It’s been named the city with the world’s highest quality of life in a recent ranking and is famed for its fairytale atmosphere – but there’s more to Vienna than initially meets the eye. The Austrian capital’s rich history is rife with gay figures, setting the scene for it’s modern status as the country’s epicenter of gay life. And which better place to choose than a city of stunning beauty, bursting with palaces and well-kept parks as much as clubs and bars, known for residents who aren’t just fond of but perfected the coffeehouse culture. Gay life in Vienna is all about the districts of Mariahilf (sixth district) and Margareten (fifth district) with the Wienzeile, the twin roads running either side of the River Wien, marking the districts’ border. With its borders roughly marked by the U-Bahn stations Karlsplatz and Pilgramstrasse, the center of Vienna’s gay quarter appears in the form of the Naschmarkt – the name literally translates as snack or nibbles market (albeit more of the sweet kind), but it offers everything, from fruit to clothes and a fun flea market.