If you haven’t been to Austria’s capital yet, then now is the time to go to this stunning, modern city as it was named the best one on earth to live in. It’s the ninth year in a row Vienna has been voted number one.
So why does this historic city stand above the rest? Based on Mercer’s Quality of Living Survey, the transportation available to the public is outstanding, the level of security is high, the cost of living is affordable, and the type of cultural activities available to both locals and tourists is phenomenal. This is why you should book your next vacation to Vienna.
Vienna offers four types of public transportation options: the metro (U-Bahn), train (Schnellbahn or S-Bahn), tram (Straßenbahn) and bus (Autobus). They are all part of one system, so you can get from one side of the city to the other on various types of transportation without having to buy different tickets for each one.
Additionally, there are no ticket gates or personnel constantly checking tickets as the entire city runs on an honesty system. However, transportation isn’t free, so make sure you do purchase a ticket in case one of the undercover workers do happen to ask you for your proof to ride the train, metro, bus or tram.
According to the Global Peace Index, Vienna is ranked the third most peaceful country on the planet. And since it’s ranked the world’s best city to live in, it would make sense that the quality of life is high, which coincides with it being safe.
Moreover, crime is at it’s lowest (7.5 percent), so although you should not worry about traveling around the city, you should always be mindful (and this goes for any major city you are in).
Cost of Living
Monthly rent in an expensive area that’s furnished is about $1,500 US for 900 square feet of living space. For a non expensive area, the price for the same size apartment is about $1,150 US. When it comes to food, it’s on par with what you would pay in other nations in Western Europe. And since there’s public healthcare (with the option to purchase private), residents don’t have to worry about paying any premiums.
If you’re a museum nerd, Vienna is the place for you. Thanks to the MuseumsQarter Wein, “one of the largest districts for contemporary art and culture in the world”, you can spend a whole day (or two) exploring all of them. From art museums such as the Leopold Museum and the Museum of Modern Art Ludwig Foundation Vienna (MUMOK), to contemporary exhibitions such as Kunsthalle Wien, and even festivals and events that are held in the quarter, this area is swarming with history and culture for everyone.
Vienna is a remarkable city that must be visited at least once in your lifetime. And what better time than now?
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