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3 Ways to Swear Like a Real Wiener

Entire books have been written about the ingenious ways the Viennese swear, rant, yammer and nag. And we know how to help you get acquainted with the high art of Viennese swearing.

The Burgtheater’s (im)Perfect Crib

Real time surtitles in German and English now make it possible for non-German speakers and the hard of hearing to enjoy Vienna’s greatest stage. But maybe you don’t need them.

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Empress Elisabeth “Sissi” of Austria

Better known by her nickname “Sissi,” she has captured the hearts of the public ever since she was immortalized by actress Romy Schneider in a trilogy of 1950s romantic comedies.

“Mein Fall” | Austrian Writer Tells of Sexual Abuse

As a choirboy at the Zwettl Monastery in the 1960s, novelist Josef Haslinger was regularly assaulted by his superiors. Now he wrote about it.

16 Viennese Idioms That Make No Sense Whatsoever

The Viennese sometimes have their own special way of using the German language, especially when they lapse into dialect. It is often a mixture of gleeful malice, eloquence, flattery and charm.

Klimt Portrait Passes the Test

The famed Austrian painter’s recently recovered “Portrait of a Woman” is confirmed as the one stolen from an Italian museum over two decades ago.

Opel | Motor Stalled

The Opel factory on the edge of Vienna has been fading for years. It now looks like the end is in sight for the remaining employees.

OSCE | Talking About Terror

Turkey’s Deputy Foreign Minister takes his turn chairing the OSCE Forum for Security Cooperation in Vienna. But Ankara’s role in the Middle-East and questionable human rights at home may not make his job easier.

5G Comes to Austria

In a “game-changing” advance, all major Austrian telecom companies have launched the next generation of telecommunications network – 5G.

Kinodämmerung Bellaria | Twilight of the Movie Houses

Vienna’s temple of movie nostalgia, the legendary Bellaria cinema, has gone dark. Energetic rescue attempts are going on behind the screen, but a happy end is not yet in sight.

Myth, Mystery & Murder in Babylon Berlin

Available in over 100 countries, Babylon Berlin has already reached millions of people and is one of Sky’s most popular shows of all time.

Dr. Alma Zadić | From Refugee to Minister

Dr. Alma Zadić, a Bosnian-born lawyer who came to Austria as a 10-year-old when her family fled from the war-torn Balkans in the 1990s, has been named justice minister.

Finding Beethoven Part I | 4 Ways to Start the Anniversary Year

Beethoven was a “Wahlwiener,” a Viennese by choice. During this 250th anniversary year of his birth, his adopted city has pulled out all the stops on this great organ of musical life, to bring him alive in sounds­­­­, sights and special events.

Telenovela Subtitles for Government Ceremony

Politics sometimes resembles a soap opera. But this gaffe by the ORF takes the comparison to a new level. The results are frighteningly fitting satiric images.

Tailored for Expats, This Is Banking Reimagined

The online bank bunq lets you open an account within minutes, no matter where you’re from or how long you’ve been in Austria. The self-proclaimed “Bank of the Free” is entirely independent and committed to making this process as easy as can be – no branch visits, long lines or paperwork required.

International Press Institute | Mission to Hungary

Media freedom is under great pressure in Hungary where, since 2010, the government has systematically dismantled journalistic freedom and media pluraIism, achieving a degree of control unprecedented in an EU member state.

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.

HERSTORY – Metropole x Women of Vienna

In this series, METROPOLE partners up with the Women of Vienna network to bridge communities and celebrate diversity, introducing some of their incredible members and bringing you a slice of Herstory.

Strache Loyalists Found New Party

Three FPÖ members of the Viennese municipal council announced today that they’d form a new political club – The Alliance for Austria (DAÖ). Former FPÖ chief H.C. Strache is expected to head the new party in due time.

New Nightjets for the ÖBB

New nightjets for the ÖBB | A new generation of sleeper trains promise futuristic comfort to train travelers all over Austria.

To Stop Human Trafficking, Follow the Money

A new OSCE study traces the common business models used by criminal bands with a guide for tracking – and interrupting – the flow of profits.  

The Ephrussis Are Back in Vienna

Once one of Europe and Vienna’s most famous Jewish families, expropriated and expelled by Nazi terror – the Ephrussis – are back in Vienna with a new grand exhibition.

Give Your Friend a Key to the City

Give your friends and loved ones a METROPOLE subscription and we will let them know about their gift with a postcard sent straight to their mailbox.

ÖBB Launched Night Train Service to Brussels, Starting at €29

The new night train connection from Vienna to Brussels will be launched on January 19, 2020. And the ÖBB are already working on more nocturnal rail connections.

Central European University (CEU) – U.S. Degree in Vienna

Austria's newest premier university, Central European University (CEU) is already an integral part of Vienna's academic community, settling in nicely ...

Education Minister Bans “Original Play”

At this club, adults play with children in kindergartens and schools on mats on the floor. Experts see this as an invitation for pedophiles and child abuse.

Outrage Over Contracts at Lauda(motion)

Under a new contract, future flight attendants face salaries below the minimum wage, loss of job protections, and uniforms at their own expense. The union calls these terms “unacceptable”

Book Review | Boris – Agent of Chaos

A recent contribution published in the magazine "Private Eye" in August 2019, featured a minor American science fiction novel from 1967. The hero: a bumbling incompetent attempting to stave off a dystopian galactic disaster, named Boris Johnson.

The World’s Most Livable Vacation

Japan is not only home to countless cultural treasures, it has also figured out the secret to an excellent quality of life for both its citizens and millions of visitors from all over the world. It's time to pay this fascinating place a visit, and All Nippon Airways is making it easier than ever.

Metropole’s 10 Films You Shouldn’t Miss at the Viennale 2019

Drawing over 93,000 cinephiles over two weeks, the Viennale remains Austria’s premier film festival with over 300 features, documentaries and shorts.

Philippa Strache – in or out of Parliament? In, she says.

The far-right Freedom Party decides not to give Philippa Strache a seat in parliament (though they may not have a choice), while husband H.C. appears to be floating the idea of founding his own party

Class Act | Parasite Hits Theaters

Update: At the Academy Awards 2020 "Parasite" got the Oscars for Best Picture, Directing, International Film Feature Film and Writing. Enjoy our revie...

Scientists Offer Advice on Climate Change

We spoke with climate researcher Mathias Kirchner about Austria’s forthcoming Energy and Climate Plan, scientists’ efforts to help politicians, and why systemic reform is barely on the horizon.

The Fall of Heinz-Christian Strache

The long-time FPÖ leader – recently disgraced by the Ibiza video and a scandal over his expense account –announced yesterday that he is putting his party membership on hold, calling for party unity.

What Coalition Now for King Kurz?

A coalition between Conservatives and Greens seems currently like the most feasible option. Will ÖVP chief Sebastian Kurz go for it?

Social Networks or Social Nightmares? | Panel Discussion With Roger McNamee

On Friday, 27 September 2019, Roger McNamee, Evgeny Morozov, Max Schrems and Shalini Randeria will be talking about Facebook and how it's changing our societies on the panel "Social Networks or Social Nightmares?" at the Vienna Humanities Festival.

Digital Marketing ⎜Watch Your Business Grow

Is your business struggling to grow its website traffic, outreach or social media audience? A new digital marketing agency provides a holistic approach.

How To… Become an Art Collector

The scene may feel like an impenetrable world from the outside. In truth, it’s within any art lover’s reach. The trick is knowing where to look – and how.

Thomas Cook Insolvency Affects Thousands in Austria

The British travel giant announced Monday its would cease all operations, stranding tens of thousands and costing thousands of jobs.