robert schenkkan
The Vienna Theatre Project brings Robert Shenkkan’s Building The Wall to life in an atmospheric premiere The air was hot and thick during the European premiere of Building the Wall at Theater Drachengasse, intensifying a sense of foreboding. Wri...
Austro-German idioms
Don't you dare ask an Austrian for a "Brötchen" with a "Wiener." You might end up with a Schlag. Any foreigner can tell you that German is a verdammt hard language to learn. It’s even more difficult to learn the subtle differences of usage, idio...
mobility
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 the first roadster that made it to Austria. My cameraman and I got the chance to ride in it and get ...
editor's letter
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 locals are proud of it:  Vienna is the city of spies. Personally, I’d always seen espionage as a par...
Alexander Van der Bellen
After only two months in office, the Austrian president abdicates the Hofburg throne. 1 April 2017, Vienna.  Austria’s twice-elected national leader, Alexander van der Bellen, unexpectedly resigned from his post as Bundespresident der Republik Ă–sterreich (Federal President of the Republic of Austria, or BRĂ–) today. In a hastily called press conference, the long-time Green Party […]
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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 undisputed that the Wiener Linien (Vienna Transit Authority) spoils us all. We begin rolling our...
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What are the circumstances which determine whether or not a language will develop fully in bilingual children? A look into the chances and opportunities available to kids who master reading and writing in their second mother tongue. In my workshops, I ask the participants how the languages that are important in their lives developed. Mitraa, whose […]
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This story is part of the Metropole Journalism Championship, a joint effort between METROPOLE and American International School Vienna. Read the stories of the other finalists and vote for your favorite here.   The Naschmarkt shows Vienna from...

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