Catherine M. Hooker

Catherine M. Hooker was Head of Communications at Metropole from 2015 to 2018. She holds a MA in international relations and also contributes photography to Metropole. Photo: 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 licensed Gustl, a six-month old gold...

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 #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 week I 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...

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...

Between the Years

From “Fa la la la la” to “Auld Lang Syne”: a user’s manual for surviving the holidays. Hosting the holidays is Vienna’s strong suit. But for locals, ...

Fairytale Winter Ferry on the Wolfgangsee

During the holiday season, the Wolfgangsee turns into a paradise for lovers of all things Advent. With the Christmas season starting earlier each...

Grave Misconception – How Vienna Lost Mozart

Mozart's Final Resting Place The 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 turf If there is a day that sums up autumn in Vienna, the Wi...

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...

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...