[tweetbutton]The first impression you get of Vienna as a tourist is that the Viennese must have a lot of time on their hands.
Even at lunchtime in downtown most of the Viennese move so slowly that one has to ask oneself when Austrians actually work.
But this appearance is deceptive: In statistical comparison to other countries the Austrians are very hard-working:
The gross domestic product per capita in Austria is, according to the statistical office of the European Union, the fourth largest in the EU.
In Vienna the gross domestic product per capita is even 30% higher than in the rest of the country.
At lunchtime in downtown, Vienna (Photo: Maximilian Just)
Vienna has the highest quality of living in the World
Global comparisons of overall quality of living in cities shows that Vienna lies in first place, in front of Geneva and Zurich (2009 – 2014 – mercer.com).
In each case these analysis takes into account general safety and also takes among many others factors like education, social security, standard of living and even the number of public parks into consideration.
More than that, thus not only a CNN reportage came to the conclusion that Vienna has one of the best public transportation systems in the world.
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Vienna has very low costs of living
Two main factors determine a city’s position in Mercer’s Cost of Living rankings:
- The relative strength of the relevant currency against the US dollar in the 12 months between ranking (March 2011 to March 2012 in this case);
- Price movements over the 12 month-period compared to those in New York City as the base.
On the list of the world’s most expensive cities for expatriate employees, Vienna is on the very good 48th place among 50 cities (2012).
By the Worldwide Cost of Living Survey lists the lower position is the better one.
For more than 600 years Vienna was the center of imperial elegance and the Habsburg power. From the 13th century to the end of World War I, the Habsburg dynasty reigned over their large, multinational empire from Vienna. The epicenter of imperial power was the Hofburg. Each of the emperors expanded the Hofburg by another new castle.
But there are many other sights in Vienna that are as interesting as the Hofburg Castle itself. In Vienna lived and worked Antonio Vivaldi, Arcimboldo, Prince Eugene of Savoy, Maria Theresa, Elisabeth – Sisi, Franz Joseph, Sigmund Freud, Otto Wagner, Adolf Loos, Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, Ludwig van Beethoven, Schubert, Mozart, Johann Strauss and many others. With this guide you can explore all streets, churches, buildings, museums and castles in two or three days.
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The guidebook Historic City Center of Vienna is in many ways a different Vienna travel guide. Away from the tourist traps you will be guided through the castles and gardens unique for its historical importance and glance.
In WHO IS WHO and WHAT IS WHAT IN VIENNA you will find more than 100 brief biographies of historical figures as well as about 90 public places with the addresses, opening hours, admission fees and public transport connections for each one of them.
Last but not least: This guide will be updated and published 2-times a year. If you buy the book once, you will be able to download new book version with recent information, new chapters, pictures and maps every six months without additional charge. The actual version is 1.8
You can read the first chapters for FREE here: Vienna City Walk 2013 – Palaces, Streets and Squares