When they were first installed the urinals were a talking point and were praised for their hygiene and water saving potential.
However, it seemed women visiting Salzburg's Kongresshaus never really get the hang of them and complained that having to hover over them in a “skiing position” just wasn't practical. It was a common sight to see women running out of the toilet, thinking they had wandered into a men's urinal.
The manufacturers of the urinals said that when used correctly they are more sanitary than ‘sit down toilets' as the user doesn't have to come into contact with the seat.
They also take up less floor space - having only a small partition wall between each urinal - and use less water.