Living in Vienna: world’s highest quality of living

Would you like to live in a lively city that is a cultural hot spot in the center of Europe? Then Vienna is perfect city you! It embraces the past and the future: it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, but it is also constantly creating new spaces in old places and is a fertile soil for innovation of all kinds.

Don’t believe us? We may be a bit biased, but you can trust the leading yearly survey into world city livability. The acclaimed survey by Mercer scores the 230 major cities in the world every year for things such as their medical care, education, public transport, political, social and economic climates, restaurants, theaters, cinemas, sports facilities, green space and air quality.

For the 7th time in a row, Vienna was ranked the most livable city in the world yet again in 2016. This means you not only get to work in a world-class environment to perform top science at the MFPL and the Vienna Biocenter, you also get to live in the city with the world’s highest quality of living to enjoy the time outside of the lab!

Waltzes and opera are the first things that pop in your mind when you think of Vienna?
Sure, there’s all that, but Vienna has a lot more to offer! Just walk from the Opera towards the Karlsplatz at the beginning of May and you will find yourself immersed in the annual public pop festival with many contemporary musicians from Austria. Also, with sound:frame the city hosts one of Europe’s most exciting audio-visual festivals every spring, celebrating the alliance of image and sound, combining cutting-edge visual techniques, theory, art and eclectic music. So by all means pay homage to the heroes of Vienna’s classical past, but keep one eye on its musical pioneers of the present!

What to do when you move to Vienna and will become your family’s and friend’s favorite vacation destination.
Go off Vienna’s beaten tracks, and you will come across unique pop-up stores and passionate people who collect the past to make it your future wardrobe. The Viennese are very eager to create distinctive clothing labels these days… Find out more at the annual fashion fair!

Keen to be an urban mountaineer? Well, why not scale the roof of a FLAK tower? Six of these massive defensive fortifications from World War II still remain in the city center.

Feeling critical? Then indulge your revolutionary instincts and reclaim the streetswith “critical mass”, a cyclist movement which meets to take over places and streets that are not yet open to cyclists. If you don’t have a bike, simply borrow one, rent a city bike or check out the occasional workshop for racing and vintage bikes! And there is so much more to get you moving…

Vienna is a startlingly green city. Flourishing alongside the architectural glories of its imperial heyday are many parks, green areas, and hiking trails. For example, in the Prater you can not only enjoy a fun fair or the Vienna Octoberfest, you can also make use of its vast running and cycling tracks as well as its lawns for sunbathing or a picnic. There’s also ample opportunity to ramble through the forests outlying the city.

You can’t take your kids to a nightclub, but maybe they love dancing too? Austria’s capital offers a plethora of options to keep your little critters entertained, from hands-on exhibition at the children`s museum, to a thrilling jungle safari, or even a chance to be a scientist for one day – just like you!