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Benjamin Wolf

Born 1991, studied Journalism, History and International Affairs. After stints with Cafébabel in Paris and Arte in Strasbourg, he is now working as a free journalist in Vienna and finishing his Master's degree in Global History. Fields of expertise are politics, economics, culture, and history.Photo: Visual Hub

Travel | Switching From Ski Boots to Hiking Boots, Austrians Head to the Alps...

Summer heat doesn’t temper Austrians’ appetite for high peaks in the slightest.Many Austrians have never seen The Sound of Music (after all, what does Hollywood know?). And those who have may well reject the...
gay in Austria

Has There Ever Been a Better Time to be gay in Austria?

The LGBT scene has experienced a surge of acceptance in Austria, but it took a while to get here and equality is not yet a reality.Tall and tan and young and handsome, the boys crowding...
Masters of Dirt

Get Ready for the Freestyle Explosion That is Masters of Dirt

So what's wrong with dirty money? Founder Georg Fechter has perfected the art of banking on fuel, fire and adrenaline.Motors roar, flames blaze, music blasts, whipping up the crowd – and then they come:...

7 (more) German words that will piss off Austrians

More fun with confusing Austro-German idiomsLast year we published some entry-level instruction for avoiding embarrassment (or purposefully instigating provincial predilections) in Austria by speaking Piefkenesisch (a.k.a., Hochdeutsch) idiom locally. Ready for more? Gemma!#1 -...
Living and Working in Austria

Living and Working in Austria

Austrians appreciate a fair day’s work if it doesn’t interfere too much with their private lives. But as the economic heart of Central Europe, the country scrambles to redefine its relationship with work“It’ll be...
be a spy

How to be a Spy

Are you cut out for 00 status? Improve your combat skills, polish your manners, and become wine, poker and dance floor savvy. It could just save your lifeIn America, spies in trench coats are...
preparing for death

Leave the World Behind

Most of us don’t like to think about the end of our days. But getting our affairs in order in time can be a huge relief for all partiesWriting a last will and testament...
Habsburg Empire Pieter Judson

Books | Prized by the People – “The Habsburg Empire: A New History”

A myth-busting new history of the Habsburg Empire by Pieter M. Judson gives valuable insights on nationalism and identity in Central EuropeIn June 1911, over four and a half million citizens of the Austro-Hungarian...

Opinion | Blame Maria Theresa

On September 5, over  220,000 Viennese students went back to school. Some go willingly, some have to be dragged, but Austrian parents have a stock response to unwilling schoolgoers: Blame Maria Theresa It was in...