Vienna is the Most Livable City for 2019!

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Vienna did it again: topping Mercer’s list of the most livable cities for the 10th time now! While there are  other lists with their own criteria, we have only featured Mercer’s list here. The write up and photos for 2018 is here and for 2017, here. Mercer’s rankings factors the following: housing, economy, political and […]

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Vienna: Most Livable City, for the 9th Time!

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  Last year’s Mercer’s quality of living survey placed Vienna on the top spot, and not to disappoint, this lovely city tops it again this year – the ranking includes 231 cities. Vienna: Most Livable City, is followed by Zurich (2), Auckland and Munich (in joint 3rd place), Vancouver is in 5th place (same as last year) which […]

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Most Livable City, For the 8th time

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  Vienna emerged as the most livable city for the 8th time per Mercer’s ‘Quality of Living’ survey (March 2017). And while I have been featuring a chunk of Vienna for the past 10 years (almost), it felt as though the result is not as surprising. While the survey has a number of criteria in […]

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Vienna Ice Dream (Eistraum, literally)


Blog, Ice skating, Vienna in Winter

Guest post by Jan Gavino The year’s end sets a melancholic mood. The year’s beginning, just the same. Why? An icy cold winter creeps in. When one looks outside of the window, one finds an almost empty street. A lone, close-to-silhouette passerby, whose sad face stays focused on the cold and slippery pavement, is not an […]

Café Little Britain, Big English Servings


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Wanderlust;  (desire to hike/enjoyment when one wanders) a strong desire for or impulse to wander or travel and explore the world. Fernweh; (farsickness) longing for far-off places, to visit a particular city or place. German has always been a wonderful language in expressing feelings of nostalgia. While these two words both refer to travelling, I wonder […]

One Day in Vienna


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Fast fact: Vienna being small compared to other cities frequented by tourists is a great advantage for those 14-day European tours covering 6 or more cities. Considering time allotted for travel from another city and leaving for the next, sleeping and eating, it can be estimated that there’s more or less 14 hours to see […]

Café Neko: Cats, Coffee, and Tea


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Some might think that getting lost on purpose is a childish thing. So be it, I love getting lost and ending up in really beautiful places. Well, just in Vienna. I haven’t explored all the secret streets nor have I discovered all the nooks with such nostalgic charm but I’m getting there. Hidden within the […]

Cheap City Breaks in Vienna for Couples


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Vienna is generally considered expensive, and is often passed over by budget travellers (I’ve taken some sad feelings when I learn friends are going to Europe without visiting Vienna, you know). If you can visit out of season, and be flexible with your dates, you’ll find more competitive prices. But as with many destinations, even […]

Fall Impressions, Vienna 2013


Blog, Seasons in Vienna, Vienna in Autumn

Summer’s last hurrah breezed hurriedly past us. A month in Fürth for my kids, weeks around Italy and Hungary with hubby and some days in Frankfurt for me are now all sweet memories waiting to be told on this blog. For now, I have been walking around crunchy leaves, on yellow pavements and with trees […]

Schönbrunn Palace, Its Vastness


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Warning: Image – heavy post. There’s not a year that passes by that we do not visit the Schloss Schönbrunn (Schönbrunn Palace). We used to live near the area so it’s inevitable but even though we’ve moved and it takes about an hour to travel there, we still do come by, even when it’s in […]