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Vienna is the most livable city of the world

According to the annual study of the consulting firm Mercer, Vienna is the city with the highest quality of living worldwide for the 9th time in a row now! We will reveal what exactly makes the Austrian capital so livable: Criteria of the Mercer study For its survey, the company Mercer has evaluated more than 450 cities and included altogether 231 metropolises in its ranking in the end. The annual Mercer study is considered to be the most comprehensive in its domain and it rates the quality of living of numerous cities worldwide on the basis of 39 criteria from ten different categories. They are grounded on aspects which play a leading part in the everyday life of expatriate employees. First of all, the political, economical and social environments are determining, of course, and associated with that category criteria like bank services, criminality and stability. Moreover, socio-cultural viewpoints like personal freedom and censorship are integrated into the evaluation. But also medical care and effects on health, for instance caused by air quality and waste disposal, contribute significantly to the quality of living in a city. Aside from that, educational standard, infrastructure and transport possibilities as well as public services flow [...]

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The 15th District – The Neukölln of Vienna

Neukölln, a few years ago still the sink estate of Berlin, meanwhile has blossomed out into the newly discovered scene district. The critical reputation which has been sticking to the borough due to poverty and social disadvantages earlier, has given way to a spirit of optimism and a growing cultural importance. Today, especially young people and tourists find some sort of a smooth run-down atmosphere, new music and shops with trendy vintage furniture there. The present Neukölln is exuberant, lively and full of opposites. The 15th district of Vienna has been experiencing a quite similar transformation for some time now: Rudolfsheim-Fünfhaus, Vienna’s 15th district, has been regarded as the capital’s unbeloved stepchild in former times as it caused many negative headlines. Even so, deprived areas are always attracting artists and students as the rent is still cheap there. Hence, the poorest and youngest district is currently changing and well on the way to become as versatile and innovative as Neuköln. The Reindorfgasse is the best example for the ascent of the 15th district: it has developed from the muck corner into a creative scene and therefore into a meeting point of a young and urban audience. Between kebab booth, west [...]

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Staycation – Vacation at Home

The neologism “Staycation” is composed of the words “stay” and “vacation” and therefore stands for a mix of staying at home and having a holiday. This travelling refusal is totally in vogue at the moment! But how can such a vacation at home even look like? Slow movement You are stressed out because of your always the same daily routine and are desperate for a change of scenery, but at the same time you only want to relax and recharge your batteries? Then, Staycation is absolutely the right thing for you! Because even if travelling is an exciting diversion, it nonetheless means stress. First packing, then sitting in traffic, rushing to get the flight and at the travel destination seeing as much as possible - this is how a holiday often looks like. When you arrive back home, you feel anything but recovered and scarcely ready for returning to your everyday working life. Staycation is the knowingly decision against this unrest and for a slow movement and besides even much more sustainable. But in one’s own four walls one cannot breathe completely easy either, as one has to cook, to do the dishes afterwards, to put the rubbish out and [...]

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Late Summer in Vienna (4)

We have already reported great late summer activities in Vienna and also informed you about the international year of sustainable tourism. As this topic is really near and dear to us, we wanted to introduce a particularly beautiful hiking path this week, where you will get totally in harmony with nature - completely in line with sustainable tourism. And which point of time would be more ideal for a hiking trip than september, when the temperatures become a little bit fresher again, but the sun still bathes everything in a warm light? The Sisi circular path The Sisi circular path leads you on the trail of the empress for one and a half hours through the Vienna Woods. Therefore, you should optimally start at the centre of the market town Kaltenleutgeben and from there you proceed towards the Eiswiese where you will also find a great children’s playground. Subsequently, you will arrive at the baroque parish church of St. Jacob and thereupon to the Eisstockplatz where you should keep on the right. Because then, you will reach the imperial path from where you can enjoy a truly royal view over the little town. And afterwards, the route progresses over the [...]

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Late Summer in Vienna (1)

Summer comes to an end, the nights get longer, the hot temperatures become more pleasant again. Time for using the last rays of sunshine before the dull grey of autumn sets in! And where could you make more out of the last beautiful days of the year than in Vienna? Whether on a short city trip over the weekend with friends or on a late summer vacation with the whole family, our city has to offer quite a bit, especially in september! Romantic full moon boating on the old Danube To those of you who want to enjoy the Indian Summer to the full with their partner, for example, we can entrust the romantic boat trip on the old Danube. This would be extraordinarily beautiful in a mild summer’s night in the bright shine of a full moon, of course. Sounds too good to be true? Not with the famous full moon boatings where various boat renters extend their opening hours just for you. Whether by rowing, electric or pedal boat, they offer something for everyone! And in order that really nothing is missing on the nocturnal trip, you even get a bottle of Prosecco for free. You totally feel [...]

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