Quadrilingual Play | On Stage, “Birds” Takes Flight

Vögel at the Akademietheater explores guilt and identity against the backdrop of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The Secrets of a City That Works

Vienna continues to grow, blending into the new millennium while keeping its Old World charm. The how and the why.

Eric Pleskow | Of Films and Forgiveness

From Refugee to Hollywood to Guest of Honour.

Metropole Turns 4 🥳

Metropole turned 4 this week. Here are some of our major milestones.

What Coalition the Media Expect – and Want

The elections have been fought, the winners and losers on the record. Now all eyes are turning to the decisive coalition negotiations.

Philippa Strache – in or out of Parliament?

The far-right Freedom Party decides not to give Philippa Strache a seat in parliament (though they may not have a choice), while husband H.C. appears to be floating the idea of founding his own party

The Fall of Heinz-Christian Strache

The long-time FPÖ leader – recently disgraced by the Ibiza video and a scandal over his expense account –announced yesterday that he is putting his party membership on hold, calling for party unity.

Vienna’s Ultimate Swimming Pool Guide

The best cool-off spots f...

Four-Course Travelogue

Dine and drink your way a...

Long Read

From Lab Coats to Pinstripes

Academia and business don’t mix? A group of Austrians set out to bridge the gap, and business is booming. Great ideas are born in the labor...

City Guide

Oberdöbling | The Noble Nineteenth’s Bourgeois Ghetto

Vienna’s hilly north side may be cozy but not sleepy The 19th district, Döbling, is one of Vienna’s “noble” districts:  along with Hietzing (13th) or Währing (18th), among the most desired. Its n...

Grätzl: Weißgerberviertel – Art on the Riverside

My Home is My Grätzl This month: the Weißgerberviertel in Vienna's 3rd district One sunny weekend in February, I set off with two friends to explore the Weißgerberviertel in Vienna’s 3rd distric...

Gumpendorf | Bohemian Rhapsody

As dawn breaks in Gumpendorf, you can observe two very different types of early morning creatures: You might catch bearded barroom revolutionaries stumbling out into the glaring sunlight – or you may ...

Turning Back the Clock in Vienna’s Mittersteig

Wedged between the lively arteries of Wiedner Hauptstrasse and Margaretenstrasse, Mittersteig is a mostly residential area with some hidden gems For years, cycling down Mittersteig was just part ...

Schottenviertel | From Friars to Freedom Fighters

In mid-autumn, it is already dark by 19:00 in Vienna. Crossing the Ring at Schottentor, the street glistens under the glow of the streetlamps in the light rain, as passersby take shelter under the col...

The Alte Donau Is the Spot for Cooling off within the City Limits

Peppered with silver and black poplar trees casting welcome shadows, the shores of the Alte Donau (Old Danube) make it easy to forget that you’re only a few subway stops away from the 1st district. ...

Food & Drink

Say Grace! Casual Fine Dining

The Anglo-Austrian couple of Oliver and Petra Lucas offers seasonal casual fine dining. “When Grace is open, I’m in the house,” said UK-born chef/owner Oliver Lucas one recent Wednesday afternoon i...

On the Vine | Increasing Sekt’s Appeal

Austrian bubbly has had a rough time lately, but new regulations might just put it back on track “The velvet was flowing like a river! Let’s have another bottle of the velvet!”   If things had...