Word of the Week: Wappler [ˈvaplɐ]

Noun. An incapable, clumsy and generally incompetent person.

In This Land of Immigrants, Tales of International Families

Having relatives all around the planet makes for exciting family stories, but keeping in touch with your loved ones is also a constant challenge.

Saving the Lake – Will Ecology and Wind Power Destroy a Habit?

The Neusiedlersee is Austria's largest lake, just 45 minutes from the city. It is a paradise for birds and sailors, cyclists and wine growers, as long as there is water in it. That may change.

Walking ‘Before Sunrise’ – Celebrating 25 Years of Vienna’s Iconic Film

Shot in just 25 days in the summer of 1994, Richard Linklater’ s disarming look at flirtation, friendship and conversation opened the 1995 Sundance Film Festival, leading to two sequels and a creative partnership.

The Viennese Ida Pfeiffer Circumnavigated the Globe Alone Twice

Wife, mother, traveler – humble but headstrong Ida Pfeiffer took the world by storm by circumnavigating the globe her way.

Saving the Lake – Will Ecology and Wind Power Destroy a Habit?

The Neusiedlersee is Austria's largest lake, just 45 minutes from the city. It is a paradise for birds and sailors, cyclists and wine growers, as long as there is water in it. That may change.

Saving the Lake – Will Ecology and Wind Power Destroy a Habit?

The Neusiedlersee is Austria's largest lake, just 45 minutes from the city. It is a paradise for birds and sailors, cyclists and wine growers, as long as there is water in it. That may change.

Walking ‘Before Sunrise’ – Celebrating 25 Years of Vienna’s Iconic Film

Shot in just 25 days in the summer of 1994, Richard Linklater’ s disarming look at flirtation, friendship and conversation opened the 1995 Sundance Film Festival, leading to two sequels and a creative partnership.

Walking ‘Before Sunrise’ – Celebrating 25 Years of Vienna’s Iconic Film

Shot in just 25 days in the summer of 1994, Richard Linklater’ s disarming look at flirtation, friendship and conversation opened the 1995 Sundance Film Festival, leading to two sequels and a creative partnership.

Austria, the Making of a Republic

On April 27, 1945, the Austrian Proclamation of Independence was signed and promulgated in the liberated city of Vienna. Today, Austrians celebrate 75 years of their Republic, a free, democratic and open country in the middle of Europe.

The Long Road Home

A century after the end of the Habsburg Empire, and 30 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Vienna has finally resumed its role as the hub of Central and Eastern Europe

With COVID-19, Don’t Throw Caution to the Wind

Can we catch COVID-19 just from the air we breathe? Over 200 scientists say yes, and have requested the WHO re-classify the virus as an airborne pathogen.

Who Protects Women from Domestic Violence?

Under COVID-19 lockdown, domestic violence has predictably gone up. Intervention helps.

Meet Walter Hermann, Family Psychotherapist in Vienna

Families come in many shapes and sizes, but they share challenges. These Viennese are here to guide and inspire.

Wiener Linien Steps in to Save the City Bikes

In an adroit move by Mayor Michael Ludwig, the enormously popular public bike rental program is to be Integrated into Vienna’s Public Transport Network.

Videos

The Virus Won’t Stop Vienna’s Wines From Flowing

Corona affects everybody, but wine growers remain resilient in the face of unrecoverable losses, weather and labor problems.

Beirut to Vienna – Funeral March for the Dead

Following the devastating explosion in Beirut, the Lebanese diaspora in Vienna is demonstrating in support.

The Newest Additions to Vienna’s Gastro Scene | Summer 2020

The foodie couple of Antonia Kögl and Benedikt Steinle know Vienna’s gastronomy scene like the back of their hands and turn mesmerizing food projects into reality with their agency, YAY creative.

The EU Deal Enters a New Phase

After an agreement over a coronavirus relief package, the European Union is working to implement the plan.

During the Corona Crisis, a Fiat Can Become a Critical Food Pipeline

COVID-induced creative charity or how the boot of a Fiat became a critical food pipeline.

The Neusiedlersee Beckons with Ponds, Forests, Vineyards & Kite Surfing

The border region around Neusiedlersee beckons with ponds, forests, vineyards, storks, kite surfing – and some excellent restaurants.

The Vinnitski’s Matiki Bar Brings a Tropical Feel to Spittelberg

Brothers Matty and Arik Vinnitski’s Matiki Bar brings a tropical summer feel to Spittelberg – or your home.

Book Review | Daniel Kehlmann & The Power of Mockery

In Tyll, widely-acclaimed German-Austrian author Daniel Kehlmann reinvents a medieval legend to unmask the fatuity of rulers and the wisdom of tricks.

The Naschmarkt | Vienna’s Legendary Open-Air Market

Or how a culinary melting pot became the city's favorite Bobo BazaarEven in staunchly nostalgic Vienna, neighborhoods change. The Naschm...

The Newest Additions to Vienna’s Gastro Sc...

The foodie couple of Antonia Kögl and Benedikt Steinle know Vienna’s gastronomy scene like the back of their hands and turn mesmerizing food projects into reality with their agency, YAY creative.

Family Life After the Time of Corona

So there she was, on a Tuesday morning of what we now call the Corona Era, gazing at the walls of the little “water closet” decorated in Viennese style.

How Vienna Became the Petri Dish for Geniuses Li...

From saving mothers to preventing blood clots and unraveling the secrets of our physical universe, Vienna’s scientists have advanced humanity through the ages.

The City and Land of Music

Vienna made music ... and music made Vienna. As told by “Metropole” writers – a libretto for life in the Austrian capital. With an overture by our Editor in Chief Dardis McNamee.

Vienna’s Ultimate Swimming Pool Guide

It will be a summer like no other. This year due to Corona, many Viennese will opt to spend a good part of their holiday in the city. Lucky for us, there are few better places for relaxing in the shade and swimming in pools or rivers than Vienna.

Walking ‘Before Sunrise’ – Celebrating 25 Years ...

Shot in just 25 days in the summer of 1994, Richard Linklater’ s disarming look at flirtation, friendship and conversation opened the 1995 Sundance Film Festival, leading to two sequels and a creative partnership.

Our Top 5 Picks to Stream This Summer

Summer is here, and the great quarantine of 2020 (hopefully!) a memory. And while the outdoors beckons and new content is rare thanks to the lockdown, several recent and upcoming shows await with lavish entertainment. A search for self in lost memories, crafting a more inclusive historic Hollywood, the final triumph of the greatest basketball team ever and a send-up of American interstellar militarism all vie for your attention.

How COVID-19 Affects Rent, Memberships & Da...

COVID-19 poses a major challenge to all, raising questions about rent payments, the assessment of (unfulfillable) supply contracts, lower franchise fees and why data protection should not be neglected even during a pandemic.

Austria, the Making of a Republic

On April 27, 1945, the Austrian Proclamation of Independence was signed and promulgated in the liberated city of Vienna. Today, Austrians celebrate 75 years of their Republic, a free, democratic and open country in the middle of Europe.

Features

Ewald Nowotny on the EU Post-Pandemic

The pandemic could be the making of the EU, says the former ÖNB governor. On coronabonds,” the “frugal four” and the clever Mrs. Merkel.

Central Europe Beat COVID-19 – Will Their Democracies Survive?

Like other “black swan” events in the past, COVID-19 has challenged our democracies and changed the way we live.

Rediscovering the Village

Who’s to say what would have happened had Austria’s government not taken swift action in March and isolated the country? As the world grapples with a further economic downturn, long-term unemployment...

This Season About Town | Summer 2020

Explore our curated selection of the hottest boutiques, eateries, and spots around town this season, hand-picked by the Metropole Team.

A War Childhood Museum for Bosnia

“I often spoke to my friends about our wartime memories. I felt that it was something people had an urge to talk about.”25 years after the massacre of Srebrenica, remembering is more important than ever.

Meet Anna Spindler, Preschool Teacher in Vienna

“Understanding each child is like a puzzle that I piece together.”

City Life

Donauinsel | Vienna’s Leisure Island

Regardless of how many livability surveys Vienna tops, our beloved city has one glaring deficiency that it will never fix: The nearest ocean beach is hundreds of kilometers away.

From an Insane Asylum to Vienna’s Last Video Rental Place, the Altes AKH Holds Plent...

Wandering around the diverse and historic campus of Austria’s largest and best-known academic institution is compelling even if you are no longer a student

In the 250th Year of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Death, Here’s How to Find Him

For the 250th anniversary of the great composer’s birth, Vienna has pulled out all the stops; join us in tracing his footsteps.