Ever thought about a change of scenery? Getting away from it all and starting afresh, it sounds exciting, but where should you go? Europe has an abundance of top class cities that regular feature in the most liveable cities in the world lists. If you’re scouting out a potential new home or just want to experience a dose of life in one of these places, then read on for this guide to some of the best European cities for quality of life.
The capital of Austria and with the most German speakers outside of Berlin, Vienna is a modern, cosmopolitan and cultured city, regular at the top of these liveable lists. There’s the grand attractions such as the Schonbrunn Palace and St Stephen’s Cathedral, museums like the Kunsthistorisches and the Leopold and the city’s parks, which make up about 50% of the whole city! What’s more, the people are friendly and if you’re partial to a night out, there’s an entire stretch of clubs along the River Danube.
One of the safest cities in the world and great for kids, Copenhagen is probably the most family friendly city on this list. The working conditions are perfect for those who cherish family time, while the cities gradual progression towards being overrun by bikes lands it at second place for air quality in Europe. If this all sounds too safe and secure then maybe you’ll enjoy the city’s burgeoning underground music scene that’s currently making a name for itself all across Europe.
Scandinavia’s second appearance on this list, Helsinki may not be an obvious choice for either a weekend away or settling down, but sometimes it’s best to be unexpectedly good. Winters are as beautiful as they are bitter cold, and cross-country skiing will be your new favourite sport. Summers are bright, warm and bursting with events. The Rock the Beach festival this year boasts a lineup of Foo Fighters and Biffy Clyro and the annual Helsinki Day celebrating the city’s birthday is fun for all ages.
While expensive like every city on this list, the Bavarian capital more than makes up for it with its quality of life. For tourists there’s the huge Englischer Garden which is basically a massive beer garden, the Marienplatz is the main square with landmark buildings surrounding it and of course, coming in September/October lets you revel in Oktoberfest, one of the world’s largest festivals. If you plan to stay then getting an affordable season ticket to Germany’s most successful team, Bayern Munich, would be the perfect way to fill your weekends.