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More and more expats are moving to Vienna in order to enjoy one of Europe’s most beautiful and culturally vibrant cities. Located in the east of the country on the Danube River, Austria's capital combines majestic architecture with an abundance of tranquil green space and plenty of vibey cafes and eateries.
Living in Vienna as an expat
Vienna is home to the famous State Opera House, a host of art galleries, museums and other cultural attractions – all accessible by bike paths that wind through Vienna's quaint streets and neighbourhoods.
The Austrian culture can be insular, which is why there are so many social groups set up by expats, with groups as varied as book lovers, hikers, museum-goers, Australian-Austrians, mothers, writers and sports enthusiasts of every kind.
Contrary to what one might think, language is not an insurmountable barrier. The Viennese speak English very well and seem to enjoy practising their skills with expats. That said, there are many opportunities to learn German, and expats who make some effort to master the local language will certainly improve their career prospects.
Cost of living in Vienna
Finding suitable accommodation in Vienna is no easy task. Housing is pricey and getting to grips with the property market can be frustrating. On the plus side, the city is highly accessible and getting around Vienna is easy and inexpensive.
Families and children in Vienna
Expats moving to Vienna with children will be pleased to know that the standard of education throughout Austria is excellent. The capital boasts a number of reputable international schools offering various curricula from around the world.
Whether moving alone or as part of a family, expats in Vienna will never run short of interesting things to see and do. Aside from the culturally and historically rich attractions the city offers, there are also plenty of exciting events throughout the year that are well worth attending.
Climate in Vienna
The weather in Vienna can be quite pleasant with warm sunny summers and cold winters. The snowfall during winter makes Vienna a great destination for those who enjoy winter sports like skiing.
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"I love Vienna. It’s small enough that it’s so easy to get everywhere and really get to know the city, but also big enough that there’s always something going on, whatever your interests are." Read more about Tessa's expat experience in Vienna.
"I enjoy Vienna very much, it has a special charm that no city back in the States has. The quality of life is great here." For more about life as an expat in Vienna, read Kaitlin's interview about her expat experience.
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