How To Spend Your Time In The World's Most Liveable City

How To Spend Your Time In The World's Most Liveable City
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5 things you should do on your next trip to Vienna...

Sharmistha Chaudhuri
September 08 , 2019
07 Min Read

Art, culture and coffee—among a host of other interesting things, just one visit to Vienna is never enough. Recently Vienna was in the news, having been voted as the world’s ‘most liveable city’, two years running, in the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Global Livability Ranking annual index. It scored 99.1 out of 100 in the index, just ahead of second-placed Melbourne. Sydney and Osaka were third and fourth, respectively. New Delhi ranked 118 (a drop of six places) while Mumbai is at 119 (a drop of two spots).

So, what should you do when you find yourself in Vienna aka the world’s most liveable city?

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Bird’s eye view

 
 
 
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Go for a ride on the Riesenrad Ferris wheel. It’s located right at the start of the Prater amusement park and pretty tall at 212 feet. A symbol of the city and built in 1897, it’s been in the backdrop of a number of shows and films. When you step into the old-fashioned gondolas, it feels historic and trust us when we tell you, the view from so high above the ground is pretty spectacular. Don’t forget to click!

Chocolate indulgence

 
 
 
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The city’s signature cake—chocolate sponge, apricot jam, chocolate ganache—is called the Sachertorte. The locals don’t take it lightly. Created by Franz Sacher in 1832, today, it’s sold in most coffee shops around the city. However, there was a massive cake war between Café Sacher and Demel over ownership (the rights were awarded to the former) but today, the only way to decide which one is better is to have a sachertorte from both places.

Lesson in history

 
 
 
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If there’s only one museum you have time for in Vienna, head to the Jewish Museum. The world’s oldest (built in 1895) is located at Dorotheegasse 11. The museum will give you an understanding of the city and provide you with glimpses of the past, preserved to educate future generations. Plundered in 1938, the museum was reopened but with many objects still missing. After a redesign nine years ago, the museum is key to understanding the city and its history.

Royal treat

 
 
 
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The Hofburg Palace complex is one of the largest in the world. Once the home of the Hapsburgs, today is the residence of the country’s president. It is home to numerous galleries and museums. One can easily spend a whole weekend walking around, soaking in the rich artworks by Gustav Klimt and Albrecht Durer, enjoying Empress Sisi’s collection of dresses and other personal objects, and admiring the Art Deco butterfly building.  

Nature world

 
 
 
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Lobau is Vienna’s answer to a green world. Located eastwards, the ‘water forest’ is approximately 2,300 hectares and covers a quarter of the Donau-Auen National Park. It is one of the largest wetlands in Central Europe. This area is home to unique birds and plants, flora and fauna, and is a centre of nature-based activities like hiking and swimming.


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