According to the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) annual survey, Austria’s endlessly chic capital city Vienna has taken the crown as 2018’s most liveable city by the, kicking Melbourne off the top spot from last year. Here’s why we totally agree…
Culture for days
Vienna is any culture lovers paradise, with a history drenched in the arts – namely music, theatre and fine arts. The fact that Vienna was the home to both Mozart and Beethoven aside, the modern day art and museum scene is truly something to behold. If music is more your thing, Vienna is home to some of the worlds most breathtaking music venues, such as the Vienna State Opera House. Whatever your interest, running out of things to do simply won’t be an option.
While the media suggests a mound of avocados is every young person’s top priority, affordable housing is probably a close second – and Vienna has got it on lock. If decorative ceilings, hugely spacious apartments and rent that won’t eat up more than half of your earnings, Vienna’s the place to be for a luxury home with a not-so-luxury price tag. There are also strong contracts to protect tenants from being over-charged for accommodation. Winning.
Best of both worlds
As the capital city of a country inundated with lush rolling hills and fairytale landscapes, it’s no surprise that Vienna is one of Europe’s greenest cities. With oodles of hiking routes dotted around the city and parks-a-plenty to satisfy all your picnic needs, it’s the perfect balance of bustling city life and outdoor spaces for the nature babies. If you’re keen for a little countryside action, there are breathtaking vineyards and stunning views a short train ride out of the city.
If the prospect of travelling around Europe is what gets your heart pumping, Prague, Rome, Split and Budapest are just a few of the epic cities that are a simple bus, car or train ride away from the Austrian capital. You could be in a different city every weekend if you fancied it (bank balance permitting, of course) without evening having to faff around at the airport, making Vienna the perfect base for exploring the continent.
Great quality of life
Low crime rates, affordable housing and an iron-strong economy (Austria is the 14th richest country in the world) are 3 of any millennials favourite things. Austria also has over 18,500 farms that contribute to its flourishing economy, earning it the title of ‘Europe’s Delishop’. You’ll likely be paid a salary that will afford you a quality of life that may have otherwise seemed unattainable in your hometown.
Capital of cakes
Vienna is a city with a distinct sweet tooth, with cafes and coffee houses considered institutions – and a sacred part of every day Austrian life. Sachertorte and Apfel Strudel are among Austria’s repertoire of mouthwatering cakes, pastries and sweet treats, the former of which is pretty much a Viennese staple. Wash it down with a coffee, and you’ve pretty much got your Saturday afternoon go-to activity down to a T.