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What’s in a Name I’m terrible at Siezen. That fine art of gauging when to address someone formally with “Sie” and when to cross the threshold to “Du” and being on a first-name basis. The same goes for titles. Nowhere is this more prevalent than in Austria and nowhere more than in the medical profession. While in Anglo-Saxon cultures a medical...
Letters to the editor
Many thanks for your thoughts, ideas and insights! If you have something to say about Vienna or a story you read here, tell us all about it. Send an email to office@metropole.at. And check us out on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. DEAR EDITORS OF METROPOLE: I read the article about ice-skating on the Alte Donau with great interest. Although I used to...
Kahlenberg
Charm is an elusive quality, a mix of beauty, setting, an appeal to the heart. Something precious. Even in Vienna, it should never be taken for granted. Hence the fears over the fate of the Café-Restaurant Cobenzl on the Kahlenberg. Longtime manager Olaf Auer was finally evicted by the City of Vienna in March, after a protracted legal battle, and...
farming
To keep women on the land, things will have to change. One of the most successful programs in the history of ­Austrian television is a quirky dating show called Bauer sucht Frau (Farmer Seeks Wife), created in 2005 by Austria’s private television channel ATV.  An immediate hit, it continues to break records, with some 250,000 regular viewers and ratings topping...
populism
A collective sigh of relief across Europe: With Norbert Hofer and Geert Wilders defeated at the polls, right-wing, anti-European populism appears to be in retreat – at least for now. There’s even talk of a reverse “Trump effect”: After seeing the chaos the U.S. president has sowed in just a few weeks in office, disgruntled voters are far less likely...
health systems
Medical Meanderings: From dodgy diagnostics in the U.K. to a tree-filled quad in the Alpine Republic. A tale of two cities. When a sympathetic African priest materializes at your Viennese hospital bedside, murmuring what sound like last rites, it’s forgivable to assume your time is up. “I’m fine”, I assured him. “Yessss, yessss,” he nodded, uncertain. My English GP calls it “a rare...
christian kern
Or does Kern's new narrative play into the hands of the populists? There have been no bombs in Austrian cities. There are no policemen in body armor patrolling the streets. Yet Trump-style talk of sealing borders is commonplace, and Austria’s “tough guy” Federal Minister for the Interior, Wolfgang Sobotka (left), bears a certain resemblance to Viktor Orbán, the Hungarian leader...
Austrian headlines
A quick and dirty synopsis of last month’s headlines in Vienna Benefits for EU Citizens After Five Years In the ORF Pressestunde (ORF Press Hour), the Austrian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Integration, Sebastian Kurz announced that he wants social welfare for EU citizens only to begin after 5 years of living in the country. In an interview with the Austrian...
Dr. Christoph Zielinski
Vienna’s most prominent cancer specialist, Christoph Zielinski, on precision medicine, unhappy doctors, and why social equality is the key to successful health care. All in all, Dr. Christoph Zielinski loves his work. As the head of the Clinical Department of Oncology of the -Medical University of Vienna he sees 12 percent of all the patients who get treated in Vienna –...
Austrian Health Care
The Austrian health care system covers you regardless of your wallet size or passport. But cracks are showing in this jewel of the welfare state. By Nicolas Kristen & Benjamin Wolf As he enters the monumental building, headphones in his ears, and heads for the green elevators at the end of the hall, Felix Wiesner is unruffled by the scenes of haste, pain...
medical toursim
People spend over $100 billion on medical procedures in foreign countries. In CEE, the trend has become a goldmine   Plastic surgeon Greg Pataki is a bit of a missionary. Founder of Premium Plastic Surgery in Budapest, he talks about “perfect proportions” and spends his days correcting features that “disturb mental and physical harmony.” It’s about beauty, of course, and about...
helga haselmayer
Head of special needs care at the Haus der Barmherzigkeit (HABIT), an assisted-living facility.   It is easy to see why Helga Haselmayer is good at her job. Kind and patient, the 47-year-old has been developing her approach towards interacting with others for almost 30 years. It’s about attitude, openness and having an almost innate approachability and, of course, “being a...
Univ.-Prof. Dr. Markus Müller
Rector of the Medical University of Vienna (MedUni Wien)   Prof. Markus Müller’s children often ask him, “Daddy, what exactly does a ‘rector’ do?” For him, running a university whose students are active medical residents at Europe’s largest hospital, it’s not such a simple answer. As a child, Müller was also inquisitive. In high school, he met Nobel laureate Max Perutz, who...
Dr. Klaus Pseiner and Dr. Henrietta Egerth
Managing directors, Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) Dr. Klaus Pseiner and Dr. Henrietta Egerth are joint heads of the FFG (Österreichische Forschungsförderungsgesellschaft), where, since its founding in 2004, they have helped public research and development (R&D) funding find its way into the right hands. Careful selection of projects is a given in any funding process, but what distinguishes the FFG...
Pia Baurek-Karlic
Pharmacy manager   In the back offices of the Urania-Pharmacy in the 1st district, Pia Baurek-Karlic was standing by the copy machine, the only one among the almost exclusively female staff not dressed in a white lab coat. Young and fresh-faced at 28, she would have otherwise been difficult to spot. As the fourth generation of a family business, Baurek-Karlic co-manages...
being pregnant in Vienna
Your guide to being pregnant in Vienna, Austria – a great place to have a baby, but make sure you have your “MuKi” Having a child is one of life’s richest experiences. But for expectant mothers (and fathers) pregnancy can also be a confusing and daunting time – one made even more challenging if you’re an expat planning to give...
medical innovation
Since the 18th century this city has been on the cutting edge of medical innovation. What is the next frontier? Vienna at the fin de siècle was the center of a massive empire that covered 20 percent of Europe. It stretched all the way from the Ukraine to Switzerland, and to the east and south, Hungary, Slovenia, northern Italy and...
pharmaceutical industry
Pharma's Market: The pharmaceutical industry has played an important role in Austria’s economic growth. But the challenge remains to find a balance between regulation and competitive pricing. Sluggish economic growth in Europe has governments on edge. In Austria, after four years below 1% and a modest rebound of 1.6% in 2016, one of the best prospects for continued recovery is...
kirche am steinhof
Steinhof is a Wiener Melange of health and history and now the city adds housing to the mix. For centuries, to be considered mad was a life sentence of degradation and worse. As fairy tales tell us, beautiful people are good but the ugly, crippled or deranged are evil. It took ages for mental illness to be decriminalized and acknowledged as...
Elisabeth Waldheim
Laying to rest a companion to controversy in Austria’s struggle with its national socialist past. As Elisabeth Waldheim was laid to rest in the presidential crypt in front of St. Karl Borromäus Church in Vienna’s central cemetery on Mar 9, mourners threw red roses onto her coffin.  It marked the end of an era in Austrian history, one that saw...
St. Ulrich
St. Ulrich: Cradle of Cool Out of all the neighborhoods of the hip 7th district, St. Ulrich stands apart. A hub of local and expat intellectuals, creatives, and young entrepreneurs, the area wedged between Burggasse and Neustiftgasse from Volkstheater to Neubaugasse is a flourishing cosmopolitan locale like the rest of the vicinity. But St. Ulrich has another claim to fame: it...
The Strauss Family
The Strauss Family: Kings of the Blue Danube Music megastars are the kings: the king of pop, the king of rock, the king of the guitar. Vienna’s were the waltz kings: Johann Strauss I and his three sons, Johann II, Josef and Eduard, whose dance music dominated the entire 19th century. Even today, a silhouette of Johann II (1825-1899) –...
the tiger lillies
The Tiger Lillies promote their latest album A Cold Night in Soho. Combining prewar cabaret with Brechtian aesthetics, macabre themes and an anarchic punk rock attitude, the highly influential ­Tiger Lillies have been bending genres since forming in 1989, even earning a Grammy nomination in 2003 (for The Gorey End, a collaboration with illustrator Edward Gorey and The Kronos Quartet). Best...
Osterklang
An eclectic repertoire of world renowned artists present dance in manifold forms at Osterklang. Reveling in sound and movement since 1996, Osterklang blends old classics with new approaches, presenting music with a spiritual angle by world-class artists. This year’s selection fuses theater, concert, ballet and cabaret, exploring the power of dance between Eros and Thanatos. The opening performance is a ballet...
Outside Mullingar
Love's Labor's Not Lost: Outside Mullingar is somewhat mired in its continental premiere.  A poetic riff on loneliness, self-abnegation and love, John Patrick Shanley’s Outside Mullingar bristles with rural Irish eccentricity and romance. But then Shanley is an old pro, with both a Pulitzer and a Tony to his name for Doubt (2004) and an Oscar for Moonstruck (1987). In...
jenny simanowitz
Be prepared to laugh along at her one-woman show. Remaining upbeat in the face of hardship, cruelty and prejudice is a tough act; Jenny Simanowitz, however, does just that in her latest show Who’s Afraid of the Jewish Mother?, not only laughing in the face of life’s inhumanities but composing songs about it. A Jewish mother herself, the South ­African born...
shen yun
Shen Yun: choreography, artistry, dance and color share the stage in this touring Chinese production Highly acrobatic, Shen Yun performs classic Chinese legends through dance and music, delighting audiences with scenes from ancient epics like Mulan, Journey to the West, Romance of the Three Kingdoms or Outlaws of the Marsh. Created by exiled Chinese Falun Gong practitioners in New York,...
free lunch society
No Such Thing? The Free Lunch Society begs to differ. Receiving public funds simply for existing may seem like sci-fi, but the idea of an unconditional basic income has been gathering steam, culminating last year in a much-touted referendum in Switzerland. Though soundly rejected by the Swiss, there’s an argument for it solving everything from government waste to income inequality...
a monster calls
A visually stunning film about the fundamental truths of life and the monsters lurking in the dark places. An adaptation of Patrick Ness’ award-­winning dark fantasy novel of the same name, A Monster Calls is a poetic study in dealing with inner turmoil. 12-year-old Conor has more than his share of troubles – losing his mother to terminal illness, the...
the founder
A fast-food confidential on McDonald’s founder Ray Kroc. Following the lead of the acclaimed The ­Social Network, which dressed down F­acebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, The Founder gives the same treatment to controversial business magnate Ray Kroc, who wheeled and dealed the McDonald brothers out of their burger joint to create a worldwide fast-food juggernaut. Beginning as a lowly milk shake machine salesman,...
Narrenturm
The world’s first psychiatric clinic lives on as the pathological-anatomical museum. Hidden away in a corner of the Altes AKH (Vienna’s former general hospital), the Narrenturm (Tower of Fools) is a striking five-storied cylindrical building, affectionately nicknamed Gugelhupf by locals due to its characteristic form resembling the traditional cake. But stranger still is its history and contents. Commissioned by Emperor...
Cristina Garcia Rodero
Her unreleased masterpieces presented at new exhibition. One of Spain’s most renowned artists, Cristina Garcia Rodero approaches photography with an almost anthropological eye, from community festivals to Haitian voodoo rituals. A member of the prestigious Magnum Photos agency, her work stands out for its natural, spontaneous aesthetic, captured with great patience and a gift for timing, winning her the W....
eurocature
Eurocature, the annual conference and exhibition of caricature artists, brings together international talent to create spitting images. Now in its fifth iteration, the Eurocature festival brings illustrious international talents to Vienna, producing new artworks on location over the course of the three-day festival. Organized by notable local caricaturists like Birgit Vlk, Ralf Ricker, Gerald Koller and Bernd Ertl, this year...
egon schiele
The Albertina displays a different view of Egon Schiele's oeuvre. The cultural landscape of Vienna is indelibly marked by the work of Egon Schiele, and the superb collection of his paintings at the Leopold Museum remains a fixture on any tour of the city. His prodigious output of more than 330 paintings and over 2,500 drawings is all the more...
erwin wurm carl spitzweg
A Leopold Museum exhibition juxtaposes the past and present with two artists famous for their satirical takes on everyday social norms. Somewhat obscure in his time, Carl Spitzweg is celebrated today as one of the great visual humorists of his era, documenting the human foibles around him with an unerring eye. As art turned its gaze away from religious, mythical and historical...
kitbbutz klub disco
Rainbow Sabbath: Outrageous and camp, the Kibbutz Klub disco welcomes all to the family. When good times still seem bottles away at most venues, one club on the Gürtel is already kicking into high gear. By midnight, the line in front of Club Auslage stretches all the way to the U6 station Josefstädter Straße, beckoning crowds with a freewheeling, hedonistic...
rigor mortis
Richard Harris’ book Rigor Mortis inspires scientific soul-searching. Let’s start out addressing the elephant in the room: There are a lot of scientific studies that are just not reproducible, period. It’s not about one lab, or one theory, or one field.Everyone in science is affected by what has been called the “reproducibility crisis.” Drug development is slowing down. Major initiatives...
sigmund freud
Award-winning Viennese writer Robert Seethaler's bestselling novel, The Tobacconist, tackles coming of age on the eve of war and shows a sentimental side of Freud. Robert Seethaler didn’t plan to become a novelist. An established character actor on stage and screen (most recently opposite Rachel Weisz in Paolo Sorrentino’s Youth), he began writing novels while studying for a degree in...
athleisure
It might have started with wearing your yoga pants everywhere but what once was thought to be a fleeting trend of the 2010s is now seen as a radical shift in how consumers approach everyday clothes. Fusing business casual wear with sportswear earned the athleisure trend an entry in the Merriam-Webster dictionary, which defines it as “casual clothing meant to...
The movement has been creeping up on us: yoga pants, breathable fabrics, mesh … activewear has morphed into the concept of “athleisure,” some interpretations of which we quite like. KORAL The Women’s activewear scene is ever changing and, at the moment, it’s experiencing quite a revival. One the hottest entries in the field is this Los Angeles-based brand, which claims the...
Local concept stores
They go unnoticed by many and are treasured by a chosen few. Vienna’s independent labels, studios and boutiques are on the rise and we chose a sample to get you through April. Strictly Herrmann A new concept store catering to the needs of the suave gentleman of today is everything a guy could wish forever. We all have a little Mr....
Fischrestaurant Kaj
The “golden” cook of Fischrestaurant Kaj transforms the fresh catch from the Adriatic. “Sometimes life just writes its own script,” Miro Sapič told us laconically. He and Zlata started their fish restaurant in the 2nd district as the Balkan war came to their native Croatia and they had no wish to return. Business was slow at first, but as the...
ghisallo
Ghisallo marries casual Mediterranean dining with fine Italian road bikes. When you first face Ghisallo on the corner of Reinprechtsdorfer Straße and Schönbrunner Straße, you may perform a double take: it changes depending on which way you face. On one side, you see a dealership for fancy racing bikes; on the other is a contemporary café/restaurant with a relaxed ambiance. As...
tour de vin
Classy and exclusive, the Tour de Vin lets you peek behind the scenes at Lower Austria’s finest vineyards. By Catherine Hooker and Leopold Winkler After spitting out approximately the 40th wine I tasted that day, I was starting to get the hang of it. The flavors and bouquets were slowly becoming distinct to me, allowing me to finally appreciate the differences...
Vienna city marathon
As the Vienna City Marathon nears, runners gear up for their next big rush. An admission: I am not an avid exerciser. Just recently I picked up a bit of casual football after a 10-year hiatus, and, honestly, I’m considering dropping it again. Life is tough enough. But today is different: I’ve been invited to tag along behind Valentin Pfeil, one...
Pures Leben Chalets Styria
An out-of-town house experience with all the comforts of modern living. I’ll be the first to admit it. City kids always look a little out of place on a rolling hillside. It’s something about the all-in-black look and the impractical shoes that immediately gives us away. But nature beckons, and for those without out-of-town friends or a country house of...
gerstner
Vienna’s most famous imperial confectioner has revived the original vision of owner Anton Gerstner in 1877 next to the state opera by opening their new café-restaurant on the second floor of Gerstner, located on Kärntner Straße 51. After finding the perfect spot, within a stone’s throw of the original café’s location, Gerstner offers a variety of classic pastries and confectioneries...
vienna on demand
A new collection of globally-minded hotspots and shops to discover! To advertise please contact ads@metropole.at Yummyaki – Takeaway 1060 As part of the ra’mien-ShanghaiTan group, Yummyaki has been a welcome addition to the homemade Asian food landscape in Vienna since opening in 2013. If you’re craving Japanese-style curry or gyoza, you should give this place a try. They also serve hand-pulled noodles and a...
e-card urlaub
To be truly integrated in Vienna there are certain terms no dictionary or Deutschkurs will properly explain. But you’re no stranger, so here’s this month’s cheat sheet:   E-CARD URLAUB   Lit. “e-card vacation;” colloquial ­Viennese slang for going on (paid) sick leave. The phrase derives from the ubiquitous e-card, a single electronic card for all social services – including health insurance, unemployment benefits...