readers april 2018
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The American International School – Vienna has a long history of shaping tomorrow’s leaders, thinkers and artists. Aerin Lauder Zinterhofer and Jane Lauder are the granddaughters of EstĂ©e and Joseph Lauder, founders of the cosmetics giant Est...
mobility
I remember the first time I sat in an electric car. It was at a sustainability event in Grafenegg. Tesla had used a lotus chassis for the first roadster that made it to Austria. My cameraman and I got the chance to ride in it and get ...
The Vienna Theatre Project produces Guards at the Taj.
The Vienna Theatre Project produces Rajiv Joseph’s off-Broadway hit. Once again proving their knack for bringing contemporary English-language theater to the city, Joanna Godwin-Seidl’s Vienna Theatre Project adds another continental European prem...
The Remise, home to Vienna’s Transport Museum
A love letter to the Straßenbahn, Vienna’s Transport Museum offers insight into commuter habits. Vienna has an ongoing love affair with its Straßenbahn (tramway), this red-and-white (or in its latest iteration, red-and-silver streetcar) that glide...
gol
The Viennese love their white wines young and fresh. Winemakers in Gols would prefer to wait. Farmers the world over complain about the weather – too hot, too cold, too wet, too dry. Wine growers are no different – th...
Vienna International Cycle Club VICC
The Vienna International Cycle Club is a social media success story. It’s a Sunday morning and the clock is approaching ten in the morning. On the Steinitzsteg, the yellow footbridge straddling the Neue Donau, a huddle of around 20 cyclists have gat...
Old Masters meet the new, bridging the gaps in the KHM’s collection with an new exhibit, "The Shape of Time". Despite representing some 5,000 years of human artistic endeavour, the 200 years before our present day are perennially underrepresented ...
drivers license
Feeling the urge to get out of town and hit the open road? It may be time to take the plunge and get legal. It had been snowing all night. Ski conditions will be perfect, I said cheerily, as we loaded the car for Waldbach. Sharing the driving,...
Anton Romako
A big retrospective presents outstanding works from Anton Romako, a painter ahead of his time. One of the great pioneers of Modernism, Anton Romako shocked his contemporaries, predating the Wiener Moderne by more than a decade. Born as the illegit...
drones in austria
In Austria, privacy is king. The advent of drones is thus seen with a good measure of skepticism and trepidation. But you can still pilot them legally. Lying in the sun around one of Vienna’s many open-air swimming pools is a summer pastime ne...
The Volkstheater descends into rockstar territory in Much Ado About Nothing. While the works of William Shakespeare are often considered timeless, that hasn’t kept people from trying to keep them relevant. The latest to do so is the Volkstheater, ...
Krypt
The Krypt updates the speakeasy with award-winning dĂ©cor and drinks. Little do we think about the space beneath our feet; our cities are full of vastly underutilized underground spaces with heaps of potential. Hidden in the 9th District’s Wasa al...
Thoughts about music in a raucous world and International Noise Awareness Day. The concert halls in Vienna are phenomenal spaces. You might think I’m talking about the music. But what flabbergasts me is how quiet they are. There is no air-conditio...
In our age of e-commerce, it is the mobility of things that has become ever more important. Logistic companies aim to tackle the problem with new technologies.
In our age of e-commerce, it is the mobility of things that has become ever more important. Logistic companies aim to tackle the problem with new technologies. Since Darius the Great’s failed attempt to conquer Greece in 492 B.C, the problem o...
The legend and Nobel laureate continues his never ending tour with his first triple album. One of the most important and influential performers of the 20th century, Bob Dylan emerged from the 1960s American countercul...
sharing economy
The sharing economy makes us more flexible but is no substitute for a true social community. When my Airbnb host introduced me to his children I was slightly bemused. The elder one of the two boys was Bruce and the baby – you guessed it – Lee....
kreisel motors
One of three brothers, Markus Kreisel is at the forefront of innovation in e-mobility and energy solutions – in the MĂŒhlviertel, of all places. Dozens of new chairs were being rolled into the glassed-in office across from the meeting room wher...
A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Theater an der Wien
Benjamin Britten’s take on Shakespeare’s seminal comedy comes to life in a brand new production. English may not be nearly as popular as Italian, German or French in the world of opera, but there are more productions ...
Mixing the profound with the absurd, Lucky pays tribute to the late Harry Dean Stanton and leaves audiences pondering. There’s a certain poetry in daily routines, the quiet reassurance of repetition over years. But it...
The Let’s CEE Film Festival returns with the very best from Central and Eastern Europe, Turkey and the Caucasus. Just six years old and already an institution, the Let’s CEE lm festival is dedicated to motion pictures...
Franz-Joseph Huainigg
Whether we’re getting around by car, bike, metro or just heading across the street, it takes a whole city to keep us mobile. “Going to a regular school, it didn’t take long for me and the other kids to get used to each other, that it was normal....
Heunisch & Erben’s huge wine selection and scrumptious menu make the perfect pairing. Vienna has enjoyed a flurry of wine bistro openings in recent years, with star chef Konstantin Filippou’s O boufĂ©s setting the ...
Burhan AygĂŒn
Whether we’re getting around by car, bike, metro or just heading across the street, it takes a whole city to keep us mobile. “Everybody’s heard of Uber, it’s become a worldwide brand. It’s not something that can be squashed easily. But they simp...
An Austro-French couple serves viennoiseries to the Viennese. Barely half a year in business, Parémi, the new boulangerie/patisserie by the young Austrian-French couple Patricia Petschenig and Rémi Soulier, has been a...
New modes of transport are trying to change the way we travel. But are they really a match for Austria’s time-tested infrastructure? Austria’s trains and buses are almost always on time, and Vienna’s public transport system is the envy of cities t...
roland romano
Whether we’re getting around by car, bike, metro or just heading across the street, it takes a whole city to keep us mobile. "The main reason people should cycle is not just to ride a bike, it’s about choosing the most sustainable form of mobili...
Vienna's Hauptbahnhof has spawned a whole new neighborhood. Even in a metropolis as staunchly traditional as Vienna, change is the only constant. It is a place where historical, architectural masterpieces coexist next to cutting edge, modern sky...
Nestroyviertel
On a little square, tucked away at the bottom of Praterstraße, stands a gentleman cast in iron, his Napoleon collar high on his neck, top hat in hand, making his entry. It’s Johann Nepomuk Nestroy, all around man of the theater, after whom ...
allforjan
As the largest protests since 1989 rock Slovakia following the murder of investigative journalist Ján Kuciak, fellow contributors wonder about the future of the country. Slovaks don’t have a tradition of protest. When demonstrations do happen,...
With the Straßenbahn in their DNA, the Viennese are abandoning their cars for public transport and looking forward to robot chauffeurs. Bumper to bumper, the motorcade makes its tortured way forward along Vienna’s GĂŒrtel, dividing the inner nine dis...
jobs united nations
It often seems impossible for an outsider to get a job at the UN. But is it really? “No,” said Linda Starodub, who recently retired from 30 plus years in the UN system, half of it in human resources, “but
 it’s complicated.” There are two b...
Johanna Wiesholzer
Whether we’re getting around by car, bike, metro or just heading across the street, it takes a whole city to keep us mobile. “We accommodate 2.6 million passengers a day. That’s a number that speaks for itself.” When Johanna Wiesholzer’s Amer...
empire to republic slovakia
Bratislava, once at the center of the Empire, is now one of Europe’s youngest capitals. by James Thomson & Carmen Viragova, with Dardis McNamee You could say that Slovakia is a new country – established as an autonomous state only after...
Karl Sigmund’s new book Exact Thinking in Demented Times tells the dramatic history of an intellectual revolution. Sometime around 1900, in the spirit of interdisciplinary thinking of the day, the rectors of the University of Vienna decided to...
An American with Slovak roots shares his memories of the day when Slovakia was born. The air was frigid on Bratislava’s Námestie SNP as the calendar flipped from 1992 to 1993, and the pyrotechnics were underwhelming. But then, as the clock str...
austrian news march 2018
A quick-and-dirty synopsis of recent headlines in Vienna. Real Operetta or Merely a State Crisis? In the early hours of February 28, public prosecutors accompanied by armed police stormed into the Office for Protection of the Constitution and Ant...
April showers bring May flowers, but keeping fit, feeling at home and being totally radical are important, too. SUPERCYCLE BOUTIQUE STUDIO Not your grandma’s spin class, SuperCycle blends discotheque, yoga and cycling into a high-intensity,...
A nod to simpler times, the weight of this brass beauty creates optimal weight for long writing, its gel roll design providing exceptionally easy writing flow. Wrapped up in timeless elegance and flair, Nostalgia meets utility, developing its...
karambolage
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. Karambolage Noun. A car crash, particularly multivehicle pileups. Origina...
streaming
There’s so much good television on streaming websites, to say nothing of the films. It’s impossible to keep track of what is worth your while. As spring finally rolls in, use your couch potato time wisely, binging only on the finest, most intriguing ...
anschluss
What would we have done? Trying to grasp what we can never fully understand. This year’s commemoration of the Anschluss of Austria by Nazi Germany, March 11 & 12, 1938, has been as engrossing as it has been hard to absorb. 80 years: The se...
Vienna has taken a lead in modern mobility solutions and public transports for decades. As pollution, congestion and the climate crisis become an ever-bigger problem, other cities start to take note. Berlin is one of the first big cities to declar...
The murder of journalist Ján Kuciak has shaken Slovakia out of its complacency. Here, big things often happen in years ending in “8”. Standing on a packed square in Bratislava as people around you jangle their keys and chant ...
Two journalists, both first-hand witnesses of Slovakia’s transition from a place through the looking glass to a country at the heart of the European project, ponder the road it has taken and the challenges ahead. By Dardis McNamee & Pavol MĂșdr...
book review angel of oblivion
Maja Haderlap’s debut novel Angel of Oblivion confronts the past in Austria’s borderlands. Austrian writer Maja Haderlap is a farmer’s daughter from Bad Eisenkappel, in Carinthia, Austria’s southernmost province. This bi-lingual borderland has...
From lightning over the Tatras to the growing firs on the slopes of Krivåƈ Mountain, the Slovak anthem praises the rugged beauty of this country in the heart of Europe that many travelers have yet to explore.