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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 ...

Measuring Corona Happiness | Money Isn’t Everything – But It Helps

Viennese waiters are legendary for their grumpiness, but studies show Austrians to be among the world’s happiest people. Can anyone believe the numbers?

Viennese Tourism is Fighting for Survival

Organizations and hotel businesses are vowing to save the city’s summer tourism with advertising campaigns directed at locals and guests from neighboring states.

Christo in Vienna

A chance encounter with Christo and Jeanne Claude, the artists who once planned to wrap up one of Vienna’s Flakturm in a giant gauze.

The End of the City Bikes?

The all-purpose workhorses of the inner city are the last remaining rental bikes in public spaces. But they could disappear soon, says sponsor Gewista. The reason is a dispute over financing.

Ending the Pandemic with Mass Testing

Austria under lockdown has done well controlling the spread of COVID -19. But the only way to return to normal is to track the cases and be able to control further spread.

Solar Roofs for All New Buildings in Vienna & a Turbocharged Climate Budget

A new city planning law stipulates that all new residential buildings in Vienna have to be built with solar collectors on the roof. Meanwhile, the federal government almost doubled funds for climate initiatives.

Help on the Way | A Vaccine for COVID-19

With an unprecedented world research effort, hopes are high for effective defense. With a global vaccination program, it may even be possible to eradicate this disease.

Home is where the Herz is

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

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...

Pro & Con | Winter 2019

The Still of the Nightby Dardis McNameeSome come to Vienna wishing it were Rome or Madrid, bistro nights in Trestevere, or partying on t...

How to … Go to a Ball

By Claudia Paccosi and Dardis McNameeDecember skies weigh heavily in Vienna, relentless reminders of the months of gloom ahead. So, as autumn dul...

Angels in Sailor Suits

From imperial beginnings to a global audience, the world’s most famous boys’ choir is embracing diversity while maintaining its 500-year-old tradition.

Wien Modern III | Anything That Moves

I guess human beings will always pay attention to anything that moves. Or makes noise. In fact, I paid attention to people doing both for more than an...

Swarovski | Salt, Silver & Crystal

He lies there in silence, motion-, and emotionless. Eyes wide open, staring into the distance while a seemingly endless stream of silvery wa...

Millennials – A disrupted and disillusioned generation

Deloitte Global's eighth annual Millennial Survey found that, in the face of continuous technological and societal disruption, millennials and Gen Zs ...

Profile | Friedrich Schipper

“In war, culture is anything but irrelevant. Destroying someone’s cultural identity is just as painful as any physical wound.”Friedrich Schipper o...

Anna Karnitscher | Profiles

“Coffee culture is booming. Which also means that these days, we even have to compete with the fancy espresso machines people have at home.”Café W...

Profile | Danielle Spera

“If we read people’s memoirs of the buildings important Jews lived in, a lot of them do not exist anymore. We are trying to tell the stories of what h...

Inherit Your Future

INHERIT propels more sustainable lifestyles in Europe Confronted with unprecedented climate changes around the world—from sudden heatwaves to unexpe...

Profile | Sabine Haag

“Both the museum and UNESCO are peace missions: to stimulate discussion and bring people together towards a better understanding of the human conditio...

Culture Books | November

To Vienna, with Love In Kevin Wignall’s new thriller, Vienna takes the spotlight and steals the showWith a name like To Die in Vienna, Kevin ...

Culture Screen | November

Danse Macabre Visually spectacular, Luca Guadagnino’s reinterpretation of Suspiria is flawed but atmosphericThe threshold to womanhood might not ...

Brunnenmarkt | United We Eat

While Vienna’s inner districts will never lose their allure, Brunnenmarkt and its vibrant surroundings can offer an edgier alternative, providing a compelling and stimulating model of integration.

Culture Music | November

Mesmeric Metamusic Composer Olga Neuwirth creates magnificent soundscapes from apparent chaosFollowing one modernist paradigm in the fine arts ...

Metropole’s Top 5 Picks for Vienna Art Week 2018

As the annual Vienna Art Week rolls in again, the city fills to the brim with artists, with hundreds from around the world dropping by to open an exhi...

A Flatlander’s Lament

What is it like to have fear of heights in a mountainous country? Austrians have absolutely no understanding for this. So how to get over it? By sucki...

Kurz and Austria Rising

The Austrian chancellor as a mixture of Hitler and Mozart on the cover of Newsweek. Please relax! Leni Riefenstahl, the director and scriptwriter of...

Op-Ed | The Brexit Endgame

The outcome may indicate how the dialectic between supranationalism and nationalism will play out in much of the rest of the world. The United Kingdo...

Get the Hang of Wiener Schmäh

Schmäh may not be the first thing you notice when you arrive in Vienna. But it comes up soon enough In school, for example: My children were astonish...

Profiles | Gebrüder Moped

“Wiener Schmäh is maudlin, weepy, self-pitying, but also nostalgic, wistful, gemütlich and comforting.”If you really want to know what Wiener Schm...

Opinion | Déjà vu All Over Again

With the Neue Mittelschule, reformers tried one-size-fits-all – with dismal results. Education Minister Heinz Faßmann’s pragmatic approach deserves a ...

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...

Viennese Humor | Tour de Schmäh

Forget Sissi, Schönbrunn and Apfelstrudel: According to the Viennese, their humor is the city’s most remarkable accomplishment.

10 Films you shouldn’t miss at the Viennale 2018

METROPOLE’s Top 10 Films at the Viennale!It's that time of the year again: Today, the Viennale kicks off, Austria's premier film festival! Featuri...

F for Film

The 56th Viennale promises a more international direction under its first female headIn 1991, Philippe Petit, infamous for tightrope walking betwe...

Vienna’s Police Live-Tweet a Weekend’s Work

Have you ever wondered what Vienna's police officers are up to all day (and night) long? Well, you're in luck! On the weekend of September 29-30, the ...

After Sexual Harassment on Facebook l Controversal Verdict in Sigrid Maurer Trial

On October 9, an Austrian judge hands down a controversial verdict. A young woman, called Sigrid Maurer, has to pay €4,000 to Albert Lastufka, the own...

Business | Buy me a Forest

It’s not easy to buy woodlands in Austria. You need passion, roots in the local area and many millionsCord Prinzhorn, the chief executive officer ...

Travel | Living History

A stately gem in Lower Burgenland, Bernstein castle offers respite from modern living History has a way of drawing you in. Lords and ladies, knights ...

Grätzl | Working-Class Playground

On a late summer afternoon, a man pushes a cooler across the dirt paths around the Wienerberg pond, selling cold beer for €2 a can to visitors of this...

Risk & Reward

After 1989, Austrian companies were among the first to invest in Europe’s “Wild East.” But in assessing political risk, they have to up their game. T...

From Slaughterhouse to Lighthouse

Biomedical research in Vienna is revealing the secrets of life, as two research institutes make breakthroughs in cancer treatment. The announcement c...

Buy me a Forest

It’s not easy to buy woodlands in Austria. You need passion, roots in the local area and many millions. Cord Prinzhorn, the chief executive officer o...

Expat’s Voice | The (Other) Sound of Music

Austrians like to show off their serious appreciation of classical music. But if you want them to erupt into joyful singing, you’ve got to play them s...

Expat’s Voice | The Future is Female

Three women now head the parties of the opposition. A small revolution for AustriaSometimes reality overtakes prophecy. Christian Kern was quicker...

Opinion | Women’s Rights Sell-Out

The Austrian government has cut essential funding for feminist organizations and initiatives – a move that says a lot about its image of womenThis...

Profiles | Karin Fleck

Founder, Vienna Textile Lab“If synthetic dyes originate from crude oil, does it make sense to be using them for a 5-euro T-shirt you throw out aft...

Profiles | Toni Steinmetz

Regional Secretary, PRO-GE Vienna“Some say, ‘Live and let live.’ I can only live well if I can allow others to live well and be able to look after...

Profiles | Helene Wagner

Deputy Head of Special Exhibitions, Vienna Technical Museum“Our goal isn’t to say to our visitors, ‘OK, here’s the future, take it or leave it.’ W...

Profiles | Thomas Gratzer

Executive Director, Production & Technology for Manner Schnitten “Vertical production is an essential component of urban production. Our factory...

How to… Visit a Factory in Vienna

See how Augarten porcelain is crafted, learn how to make chocolate pralines, and sample Schlumberger Sekt right at the source Walking through the Ott...

Diplomacy | Out of Poverty

UNIDO sees regearing industrial development in public/private partnerships as a key to world peace The United Nations Industrial Development Organiza...

Vienna Legal | Incorporating in Austria

Austrian law offers a number of options for establishing a business here. The legislative jungle can be quite confusing, so here’s a brief overview A...

Cover Story | Hidden Giants

Austria may sometimes appear frozen in time. But below the surface, its people power one of the most vibrant globalized economies in the world Skis, ...

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...

Re-Imagining Galicia

The mythic region at the edge of the Empire was once the cultural heart of Eastern Europe. Today, it is the engine of change pulling Ukraine to the We...

10 Things We Love Right Now

Here are ten of our favourite products to guide your next shopping spree. ORAL B GENIUS 9000This ingenious toothbrush uses facial recognition tec...

This Month’s Weird News

Check out this month's odd and outrageous news stories! Used Kitchen Ad Comes with Mysogonist Quip. Viennese humor can easily be lost on non-German ...

Vienna on Top of the World

Vienna is the most liveable city in the world! The Austrian capital tops the global EIU survey, taking the crown from seven-year champion Melbourne. ...

A Tale of Two Sisters

Follow big and little sister on a break-in! The destination: Artist Hannes Mlenik’s Arch in the Vienna Prater Ateliers. Once inside, the sisters con...

Do You Speak Kätzisch? | Chatting with a Cat Coach

“Many people treat their cats like babies in fur costumes. But they are not replacements for children; they have their own special needs.”It is ...

Austrian Government Plans to Introduce 12-hour Workday

“Welcome to a new world of work.” A 3-minute animated video with this feel-good title was published on June 18 by the Austrian Economic Chambers (WKO)...

Putin & the Wolf | An Interview with the Kreml Boss

Ahead of his state visit to Austria on June 5, the first since his reelection, Russian President Vladimir Putin gave ORF news anchorman Armin Wolf an ...

A League of Their Own | Baseball in Vienna

Vienna’s baseball teams aim for the bleachersIf you happen to be near the Lusthaus, at the southern end of the Prater Hauptallee on a sunny Satu...

This Cruise Captain Has Traversed the Danube Over 500 Times

An interview with Jan de Bruijn, Captain, AMA Waterways“When I was first sailing on the Danube, the rules were not necessarily followed. Maybe it ...

Expat’s Voice: Hipster Politics and the Reds Up in Arms

Why Vienna's city government has completely reorganized itself and what it has to do with the FPÖ, expats and international managersIt is an int...

Expat’s Voice | To Your Health!

For newcomers, Austrians can take some getting used to. But if you’re planning to get sick, Austria is the place to be.Let’s be honest; if you’r...