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The Best European Cities To Live and Thrive In

April 9th, 2019

Are you looking to get a taste of life in other cities? Whether you’re on the hunt for a quick visit or something more permanent, the freedom to explore cities with a range of cultures, infrastructures and liveability, opens up a wide range of possibilities for the future. Here is our list of the best cities in the world to live and thrive. 

#10 – Berlin, Germany

As one of the most popular destinations amongst millennials at the moment, there is no shortage of trendy cafes, concept stores and food in Berlin. There’s truly something for everyone when it comes to having a great time in this city. f you’re planning a visit, don’t miss the famous Brandenburg Fate, the incredible old/new Reichstag and the remains of the Berlin Wall. Alternatively, make the most of your time with a 3-hour guided highlights tour.

#9 – Amsterdam, Netherlands

Welcome to the city of tulips, barges and free-thinking. There’s always something going on in the city, which makes it such a great destination. Locals value work-life balance and make the most of the summer months. While Amsterdam is a small city, there are lots of things to see and explore when escaping the touristy crowds. Ride through the canals, visit the Van Gogh museums or take a day trip to Belgium. The options are endless.

#8 – Basel, Switzerland

This Swiss-German gem has everything you’d expect from a historic European city. With no fewer than 40 museums, Basel stays true to its medieval core with a pretty winding river. What’s most impressive, is its countless strong industries that bring jobs outside of tourism. To dip your toes in all things Basel, take a guided walking tour, a self-guided beer tasting or discover its world-renown art scene with a local.

#7 – Geneva, Switzerland

Another Swiss city to follow suit is Geneva. Providing some of the most breathtaking views, transport yourself to a fairytale book as you relax by picturesque lakes and majestic mountains. Like several Swiss cities, Geneva is culturally rich, has wonderful food and is very safe. Being a little more cosmopolitan than other Swiss destinations, the best way to enjoy the city is through a day trip, a trip to Glacier 3000 or a visit to the famous chocolate and cheese museums.

#6 – Copenhagen, Denmark

Denmark’s happiness quotient has recently become popular in the world press because of their ‘hygge’ approach to life. Danes believe in enjoying a comfortable atmosphere at home and enjoying the good things in life. Detailed architecture, great seafood and lively atmosphere add to the overall feel of the city too. Explore the city like a local with a guided segway tour or a private cycling tour through urban gems.

#5 – Frankfurt, Germany

As Germany’s banking centre, Frankfurt is typically marked by the river Main and surrounding skyscrapers. Heavily bombed during the war, Frankfurt’s old town has now faithfully resorted with a great atmosphere. Stroll through, to soak up its cobbled streets, shops and lively squares. If you’re in the mood to dive deeper into its culture, take a skyline tour or a culinary walking tour around the city.

#4 – Düsseldorf, Germany

Expats love Düsseldorf. Not only is it a hub for large expat communities, but there are lots of opportunities to meet new people —  join a football team, a book club or a theatre group. Similarly to Amsterdam, Düsseldorf strikes the perfect balance between a small city feel and a lively atmosphere. Experience it for yourself, with a private brewery tour or a river cruise.

#3 – Munich, Germany

Often found within the 10 best cities to live in, the Bavarian capital is a top choice for many when it comes to the most liveable cities. As an incredibly international and dynamic city, people love Munich due to the numerous green spaces there (a little over 20 parks), easy transport links, low crime rate and a rich cultural scene. Explore the stunning scenery the region has to offer with a day trip to Saltzburg or the sleeping-beauty-inspired castle Neuschwanstein.

#2 – Zurich, Switzerland

As a close runner-up, there’s a long list of reasons why Zurich is a major attraction. As a multicultural city strongly rooted in medieval origins, Zurich’s culture, economic conditions, health education and housing, easily make it one of the best countries in the world. What makes the city particularly special is not just its busy pace of life, but the fact that prime skiing and hiking spots are only a short drive away. Take in some of the best sights Zurich has to offer, with day trips to the Rhine Falls and Swiss Alps.

#1 – Vienna, Austria

And… we have a winner! As a leading city not just in Europe, but also the world, it’s easy to fall in love with the land of palaces and cakes, and unmatched views around you. What attracts flocks of people to the city is not just its decorative apartments with bright and spacious rooms, but a great public transport system and excellent education. What’s more? Vienna’s great museums, music venues and must-visit coffee spots perfectly bring together the best of both worlds.

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