Vienna has a lot of very extreme things to do but it also has just as many laid back things the give you that sense of balance. Vienna also has great diversity. Simply because of these two things I believe that Vienna is one of the greatest cities in the world to live in.
An exhibition of nude men may seem incompatible with Vienna’s coffee house and cream cake culture (see the Leopold Museum). So, too, cutting edge architecture at the Do & Co Hotel on historic Stephansplatz Square might appear incongruous.
But Vienna is a city of diversity, fusion and reinvention – all factors that contribute to its vibrancy, and perhaps to Vienna’s position as a highly desirable expatriate property destination.
New York-based consultancy Mercer has in its annual global survey given Vienna top billing for "quality of living" for the fourth year in a row. The Economist Intelligence Unit ranks Vienna as the world’s second-best city (after Melbourne) for expats. It sits high on the global agenda, ticking all the boxes from political stability and health care through to education and recreation.
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