One of the better magazines on dead wood is The Economist, of course they are available online here as well. Every two years they publish what they call a “Liveability Ranking“. And the current top list of cities is:
Naturally, I disagree strongly. NYC is No. 1. The Economist bothers with things like crime rate, health care and pollution, that somehow must screw up us being where we belong, in the top spot.
Joking aside, congrats to Vienna. It is one of the very few inner country cities, that make it to the top ten. And that proves my other point: seaside cities are the best.
In any case, the list above makes for a nice itinerary, unless you are looking for more adult, adventurous destinations.