Vienna took the top spot in Mercer’s annual ranking for the 10th year in a row.

After claiming the title of world’s most livable city in the Economist Intelligence Unit’s annual index last year, Vienna recently topped Mercer’s annual Quality of Living survey as well.

For the 10th year in a row, Vienna, Austria took the number one spot in the annual Quality of Living survey conducted by Mercer, a human resources consulting firm. But it’s not the only company to recognize the Austrian capital—the Economist Intelligence Unit also gave Vienna the top spot in its ranking of the world’s most livable cities in 2018.

The rest of Mercer’s top 10 is dominated by cities in Switzerland (Zürich, Geneva, and Basel all ranked) and Germany (Munich, Dusseldorf, and Frankfurt came in third, sixth, and seventh respectively). In fact, the only cities outside of Europe to make the top 10 list are Vancouver, Canada, and Auckland, New Zealand. Cities in the United States didn’t even manage to crack the top 20, with San Francisco coming in the highest at number 34.

Mercer’s Quality of Living Ranking 2019

1. Vienna, Austria
2. Zürich, Switzerland
3 . (tie) Vancouver, Canada
3. (tie) Munich, Germany
3. (tie) Auckland, New Zealand
6. Düsseldorf, Germany
7. Frankfurt, Germany
8. Copenhagen, Denmark
9. Geneva, Switzerland
10. Basel, Switzerland

What makes Vienna the most livable of all the great cities in the world? Mercer bases its annual rankings of 231 cities on medical and health considerations, the natural, political, and social environment, as well as access to education, transportation, recreation, and culture. If you’re considering moving abroad, these categories are all something to be considered when picking a city to begin expat life. But even if you only have a week to spare, Vienna’s cultural scene, walkable city center, and iconic cafés all make it a strong contender for your next city getaway.

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Inside the Vienna State Opera
It’s worth setting aside an entire afternoon to explore the collections at Vienna’s Kunsthistorisches Museum, but also make time for the city’s world-class music scene. For just a few euro, you can snag tickets to the standing-room-only section at the Vienna State Opera.  
 

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It may not be a scientific fact that eating cake makes your life better, but it’s safe to say that Vienna’s famous Sachertorte—a chocolate cake filled with apricot jam—will bring a smile to your face. For the classics, go to Hotel Sacher or Demel; you also can find it at more casual spots, including Café Landtmann or Kaffee Alt Wien.     

Vienna’s Augarten is beautiful place to watch leaves change in the fall or flowers bloom in the spring.
Even better, Viennese are happy to welcome travelers to their city. According to a 2016 survey of more than 2,000 residents of Vienna by the Vienna Tourist Board, 90 percent of them said that the city, its residents, and its economy benefit from tourism and 82 percent believe that their everyday life is not disrupted by tourists. To experience Vienna like a local, head to one of the city’s many green spaces. One example that’s slightly off the regular tourist’s map is the leafy tree-lined lanes of the Augarten, also home to a porcelain museum and the MuTh Concert Hall, where the Vienna Boys’ Choir regularly performs.

This article originally appeared online on August 21, 2018; it was updated on March 14, 2019, to include current information.

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