Margaret Childs

Margaret (Maggie) Childs is the CEO and Publisher of METROPOLE. Originally from New York, Vienna has been her home since high school. She is known for non-stop enthusiasm, talking too fast, inhaling coffee and being a board member of AustrianStartups, where she helps entrepreneurs internationalize. Follow her on Instagram @maggie_childs and twitter @mtmchilds.

Star Designer Thomas Kirchgrabner Spills the Secrets of His and Lena Hoschek’s Success

The head of Lena Hoschek’s couture atelier, designer Thomas Kirchgrabner describes demanding clientele, recounts his rise in Austria’s fashion scene and how he met his boss.
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Rediscovering the Village

Who’s to say what would have happened had Austria’s government not taken swift action in March and isolated the country? As the world grapples with a...

How the Coronavirus Will Affect Your Business in Austria

Over the mid-March weekend, the Austrian government put together a €4 billion relief package for companies and the self-employed, who have suffered massive losses due to the coronavirus.

Why Austrians Struggle so Much with Self-Isolation

Self-isolation goes against Austrian culture. Viennese society is built around interaction, which is a big part of what has won the city best Quality of Life for 10 years running.

Meet Gerhard Hirczi, Vienna’s Head Hunter

No stranger to challenges, the general manager of the Vienna Business Agency, Gerhard Hirczi is placing the city’s assets front and center.

Let the Great Minds of Vienna Stay Humble

Our publisher Margaret Childs introduces our spring issue, which is all about research, development, innovation and science – we present the Minds of Vienna.

Should the Viennese Really Take that Much Pride in Being Unfriendly?

No one can say Vienna is a sore loser. After Austrian media picked up the Expat Insider study’s City Index ranking Vienna the second least friendly city for expats, the “news” spread like wildfire.

Publisher’s Letter | We’ve Heard It All Before

I have one very vivid memory. I was a teenager traveling with some friends on the coast of Italy. We were in a dumpy motorboat, puttering along with a boombox.

Emission-Free to Alpbach

Living in Austria, you learn that Alpine vistas can be gorgeous from the train, but due to all the tunnels, sometimes it can also mean you miss some o...

For Love of the Game

At a gaming café outside Vienna, Monika Racek, the CEO of the Admiral Casinos and Entertainment AG talks addiction, legislation and why old ladies pla...

Publisher’s Letter | A Lucky Hand

I’ve lived in Vienna long enough to know when a situation will allow a certain, shall we say, bending of the rules. The famous solution titled “des kr...

Publisher’s Letter | This Is How We Do It

Imitation. It’s the secret to winning over any group you want to be part of. I know. I speak from experience. As a restless 14-year-old, my mother inf...

Publisher’s Letter | Schmäh Eats Sarcasm for Breakfast

Some people say that when you begin dreaming in a foreign language you have mastered it. That may be, but I say, it’s when you begin telling jokes tha...

Publisher’s Letter | The Best Kept Secrets

We live in one of the most globalized countries in the world, the fourth richest country in the EU and one of the top funders of research and developm...

The Art We Live In

 Often appreciation is just a question of perspective. As a high school student in Vienna, I spent warm afternoons riding my bike down th...

Wolf Prix | The Deconstructed Architect

We spoke to Wolf Prix, one of the founders of the Deconstructivist movement. At Coop Himmelb(l)au, Wolf Prix’s 5th district Architecture studio, the ...

Publisher’s Letter | Puppy Love and the Cat’s Meow

At 14, I joined the ranks of the Viennese pet-owning public when – for a brief stint of six weeks – I adopted an adorable short-haired black and white...

Sohyi Kim | When Kim Isn’t Cooking

Vienna’s legendary chef Sohyi Kim about learning on the job, never being satisfied and why she can’t stand salmon.When guests go to Sohyi Kim’s ...

What Moves Us | April 2018

I remember the first time I sat in an electric car. It was at a sustainability event in Grafenegg. Tesla had used a lotus chassis for ...

Heinz Fischer and his Post-Presidential Life

For Heinz Fischer, loving his country means caring about peacekeeping, education and reviving the lessons of history.Not many people know wher...

Are we Losing Hope in Democracy?

In theory, it’s a great idea. We all join in and decide who we’d like to govern us. We get the leadership we ask for. But recent elect...

Opinion | Are you Voting on Sunday? I won’t be.

I won’t be voting in the Austrian election. In fact, I never have.A few months ago, a media colleague asked if I had thought of entering politics. ...

Penne à la Vodka at Treubleiben Wien

A Persian New Yorker transplants Brooklyn grub to Kirchengasse   At Treubleiben, one of the more recent additions to the Kirchengasse gastro-strip, K...

Editor’s Letter | Romancing the City | June 2017

As the Beatles said, when cynicism and sarcasm don’t get the better of us, that warm, gooey emotion – Love with a capital L – can really be all we nee...

A Drink with Julian Wiehl, Editor-in-Chief of Vangardist Magazine

Julian Wiehl is the mind behind Vienna’s “progressive men’s magazine”, Vangardist, showcasing the savoir vivre of the gay communityIn 2015, Va...

On the Canal | Waterfront Dining, Where 1010 Meets 1020

Every year the Danube Canal promenade gets a little more sexy, with laid-back bars, delicious street-food-style eateries and the urban attitude to mat...

Sport | A Beginner’s Guide to Whitewater Rafting on the Salza River

Rafting in the Mostviertel may be a thrill, but to Rudi Scheiblechner, it’s business as usualBraving the elements armed only with a paddle, ev...

How Hermann Hauser Gets Lucky in Deep Tech

We spoke to the Austrian-born serial entrepreneur and venture capitalist Hermann Hauser about betting on the market, reading a team and digging into...

Cancer Specialist Dr. Christoph Zielinski on Viennese Health Care

Vienna’s most prominent cancer specialist, Christoph Zielinski, on precision medicine, unhappy doctors, and why social equality is the key to succes...

Editor’s Letter | April 2017

What’s in a NameI’m terrible at Siezen. That fine art of gauging when to address someone formally with “Sie” and when to cross the threshold...

Pures Leben Chalets in South Styria | Country Life for Beginners

An out-of-town house experience with all the comforts of modern living.I’ll be the first to admit it. City kids always look a little out of place ...

Vienna’s Old University Quarter

A tradition of temptationIn medieval Vienna, the hilly streets of the northeast quarter – encompassed by Rotenturmstraße, Fleischmarkt, Stubenri...

Editor’s Letter | March 2017

A Penny for your DreamsEver heard the quote “Find a job that you love and you’ll never work a day of your life”? It’s Confucius. And in this...

Editor’s Letter | February 2017

You won’t read about it in the tourist brochures. They don’t allocate any of the marketing budget to it. But still, the visitors know. And the loc...

Oliver Rathkolb | The Historian and the Intelligence Paradox

We met with Cold War expert Oliver Rathkolb to talk about the city’s spy-filled past and how it’s impossible to keep a secret in ViennaIt’s ha...

The Claws of Attraction – Crazy Lobster

High-end meets low-key at the new downtown eatery Crazy Lobster, offering more versions of the crustaceans than Vienna has ever seenIn all hones...

Norbert Kettner | Ambassador to Vienna’s Vacationists

The general manager of the Vienna Tourist Board, Norbert Kettner, shared his plans for “reputation management” and coined our new favorite phrase: L...

Editor’s Letter | December 2016/January 2017

We’re so fancyCan you even define luxury? Is it the freedom to enjoy the finer things in life? Does luxury only mean money? Or is true luxur...

A Weekend in the Waters – The Styria Spa Region

As cold weather takes over, the thermal baths of Styria’s Spa Region beckon for weekends of peace and warmthVienna is often called a “Dorf” (a v...

Editor’s Letter | November 2016

Naked and ScreamingIt was way too soon. When the phone call came from a close friend that his son was about to be born, I didn’t know what t...

Herrmann Nitsch | Life Lessons from an Anarchist

The controversial performance artist Hermann Nitsch invited us to visit in Prinzendorf to discuss art, nature, death and wine“In art you don’t h...

Leading the Crazy Ones

The creative industries need to be ever-fresh. Michael Conrad of the Berlin School of Creative Leadership talks about what it takes to create like a b...

Forever Learning

Life lessonsOne of my earliest memories is something my father said. I was having a tantrum after a fight with a classmate. “She’s just stup...

Buse Özgöde | AIESEC’s Do-Gooder

Vice President of the Austrian National Board at AIESEC, Buse Özgöde tells us how international education changed her perspective – and the directio...

Is Vienna Smart?

Define smartIt’s hard to grumble in Vienna. Public transportation runs on time, a woman can safely walk home at night, the cycling paths make se...

Champagne and Ponies

Spectators visit the Austrian Polo Open to witness the breakneck game and get a glimpse of the fanciful hats that make up the sport’s international st...

Greentech Guru & First Lady

We met Eveline Steinberger-Kern, former executive at Verbund and Siemens, now founder of a green energy investment company – oh, and wife of the Aus...

Be My Guest: It’s All About the Meat, Baby

The creators of It’s All About the Meat, Baby share their plans for the future of Vienna burgers and how to make the best oneResurrected from th...

On Sale: Poetry in Motion

Two expat dancers, Stephanie Cumming and Katarina Meves warm up for Impulstanz in the Painting 2.0 exhibit at MumokPhotos: Markus Thums Styling...

Editor’s Letter – Jul/Aug

Enter, stage leftThe Irish dramatist Seán O’Casey once said, “All the world’s a stage and most of us are desperately unrehearsed.” As an exp...

Sharon Booth | Dancer, Reloaded

We met Sharon Booth, an inpirational Canadian-born, Juilliard-educated dancer who found her way to Vienna, now teaching contemporary dance at the Staa...

Editor’s Letter – June

It looks easy, being greenIt was less a big lifestyle change,  more a series of little tweaks. When my family moved from the U.S.  to Austri...

Stephan Sicars | An Aficionado with a Cause

We met Stephan Sicars, Director of the Environmental Branch of UNIDO, at Café Wortner, an old-school coffee house on a cobblestone corner of the 4th d...

On the Menu: Basking at Buxbaum

Dine at your country house in the middle of the 1st districtAll great cities have secrets. In Vienna, time and curiosity may reveal a hidden cou...

Patrick Lamb | Funny Man & Virtual Virgin

We met British comedian Patrick Lamb at vrei, a virtual reality lounge in the 7th to talk about comedy, the Viennese and his hood in Hernals“Nop...

Editor’s Letter – May

We were fighting an uphill battle. No one was being paid and there was a constant state of upbeat panic. When we founded Metropole, it seemed like the...

On Sale: Kid’s Fashion – Small but Sophisticated

Where cosmopolitan kids can get the garb they need to shine no matter where life takes themBesides being multilingual and quick to adapt, intern...