The Media Stations
The various media stations invite visitors to access whatever data concerning the Austrian Parliament they may be interested in. The way the stations are operated vary, challenging the intuition of visitors and adding a playful element to their virtual expedition. To enable all visitors to obtain information easily and rapidly, care has been taken to make their operation user-friendly.
The large media wall is used to show informative films on the Visitor Centre, the Democracy Workshop at Palais Epstein and on the Austrian Parliament’s Children's Internet. On days on which either the National Council or the Federal Council is sitting, the debates are transmitted live on this media wall.
The three screens of the station “Legislation“ provide information on the legislative process. After a theoretical introduction a specific case is used to demonstrate how laws are made – from the bill to deliberations in the National and Federal Councils to adoption.
This media station provides comprehensive information on the European Union, its bodies and its work. Comparisons between the Austrian and the European Parliament show the essential differences between these two institutions.
Austria’s history as a member of the EU is discussed, and so is the way the Austrian Parliament participates in European legislation. A ten-question quiz serves to check your knowledge in a playful way.
The station’s four screens on “Parliamentary Democracy“ arranged in a circle give an overview of the role of citizens, politicians, and the executive and legislative powers in the democratic process. Again, answer ten questions to test your knowledge.
At this media station you can watch a film giving you new insights into the Parliament Building. Fascinating details not shown in the course of guided tours such as how the air conditioning and pneumatic delivery systems work are presented. And you learn how many windows and light bulbs or low-energy lamps there are in the building and how much electricity is consumed on a day when Parliament is in session.
The stations affording a “Close-up of Parliament“ provide detailed information on the architecture, history and uses of the Parliament Building. By moving the monitor you can select close-up views of what you want to see in greater detail. There are a total of 32 “hotspots“ – details of the interior and the façade of the Parliament Building.
These stations provide information on all Members of Parliament from 1907 onwards. You can find out where individual Members of the National and Federal Councils have or had their seats and read short biographies. You can also access statistical information such as the share of men and women, average age and the educational background of Members. The stations also contain background information and make comparisons on the basis of different selection criteria.
The online research station gives access to Parliament’s internet presence, the DemokratieWEBstatt – the children’s parliament - , “reininsparlament”, the page of the Young People’s Parliament, the the library catalogues of the Parliamentary Administration and the federal legal information system.
The research monitor can also be used to take a tour of the Parliament Building or Palais Epstein and to see 360° panoramic views of the meeting halls, the Colonnaded Hall and the media centre as well as of other parts of the building, such as the library, which are not accessible in the course of guided tours.
There is also a Parliamentary Quiz to test your knowledge at three levels of difficulty. Those who achieve the best results may enter their names in a ranking list.
For any further questions on the subject of Parliamentarianism or if you need further information, you can use the research stations to contact the Citizens’ Service of the Parliamentary Administration by email.
The Time Machine in the Press Centre can be used by visiting groups to call up special films on the development of Parliamentarianism and democracy. Starting with the Revolution of 1848, eight stations take visitors up the year 2005, the year when the Visitor Centre was opened.
The Time Wheel, which caters for individual visitors, shows the development from the Revolution of 1848 to 1995, the year Austria acceded to the European Union.