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Froth and Finesse

The longest-running piece of musical theater of all time, Die Fledermaus captures an era, and (perhaps) the way Austrians like to see themselves.
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The Sounds from Afar and Around

You’ve probably been to “Tschuschistan” and you didn’t even know it. There is no border and you don’t need a passport. But if you’ve eve...

Jokes Aside | Vienna’s International Comedy Scene

Austria’s comedy scene gets some international flair as English language stand-up grows in Vienna Downstairs, the room is cozy but packed, the bare b...

Industry Next Door

Like the trams and trains produced by Siemens, manufacturing is still part of Vienna. Glowing sparks arc through the air as massive cranes transport ...

Where to Cycle in the Fall | Thermenradweg

Lower Austria's Thermenradweg bike path is an impressionist dream just south of Vienna Waterways tell stories that have touched generations. Some...

Renting Riddles

Housing in Vienna is relatively affordable, but figuring out what rent you actually ought to pay is surprisingly complicated. Property in Vienna ...

Affordable Luxury

For nearly a century, Vienna’s Gemeindebauten have gotten municipal housing projects right. Picture the clusters of typical multistoried apartmen...

The Rocky Road to Copa Cagrana

After winning a lengthy lawsuit, the city is finally revamping the infamous Copa Cagrana Vienna’s relationship with the Danube is an ongoing love...

5 High Points of Vienna’s Ball Season

I moved to Vienna from warm, sunny Italy for many different reasons, but the most charming by far is ball season. There are few things as magical...

UNWG Bazaar 2017: Around the World in Seven Hours

Many of us mark the date on our calendar every year, thinking: It is again time to taste delicious Argentinian steaks; buy natural South African Prote...

Discover the City’s art World at Vienna Art Week

This year’s Vienna Art Week motto will focus on the relationships between art and technology in locations all over Vienna Like every year, most o...

Get Ready for Wiener Schmucktage!

We took five minutes with Wiener Schmucktage co-creator Christina Werner to discuss the six-day event which celebrates and promotes Austrian and inter...

Brace yourself for Vienna’s Indoor Skydiving

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

Why you Should go to Vienna Design Week

Vienna's Design Week is a feast of ideas that reveal the many ways design enhances our lives Given any traveler’s willingness to pay for charm, i...

5 awesome things to do with your baby in Vienna

Metropole contributor Erin East shares some tips for great things to do with your baby in Vienna! Getting out of the house with a baby isn’t easy. Yo...

Design for Chaos | Otto Wagner’s Steinhof

Steinhof is a Wiener Melange of health and history and now the city adds housing to the mix. For centuries, to be considered mad was a life sente...

When the Danube Freezes Over… Skate on it!

Ice on the Alte Donau is a rare occurrence, bringing equally rare smiles to Vienna winters In all my 15 years of living in Vienna, this winter has be...

Viennese Entrepreneurs

A closer look at leaving the rat race and striking out on your own For many Viennese, being your own boss is the dream of a lifetime. Yes, securi...

Last Word | February 2017

Ahhh, Vienna! It’s the city of Gemütlichkeit, semi-precious neutrality, badly and well-kept secrets as well as the go-to location for the odd diplomat...

Sundays, Lovely Sundays

For many new expats in Vienna, getting used to commerce-free Sundays in Austria can be a challenge. But those those who've been here a while come to r...

Grave Misconception – How Vienna Lost Mozart

Mozart's Final Resting Place The myth that a destitute Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was buried and abandoned in an unmarked mass grave persists to thi...

Vienna Necropolis

Hardly a place embodies the city’s heart and soul more than the Zentralfriedhof, Vienna’s Central Cemetery As October ends and the city recoils f...

What to do on Austrian National Day (Oct 26)

This Wednesday, October 26, Austria celebrates its 61st year of independence and the birth of the Second Republic. Though it’s an official bank holida...

Expanding Your Circle of Friends as an Expat in Vienna

How to accumulate an international circle in Vienna If you've been living in Vienna as an expat for quite some time, you might've noticed that the Vi...

Four-Course Travelogue

Dine and drink your way around the globe at Blue Mustard. A self-proclaimed resto-bar (a pastiche of restaurant and bar), Blue Mustard joined Vie...

Beltway Insiders

The Gürtel is a hot spot for live music with no neighbors. On any given Saturday night,  this stretch of pavement flanked by busy roads under the...

Keep Learning

We can’t stop ourselves from learning, so why not do it on purpose? Human beings never stop learning. Not only are we a...

A Student’s Guide to Discounts in Vienna

Studying in Vienna? Put That Student ID to Good Use! It’s no surprise that Austrians take their sweet time studying, with the average age for rec...

10 Pitfalls to Avoid When Moving to Vienna

Moving to a new city can be daunting, so we’ve assembled some words from the wise to help you avoid potential screw-ups and face-palms of nesting in t...

Vienna’s Classical Music | Tonight’s the Night

An intro to subscriptions for the upcoming music season, or how to remember where you put the tickets The concert season has finally reopened. From...

Russian Terms of Endearment and Funny Slovenian

The role of the German-speaking parent in the development of a child’s other language Ever since I started working on multilingual upbringing with pa...

Toys in the Attic – 25hours Hotel’s Rooftop Bar

Savor the last days of summer on the terrace of the 25hours Hotel's Dachboden bar Late summer may be the best season to enjoy Vienna: As the evenin...

Shaking up the Grätzl

Gracious old Vienna can be set in its ways. But a few entrepreneurs and activists are trying to do things differently Half a century ago, Vienna wa...

Oberdöbling | The Noble Nineteenth’s Bourgeois Ghetto

Vienna’s hilly north side may be cozy but not sleepy The 19th district, Döbling, is one of Vienna’s “noble” districts:  along with Hietzing (13th...

Be Smart About Town

A smartphone can be anything from a useful tool to a constant nag. Just don’t gawk at the screen while crossing the Gürtel and it can do much to imp...

Take a Walk on the Wine Side

The Wiener Weinwandertag makes it easy to get to know Vienna’s vintners on their own turf If there is a day that sums up autumn in Vienna, the Wi...

Urban gardening in Vienna

Metropole’s tips and tricks to the aspiring urban gardener Between the big city bustle of busy pavements, tiny dogs, chic cafés, trotting horses ...

All Grown Up and No Place to Go

Metropole’s party planning tips for the adult child Just because you’re a responsible “adult” doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t celebrate like a...

Green with Envy

We all know Vienna is a green city. How green you only realize once you have lived abroad for some time. Here’s the thing: if you’ve never lived ...

Seven Myths About Vienna’s Public Transport

The “House Rules” of Vienna’s public transport system (Wiener Linien) are posted throughout every station train car and bus – in English, too. You’v...

Think small

FRANCOIS “ ’Austrian’ is not a very important word. It refers to someone from the land of Austria, which is a pretty tiny country. We can live withou...

Only fools get bored

They call us boring and we like it that way. (seen on a Vermont postcard) Like Vermonters, the Viennese like tidiness and calm Settling into ...

Being Grouchy: Whinge-worthy Banter Rant

Das Problem für jeden Wiener: Man kann es in Wien nicht mehr aushalten, aber woanders auch nicht. (The problem of every Wiener: We can’t stand it a...

Ball Season is Going Strong with All Ages

Ball season is back and we asked how the tradition has endured so long and what changes will keep the debutantes coming. Ball season is like a mi...

150 Years Old But Still A Wonder

15 things you didn’t know about the Ringstraβe project As envisioned by Emperor Franz Joseph, then a mere twenty-seven, Vienna’s Ringstraße encircles...

Who Needs Change? On smoking, wineries and the Viennese way

A change ain’t gonna come Visitors to this highly livable city are often surprised to find Vienna a smoker’s paradise. For a prosperous, western Euro...

The Mariahilfer’s New Clothes

A clever Marketing campaign has the whole city perplexed.   If you’re one of the many people wondering what the t-shirts, button-downs and...

The City that Sleeps

Slow down . . . what's the hurry about? You'd better cool it off before you burn it out You've got so much to do And only so many hours in a ...

What do Mercer & Co. really tell us about Vienna?

“All right, but apart from the sanitation, medicine, education, wine, public order, irrigation, roads, the fresh water system and public health, wha...

Your Essential Urban Cheat Sheet for Vienna

It's those little things that make you feel at home in a new town. While you can't always have the best solution to the day-to-day qualms of urban lif...

How to be Legally Viennese

Making your stay as a non-EU citizen to Vienna long-term is a big step, with plenty of paperwork attached. But if you plan ahead, you‘ll have your tic...

Seven excuses when caught without a ticket on public transport

Nothing in life is certain except death, taxes and eventually hearing the words “Fahrscheine bitteee!” (Tickets, please!) while travelling on Vienna’s...