Historical Hunt in Vienna

I am in Vienna, attending access 2012, where representatives of more than 200 Austrian meetings and event industry suppliers are gathered with approximately 2,000 international meeting suppliers.

The city’s historic center is a UNESCO World Heritage site, its cobblestone streets lined with palaces, cafes, and gardens. It’s eminently walkable, making it the perfect place for a “riddle rally”  —  a scavenger-hunt style game that I played with about 150 other attendees the day before the exhibition opened.

We were divided into teams, and each team was  given a smartphone holding about a dozen clues directing us to city landmarks. The game took us along a cleverly designed circuit, giving us an eclectic taste of Viennese history and culture as we checked off churches, pastry shops, monuments, and attractions.


At the Hofburg Palace, getting our next clue.

My team was competitive — we came in second out of 13 teams — but we also had a great time, laughing as much at our missteps as our successes, as we scrambled to figure out all the clues first. It was an introduction to each other, as well as the city. Our final clue led us to a the University of Vienna, where the competing teams were reunited at a champagne reception.

And Vienna, it turns out, is easy to navigate as well. Our team members were from Sweden, Italy, France, Russia, and the U.S. and few of us had visited the city before.  It was easy for us to find our way and none of the other teams appeared to have gotten lost either.
All in all, a wonderful start.

Barbara Palmer

Barbara Palmer is senior editor and director of digital content.