“If we read people’s memoirs of the buildings important Jews lived in, a lot of them do not exist anymore. We are trying to tell the stories of what has been lost.” In 1995, as excavation work began on Judenplatz for the Shoah monument Nazi hunter...
“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 Weidinger is off the beaten path, a corner café on the far side of the Gürtel in the former working c...
“In war, culture is anything but irrelevant. Destroying someone’s cultural identity is just as painful as any physical wound.” Friedrich Schipper often travels without insurance – the destinations are considered too high risk. The places he and hi...
The OSCE in Vienna monitors elections around the world. Its report on the US midterms found the elections to be just as fair as those in the ex-Soviet Republic of Georgia It may seem arrogant for an organization operating out of little Austria to ...
Vienna’s biggest stages have plenty of secrets the audience never gets to see It’s remarkable how daunting, yet fascinating, a few old, chipped wooden boards dangerously inclined toward the audience can be. Crisscrossed with a mosaic of colored ...
Cultural heritage is not just monuments, artworks, and great literature — it is, above all, who we are. To a newcomer, Austria may not seem like a strange country. Stunningly beautiful but with people who, at first encounter, can seem grumpy...
Vienna  is  a  city  full  of  stories,  secrets and  hidden  treasures.  Like an open-air museum,  the  city  is  full of  endless  attractions  one  can’t miss! But behind  the  scenes, in the hidden  courtyards  and  narrow  alleys, another  side ...
Other winemakers may follow the méthode champenoise,  but the aristocrats of bubbly still define the market.  Procedures can be copied; the magic is more difficult. Crémant, Sekt, Prosecco, Frizzante  – as long as it’s bubbly. Well perhaps.  But no ...
Honu Tiki Bowls Vienna
Honu Tiki Bowls serves fresh, healthy Hawaiian-inspired bowls with regional ingredients. Only open since June, Vienna’s first Hawaiian bistro, Honu Tiki Bowls, already has a reputation for long waiting lines. “I didn’t even think that people here ...
The Anglo-Austrian couple of Oliver and Petra Lucas offers seasonal casual fine dining. “When Grace is open, I’m in the house,” said UK-born chef/owner Oliver Lucas one recent Wednesday afternoon in his restaurant. It’s quite refreshing to meet a ...
KHM The Riddle of the Sphinx
The Mystery Makers challenge you to experience the KHM in a different light. Behind the ornate facade of Vienna’s Kunsthistorisches Museum (KHM), an ancient mystery awaits. As our team of intrepid explorers hurried down black and white marble-tile...
Channeling imperial indulgence, Meissl & Schadn’s riding dinners are all about good taste – in both senses.
Channeling imperial indulgence, the riding dinners at Meissl & Schadn are all about good taste – in both senses.
Fieberbrunn skiing
Fieberbrunn's fortunate microclimate makes it a powder hound's paradise. There comes a time in every avid skiier’s life when the thrill of the pistes wears off and even steep black runs lack that certain rush. Accustomed to the relative safety of ...
Michael Haider, the new director of the Austrian Cultural Forum in New York
The new director of the Austrian Cultural Forum in New York on diversity, connecting artists and putting discovery over instruction.
music
In Japan, Vienna is the Ongaku no Miyako, “the capital of music,” and that’s where Mayu Kotari wanted to be. A pianist from Tokyo, Kotari has been living, studying and performing in Vienna for the last four years, and “there couldn’t be a better plac...
How Austrians know who they are On November 18, the afternoon temperature suddenly dropped to an icy chill and the first flakes of snow began to fall. By evening in Vienna, there was a light dusting on the cars, and by early morning, a l...
The surrounding cultural heritage invites us to take many pictures, especially in the smartphone age. Here what’s allowed and what isn’t. Austria’s cultural heritage is an important component of the country’s identity and a key d...
I often spoke to my friends about our wartime memories. I felt that it was something people had an urge to talk about. I can picture him. Sitting in the room staring at the keyboard. Recalling wartime memories. I can picture him ...
Start with eating, end with drinking – and take in the Gemütlichkeit on the way. Coming from a chaotic, colorful and noisy part of Italy, a little town close to Rome, makes Vienna feel like a serene and noble lady. Some Viennese seem to embrace me...
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Bosnians are still coming to terms with their wounds of war from a generation ago. But incredibly, they are now coming together to fight injustice. In March 2018, David Dragičević, a 21-year-old Bosnian Serb from Banja Luka, was...
Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation
How an international NGO in Vienna provides a safe space for diplomacy on nuclear issues. “Diplomacy,” said Winston Churchill, “is the art of telling plain truths without giving offense.” Britain’s wartime prime minister understo...
US Midterms
The world has watched the US midterm elections spellbound. But for Europe, even the Democratic victory in the house of representative might not bring any relief. The importance of American elections is always far beyond the national level. The who...
Bosnia and Herzegovina was severely tested in the 20th century and is still finding its way back to prosperity and internal stability.
Bosnia and Herzegovina was severely tested in the 20th century and is still finding its way back to prosperity and internal stability. There has never been an army or a political movement that wanted to create Bosnia ,” writes no...
Particularly during the holidays, it’s impossible to avoid the hustle and bustle of the 1st district – from Schottentor to Stubentor, you’re bombarded by sights, sounds and noises. Yet, nestled between the busy Graben and the majestic Hofbu...
Visually stunning and brisk, Styx asks a lot of hard questions but avoids simple answers. With thousands of desperate Africans braving the Mediterranean every year in rickety boats in the vague hope of starting a new life up nort...
Imitation. It’s the secret to winning over any group you want to be part of. I know. I speak from experience. As a restless 14-year-old, my mother informed me that my Thursday evenings were to be dedicated to ballroom dancing. Elmayer is where Vienne...

A Game of Thrones

Volkstheater Don Karlos
The fish rots from the head down in the Volkstheater’s compelling Don Karlos. With enlightenment-era ideals under fire, it seems timely to remind ourselves of the hypocrisy of power. Fortunately, the Volkstheater gives an insight...
Credit: Sagmeister & Walsh, New York
Designers Sagmeister & Walsh make a plea for pleasing aesthetics. The question is almost impossible: What is beauty, asks the MAK’s current exhibition? And has it survived the brutality of 20th century modernism? B...
Stepping out to Warda Network's rooftop balcony reveals a panoramic view of Vienna's picture-perfect 8th district. This, apparently, is the city from the perspective of a self-made man. Eugen Prosquill, CEO and founder of the company wears a b...
The old King in his Exile, Arno Geiger
Arno Geiger’s playful and moving memoir "The Old King in his Exile" discovers a world of imagination in his father’s dementia. There are probably few things that touch us more fundamentally than the loss of a parent. Through ...

Music is Trump

Resonanzen Festival
The Resonanzen Festival, nine intensive days of early music in January, confirms that music still holds all the cards. It’s not fake news: Musik ist Trumpf (Music Holds the Trump Card) is the motto of the 2019 Resonanzen Festival...