Main building - description

The Main Building of the University of Vienna is located on Vienna’s central Ringstrasse boulevard. Built to a historicist design by architect Heinrich von Ferstel, it was inaugurated in 1884 and houses the university management, the main University Library, and several departments and administrative units (the research and teaching facilities of the University of Vienna are distributed over more than 60 locations across Vienna).

Located within Vienna’s historic centre, the Main Building is easy to reach – which is one of the reasons why it is a very popular venue for national and international conferences. More than 25 lecture halls with state-of-the-art technical equipment are available for events of any kind.

The state rooms (Grosser Festsaal (Main Ceremonial Chamber), Kleiner Festsaal (Small Ceremonial Chamber), Senatssaal (Senate Chamber)) with their respective ante-rooms are centrally located on the first floor. They provide a noble backdrop for receptions, award ceremonies and other representative occasions, but can also be used as forums for academic debate or for exhibitions.

The Aula can be reached via a barrier-free access route. It houses a modern information centre and gives access to the green space of the Arcaded Courtyard, where a cafeteria offers refreshments during the summer months. Busts and statues of renowned university teachers line the arcades.

The Main Building also contains the repository of the University’s body of knowledge, the Library of the University of Vienna. It holds more than seven million books, stored on 72 km of shelving; additionally, readers may choose from some 10,000 electronic media (and access to 1.200 data bases, 76.000 E-journals and 63.000 E-Books). 

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Access Plan

Main Building

LocationRoomFloorLength (m)Width (m)Height (m)Area (qm)Suitable  for WheelchairsCapacitySeating
MBMain Ceremonial Chamber
1st FL2816,619464,8yes288Theater
MBSmall Ceremonial Chamber
1st FL21,510,48,5223,6yes220Theater
MBSenate Chamber
1st FL13,110,88,4141,5yes32Hollow Square
MBArcaded Courtyard RGF 2472yes 1000On request
MBAulaRGF29,813,89,6411,2yesOn request
MBLateral Aula 1RGF19,28,56,9163,2yesOn request
MBLateral Aula 2RGF19,28,56,9163,2yesOn request
MBErika-Weinzierl-Hall1st FL 8,97,9355,1 40Bench rows, level
MBVAM Meeting Room
1st FL7,47,4 55,1 18U-form
MBMarietta-Blau-Hall
RGF12,48,65106,6conditionally40Bench rows, level
MBElise-Richter-Hall1st FL12,79,17115,6yes70Bench rows, level
MBAudimaxGF2419,27,6460,8yes750Bench rows, ascending
MBBIG Lecture Hall
GF20,810,57 214,3yes196Theater
MBSmall Lecture Hall Ground Floor
GF15,18,8 125,4yes100Theater
MBProminentenzimmerGF11,57,13,981,7yes40Bench rows, level
MBLecture Hall 7RGF13,712,15,8165,8conditionally140Bench rows, ascending
MBLecture Hall 16RGF12,696,9113,4conditionally80Bench rows, level
MBLecture Hall 21RGF14135,7182conditionally140Bench rows, ascending
MBLecture Hall 271st FL8,98,63,779,6 32Bench rows, level
MBLecture Hall 291st FL8,74,53,439,2yes30Bench rows, level
MBLecture Hall 301st FL9,98,63,485,1yes60Bench rows, level
MBLecture Hall 311st FL14,28,63,6122,1yes130Bench rows, level
MBLecture Hall 321st FL14,28,63,4122,1yes130Bench rows, level
MBLecture Hall 331st FL13,712,26,2167,1yes240Bench rows, level
MBLecture Hall 34RGF12,296,3114,3yes100Bench rows, level
MBLecture Hall 411st FL1412,15,8169,4yes140Bench rows, ascending
MBLecture Hall 422nd FL13,2127,8158,4yes100Bench rows, ascending
MBLecture Hall 462nd FL9,38,65,280yes80Bench rows, level
MBLecture Hall 472nd FL14,28,65122,1yes140Bench rows, level
MBLecture Hall 482nd FL9,38,65,880yes50Bench rows, level
MBLecture Hall 502nd FL1412,27,8170,8conditionally150Bench rows, ascending

Lower ground floor

Upper ground floor

First floor

Second floor