Children Uprooted: “Kindertransporte aus Wien”

November 12, 2021: The opening day for the Christkindlmarkt dawned mild and hazy.  At a table by the window at Café Landtmann, my 4-year-old daughter and I were having breakfast, and looking out onto the grey, rainy mist. Over our 14 years in Vienna, opening day at the Landtmann had become a family tradition. This time, gazing out a...
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Omicron: The Most Contagious Virus in History

The new SARS-CoV-2 variant is spreading like wildfire and causing record-breaking numbers of COVID-19 cases. EXPLAINER

Russia-Ukraine War:  A Former Diplomat Explains

The Russian leadership of 2022 has built its own version of history, including a perceived threat from NATO, to justify its actions.

How You Can Support Ukraine from Vienna

Below you will find ways you can help Ukraine, from offering accommodation to dropping off relief supplies or learning more about what you can do tha...

The Way the World Works: Economics vs. Reality

Here: A cost-of-living-crisis in England, the US, some parts of Europe, because energy prices have risen by around 50% and cost-of-living index by ar...

All You Need to Know About Austria’s Green Pass

Hailed as a ticket back to normal life, the certificate will provide access to culture, gastronomy and sporting facilities. Here’s an overview.

Every Viennese to Get Four Free PCR “Gargle” Tests Every Week

A major rollout initiated by the city government and the Wirtschaftskammer should ensure everyone can conduct PCR-tests from home

The Vaccines – How They Work and Why We Can Trust Them

The Austrian vaccination program for SARS-CoV-2 is slowly but surely underway, but approximately one third would currently refuse inoculation.

Where to Get a COVID-19 Test in Vienna

There are many possibilities to get tested for the coronavirus in Vienna. The city offers free rapid antigen and PCR tests, pharmacies and labs offer paid tests.

Books – Angus Robertson Explores Diplomatic History in Vienna: The International Capital

To say that Angus Robertson knows Vienna well would be an understatement. Bilingual thanks to his German mother and Scottish father, he moved to Vien...

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No Omicron parties, please

Many people ask me whether they should intentionally get COVID-19’s Omicron variant and just get it over with. Their reasoning - it’s spreading like ...

Russian Roulette – the Kremlin’s Game in Ukraine

With renewed discussions on the Minsk Accords scheduled for 17 February, a look at the unintended “accomplishments” of Putin’s aggression

Food News: January 2022

Recently Opened Champa Modern Vietnamese cuisine meets local ingredients at this hidden gem out in Atzgersdorf, with fresh and aromatic dishes ...

The Flavor Fraternity

“If there’s anything indispensable in this kitchen, it’s butter”, insists a tracksuit-wearing Lucas Steindorfer, chef de cuisine of the celebrated ba...

Books – Angus Robertson Explores Diplomatic History in Vienna: The International Capital

To say that Angus Robertson knows Vienna well would be an understatement. Bilingual thanks to his German mother and Scottish father, he moved to Vien...

The Schindlers of Maria-Theresien-Strasse

One of my favorite places to have lunch with a touch of elegance is Das Schindler. It is a low-keyed, modern restaurant bar, roomy and inviting with ...

METROPOLE SURVEY 2020: relocating to and living in Vienna