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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 that you’ve truly arrived. That’s humor fluency! I’m not sure what my first Viennese joke was, or even if it was funny. Most likely it was an […]
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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...

Feedback From Our Readers

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. Send your...

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...

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. ...

The Last Word | Aufpudeln

Verb. To get worked up; to make a mountain out of a molehill; to pump up one’s (probably) already over-inflated ego and exaggerate one’s importance; t...

Feedback From Our Readers

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. Send an e...

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...

TEDx Brought “The Age of Amazement” to Vienna

On a beautiful and sunny Saturday afternoon, a steady stream of young people filed into the Gartenbaukino. What would make these determined folks fore...

Texting Europe | Pavol Múdry on the State of Slovakian Journalism

Two journalists, both first-hand witnesses of Slovakia’s transition from a place through the looking glass to a country at the heart of the European p...

Last Word | Karambolage

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...

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 ...

From our Readers | April 2018

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. Send an e...

From our Readers | March 2018

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. Send an e...

Last Word | Bürgerschreck

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...

Last Word | February 2018 | Proporz

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...

Memories, Sustainability and my Father’s Pelikan

Guest contributor UK Ambassador Leigh Turner to Austria has been exploring nostalgia. On his second tour living in Vienna, he is revisiting the memori...

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...

Thing #303 I’m grateful for | Bleigiessen

Whether you read horoscopes, have your fortune told, or simply fantasize about the year to come, the thrill of seeing into the future has been inheren...

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...

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...

Your Guide to Healthcare in Vienna

What do Mozart, Alpine Skiing, and Austrian Healthcare Have in Common?They are all sources of immense national pride. Everyone in Austria has ac...

Thing #216 I’m Grateful For | Christmas Markets

Today, the vast majority of Vienna’s Weihnachtsmärkte (Christmas Markets) open, heralding a season of open-air merrymaking Good for gift shopping or ...

Thing #89 I’m Grateful For | The Hottest Seat on the Old Tram

It’s getting colder, and sometimes, the cold just won’t get out of my feet and hands when I’m walking around the city – no matter what I do.So m...

Identity Issues

“Ausweis, bitte.” (ID please) The theater clerk’s smile slides into an incredulous hard line as she takes my University of Vienna ID to validate my st...

Thing #198 I’m Grateful For | The Perfectly Timed U-Bahn

Vienna’s public transportation is fantastic. From the annual pass that gets you around town for €1 a day to the frequent intervals, it’s pretty much u...

Last Word | November 2017 | Schlawiner

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...

From our Readers | November 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. S...

Five Speakers from TEDxVienna On the Edge you Should Check out

Last week’s TEDxVienna featured 20 talks on advances and breakthroughs in fields like gene editing to computer sciences mixed with personal stories of...

Thing #154 I’m Grateful for | Austrian Holidays

Yesterday was Nationalfeiertag (the national holiday), the 62nd anniversary of the second republic, commemorating the day Austria was reestablished by...

Thing #265 I’m Grateful for | Viennese Tap Water

Ever since our ‘Good Life’ Issue, Katya Hooker finds something new to be grateful for in this city every weekI only notice how much I appreciate...

Trash Can Confessionals: MA48 and its Myriad of Puns

A bright orange fixture of the cityscape, the MA48 is Vienna’s loud and proud department of sanitation. Their numerous trashcans around the city are...

Last Word | October 2017 | Leiwand

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...

From our Readers | October 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. Send an...

Get Ready for Sign Week Vienna!

The first Sign Week Vienna is all about exhibiting Viennese storefront design, public typography and sign paintingGiven Vienna’s great tradition...

Brace yourself for Vienna’s Indoor Skydiving

Windobona offers indoor skydiving as a first step into the great blue yonderI’ve never been an adrenaline junkie, preferring to leave extreme ...

A Trump Impeachment Drama: Building the Wall

The Vienna Theatre Project takes a peek at a dystopian post-Trump world as envisioned by Robert SchenkkanAn African-American woman dressed in ...

Are People Unfriendly to Expats in Austria?

A new InterNations Study ranked Austria one of the unfriendliest countries for expats to settle in. Security and political stability remain strong mot...

Fashion & Crowd Funding – Five Minutes with Juan Carlos Gordillo

After financing his first two shows at MQFW through Crowd Funding platforms, the Guatemalan-based Fashion designer Juan Carlos Gordillo is now present...

Metropole’s Top 5 Austrian Fashion Designers for 2017

Vienna may seem the perennial underdog to the couture juggernauts Milan and Paris, but it certainly doesn’t lack in flair: countless young, exciting d...

Metropole’s Top 5 Young Austrian Fashion Designers

Vienna may seem the perennial underdog to the couture juggernauts Milan and Paris, but it certainly doesn’t lack in flair: countless young, exciting d...

Last Word | September 2017 | Schiach

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...

From our Readers | September 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. Send an...

Get ready for Restaurant Week 2017

Calling all foodies! Get ready for Restaurant Week 2017 where over 80 Viennese Restaurants owned by the likes of Toni Mörwald, Juan Amador or Hiroshi...

Why Austria’s Millennial Minister Sebastian Kurz Could be Dangerous

On Saturday, July 1st, in a muted and highly uncontested leadership election in Linz, Austria, 30-year-old Sebastian Kurz secured 98.7 percent of the ...

From our Readers | July/August 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. Send an e...

Last Word | July/August 2017 | Hatschen

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...

Take this Waltz – and Don’t Forget to Flush

Somewhere in a public restroom, Austrian culture shoots itself in the musical foot.Karlsplatz station is a bustling public transportation hub in...

Get ready for Food Festival Vienna at the MQ

From today until Sunday, the open-air event at Museumsquartier will celebrate everything urban from food to art, design and fashion.Over the next f...

Metropole Journalism Championships

Metropole and American International School Vienna are giving one young journalist their chance at getting published.Since April 2017 Editor in Chi...

For Food’s Sake!

This story is part of the Metropole Journalism Championship, a joint effort between METROPOLE and American International School Vienna. Read the stori...

#dontbeastranger afterparty @ Café Leopold

As reported by der Standard and Kurier, Café Leopold will be opening its doors again on June 15th under new management by the Gyoza Brothers (Ramien, ...

15 Minutes with Rachel Haurwitz at Pioneers Festival 2017

We talked to Rachel Haurwitz, co-founder and CEO of Caribou Biosciences and one of this year's speakers about the future of genome editingCan you ...

Last Word | June 2017 | Gspusi

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 m...

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...

From our Readers | June 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. Send an e...

5 startups to watch at Pioneers Festival 2017

From beehive sensors to 360° home media projectors, here are five of the top 50 startups Pioneers Festival has selected this year BroomX VR© Sean...

The Eurotrip you’re never too old for: Vienna’s Route 28

On May 6th, Route 28 celebrated European diversity in unity Welcomed by a friendly crowd basking in the early spring sun at Museumsquartier, a friend...

Christoph & Lollo take on the tabloid press

The popular Viennese singer-songwriters Christoph & Lollo have a new target: Austria’s free tabloids. After satirical zingers about the miserable...

Last Word | May 2017 | Nervenkitzel

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...

From our Readers | May 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. Send an e...

Take Festival | So Much More than Just Fashion

If you've never made it to Take Festival before, make sure not to miss it this year! Come experience a lively assimilation of fashion, audiovisual ex...

Raise the Red Flag – How the Viennese celebrate May Day

May Day is fast approaching, and if you haven't yet experienced the “Tag der Arbeit” (Labor Day) in Vienna, then brace yourself for a day of festiviti...

7 (more) German words that will piss off Austrians

More fun with confusing Austro-German idiomsLast year we published some entry-level instruction for avoiding embarrassment (or purposefully instig...

Alexander Van der Bellen resigns

After only two months in office, the Austrian president abdicates the Hofburg throne.1 April 2017, Vienna.  Austria’s twice-elected national lea...

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...

Last Word | April 2017 | E-Card Urlaub

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...

Last Word | Pragmatisierung | March 2017

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

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...

Children Mirror the Language of their Parents

As a linguistic role model for children, parents not only teach kids a language, but their view of the world Whoever reflects on their relationship w...

Obsessed with the Sound of Music

CBS's Late Show host, Stephen Colbert came across rumors concerning the potential new U.S. ambassador to Austria, Patrick Park, longtime Trump support...

ImPulsTanz First, Katy Perry Second!

When Katy Perry released her newest album, "Chained to the Rhythm" on February 10th, and Joachim Kapuy, publicist for the annual summer dance festival...

Austria Second

When Trump gave his nationalistic speech on Inauguration Day, the Dutch, ever the pragmatists, thought, "Hey- if you have got to be first, can we be s...

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...

Top 10 Articles of 2016

While most of us are glad that 2016 is behind us, it’s definitely good to remember it wasn’t all bad. Here are Metropole’s top 10 articles of the last...

Between the Years

From “Fa la la la la” to “Auld Lang Syne”: a user’s manual for surviving the holidays. Hosting the holidays is Vienna’s strong suit. But for locals, ...

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...

Third Time’s a Charm: Austria Votes in 9 videos

The end is near. Tomorrow, for the third time, Austria casts it vote for President. Our election was a piece of cake compared to US-presidential one...

Austrian Politicians React to U.S. Election

The Austrian daily newspaper Kurier reported yesterday on some reactions from the European political leadership to the news that Donald J. Trump has b...

U.S. 2016 Presidential Elections Live Blog

Our own Catherine Lankes is in California this election day. Keep this page open for Metropole's coverage from the Golden State. 

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...

Metropole First Anniversary: A Look Back

Metropole celebrates its first anniversary! Since Metropole first hit the newsstands in October 2015, our small but tireless team of editors, designe...
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