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Stories are what make a city great. METROPOLE tells Vienna’s in English. Whether it’s insights about personalities, businesses or ideas, METROPOLE curates them for an international public. Looking to enrich your experience here? METROPOLE recommends events and locations to help make your Vienna story worth the telling.

Word of the Week: Holler [ˈhɔlɐ]

What does Holler mean? How is this Viennese abbreviation for Hollunder linked to horse feathers, claptrap, poppycock, hogwash and tomfoolery?

Word of the Week: Watschen [ˈvaːt͡ʃn̩]

What does Watschen mean? How is this Viennese slang word connected with an infamous German anti-aircraft gun and the Italian word for cymbal?

Word of the Week: Masel [ˈmaːzl̩]

What does Masel mean? How is it used? Learn about how the Austrian dialect word for “luck” is tied to failing, birds and Yiddish language.

Spring 2021 | Corrupt Austria

In our 42nd issue we take a look at the history and status quo of corruption in Austria and Europe, speak to the fighters for transparency, and take ...

Word of the Week: Haberer [ˈhaːbəʁɐ]

What does Haberer mean? How is it used in Austria? Learn about the importance of friends, networks and connections in Austrian society.

Word of the Week: Knödel

What does Knödel mean? How is it used in Austria? It’s another word for dumplings which Austrians love, and it is a slang word for money.

Meet the Germans Living in Vienna

What does it mean to be German in Austria? A satirist, a local activist, a musician, a community manager, and a TV and radio star share their experiences.

Word of the Week: Wurscht

What does wurscht mean? How is it used in Austria? If you want to communicate your indifference to people in Viennese,"wurscht" is your word.

Word of the Week: anbraten

What does anbraten mean? How is it used in Austria? Are you new to Vienna and interrested in the dating scene? Here's some local lingo.

Word of the Week: Glumpert [ˈɡlʊmpɐt]

Junk, crap; broken, useless, things. Orig. from Gelumpe (rags). Note that Glumpert generally does not refer to actual garbage – after all, trash is simply the detritus of something useful that has served its purpose.

5 Movies and Series to Stream in Austria This Spring

Thanks to successive lockdowns and closed cinemas, streaming has become an even bigger part of our pandemic lives, and while many productions grinded to a halt last year, this spring’s lineup features an iconic superhero indulging in ’80s nostalgia, a Victorian sci-fi extravaganza, a comedy icon revisiting one of his most beloved characters, an animated Bollywood melodrama and a madcap Spanish road saga.

Word of the Week: Hatschen [ˈhaːʧn̩]

Verb. To march arduously, to slog, plod or trudge; can also mean to limp and, by extension, to strut (comparable to “pimp walk”).

Where to Get a COVID-19 Test in Vienna

There are many possibilities to get tested for the coronavirus in Vienna. The city offers free rapid antigen and PCR tests, pharmacies and labs offer paid tests.

Winter 2020 | Coffeehouse Culture

In our 41st issue we explore Vienna's coffeehouse culture, depict the true Kaffeehaus (coffeehouse) experience and all the mix of people and topics t...

Fucking, Austria, Wants Now to Be Called Fugging

The Upper Austrian village has had people steal their name sign and Pornhub giving them premium access due to its peculiar name. Now, the city council voted to change it once and for all.

Front-Line Reports From Austrian Hospitals

Corinna Milborn, managing editor for news and moderator at Austrian TV channel Puls 24, has asked doctors, nurses and caregivers at Austrian hospitals to report what they are experiencing every day.

Fall 2020 | Fashion

In our 40th issue we delve into Vienna's fashion scene, see how it has evolved over time, ask the question of how the city will "dress for it" in the...

Our Top 5 Picks to Stream This Summer

A search for self in lost memories, crafting a more inclusive historic Hollywood, the final triumph of the greatest basketball team ever and a send-up of American interstellar militarism all vie for your attention.

HERSTORY – Metropole x Women of Vienna

In this series, incredible women from the Women of Vienna (WoV) community tell their stories. Aiming to bridge communities and celebrate diversity, Metropole has partnered up with Women of Vienna to bring you a slice of Herstory.

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Word of the Week: i-tüpferl-Reiter [i:-dYpfəl-raɪtʰə]

Noun.Lit. “i-dot-rider;” A pedantic person; a stickler; someone who insists on dotting all “i’s” and crossing all “t’s.”

Word of the Week: Gründerzeit [ˈɡʁʏndɐˌt͡saɪ̯t]

Noun. Lit. Founder’s Era. A time during the second half of the 19th century where Austria (Austria-Hungary after 1867) became industrialized and under went unprecedented modernization and growth.

Word of the Week: Jause [‘jaʊ̯zə]

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

Word of the Week: Bagage [baˈɡaːʃ]

Noun. Riffraff, reprobates, a group of people you generally hold a low opinion of. A loanword from French that made it into the Viennese ...

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Summer 2020 | Family Life

In our 39th issue we delve into Austria’s response to the coronavirus, explore how the next generation keeps companies in Vienna going strong, take a...

Word of the Week: Bürgerschreck

Noun. Lit. "Terrorizer of the Bourgeoisie;" A person who deliberately tries to shock and offend the conservative middle classes with prov...

Special Chairman Scholarships for Talented Musicians | AMADEUS International School Gives Back

AMADEUS International School Vienna would like to give something back to the world in this crazy situation, and is now offering two full scholarships to highly talented musicians and strong academics who are entering Grade 10 or 11.

How to Shape Your CV to Land Your Next Dream Job in Vienna

Although the current situation is everything but easy on the labor market, things will certainly change again. Prepare now with the tips of our expert in recruiting.

HERSTORY – Metropole x Women of Vienna

Zilla Boyer a political scientist, campaigner and pod-cast creator who joined WoV in search of adventure when she relocated here almost three years ago.

Yale Historian Frank Snowden on Epidemics and Society

Yale professor of medical history Frank Snowden’s sweeping analysis of pandemics over the centuries, concludes that while science advances, people do not. An unsettling but gripping read.

Coronavirus | Rescuing Culture

A total government support package of €38 billion will help businesses ride out the Coronavirus crisis. How much will go to cultural organizations and artists is still a matter of tricky negotiations.

Salon: Palentine’s Day!

METROPOLE kicked off the 2020 event season with its first Salon where we held the ultimate meet-and-greet soirée: speed networking on "Palentine's Day...

Froth and Finesse

The longest-running piece of musical theater of all time, Die Fledermaus captures an era, and (perhaps) the way Austrians like to see themselves.

HERSTORY – Metropole x Women of Vienna

In this series, METROPOLE partners up with the Women of Vienna network to bridge communities and celebrate diversity, introducing some of their incredible members and bringing you a slice of Herstory.

The City and Land of Music

Vienna made music ... and music made Vienna. As told by “Metropole” writers – a libretto for life in the Austrian capital. With an overture by our Editor in Chief Dardis McNamee.

Give Your Friend a Key to the City

Give your friends and loved ones a METROPOLE subscription and we will let them know about their gift with a postcard sent straight to their mailbox.

Fall 2019 | City Planning Masterpiece

The issue City Planning Masterpiece uncovers “the secrects of a city that works” and what Viennese architects, politicians and urban planners do to make this city smart.

Central European University (CEU) – U.S. Degree in Vienna

Austria's newest premier university, Central European University (CEU) is already an integral part of Vienna's academic community, settling in nicely ...

Winter 2019 | Music

In our winter issue, we listen into the groove that makes this city move – Vienna, capital of music through the ages. Flip through the digit...

Special Event: A Livable City

The METROPOLE Community was to our Special Event A Livable City on October 3 to celebrate both the publication of METROPOLE's latest issue, Livable Ci...

Nine Tips for Buying Property in Vienna

Buying real estate can be a daunting task – especially if you’ve just relocated from another country. Not only is it a major financial commitment, it will affect your and your family’s quality of life for years to come.

Salon: A Livable Wonderland

On October 3, 2019, METROPOLE held a salon in celebration of the publication of our Fall Edition City Planning Masterpiece. This issue showcases the c...

Digital Marketing ⎜Watch Your Business Grow

Is your business struggling to grow its website traffic, outreach or social media audience? A new digital marketing agency provides a holistic approach.

Feldenkrais | Stay in Good Health, Learn Something New

Vienna is home to one of the biggest Feldenkrais spaces in Europe, with a dedicated multilingual team working under the guidance of Educational Director Donna Ray from California.

Fall 2019 | City Planning Masterpiece

The issue City Planning Masterpiece uncovers “the secrects of a city that works” and what Viennese architects, politicians and urban planners do to m...

Salon: Games, Gaming and Gambling

The June edition of METROPOLE Salons revolved around Vienna's history of games and its contemporary culture of gaming and gambling. Metropolitans, wri...