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December/January 2017/2018

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.

Nostalgia, The Seductive Liar

We retreat into nostalgia for comfort, for the feeling of being in a time period that is better than the present. We project meaning, romance and...

Check out Ali Rabbani’s Favorite Things | December/January 2017

If there is one bit of nostalgia that foreigners and tourists associate with Austria: It’s the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical The Sound of Music, m...

Buying Old Wines can be Affordable, but Only When you Have Good Advice

The unique qualities of older vintages aren’t apparent, so let an expert’s insight guide you. Old wines hold a certain my...

Want to add a Vintage Touch to Your Home? Check out These Local Finds!

For this issue, we chose two shops that will give your home some nostalgic air, and if you haven’t settled yet, there’s a new place called Oli...

Feel Like a kid Again with These Brands to Know for December 2017

Our memories are sugarcoated. The games we played, the clothes we wore, how we got from point A to B make us feel like a kid again. ...

Dec 2017/Jan 2018 | Nostalgia

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Last Word | December/January 2017 | Bassena

To be truly integrated in Vienna there are certain terms no dictionary or Deutschkurs will properly explain. But you’re no stranger, so here’s this mo...

Yoga in Vienna Could Be Just the Thing to Cure Your Winter Blues

Yoga in Vienna is on the rise and could just cure your winter blues. Every day, the mat meets you where you are. Yester...

When Traveling with Kids, Kinderhotels Are the Key to Relaxing on Vacation

Kinderhotels are the vacation secret your kids want you to know. Let’s play a game. It’s a simple one, not difficult at...

Joseph Brot is Bringing the Bagel Back to its Hometown

Producing handmade organically sourced bagels the traditional way is a labor of love: It takes three days just to make the dough and another fou...

Brunching like its 1847: Enjoy the Finest Foods in the Historic Palais Todesco

In the ornate Palais Todesco, right across from the Vienna State Opera, Gerstner hosts a Viennese Sunday brunch that will wow visitors and locals alik...

Don’t Let the Name Spelunke Fool You | Where Shabby, Chic and Fancy Meet for Dinner

Spelunke does dark and swanky for trendy businesspeople In German, a Spelunke is a dark and shabby bar, often hidden in a...

A Whole Life by Robert Seethaler is a Sparse but Stirring Narrative of Alpine Living

Andreas Egger lives a life bordering on the vegetative, both figuratively and literally: His dwelling is high above the valley, at the tree ...

Marjorie Perloff Looks Back at Austrian Literature’s Nostalgia for the Imperial Past

The 1920s in Vienna was a time of despair and confusion in a world of lost empire, political upheaval and the trauma of war. ...

Loving Vincent Will Start Showing at the Votiv Kino December 29th

Loving Vincent recreates van Gogh’s artwork in animated oil paintings If painters express themselves through their art, biograp...

Here’s our Guide to Vienna’s Vintage Movie Theatres

Vienna’s vintage movie theatres endure and thrive with niche programming. Cinema is a young medium, around for just ove...

Wait Until Dark | Vienna’s English Theatre Revives the 1960s Thriller

Home invasions and darkness are two of our most primal fears – and excellent ingredients for a great thriller, as Frederick Knott succinctly p...

Margaret Cho is Coming to Vienna Again with a New Tour After Personal Turmoil

Blunt and fearless, Margaret Cho is a real groundbreaker in her field of comedy, getting a rise from audiences since exploding on stage in the...

Vienna’s Open House Theatre Performs the Experimental White Rabbit Red Rabbit

Nassim Soleimanpour has traveled the world without leaving his native Iran. Vienna’s Spektakel theater reserved a first row seat for the playw...

The Westlicht Explores Polaroids in What Might Be Their Final Exhibit

Predating Instagram by several decades, Polaroid’s instant photographs were a hit from the mid-20th century up to the digital revolution, fitt...

The University of Applied Arts Celebrates its 150th Birthday

A spawning ground for many venerable creators, the Universität für Angewandte Kunst (University of Applied Arts) – or Angewandte for short – i...

In Heimat:Machen, the Volkskundemuseum Confronts its own Role in Shaping National Identity

The past is only foreign if you deny its powerful impact on the present Thanks to fresh research by curators Birgit Johle...

The new Jazz Star Morgan James is Coming to Vienna

The rising diva graces the Vienna jazz firmament A new star on the jazz-horizon, Morgan James – who cut her teeth with co...

The Young Alma Mahler Kammerorchester is Making Their Debut in Vienna

Founded this year by young professional musicians from all over Europe, the Alma Mahler Kammerorchester celebrates music without borders while...

Harri Stojka is Celebrating his 60th Birthday and Isn’t Slowing Down Anytime Soon

Viennese music legend Harri Stojka looks ahead at 60 There’s very little certainty in the life and career of an artist. M...

Editor’s Letter | The Way Things Used to Be | December/January 2017

It was all so much simpler then. Back when we were innocent, when we treated each other with respect, communicated without smartphon...

Bermudadreieck | History and Hard Drinking

Ominously named after the mysterious navigational hazard that allegedly claims countless vessels in the Caribbean, Vienna’s Bermudadreieck (Be...

Leonard Bernstein and Vienna: A Complicated Relationship

Leonard Bernstein’s nephew explores the icon’s love for the city of Beethoven, Brahms and Mahler and how it helped him overcome Austria’s Na...

From Neni to Secret Vienna: Vienna’s Jewish Community is Diverse, Growing and Thriving

Our community is small, but thriving. Ever more diverse, Vienna's Jews are making waves on every level By Sara Friedman & B...

Advertorial | MyHive – What if you Could Take Care of all Your Errands While at the Office?

Steel, glass, concrete and marble.The design of most modern office buildings – while elegant and sophisticated – can feel cold and impersonal. R...

The Technisches Museum Wien is Imagining our Future from the Past, and it’s Adorable

The Technisches Museum Wien invites us to explore our past imaginings of what was to come, and how we dare to dream today Vienna’s Technical Muse...

The Science is in and Nostalgia is Actually Good for You

Science is coming to grips with a complex emotion that was once dismissed as sentimental or downright pathological. It wa...

Lobmeyr’s Innovations are in Every Household, you Just Don’t Know it

What would Vienna’s palaces be without their brilliant chandeliers, gleaming mirrors and fine crystal glasses?Uniting craftsmanship and innova...

How to Learn to Dance in Vienna

This year, the dance floor can be yours. With these tips, you’ll have all the moves to wow the ball season crowd.

Profile I Children’s Book Author Thomas Brezina

We talked to four guardians of our collective consciousness in the world of photography, hospitality, urban history and children’s books “I...

Profile | Wien Museum Director Matti Bunzl

We talked to four guardians of our collective consciousness in the world of photography, hospitality, urban history and children’s books “A...

Profile | Gerstner Director Oliver Braun

We talked to four guardians of our collective consciousness in the world of photography, hospitality, urban history and children’s books “N...

Profile I Founder of Supersense Florian Kaps

We talked to four guardians of our collective consciousness in the world of photography, hospitality, urban history and children’s books “N...

Stefan Zweig’s Last Days in Brazil: An Exile in Longing for Days Past

How Stefan Zweig set out and found himself isolated in a faraway land The snowy white villa where Stefan and Lotte Zweig once lived, an...

The Nostalgia Trap: How There has Never Been Just one ‘old Vienna’

In every age, the pressures of change in Vienna have stirred a longing for better times gone by, often more imagined than real, but nonetheless ...

An Interview with Maria Großbauer, the Youngest-Ever Director of the Opera Ball

Maria Großbauer, Vienna’s youngest-ever Opera Ball director on sugarcoated memories, the importance of storytelling and why debutantes should wear t...

What Austrian Media Wrote About in November 2017

A quick-and-dirty synopsis of last month’s headlines in Vienna Coalition Talks Proceed, Parliament Assembles Seb...

Opinion | Will you be Replaced by a Robot Soon?

Can we control the spread of AI and robots into every aspect of our lives? Sophia has been granted citizenship by Saudi Arabia; she h...

Opinion | The Austrian Bureaucracy has (sort of) Reinvented Itself for the age of the Internet

Beamter: Check out any decent dictionary and it will show a string of translations – official, clerk, functionary, civil servant etc. – none of ...

Opinion | What Happens When we Forget the Reasons for the EU?

The exuberance of the early 2000s has given way to mistrust, but catastrophe can be avoided if we keep a close eye on the past In 200...

Opinion | Look up from Your Phone on Your Next Commute

I just uploaded a selfie onto Instagram, complete with a sophisticated quote, imperceptibly blurred, and some contrast to underline the color of...

From our Readers | December/January 2017

Many thanks for your thoughts, ideas and insights! If you have something to say about Vienna or a story you read here, tell us all about it. Sen...

Pleased as Punch

‘tis the season to drink outdoors at Vienna’s Christkindlmärkte Traditions can be tricky; not everything our ancestors di...
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