Home Is Where the сърце Is

Understanding Vienna means understanding all the cultures that make up this diverse city. Vienna is home to people from over 180 nations. Metropole gives them a voice.

Every month we will focus on each community in a stand-along print publication accompanied by videos, online articles, social media takeovers and fun-filled events with delicious food.

Here are the 10 communities:

Bulgarian Community

How Wittgenstein Became Bulgarian

Vienna’s Wittgenstein house has become a focal point of Bulgarian culture and arts – and much more.

Meet Nadia Varadinova, Purveyor of Delicacies

Now in her 60s, the native Bulgarian had spent most of her life in Sofia, until unimaginable circumstances brought her to Vienna to transform the lives of others.

Meet Milena Georgieva, Bulgarian Artist & DJ

"How would a landscape with dinosaurs sound?"

Meet Lubomir Vassilev, Entrepreneur, Inventor & Change Maker

“Nothing is impossible for those you love”

Ilija Trojanow – Writing Multilingually in One Vernacular

Language is our wealth, our tradition – and a tool to understand the world.

Meet Bojidar Kassabov, a Robotic Surgeon in Vienna

For Bojidar Kassabov, everything began in October 1999. An agreement between Austrian and Bulgarian universities gave him the chance to study medicine in Vienna.

A Country of Networkers

Community Lead Pavel Naydenov introduces Vienna's Bulgarian community, the focus of this month's Home Is Where the Herz Is issue.

6 Best Places to Visit in Bulgaria

Bulgaria is home to legends and myths, stories of centuries past, monuments of battles lost and won which all shape the landscape.

Bulgarian Spots in Vienna

But if you plan to cook Bulgarian dishes at home, you will definitely need a good Bulgarian shop to buy some typical products: On Pilgramgasse you will find a Bulgarian shop.

Bulgarian Cuisine ― 3 Must-Try Recipes

They say geography is destiny – the defining coastlines of cultures and languages. But when you get right down to it, what really matters is the food!

Law, Folklore, and Music – the Many Faces of Nina Wasilewa-Zanechev

Moving to a new country brings many challenges. Here’s how community advice and music help Bulgarians settle in.

Meet Petar Naydenov, Bulgarian Opera Basso

It was for a place in the company of the Wiener Volksoper that Petar Naydenov came to Vienna from a theatre in Bavaria eight years ago.

Ivan Krastev – Stretched Between Two Worlds

When national governments closed borders and asked people to stay put at the beginning of 2020, Ivan Krastev and his family decided to go back to Bulgaria.

Meet Miglena Hofer & Severina Ditzov, the Founders of Austria for Beginners...

The two friends decided to join forces. And in 2016, they set up the non-profit organization Austria for Beginners.

Being Bulgarian in Vienna

For those moving west from Bulgaria, Vienna has become a favorite destination - a "Bulgarian village" in its own right.

Meet Borjana Ventzislavova, Bulgarian Artist Who Spinning on Wheels Around

Raised bilingually in Sofia, and re-established in Vienna, artist Borjana Ventzislavova is a woman of many worlds.

Bulgaria and Austria – a Story of Myths & Markets, Sanctuary & Secret ...

The affair between Bulgaria and Austria can be described in many ways. And Vienna is almost always at its center.

From Christo and Canetti to the Crypto Queen, Bulgarians Get Our Attention

Here is a list of notable Bulgarians that you may have heard of.

Social media & community blogs

Blogs from the German Community

Metropole’s Herz Bulgarian Edition lead Paval Naydenov’s bio at the University of Applied Arts Vienna.


Romanian Community 2020

Hungarian Community 2020

Polish Community 2020

Serbian community 2021

German Community 2021

Made possible by:

Vienna Business Agency

Project Partners:

Österreichischer Integrations Fonds

The Austrian Integration Fund (ÖIF) provides help with daily online German courses at several language levels and the free learning and teaching offer at www.sprachportal.at. They can help with independent and location-independent study options, practice possibilities and checking your German language skills, with exam preparation or help catching up on missed content.

Austrian Business Agency