The “ViennawithLove” team would like to congratulate the City of Vienna for winning the prestigious Title of:
“the most liveable city”
awarded by: The Global Liveability Index 2018© prepared and issued by The Economist (https://www.economist.com/) Intelligence Unit or “EIU” (https://www.eiu.com/):
For the first time in this survey’s history, Austria’s capital, Vienna, ranks as the most liveable of the 140 cities surveyed by The Economist Intelligence Unit.
Vienna tram – Straßenbahn
Vienna “make Love” traffic light
The Global Liveability Index © assesses different locations around the world and ranks them upon providing the best or the worst living conditions, thus enabling direct comparison of their impact on individual’s lifestyle.
According to the EIU, The rating itself consists of five individually weighted categories:
- (1) Stability (25% of total),
- (2) Healthcare (20% of total),
- (3) Culture & Environment (25% of total),
- (4) Education (10% of total),
- (5) Infrastructure (20% of total).
A free overview of The Global Liveability Index © is available at: http://www.eiu.com/Handlers/WhitepaperHandler.ashx?fi=The_Global_Liveability_index_2018.pdf&mode=wp&campaignid=Liveability2018
Vienna’s 1st District or “1. Bezirk” is certainly something special. It is city’s central District, the crossroad of its excellent transportation system (“Wiener Lines”), legislative focal point, a place with most luxury shopping areas and the historic core of the city.
If you’re in the mood for a really special combination of “medieval spirit”, a magnificent view and a jogging endeavor – Stephansdom’s “South Tower” is a place for you.
It’s not quite obvious where the entrance is. To find it, when you’re looking at St. Stephen Cathedral main entrance, go to the right. There you’ll find the entrance and pay the fee (€ 5,00 for adults). Then you’ll free to start a rise with 343 stairs inside a relatively tight and dark spiral.
Stephansdom Southtower board
View of the Southtower or “Steffl”
At about three-fourths of the ascent, the first reward for your effort comes and also a place where you can rest for a short break. You’ll walk into a relatively roomy space with a high ceiling where in the past the “Pummerin” or the biggest bell in Stephansdom has been located. It has been cast three hundred years ago of captured Turkish cannons.
Inside Stephansdom South tower
Pummerin’s location South Tower
Upon overcoming the 343 stairs and reaching the height of 72 meters (tower itself is 136,4 meter high) you’ll feel happy to have reached the top. There you’re awarded by a beautiful view of the city from the bird’s perspective. Don’t forget you’re standing at the highest point built already in medieval Vienna.
Stephansdom South Tower Top view
Stephansdom South Tower Top view
Stephansdom South Tower Top view
You’ll find more information at the official “St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna” Site at: http://www.stephanskirche.at/index.jsp?langid=2&menuekeyvalue=27
We’ve been looking for a place where we could have fun together with our daughter and we’ve set to discover the “Danube Park train” track. Its circuit running since 1964 is located in 22nd district – “Donaupark”.
You can enter and exit on any of its three “stations”. Closest to U1 is the station “Donaucity” which takes approx. 5 minutes by foot from station “Kaisermühlen-VIC”, but it’s not the easiest to find and could be better marked. Therefore, we recommend you to take the 20 minutes’ walk through the picturesque Park to reach the station “Donauturm”, where train stops a little longer. Third station is “Rosenschau” which is closer to U1 Station “Alte Donau”.
It’s a 3,4km an approximately 20 minutes long pleasant ride through Danube Park. You’ll enjoy magnificent flower beds, lush meadows as well as different places Park has to offer.
If you feel like it, you can also buy “Combi-Card” and rise with discount 252m high to the “Donau turm”.
As we always enjoy the original spirit of Vienna, we have to get a coffee at the Cafe Sperl. The Cafe is located at Gumpendorfer Straße 11 in the Mariahilf sixth district of Vienna, Austria and is one of traditional Viennese cafe.
We enjoyed our morning coffee in this traditional cafe, which brings you back in the history of Vienna. We could imagine how it was there years and years ago. In recent years, the Cafe Sperl has won several awards. These include the “Austrian Cafe of the Year,” 1998 (German: Österreichischen Kaffeehaus des Jahres) and the Goldene Kaffeebohne (English: Golden Coffee Bean) in 2004.
If you head up to Vienna, this is certainly a place to visit to enjoy a coffe and some sweets served there. My favorite is definitely the apple strudel.
At the last stay at Vienna with our daughter we have visited the Haus des Meeres (House of the Sea). The Haus des Meeres is easily reached via public transport such as the bus lines 13A, 14A, 57A (stop “Haus des Meeres”) or the underground U3 (stop “Neubaugasse”). If you are shopping at the Mariahilfestraße the Haus des Meeres is just around the corner.
The Haus des Meeres is an Aqua Terra Zoo, where you can see different art of fishes, snakes and even monkeys. The temperatures at the house are very high, because of the animals there. We recommend if you visit the House in the cold months to leave your clothes in the storage boxes at the entrance.
We have enjoyed the visit there although it was very crowded, since we visited the house on Sunday afternoon. If you have the chance go there on weekdays. The Haus des Meeres has more than 10.000 animals to shown on an area of 5.000 m². The most fascinating are the sharks in the big shark pool. Also, the terrace with the view of Vienna is worth seeing.
Vienna Zoo – Tiergarten Schönbrunn is as the name says suited in the Schönbrunn palace. Part of the imperial summer residence of Schönbrunn, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the world’s oldest zoo is absolutely an adventure to see. In order to reach the main entrance to the zoo please use the park entrance gate „Hietzinger Tor“. If you are travelling by public transport, the zoo can be reached by the following routes: U4 (underground): Station Hietzing, Tramway: 10, 58, 60 and Bus: 10A, 51A, 56A, 56B, 58A. If you are traveling by car there is a parking lot in front of Schönbrunn.
The Zoo is open daily from 9 a.m. 365 days a year. Closing time varies according to the seasons and is between 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. The ticket office closes 30 minutes before closing time. From A as in anteater to Z as in zebra: A visit to the Schönbrunn Zoo is a tour through every continent in the fascinating world of animals. See giant pandas, Siberian tigers, orangutans, and elephants, or immerse yourself in the Amazon and experience the tropical rain forest. A visit to the zoo offers young and old alike an enjoyable vacation in an incomparable setting and interesting insights into our nature and species conservation work.
For us it was a family trip. Our little one enjoyed the little wagon the most although the zoo offers a variety of playgrounds for the kids. The wagon can be borrowed in the zoo, therefore is also a caution to pay, which you get back by returning the wagon. As there are so many animals there we absolutely enjoyed to stay there almost a half of the day. As said it really is enjoyable for young and old alike.
After our morning coffee we decided to visit the “UNO City”. UNO City is situated in the 22. District –Donaustadt and it’s easily reachable from the center of Vienna with Metro U1, station: Kaisermühlen – VIC.
High buildings of the UNO City are simply fascinating. They are really the opposite to the “classic” Vienna. It’s construction began in 1973 and it’s still developing. Hiding behind these skyscrapers you’ll find a large park, stretching all the way to the river, called “the Donau Park”. It offers many open fields, walkways, play toys for children and of course the famous “Donauturm”.
We’ve visited it in the morning and were able to enjoy peaceful long walk in the park all the way to the river Danube. We’ve been enjoying the walk so much that we’ve decided not to return to the U1 station where we’ve arrived but walked towards the picturesque station U1 – “Donauinsel” reachable under the “Reichsbrücke”.
The park is peaceful and definitely worth a visit if you want to chill and enjoy the nature. We absolutely enjoyed it.