Catherine M. Hooker

Catherine M. Hooker is the head of Communications at METROPOLE. She keeps us honest and in line, creates promotion materials and is our connection to our cooperation partners. She holds a MA in International Relations and also contributes photography to METROPOLE. hooker@metropole.atPhoto: Visual Hub

How to Keep a Dog in Vienna

Man’s best friend lives the good life in our city. It’s your job to get him trained, vaccinated and properly licensedGustl, a six-month old gold...

How to Get an Austrian Driver’s 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 ...

Quiz | Still Don’t Know Which Ball to go to?

Ball season is in full swing, and sometimes the overwhelming number of them makes it hard to choose just one. We've picked 8 that might pique your int...

Thing #303 I’m grateful for | Bleigiessen

Whether you read horoscopes, have your fortune told, or simply fantasize about the year to come, the thrill of seeing into the future has been inheren...

Thing #216 I’m Grateful For | Christmas Markets

Today, the vast majority of Vienna’s Weihnachtsmärkte (Christmas Markets) open, heralding a season of open-air merrymaking Good for gift shopping or ...

Thing #89 I’m Grateful For | The Hottest Seat on the Old Tram

It’s getting colder, and sometimes, the cold just won’t get out of my feet and hands when I’m walking around the city – no matter what I do.So m...

Thing #198 I’m Grateful For | The Perfectly Timed U-Bahn

Vienna’s public transportation is fantastic. From the annual pass that gets you around town for €1 a day to the frequent intervals, it’s pretty much u...

Thing #154 I’m Grateful for | Austrian Holidays

Yesterday was Nationalfeiertag (the national holiday), the 62nd anniversary of the second republic, commemorating the day Austria was reestablished by...

Thing #265 I’m Grateful for | Viennese Tap Water

Ever since our ‘Good Life’ Issue, Katya Hooker finds something new to be grateful for in this city every weekI only notice how much I appreciate...

Trash Can Confessionals: MA48 and its Myriad of Puns

A bright orange fixture of the cityscape, the MA48 is Vienna’s loud and proud department of sanitation. Their numerous trashcans around the city are...

Opinion | “Steigen Sie aus?”

Maybe it was the heat, maybe it was the crowd … but every time the U-Bahn rolled into the station, there it was“Steigen Sie aus?” (“Are you gett...

Planet Terroir | Tour de Vin | Lower Austria’s Open House for Wine

Classy and exclusive, the Tour de Vin lets you peek behind the scenes at Lower Austria’s finest vineyards.By Catherine Hooker and Leopold Winkle...

ImPulsTanz First, Katy Perry Second!

When Katy Perry released her newest album, "Chained to the Rhythm" on February 10th, and Joachim Kapuy, publicist for the annual summer dance festival...

Austria Second

When Trump gave his nationalistic speech on Inauguration Day, the Dutch, ever the pragmatists, thought, "Hey- if you have got to be first, can we be s...

On The Vine | Where to buy Wine Accessories in Vienna

These three shops in Vienna offer excellent wine accessories By Catherine Hooker & Leopold WinklerEven if it’s not included in the Merc...

Fairytale Winter Ferry on the Wolfgangsee

During the holiday season, the Wolfgangsee turns into a paradise for lovers of all things AdventWith the Christmas season starting earlier e...

Grave Misconception – How Vienna Lost Mozart

Mozart's Final Resting PlaceThe myth that a destitute Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was buried and abandoned in an unmarked mass grave persists to thi...

Opinion | The Ugly Truth

If you’ve been following the American election, this has been a very tumultuous month for women. The release of a ten-year-old tape showing Donald Tru...

Buy it! Christoph Waltz Says So

Oh Christoph Waltz, making Austria so proud. His bemused grin makes us love him even more, even when we know he's taking the piss, we kind of want to...

Take a Walk on the Wine Side

The Wiener Weinwandertag makes it easy to get to know Vienna’s vintners on their own turfIf there is a day that sums up autumn in Vienna, the Wi...

OMG! I’m Such a Wiener!

Those moments when you realize you’ve become VienneseBeing designated “Viennese” is a title that must be earned by anyone who is not a native he...

Schottenviertel | From Friars to Freedom Fighters

In mid-autumn, it is already dark by 19:00 in Vienna. Crossing the Ring at Schottentor, the street glistens under the glow of the streetlamps in the l...

In With The Old | Antique Shopping in Vienna

A new take on trash reduction, the 48er Tandler (The 48’s Scrap Dealer) is the latest innovation of Vienna’s beloved bright orange-clad MA 48 (Magis...

How to be Legally Viennese

Making your stay as a non-EU citizen to Vienna long-term is a big step, with plenty of paperwork attached. But if you plan ahead, you‘ll have your tic...
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