot of possibilities to offer your delegates healthier catering choices for their lunch and coffee breaks. The menu of our catering-partner contains a wide range of options, most of which have been specially developed by the chef to be healthy.
  • Our caterer supports the national dietary guidelines
  • In our restaurants salt cellars are available on request only to reduce the intake of the daily salt amount.
  • Only standard-sized packs of snacks and sweets are sold on site
  • Our venue provides 6 water-fountains which can also be used to refill your staffs’ and delegates’ drinking bottles.
  • When deciding on the food and beverage-choices:
    • Pick whole-grain bread sorts
    • Always offer a choice of low-sugar or no-sugar drinks when drinks are served
    • Always provide a low-sugar/low-fat option when dairy is served
    • You have the option to request the removal of certain “unhealthy” products from the menu or buffet especially for your event
      Do not hesitate to contact our catering-team – they shall be pleased to advise you!  

We can provide you with information about the surrounding area, including route maps and the location of fitness centres and parks.

Let us know what you need and we will do what we can to help!