Binu Starnegg

Manila born, Brooklyn bred and a longtime resident of Vienna, Binu Starnegg is currently managing editor for Metropole, where he completes myriad tasks with style and aplomb. Photo: Visual Hub

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.

Sissi Facts, Part II | 5 More Things You Didn’t Know About Empress Elisabeth of Austria

In this second and final installment, you find five more things you may not have known about Austria’s penultimate empress, looking at her later life, political influence and her handling of a life haunted by tragedy.

7 Contagious Movies to Watch During Self-Quarantine

Global contagion has long inspired cinema, making it second only to nuclear Armageddon as a premise for post-apocalyptic dystopias! As you grumble about toilet paper shortages at your local Billa, take comfort that at the very least, things aren’t quite so bad as these silver screen nightmares.

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Empress Elisabeth “Sissi” of Austria

Better known by her nickname “Sissi,” she has captured the hearts of the public ever since she was immortalized by actress Romy Schneider in a trilogy of 1950s romantic comedies.

Metropole’s 10 Films You Shouldn’t Miss at the Viennale 2019

Drawing over 93,000 cinephiles over two weeks, the Viennale remains Austria’s premier film festival with over 300 features, documentaries and shorts.

Class Act | Parasite Hits Theaters

Update: At the Academy Awards 2020 "Parasite" got the Oscars for Best Picture, Directing, International Film Feature Film and Writing. Enjoy our revie...

Opening the Castle Gates

With high culture such an integral part of the Austrian identity, there are few positions as coveted and prestigious as director of Vienna’s B...

Pro & Con | June 2019

The EU plans to abolish daylight savings time in 2021. A good idea? Time for Change Good riddance, I say! The benefits of Daylight Saving Time (DST)...

From Canvas to Silver Screen

Julian Schnabel and Willem Dafoe bring the final years of Vincent van Gogh to life.Painting’s appeal is ethereal; the very best works move you, ye...

Brexit Crisis Averted!

Austrians devise New European Order to appease WestminsterAfter recently rejecting a whopping eight Brexit options, including May’s deal, no deal,...

Westbahnstraße | West Side Story

Vienna may not be quite as hip as Berlin – though not from lack of trying, as anyone who’s been to Westbahnstraße in the 7th district can attest.

Poetic Injustice

James Baldwin’s If Beale Street Could Talk takes flight under director Barry JenkinsAt its best, fiction can portray reality in a way that non-fic...

Troubled Waters

Visually stunning and brisk, Styx asks a lot of hard questions but avoids simple answers.With thousands of desperate Africans br...

Culture Screen | November

Danse Macabre Visually spectacular, Luca Guadagnino’s reinterpretation of Suspiria is flawed but atmosphericThe threshold to womanhood might not ...

Metropole’s Top 5 Picks for Vienna Art Week 2018

As the annual Vienna Art Week rolls in again, the city fills to the brim with artists, with hundreds from around the world dropping by to open an exhi...

10 Films you shouldn’t miss at the Viennale 2018

METROPOLE’s Top 10 Films at the Viennale!It's that time of the year again: Today, the Viennale kicks off, Austria's premier film festival! Featuri...

Hedy Lamarr’s Life Story in Bombshell

Bombshell recounts the life of Hedy Lamarr: Austrian émigré, Hollywood diva – and inventor."Any girl can look glamorous, aLL she has to do is stand ...

The Last Word | Aufpudeln

Verb. To get worked up; to make a mountain out of a molehill; to pump up one’s (probably) already over-inflated ego and exaggerate one’s importance; t...

The Last Word | Transdanubien

Noun. Lit. Transdanubia, a popular nickname for the two Viennese districts beyond the Danube, the 21st (Floridsdorf) and 22nd (Donaustadt). Generally ...

Last Word | Jause

Noun. A snack, or a (usually cold) meal served in between the standard breakfast, lunch and dinner, although coffee and cake also qualifies. Orig. fro...

Smoking now Mandatory in Austrian Bars & Restaurants

After rolling back the new law that would have prohibited smoking in restaurants and bars, Austria’s newly-minted conservative/right wing administrati...

Stadtpark | Central Perk

For all the rolling Prater meadows and vineyards in the Vienna Woods, green space in the city center is in short supply – were it not for the St...

Baby Boomers Revolt in The Leisure Seeker

A bittersweet reflection on old age, held afloat by stellar performances.We’re not getting any younger, as the saying goes, and for die-hard bab...

Opinion | The Empty Promises of Sebastian Kurz

Regardless of what you think of the “New ÖVP,” the hype around its leader Sebastian Kurz, Austria’s millennial foreign minister and likely new chancel...

10 Films you Shouldn’t Miss at the Viennale 2017

Cinephiles rejoice! Every year, Christmas comes early as the Viennale rolls in, offering up a broad swath of features, documentaries and short films f...

Last Word | September 2017 | Schiach

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 mo...

Get Down and Keep it fly at Swingtime

Swingtime adds a touch of class to the after work sceneThe timing may vary but, at some point, city dwellers invariably have the same epiphany: ...

Last Word | July/August 2017 | Hatschen

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 mo...

Last Word | June 2017 | Gspusi

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 m...

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 Naschmarkt is a ...

Last Word | May 2017 | Nervenkitzel

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...

Setting the Tone | Is Right-Wing Populism in Retreat in Europe?

A collective sigh of relief across Europe: With Norbert Hofer and Geert Wilders defeated at the polls, right-wing, anti-European populism appears to b...

August Diehl Impresses as The Young Karl Marx

The Young Karl Marx takes the earliest days of the labor movement out of the textbooks At first glance, an origin story of Socialism doesn’t seem an ...

Last Word | Pragmatisierung | March 2017

To be truly integrated in Vienna there are certain terms no dictionary or Deutschkurs will properly explainBut you’re no stranger, so here’s thi...

Opinion | The Melange Mentality

When Starbucks came to Vienna some 15 years ago – opening 21 shops in prime locations – many Viennese braced themselves for the graceless world of Ame...

Indignation: Growing Pains Philip Roth Style

First-time director James Schamus brings Philip Roth's novel Indignation to the screenBeing an outsider is never easy – especially when you’re t...

Tone Deft – Florence Foster Jenkins

Mediocre amateurs are legion – but not many have fans throughout generations, including Cole Porter and David BowieLong celebrated as the “world...

Open House Theatre: A Christmas Carol

The ghosts of Christmas past, present and future descend upon Vienna with the Open House TheatreNow in its 32nd consecutive year since it was pe...

Culture Club at KHM

Booming bass and flowing drinks aim to dust off the image of a venerable institutionSome 125 years after opening to the public, the Kunsthistori...

Metropole’s Top Ten Viennale Picks

Let Metropole help you choose the right course in the Viennale film feastWith 300 features, shorts and documentaries shown over a mere two weeks...

Esterhazypark – In the Shadow of History

Just a block below Mariahilfer Straße, commerce gives way to side streets full of trendy bars, galleries, clubs and restaurants, anchored by a park wi...

Egon Schiele – Portrait of the Artist

Egon Schiele – Death and the Maiden paints a picture of flawed genius.It’s always challenging to portray a beloved historical figure. Striking a b...

Humanities and Human Resources

The implicit social contract of higher education bringing higher wages is compromised, with “overqualification” and underemployment a graduate’s night...

Spontaneous Combustions

At »MOMENT!« Fifth International Improv Festival, comedy and drama come at the speed of thoughtPromising to “put Vienna back on the international ...

From Rags to Tovariches

Amid all the EU’s troubles over refugees, Schengen and the common currency, it’s easy to forget that in one regard, the Union has been extremely succe...

Editorial: Of Us and Them

Trump notwithstanding, America has been far more successful than Austria at making newcomers feel part of society.The key is approach: A fervent b...

So Long Britain, and Thanks For All the Fish & Chips!

The results are in and the U.K. is out; the continent can rejoice!It frees us of the Union’s most cantankerous member. To meet the challenges fa...

Editorial: Whoever Wins, We Lose

It’s election day and as these lines are being written, it’s too close to call. It may be just as well, as it doesn’t really matter who Austria’s next...

On Screen: Truth

The fall of news anchor legend Dan Rather is dramatized with a star castHot on the heels of this year's academy award-winning Spotlight, Truth i...

On Screen: The Lady in the Van

Maggie Smith brings Alan Bennett’s touching memoir to lifeDescribing itself as a “mostly true” story (more on that later), The Lady in the Van d...

Hofburg | Downtown Empire

The Viennese can be a tad formal at times: strings of titles, hand kissing, fancy dress.  But when you’ve had the Hofburg down the street for some 750...

Editorial: Suckers of Silicon Valley

We need to stop lionizing  start-up businesses simply because we like rooting for the underdog; the Davids over the Goliaths. Being an entrepreneu...

Trump endorses Lugner

Fellow builder convinced Lugner can “make Austria great again”In an unprecedented move, Front-runner for the GOP presidential nomination Donald ...

On Music: Cool Britannia

The Radiokulturhaus introduces Britain’s post-jazz sceneAttracting a plethora of talent, London has long boasted a lively jazz scene, with many ...

On Stage: Hello/Goodbye

This romantic comedy of beginnings and endings challenges believabilityDebuting on the continent after selling out its initial run at the Hampst...