Dardis McNamee is the Editor in Chief of Metropole. She has written for The New York Times, Conde Nast Traveler (NYC), the Wall Street Journal Europe and Die Zeit in Vienna, as well as having been a speechwriter to two U.S. ambassadors to Austria. She was awarded the 2007 Kemper Award for Excellence in Teaching (Media & Communications).
Cafés and Restaurants
Unique to Austria, traditional wine taverns serve each year’s new vintage with a simple buffet, amid the timeless pleasures of convivial conversation among friends. Many are excellent. Here are four of the best Heuriger in and around Vienna to try.
From The Vienna Paradox to The Edge of Irony, the distinguished literary critic and professor emerita examines the seminal literature and thought of Austria’s interwar period.
Finding good fish to cook at home just got a lot easier. A new stand on the Karmelitermarkt is a good place to go.
The new deputy mayor has ambitious plans to improve the schools and launch an independent office to fight corruption ... big ideas for the junior coalition partner.
Vienna police have taken a former FPÖ MP and BVT-security head in custody for assisting the escape of Jan Marsalek, mastermind of one of Europe’s greatest postwar financial scandals.
A myth, a tradition, but most of all a very real place that many in the Austrian capital cannot imagine life without.
A new collection of essays by the renowned journalist retakes the pulse of Central Europe 30 years after communism, and finds the optimism faded into disappointment, fueling an exodus.
On the eve of the Vienna mayoral elections, questions of voting rights and double citizenship – of Heritage and 'Heimat' – are again dominating the agenda.
On the Enlightenment’s mixed legacy, European solidarity and lessons of the pandemic.
“Freud” director Marvin Kren steps in for leading Austrian filmmaker, who remains ill following an Aug 18 diagnosis and an elite reception at Grafenegg.
Lush and ultimately shattering, Leopoldstadt is a loving portrait of Jewish life in early 20th century Vienna, and a heartfelt embrace of Stoppard’s own immigrant story.
In celebration of the Festival's 100th anniversary, the last surviving member of the Women's Orchestra at Auschwitz, now 95, spoke by video about the role of music in her life.
A cooperation between the Kunsthaus and the urban design project Schimmverein Donaukanal hopes to persuade the public of the pleasures on their doorstep.
How the far-right deceives the public and undermines democracy. A conversation with linguist Ruth Wodak.
Hoping to the last to soften Brexit, while welcoming Scotland, the perennial European faces an even greater challenge: to strengthen the continent’s vision of itself.
For the 250th anniversary of the great composer’s birth, Vienna has pulled out all the stops; join us in tracing his footsteps.
Beethoven was a “Wahlwiener,” a Viennese by choice. During this 250th anniversary year of his birth, his adopted city has pulled out all the stops on this great organ of musical life, to bring him alive in sounds, sights and special events.
Come the hour, come the woman. Leading the interim government was going to be a tough gig, but she was ready.
Regardless of Brexit, British citizens living in Austria may participate in the European elections in May, the Interior Ministry confirmed. Estimati...
Long underestimated, Austria's culinary traditions are being reinvented and coming into their own by Bart de Vries & Dardis McNamee After ...
70 years later, the Marshall Plan remains a model for foreign aid policy in everybody’s interest. In retrospect, the past seems inevitable. But e...
The debate over remedial German classes for migrants has been heated and polarized. It is also a false choice. Ludwig Wittgenstein was absorbed w...
In every age, the pressures of change in Vienna have stirred a longing for better times gone by, often more imagined than real, but nonetheless ...
The exuberance of the early 2000s has given way to mistrust, but catastrophe can be avoided if we keep a close eye on the past In 2007, Austra...
The anguish over protectionism misses a deeper message about European identity The news about Europe these days is discouraging: headlines, books and...
The closing of the beloved Café Industrie on the Margaretengürtel in May made headlines in Vienna A family Lokal handed down from mother to daugh...
“It’s difficult to make predictions,” the great Danish physicist Niels Bohr liked to say, “especially about the future” – a proverb that captured quit...
Janek Wasserman takes a closer look at conservative discontent in Red Vienna during the interwar period It is the victors who write the history, Win...
Vienna has traded their skyline to improve the Wiener Eislaufverein and other public spaces in the area. But at what cost? In this proud old city...
Summer in the mountains is a world apart: Here, the air is thick with smells of moist earth, acacia and wild honeysuckle. On a cloudless day, the ligh...
History is often remembered in an iconic photograph, and so it was when the Foreign Ministers of Austria, Alois Mock, and Hungary, Guyla Horn, met on ...
The politics of women’s clothing in advertising A double billboard fills the end wall of an apartment house just off the Karmelitermarkt in Vienna’s ...
The centennial of the Great War is the clearest argument for why the European Union matters In May 1917 – 100 years ago this month – the fi...
While others may debate whether art is, or should be, political, Austrian Nobel laureate Elfriede Jelinek has never been in doubt. Through much...
Calling ‘the pain large, the gain illusory,’ the former PM’s last-ditch effort to undo Brexit Tony Blair has just given Britain another chance. ...