Living in Austria
Austria is regularly ranked as one of the countries with the highest quality of life (#2 in 2016), our health care system is considered one of the best, education is free and the crime rate is incredibly low. Keep on reading if you want to know even more about our beautiful home country.
Austria is NATURE.
If you’ve ever seen “The Sound of Music” - yes, this is the landscape, and no, we don’t all wear Dirndl and Lederhosen. Austrians are outdoorsy for a reason: mountains, hills, lakes and recreational areas even in the city along the riverbanks - it doesn’t matter if you want to work out or just take a walk, it’s going to be gorgeous.
Austria is CULTURE.
Music, arts, technology and history – all of that and much more can be found in Austria. There are lots of amazing events throughout the year: enjoy classic and modern concerts in the Vienna State Opera, visit the Ars Electronica Festival in fall, get into the Christmas mood at the advent markets in winter, or watch international movies and plays throughout the year.
Austria is ARCHITECTURE
Austria’s diverse architecture gives our cities their unique charm by combining imposing imperial buildings with modern masterpieces. Any of the three cities offers an urban lifestyle in an area where skyscrapers and palaces stand side-by-side.
Austria is THE HEART OF EUROPE
What we also love about Austria: it’s the perfect starting point for traveling – we are at the heart of Europe and can travel to basically everywhere within a few hours. The easiest way to start your trip is by plane, by train (ÖBB or Westbahn) or bus.
We love our modern and newly renovated headquarters! The slide from the top floor to the bottom is just the icing on the office cake: whether you need your quiet space, a comfy couch or room for the daily stand-up - you name it, we have it. The foosball table goes without saying.
The office is located on the 4th and 5th floors of PlusCity, a huge shopping mall on the outskirts of Linz. The location is super convenient, not only because you can run all your errands, but mainly because we have great food options (and ever better deals with them). The tram from downtown Linz is the perfect connection if the weather is too cold to bike to work.
The Danube River
This vast and stunning river runs right through the city center. Whether you want to go for a run, bike ride, walk, play some beach volleyball or badminton or just want to relax on a blanket with friends, the Danube is the perfect setting. If you’re into watersports, stand up paddle boarding, rowing & water skiing are always options. Linz is a top stop for many river cruiselines traveling the Danube and the view is breathtaking. You can see three iconic bridges plus the Ars Electronica Center & the Lentos Art Museum colorfully lit up each evening.
The miraculous beauty of the Wallfahrtsbasilika is an emblem of the city. You can easily reach this location by car or via Pöstlingbergbahn, the mountain railway that connects the main city square to the top of the mountain. While you’re visiting, you can also check out the Linz Zoo and the enchanting fairy tale world of Grottenbahn. Additionally, the view from the top is absolutely incredible - a spot the whole family is sure to enjoy.
The Linzer Torte
This delectable treat, considered the oldest known cake in the world, is at the heart of the dessert culture in Linz. Who invented it? Well, it’s still a mystery who may have been the first person to make it but it’s no mystery that it’s absolutely delicious. In fact, because locals and many visitors want to share this sweet treat with their friends and family, many bakeries offer a small, travel-safe cake in order to pack in luggage or send to a loved one abroad.
Location, location, location
Linz is at the heart of central Europe and you can easily travel, within 1-4 hours, to popular cities like Vienna, Salzburg, Bratislava, Budapest, Prague & more. There is an airport, but Linz is also very close to the airports in Salzburg and Vienna. Weekend getaways to Hallstatt and Schladming are always an easy and beautiful option, as well as spontaneous day trips to Attersee, Traunsee, Wolfgangsee and many other beautiful lakes.
We are a small, but ever growing team in Vienna, with currently about 30+ team members. Our Viennese Runtastics enjoy the perks of the central location at the Westbahnhof: great lunch opportunities, breaks at the Museumsquartier and shopping in Mariahilfer Straße.
Not sure whether the mix of imperial architecture and modern buildings is up your alley? Learn more about the City of Vienna, visit the Official Travel Guide Vienna and learn what the expat community Internations has to say.
Our office in Salzburg is home to mainly backend developers who enjoy the calm atmosphere in the office in the Technology Center Salzburg. Lunch opportunities are also great in Salzburg, with a cafeteria and supermarkets nearby.
As our headquarters is only a stone’s throw away, employees in Vienna and Salzburg are still fully integrated into the team and benefit from all the perks, event offers and leisure activities that make Runtastic one of the best places to work for.