OMI Conference Center

In 2001, the Salzburg Stiftung der AAF purchased Schloss Arenberg with the intention of transforming it into a state-of-the-art conference center for the Open Medical Institute’s seminar program. In 2009, the building was destroyed by fire, but was rebuilt in less than one year, reopening in April 2010. Seminars take place during the academic year from September through July. In August, during the Salzburg Music Festival, members of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra take up residence at Schloss Arenberg and lend their artistic support to opera camps for children from all over the world.


During the academic year, OMI faculty members from leading institutions worldwide donate a week of their time each year to share their medical expertise with colleagues from countries in transition. Faculty and fellows are accommodated at Schloss Arenberg. Every effort has been made to ensure that they are comfortable during their stay. Schloss Arenberg should be their “home away from home“.

Faculty suites are elegantly appointed with period furniture and original artwork. Each suite has a spacious bedroom, living room and kitchenette. Many have balconies. Fellows’ rooms are equipped with desks, comfortable reading chairs and televisions. Faculty and fellows live together under one roof and meet in both formal and informal settings throughout the week. This unique atmosphere is especially conducive to open discussions, knowledge transfer and networking.

The Grand Hall at Schloss Arenberg seats up to 100 people and is used as a lecture hall during the medical seminars. It is fully air-conditioned and is equipped with digital projection, video and teleconferencing capabilities as well as high-speed internet connectivity. It can easily be transformed into a concert hall, theater or exhibition space. This room was painstakingly restored to preserve the antique wooden ceiling with gold leaf embellishments, Renaissance door frames and an 18th century tiled stove. The Faculty Lounge, the Porsche Lounge, a formal dining room (which can be also used as second lecture hall or break out room for hands-on training sessions), catering facilities and a large terrace round out the ensemble on the third floor.

Offices, a multimedia lab and a computer library, which provides fellows and faculty with 24-hour access to laptops and internet, are located on the second floor. The first floor of the building houses the reception desk, lobby, dining hall, kitchen and gym. The top floor boasts the Armenia Lounge, where fellows and faculty can meet in an informal setting.


Thanks to the generosity of the late Ambassador Milton A. Wolf, Mr. Gerhard Andlinger and many board members, the foundation was able to purchase additional acreage surrounding Schloss Arenberg and create a campus setting. An extensive network of paths was installed with areas for reflection and recreation.