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The City and Land of Music

Vienna made music ... and music made Vienna. As told by “Metropole” writers – a libretto for life in the Austrian capital. With an overture by our Editor in Chief Dardis McNamee.
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Profits, Politics, Patronage

More revenues, more products and more gambling addicts. With the state reaping both taxes and profits, laws mostly protect operators, not consumers. 

Viennese Humor | Tour de Schmäh

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

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, ...

The Sociable City

Conversations with Viennese architects reveal the secrets to creating a liveable city. “Everything is Architecture,” wrote the Pritzker prize-win...

Austrian Democracy | The Consensus Machine

From Proporz to Verhaberung, participation and influence in Austria go far beyond the walls of Parliament to find an "Austrian solution".  By Margare...

The Turbulent Times of Viennese Design

In Vienna, with so much arts and culture, design may seem like an afterthought. In fact, it's all around us, shaping how we live, eat and dress T...

Unlikely Wanderlust and the Austrian Appetite for Adventure

Exploring the Austrians’ love for traveling In early 2009, five months pregnant, I listened in astonishment as my Austrian guy announced he neede...

Living and Working in Austria

Austrians appreciate a fair day’s work if it doesn’t interfere too much with their private lives. But as the economic heart of Central Europe, the cou...

Capital of Cloak & Dagger

Vienna has never tried to curb the activities of foreign spies. Over the past century, it’s become the go-to stage for the dramas of global espionage ...

What Money Can’t buy

Luxury retail is the lifeblood of the city center, but can Vienna manage to sustain its tradition of local craftsmanship with the demands of internati...

Death in Vienna

Some Viennese may play down any special relationship with death. But, then again, it’s probably better not to take any chances...

Beautiful Minds

If our education decides our future, what happens to upward mobility and equal opportunity? A democracy depends on citizens knowing what they are v...

Smart City Vienna

From San Diego to Copenhagen, from Vienna to Singapore, everybody wants to become a smart city. But how do you upgrade the world's most livable city? ...

Cover Story: Reimagining The Self

Vienna’s dramatists have a long, brilliant and turbulent history. But no year was quite so momentous as 1929, the year modernity was born. Hedwig K...

Cover Story: A Culture of Innovation

Austria often looks to America’s can-do approach to business, but can it foster its own forward-­leaning ­climate while still preserving its heritage?...

Cover Story: Banking on the Long Run

What Austria’s turbulent past tells us about the current economic and financial crisis In 2012, ratings agency Standard & Poor’s lowered ...

Cover Story: The Collaborative Economy Sharing Game

From cars to office space, and even livestock, the Collaborative Economy is changing more than how we use things. It’s reinventing how we value proper...

Cover Story: Private Lives

From the internet to the bedroom, Austrians care about – and protect – the personal sphere. It’s a cultural thing. On a cold, grey day in January...

Cover Story: For the Sake of Art

Does culture still matter in a world where big money often defines value? On a Monday evening in mid-November, the narrow street in front of the ...

Cover Story: The Sharing Game

From cars to office space, and even livestock, the Collaborative Economy is changing more than how we use things. It’s reinventing how we value proper...

The Many-Peopled Land

Can Vienna be enriched by the flood of migrants coming to Europe? History suggests that it will. Suddenly, Vienna has become the point city of th...