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Paul Pizzera’s 5 Quirks of the German Language

The cabaret performer writes the music and lyrics for Pizzera & Jaus. He spoke to Metropole about black humor and the benefits of therapy – he also told a few dirty jokes.

Marjorie Perloff – An Alternative Language of Modernism

From The Vienna Paradox to The Edge of Irony, the distinguished literary critic and professor emerita examines the seminal literature and thought of Austria’s interwar period.

Meet Petar Naydenov, Bulgarian Opera Basso

It was for a place in the company of the Wiener Volksoper that Petar Naydenov came to Vienna from a theatre in Bavaria eight years ago.

Ivan Krastev – Stretched Between Two Worlds

When national governments closed borders and asked people to stay put at the beginning of 2020, Ivan Krastev and his family decided to go back to Bulgaria.

Meet Bojidar Kassabov, a Robotic Surgeon in Vienna

For Bojidar Kassabov, everything began in October 1999. An agreement between Austrian and Bulgarian universities gave him the chance to study medicine in Vienna.

Meet Susanne Reindl-Krauskopf, a Criminal Law Professor in Vienna

“Corruption will never be 100% eradicated. But it’s important to set parameters and structures that show people that in the end, corruption doesn’t pay.”

Kurt Bayer’s Top 5 Austrian Corruption Scandals

From the Finance Ministry to the World Bank and Transparency International, Economist Kurt Bayer sniffs out all kinds of corruption. Although sometimes, it just presents itself.

Thonet – Vienna’s Iconic Chair, Made in Germany

A fixture in the traditional 'Kaffeehaus' – the creation of German master joiner Michael Thonet became a legend of 19th-century design.

Our Local Serbian Heroes

From health and security providers to scientists and civil servants, these Serbians have become a key part of Austrian society.

Meet Mary Larunsi, an Austrian Fashion Model With Nigerian Roots

“What you see in the pictures is not necessarily the reality. I don’t get flown anywhere in a private jet with a glass of champagne in my hand. In the end, it’s hard work.”

Star Designer Thomas Kirchgrabner Spills the Secrets of His and Lena Hoschek’s Success

The head of Lena Hoschek’s couture atelier, designer Thomas Kirchgrabner describes demanding clientele, recounts his rise in Austria’s fashion scene and how he met his boss.

Meet Anita Hartig, Opera Singer and Transylvania’s Prima Donna

To make it on the boards that mean the world, you need talent, passion and grit. Even more so, when you start out from a modest background.

Frederick Baker, in Memoriam

The Austro-British filmmaker stretched the boundaries of documentary and film technique, exploring interactive storytelling and the application of virtual reality to the experience of art.

Meet Gerhard Hirczi, Vienna’s Head Hunter

No stranger to challenges, the general manager of the Vienna Business Agency, Gerhard Hirczi is placing the city’s assets front and center.

Banking for the People

In the first installment of our new series of how expats built their careers in Vienna, we talked to Maurizio Poletto, the designer behind E...

Profile | Natalia Corrales-Diez

Founder, Fund of Excellence, Erste Group “Human capital is the oil of the 21st century. Ten years ago, it was all about big data. Now it’s about ...

Profile | Herbert Schweiger

Director, Die Wiener Volkshochschulen “When the world is spinning faster than you are, you need help to keep moving forward – so ...

#HaveweMET? | Warda Network

Stepping out to Warda Network's rooftop balcony reveals a panoramic view of Vienna's picture-perfect 8th district. This, apparently, is the city f...

Profile | Friedrich Schipper

“In war, culture is anything but irrelevant. Destroying someone’s cultural identity is just as painful as any physical wound.” Friedrich Schipper o...

Anna Karnitscher | Profiles

“Coffee culture is booming. Which also means that these days, we even have to compete with the fancy espresso machines people have at home.” Café W...

Expat’s Voice | The (Other) Sound of Music

Austrians like to show off their serious appreciation of classical music. But if you want them to erupt into joyful singing, you’ve got to play them s...

“I Was Here” | An Interview with Anne Catherine Fleith

“When I go back to my buildings and see how people interact with it – that’s the best present I could ask for.” In 2002, blue stickers began to a...

An Interview with Architecture Professor Baerbel Mueller

“Some of the most famous architects in the world – Zaha Hadid, Kazuyo Sejima – are non-Western, non-European women. That says a lot about how ‘emancip...

Wolf Prix | The Deconstructed Architect

We spoke to Wolf Prix, one of the founders of the Deconstructivist movement. At Coop Himmelb(l)au, Wolf Prix’s 5th district Architecture studio, the w...

Do You Speak Kätzisch? | Chatting with a Cat Coach

It is said, a cat has nine lives. But Shawnee, a 10-year-old Maine Coon living in Floridsdorf, seems pretty happy with just the one. His home is Zen...

Putin & the Wolf | An Interview with the Kreml Boss

Ahead of his state visit to Austria on June 5, the first since his reelection, Russian President Vladimir Putin gave ORF news anchorman Armin Wolf an ...

Monika Sommer | Director of Haus der Geschichte Österreich

They have made democracy their business, whether as a software developer, university professor, museum director or in the parliamentary administration...

Heinz Fischer and his Post-Presidential Life

For Heinz Fischer, loving his country means caring about peacekeeping, education and reviving the lessons of history. Not many people know wher...

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...

Profile | No Isolation CEO and User Experience Designer Karen Dolva

Wine, food and music are essential ingredients for the good life, but so are a roof over your head and people who care about you. With our four interv...

Profile | Thomas Schranz on Holistic Design

Design is not just a profession, it’s a way of life. Whether it’s on the runway, backstage, on the go or online, these designers both live and love wh...

Profile | Ingrid Mack of the Erotic Shop Liebenswert

Whether it’s the official “I do”, or playing games with gender and sexuality, her life’s work celebrates love, sexuality and femininity Ingrid M...

Profile | Michelle Mock and the art of Wedding Photography

She gets high on people daring to say “I do”. This bubbly expat has dedicated her livelihood to capturing celebrations of love Michelle Mock, Weddi...

A Drink with Julian Wiehl, Editor-in-Chief of Vangardist Magazine

Julian Wiehl is the mind behind Vienna’s “progressive men’s magazine”, Vangardist, showcasing the savoir vivre of the gay community In 2015, Va...

Profile | Tamara Mascara on Confidence and Being a Wiener

Whether she's playing games with gender and sexuality, or just celebrating love, music, fashion, this drag queen is an expert on being ...

How Hermann Hauser Gets Lucky in Deep Tech

We spoke to the Austrian-born serial entrepreneur and venture capitalist Hermann Hauser about betting on the market, reading a team and digging into...

Cancer Specialist Dr. Christoph Zielinski on Viennese Health Care

Vienna’s most prominent cancer specialist, Christoph Zielinski, on precision medicine, unhappy doctors, and why social equality is the key to succes...

Profile | They had a Dream – Roman Rafreider

News Anchorman, ORF Roman Rafreider, 47, finds the idea of identifying what his dream job was a little odd, since the keyword is the “dream” part...

Profile | Vienna’s Inside Men: Thomas Pietschmann

Whether they’re uncovering drug cartels, teaching how to protect secrets, improving the image of the police department or fighting corruption, skeptic...

Acquainted with the Night

Nychos is a rising star of the Viennese and international graffiti scene. He gave us a look into his life as a street artist from a beach in Maui, bec...

Last Word | Plamen Dejanoff | December 2016/January 2017

Sofia-born artist, Plamen Dejanoff lives and works quite comfortably in Vienna Since 1995, he has exhibited his artwork in galleries, trade fairs...

Profile | Guardians of Life & Death – Katharina Laimer

As we enter or leave this world, there are those seldom-thanked individuals that accompany us. We spoke to people who think and talk about living and ...

Profile | Guardians of Life & Death – Florian Bauchinger

As we enter or leave this world, there are those seldom-thanked individuals that accompany us. We spoke to people who think and talk about living and ...

The Last Word: Thomas Drozda

Austria has a new chancellor and with him comes a new minister. Thomas Drozda is in charge of Arts and Culture, and while he is new to the job, we ask...

Sharon Booth | Dancer, Reloaded

We met Sharon Booth, an inpirational Canadian-born, Juilliard-educated dancer who found her way to Vienna, now teaching contemporary dance at the Staa...

The Last Word: Agnes Husslein-Arco

We asked the director of the Belvedere Museum, Agnes Husslein-Arco whether she thought museums are primarily a bridge between times and cultures, or a...