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For many people Salzburg is Austria’s most beautiful city and can even trump Vienna for charm and culture. Even Austrian’s think it is “more Austrian” than Vienna, so if the locals think that, who are we to argue. The city has so much to offer in the form of music, restaurants, sightseeing and shopping, plus it sits in the heart of Europe, making access easy by any form of transport, and is surrounded by some of the most stunning countryside.

  1. Salzburg’s Aldstadt
    Salzburg’s Old Town is famous for its Baroque architecture and it is one of the best-preserved examples north of the Alps and was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997. The city has three universities, so as you can imagine it has all the buzz and culture that comes with a student population and the setting here makes it comparable to Oxford or Cambridge. It’s also a small city, so it is easy to get around and the Alpine scenery that is its backdrop is an added attraction.
  2. It’s the birthplace of Mozart
    As the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Salzburg has flourished as a European centre for music and music festivals. Naturally, there is a Mozart museum and if you’re a fan of “The Sound of Music”, this city played a role in the film and you’ll be able to do the tour of all the main places used in this eternally popular film.
  3. It’s close to the Eastern Alps

    Many expatriates who plan to live in Salzburg are no doubt further attracted to the city for its close proximity to the breathtaking Central Eastern Alps, and the potential for adrenalin-fuelled weekends on the slopes. There are numerous ski resorts in the area that can be reached in under an hour from the city centre, meaning that skiing and snowboarding can be your new sports of choice.

  4. It’s not far from Munich or Vienna
    With Germany just a short distance away from Salzburg you can easily visit Munich. Trains run from the city centre every hour and the journey only takes 90 minutes. Alternatively, if you want to experience the hustle and bustle of Austria’s capital, you can, for example, travel by rail to Vienna in under 3 hours.
  5. There’s plenty of work in Salzburg
    Anyone from EU, EEA and Switzerland can work in Austria without the need for a work permit. After Vienna, it has the biggest job market in Austria with many small and medium sized companies based there. Jobs in the tourism industry are plentiful, and because of its location near the German border, Salzburg is also a hub for automobile companies, many of which have their registered head offices in the city. Furthermore, the city’s location at the heart of Western Europe makes it a popular choice for the European headquarters of many international companies. The Salzburg W.A Mozart Airport is just a 15-minute drive from the city centre and offers flights to destinations throughout Europe, perfect for those who travel regularly for business.

At Umuzee.com we have properties for sale in the Salzburg area – live here and you’ll have all the benefits of living in an historic yet progressive city that is surrounded by Alpine scenery and great ski slopes.

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Portugal is one of Europe’s hottest spots at the moment, and we’re not just talking about the weather. More people than ever are flocking to the country for holidays and to buy property, among them some of the world’s richest and most famous people. And, whilst many are looking at the less known parts of this delightful country, its Algarve region still holds a strong attraction for a significant number and here are five reasons why.

  1. Property at great value prices
    Property prices here are at a great level and there are so many options. On top of the pricing, which is more advantageous than in similar areas of southern Europe, the rental potential is strong here, especially for investors who don’t plan to be here all year round.
  2. Fantastic tax breaks
    Portugal’s new tax legislation is paying huge dividends for the country. The tax breaks for foreign investors, especially pensioners, with non-habitual resident status, means they can receive their pension tax free for 10 years. And if you haven’t retired, there is also a cap on income tax for a range of professions for services billed from Portugal.
  3. High standard of health care
    Portugal has a national healthcare system called SNS – Serviço Nacional de Saúde and it offers residents access to low cost care. There are also excellent private hospitals and clinics available all across the Algarve, and general health insurance is always available to cover most costs.
  4. Developed expat communities and businesses

    One of the things that makes Portugal attractive to overseas buyers is the fact that there are well-developed expat communities and that they have a good relationship with local residents. Many expat communities are meshed into the local social life and a good number of newcomers have thriving business ventures within the Algarve. In the Algarve there is an exciting expat and local community spirit built around activities at pubs, sports centres, golf clubs and restaurants, which all embrace the multi-cultural scene. You’ll never feel out of place or completely away from home in the Algarve.

  5. Outstanding weather and leisure
    A fantastic year round climate, a rich cultural heritage, a celebrated cuisine and a diverse landscape that ranges from golden beaches to ripening vineyards, plus excellent golf courses and vibrant cities all combine to make Portugal and the Algarve one of the most outstanding places in Europe when you’re looking for a lifestyle that will add years of pleasure to your life.

Browse the properties for sale in Portugal at Umuzee.com

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Do you like beaches, or lying by a swimming pool? Do you enjoy being surrounded by stunning scenery and historic buildings? Or are you a lover of good wines and fresh food produce? These are all good reasons to consider retiring to Spain and here are eight of the reasons we’d give for choosing Spain as the place to buy a retirement or holiday home.

  1. A lower cost of living
  2. Your money really can go further here. Spain has the lowest cost of living in Western Europe.
  3. Great healthcare
  4. The World Health Organisation puts Spain’s healthcare system in the Top 10 worldwide, plus there are plenty of private clinics in addition to the public hospitals.
  5. It’s a diverse country
  6. Spain is one of the largest countries in Europe in terms of its land mass and that also means that it has a wildly diverse landscape. There is something for everyone here: from the seaside to the mountains to vibrant cities, you’re sure to find a place that strikes a chord with you.

  7. Great travel hub
  8. It’s pretty easy to get anywhere else in Europe, as well as other parts of the world, when you live in Spain, and travelling within the country is simple as well thanks to its great train service and its motorways.
  9. A choice of climates
  10. Like the scenery, Spain also offers a variety of climates. The sun seekers gravitate to the south and the eastern Costas, but if you prefer something a bit cooler, there’s always Spain’s beautiful north.
  11. It’s filled with culture
  12. Spain’s historical past has been well preserved in its architecture and cultural events. It is packed to the brim with places to explore from north to south, including the majestic Alhambra palace, the Camino de Santiago, Toledo and Segovia, just to mention a very small handful of what you will find here.
  13. Great wines
  14. Sadly, Spain has not marketed its wine to the same extent as the French and Italians, therefore many expats have only heard of ‘rioja’. Spain produces an enormous number of wines that can easily compete with those of its nearest neighbours and spending time here will give you an opportunity to discover them.

  15. Great food and friendly people
  16. Spain’s cuisine is not limited to paella; there are many more dishes to try that all use local ingredients. And on top of that, the Spanish people are known for their generous hospitality, friendliness and respect for people from other countries. Which Spanish region would you choose to live in? At Umuzee we cover most Spanish regions and have some spectacular properties for you to look at. Just do a few searches in the various Spanish regions on our site and you’ll see what we mean!

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Coffee houses and Vienna, Austria’s capital go hand in hand. In the 19th century they were the meeting places for important writers, artists, musicians and philosophers, but now there is a growing trend to more modern versions of the traditional coffee house, although the historical ones still remain for those who want to enjoy a sense of the past. We’ve put together a list of 5 places to drink coffee in Vienna.

Drinking coffee in Vienna…

Cafe Schwarzenberg

Cafe Schwarzenberg is famed for being the oldest café on the Ringstrasse. It is frequented by business people who enjoy reading a newspaper over a coffee and strudel after work. As well as the many dainty desserts and hot drinks on offer, there is a spread of Austrian dishes on the menu.

Süssmund Kaffeebar

Süssmund Kaffeebar is a micro-roastery that was founded in 2014 by Nikolaus Hartman. Based in the Old Post Office it is a hip, stripped-down venue with an elegant layout. The coffee is ethically sourced, with the company paying close attention to the processing and cooperation with farmers.

Cafe Prueckel

Cafe Prueckel has been at the heart of the Viennese coffee house movement for over 100 years. The beautifully decorated 1950s-style café, with its tuxedo-clad waiters, was added to the UNESCO Cultural Heritage list in November 2011.

Cafe Central

Cafe Central opened in 1876 and customers like Trotsky, Freud and Stefan Zweig have taken their coffee here. The menu includes a broad selection of classic Viennese dishes, traditional coffee specialities and sweet treats from the in-house patisserie. This really is a bit of history with coffee.


Zweitbester is another contemporary coffee house. There are no ghosts of the past here. Furnished in an industrial style, with open-brick walls, gray concrete floors and simple seating, it is still comfortable and totally unique. The dishes are fresh and created using organic vegetables, regional meats and bread from an organic bakery. There are daily specials on the menu and brunch served until 2pm on the weekends.

Are you looking for a property in Austria? Let Umuzee help you. We have some beautiful properties for sale in Austria – take a look!

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Should you move abroad? For some people it’s an easy decision to move abroad, while for others there is an element of hesitation about what it might mean. Neither is right or wrong; we all have our different views of how to handle our lives. But here are some suggestions as to why it might be a good idea.

Moving abroad builds character

Moving abroad presents you with plenty of new challenges. Some of them seem simple, like trying to track a delivery in Spain when you don’t speak Spanish yet. But those who have been through this particular situation will tell you that it will take all your patience to get that parcel delivered. However, once done – look what you’ve achieved!

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If you move abroad you can become more employable

Young people who can add moving abroad and living abroad to their CV are viewed favourably by employers. You will be able to demonstrate that you’ve learnt and developed additional life skills and if you’re applying for a role at a multi-national business that has offices around the world, having an extra language is a bonus.

Moving abroad means discovering a new culture

You will essentially learn a new way of living and see how the different attitudes in the country of your choice define how people go about their day-to-day lives. Whether it’s the siesta in Spain or an evening gelato and coffee in Italy, you will soon embrace these cultural norms and understand why they have them. In some cases, moving abroad can also enrich your health.

Explore the country in-depth

When you’re on holiday, you can’t pack everything into two weeks. By moving abroad and choosing to live in another country, you will be able to travel around at your own pace and can spend numerous weekends visiting other regions and cities. Plus, over time you will meet so many local people showing you sights you would have never see as a tourist.

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A sense of achievement

You can be proud of the challenges you have faced and overcome, of having learnt another language and made a new set of friends. You will have grown as a person and that is something you might not have done to such an extent if you hadn’t made that decision to move abroad.

Now all you have to do is browse the properties for sale at Umuzee and find your ideal place for a move abroad!

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There will always be someone who has to be different, and we’ve discovered that when it comes to choosing a place to live, as well as the kind of accommodation they prefer to live in, there really are some weird and wonderful places to live.

A Fairy House in Turkey

These don’t look anything like a Wendy house that you might put in a garden for a child to play in. You will find the Fairy houses in Turkey’s ancient Cappadocia, which sat on the Silk Road trading route. Some also call them Fairy Chimneys and they are a natural phenomenon that has been inhabited by humans.

The chimneys are a result of a geologic process that began millions of years ago, when volcanic eruptions rained ash across what would eventually become Turkey. That ash hardened into tuff, a porous rock, which was covered by a layer of basalt. Finally, the long work of erosion began. As millennia passed, the softer tuff wore down, giving way to pillars that stand as tall as 130 feet. The harder basalt erodes more slowly, forming a protective, mushroom-shaped cap over each one.

During the Roman period, persecuted Christians fled in droves to Göreme, a town in Cappadocia. There, they learned that the forms could easily be excavated and built homes and churches in the chimneys. Today tourists can stay in some of these spectacular ‘chimneys’ that have been transformed into hotels.

Slab City USA

Residents of Slab City, who are a transient community of artists, retirees and an assortment of colourful characters have been squatting amongst the abandoned concrete slabs in California’s Sonora desert since the 1950s.

It was created from the remains of Camp Dunlap, a WWII military barracks and might just be one of the strangest places you’ll ever find on Airbnb, although if you plan to visit it, the temperatures in summer are pretty unbearable. It certainly attracts tourists who also want to visit a massive art installation near Salvation Mountain consisting of adobe, straw, mud and lead-free paint, which has drawn movie crews, photographers and bands to it for many years.

The Floating Villages of Tonle Sap Cambodia

Although they are more of a tourist attraction now, some Cambodians still live in these floating homes on a lake near Siem Reap. This is perhaps the least weird of weird places to live, as there are many other places where floating homes are popular worldwide.

Tonle Sap is the largest freshwater lake in South East Asia and it is also an important commercial resource, as it provides more than half of the fish consumed in Cambodia.

Chong Khneas is the name of famous floating village at the edge of the lake. You reach it by boat and the trip through the floating village takes approximately two hours. Here you can see the different types of Khmer, Muslim and Vietnamese floating households as well as the floating markets, fisheries, clinics, schools, basketball pitch and the village pig sty.

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