Like every year, the international consulting firm Mercer carried out a study in order to assess the quality of life in 231 cities around the world. The results of the study in 2017 are out and Vienna has topped the list of most livable cities for the eighth time in a row! The survey compares the political, social and economic climate, medical care, education, and infrastructural conditions such as public transportation, power and water supply. It also takes into consideration recreational offers such as restaurants, theatres, cinemas, sports facilities, the availability of all kinds of consumer goods from food to cars, as well as environmental conditions – from green spaces to air quality. It is therefore a great feat for Vienna to have emerged as the topper for the eighth consecutive time. “Vienna’s 1.8 million inhabitants benefit from the city’s cafe culture and museums, theatres and operas. Rents and public transport costs in the city, whose architecture is marked by its past as the centre of the Habsburg empire, are cheap compared with other western capitals,” says the survey. ALSO SEE Vienna is the best city in the world: 10 stunning photos of Austria’s beautiful capital!
Apart from the high quality of life, the city is also renowned for its excellent infrastructure, forward-looking mobility solutions and smart approaches making it an extremely attractive holiday destination. Home to legendary composers like Mozart and Beethoven, Vienna’s incredible musical heritage attracted a host of music lovers, families, honeymooners and conference attendees from India during the year, according to the Vienna Tourist Board.
In terms of location and natural beauty, Vienna is blessed to be nestled between the Danube River and picturesque hills. Its deep woods, green vineyards, mesmerizing buildings, and vibrant and contemporary coffeehouses make it a city that has everything that you look for in a holiday spot. It provides a great mix of history, nature, music, dance, and tranquility.
“Vienna provides the experiences of a metropolis without the stress factors of a big city. Vienna looks forward to welcoming 20 to 30 per cent more young Indian travellers, looking to experience the contemporary and vibrant facets of life, in 2017.” says Isabella Rauter, Public Relations Manager for Vienna Tourist Board.
Vienna received a record number of travellers from India in 2016 contributing to 115,531 overnight stays, a 28 per cent increase from 2015. Of late, Vienna has emerged as a favourite destination for Indian honeymooners. It has hosted many Indian weddings, including at the Belvedere Palace, one of the palaces of the former imperial family of Austria. The palace now serves as a museum and an event location. Having topped this list, Vienna is sure to attract more travelers from all across the globe.
The rest of the top 10 list is mostly filled by European cities, with Zurich in second place, and newcomer Basel in the 10th place. Other cities in the top 10 include Munich, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Geneva, and Copenhagen.
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