It's been 16 days since the new year started and four women have already been murdered by men. The latest attack happened yesterday at 1:30 in the morning. Here is what the police tweeted: https://twitter.com/LPDWien/status/1085054733327437824 Last night there was a deadly knife attack in the area of Hauptbahnhof in Favoriten. A suspect was arrested on the spot. Further information will follow. It's been confirmed...
Survival Package! Two Guides + one Mystery Hunt for You Dear Metropolitans, We are giving away one "Survival Guide for Health", one "Survival Guide for Housing" and a Mystery Treasure Hunt in the Kunsthistorisches Museum. The Hunt: The Sphinx will challenge you with riddles and puzzles as you travel through ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome on a journey for answers. On your way...
German Crash Course For your child between the age of 2 and 10! Dear Metropolitans, We are giving away one free German crash course for one child between the age of 2 and 10. Growing up multilingual in a foreign country can be really confusing sometimes. Finding their footing in a new linguistic environment is not always easy for children. At the...
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 insightful lesson in its new take on Don Karlos, Schiller’s enlightenment-era exploration of idealism, power and personal fortunes set in the Renaissance-era court of King Philip...
On a rainy Wednesday morning, the busy Coffee Pirates on Spitalgasse is overrun by hipsters, students and a group of young moms exchanging baby tips. Huddled in a corner with her laptop, Sara sips on black coffee and manages her class bookings online. The millennial answer to an ancient practice. Yoga For Everyone! "Community, change and growth - That's how I...
French Wine Selection by CORKOUT Dear Metropolitans. We are giving away a french wine box by Corkout. The selection is the perfect opportunity to make a small wine journey around Bordeaux. You will visit Medoc, Saint Emilion and other important places of this famous wine region. To win, try your luck in our sweepstake!!
The new director of the Austrian Cultural Forum in New York on diversity, connecting artists and putting discovery over instruction. “For me, it’s the most exciting cultural post,” said Michael Haider, the new director of the Austrian Cultural Forum. “Cultural work is important – and gives me real pleasure.” Haider is a soft-spoken, eloquent man. Having grown up in Vienna,...
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 – any political implications unconfirmed. Music for good reason, too: Its power has been extolled probably since before recorded time. Music...
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 light blanket of white covered the shed roof below the window. On the early TV Weather...
Because Hungary’s Lex CEU forbids Central European University (CEU) to accept new students after January 1, 2019, CEU says, it is forced to announce that it will launch all U.S.-accredited degree programs in Vienna in September 2019. CEU is making the announcement now in order to guarantee that it can recruit students in time for the beginning of the next...
2019 was supposed to be the year for Austria to put an end to LGBTQ discrimination. However, they now seem to be facing new restrictions and bans. The year started out fairly promising for same-sex couples. On January 1, 2019 they were finally allowed to get married. Two women in Velden, Carinthia, said their "I dos" five minutes after midnight....
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 and downbeat. A melting pot of cultures for centuries, yet staunchly skeptical about everything new or foreign. A people...
First Metropole Membership Welcome to the experience! Dear Metropolitans, In the year 2019, some things will change at Metropole. We will not only offer print issues and online content anymore. We'll be introducing the highly exclusive "Metropole Membership". This will include: All print issues for a year Digital access to content & archive Weekly curated Newsletter +1 at Monthly Events (plus gift) Free...
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 melancholy, long for the “good old days” when musing about death was seen as time...
Following the rejection of Theresa May’s Brexit plan by a devastating majority of 230 votes in the House of Commons, the Prime Minister (PM) had to face a vote of no-confidence. May welcomed the decision saying, “the house has spoken and the government will listen.” A new vote would have either forced the Tories out of government or prolonged...
Simple Holdall ... in grey! Dear Metropolitans, We are giving away this wonderful, beautiful grey beg by Qwistion, worth 170 euros. Whether you head to the gym or an overnight stay, consider this carryall your best bet. Made from cotton canvas, it is lightweight and roomy enough to pack with carefree abandon. Adjustable side straps allow for volume extension. Carry as slingbag...
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 driver of its strong tourism industry. In 2017, Vienna’s hospitality sector logged more than 15.5 million over-night stays. The city’s imperial past as the capital...
New year, new laws... there are all sorts of changes on the transportation horizon in Vienna, affecting bicycles, E-scooters, U-Bahn and even horses. Here are 11 changes (in no particular order) concerning transportation: Some of them can help you avoid a fine, others are simply good to know. 1) Food Ban in the subway – You can no longer eat...
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 understood better than most how diplomats frequently needed to avoid straight talk in order to maintain good relations. This is especially true when diplomacy and dialogue are...
The Galerie Wienerroither & Kohlbacher presents the twisted dreamscapes of Alfred Kubin Austrian artist Alfred Kubin (1877-1959) once remarked that “life is a dream,” but if his work is any indication, it must have often been a nightmare. Deeply symbolic, his dark and macabre illustrations transcend our realm of reality, suggesting another perspective on the “other” side – also the...
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 found dead after being missing for six days. The police suspected suicide under the influence of drugs linking him to a burglary...
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  of  Vienna  can  be  seen  – a  secret  Vienna! Secret  Vienna  is  a  Viennese  tourism company  devoted  to  the  exploration of  the city’s  hidden  gems.  We  offer  a large  variety  of ...
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 whole world pays attention, watches, debates and vicariously participates in the unfolding political drama. This is hardly surprising: Everybody is aware...
Your Private Wine Tasting! by Contemplor! Dear Metropolitans, We are giving away a private wine tasting for a group of eight people! A specialist from Contemplor will come to a place of your choosing, either home or another venue. The tasting includes seven different wines, a welcome drink and some snacks. Melanie Smith – Contemplor-wine Melanie Smith is the person to organize your special...
Time for Movie Night! For groups or couples 😉 Dear Metropolitans, This is a double date! We are giving away one movie night for 2x2 people. Or 1x4. Or 3x1+1x1. Meaning we invite you to see a movie of your choice in the beautiful Filmcasino Wien. And we will also pay for your nachos/popcorn. You can go with your friends or your...
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  got  bubbles.  Well  perhaps.  But  no  one will  deny  the  mystique  of  real  champagne,  the roster  of  great  names  like ancient  royal  dynasties,  their  grand  labels unmistakable across  a crowded  bar.  Even  the  opening ...
“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 Simon Wiesenthal had asked Austria to build, the centuries of old city streets were...
What time do you normally get up? Austrian’s Chancellor Sebastian Kurz recently made some controversial comments amid the ongoing discussion on welfare reform, drawing ire for the following sentence: “I don’t consider it a healthy development, when fewer and fewer people wake up early to work, and in more and more families, only the children wake up early to...
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 “chef” with a small “c,” a master behind the stove rather than a brand. “I make a point of serving the...
“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 his colleagues travel – Syria, Libya, Mali, Lebanon – are not exactly holiday destinations. Schipper works for Blue Shield, a nongovernmental organization dedicated to...
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 novelist Dževad Karahasan, “but Bosnia created a culture.” Too often the country has been a pawn in the hands of the powerful:...
Honu 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 were so hungry for something new,” notes 30-year-old Viennese native and owner Kaspar Kunz, a graduate of Vienna’s Tourism College Modul. He was inspired by...
Channeling imperial indulgence, Meissl & Schadn’s riding dinners are all about good taste – in both senses Close your eyes: Imagine, you’re in a horsedrawn Fiaker, dressed to the nines, leaning back on the leather seats with a glass of bubbly in your hand, gazing into a pair of bright eyes as all Vienna lies at your feet… As...
“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 class district of Ottakring. It’s a place that’s easy to miss from the outside. It’s...
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 trying to figure out if those are actual memories or if he has recreated in his mind stories...
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 black jumper bearing the hashtag #fightsugar (a new project, he later explains). Not at all the tailored-suit-and-tie entrepeneur one would expect. Thinking outside...
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-tiled halls and through elaborate gilded archways, we were issued a challenge: Solve the riddles of the Sphinx, and we would be allowed...
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 prepared slopes, the eye wanders longingly toward the untamed depths of powder, and the call of the great white...
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 Hofburg the quiet streets of the Dorotheerviertel beckon, their subtle charm offering nearly as much as flashier areas. Despite the posh environs,...
Female Boxing Class Free for a whole month! Dear Metropolitans, We are giving away a whole month of free boxing class at the female-only "Pernstich. The Healthy Boxing Gym". With professional trainers you will be able to train up to three times a week. The training makes your body stronger and your reactions quicker. You will learn to defend yourself and get...
An English Man in Austria The Stuart Freeman Show Dear Metropolitans, we invite 2x2 people to spend an evening full of laughter with the British comedian Stuart Freeman. They say, his humor is drier than your mother’s gin. His show takes place on Dec. 17th at 8 pm. at Rabenhof. To win, try your luck in our Facebook-sweepstake! Address: Rabengasse 3, 1030 Wien Tel:...
Bodyclock Spark 100 You'll be woken by light! Dear Metropolitans, The "Bodyclock Spark 100" is the perfect introduction to the benefits of falling asleep and waking up with light. Modern LED technology mimics the fine differences in light and color of a sunrise and sunset. With the brightening sunrise light, you wake up refreshed and natural, while the diminishing sunset light...
Secret Vienna Tour The choice is yours! Dear Metropolitans, we invite 1x2 people to go on a Secret Vienna Tour of their choice. You wanna know more about Vienna`s cemeteries, you want to do a dark & mysterious tour? You want to learn about exhibition, music, art, culture or Austria and the two world wars? You can decide. If you are...
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 be monitoring the US midterm elections. Is Austria, an absolutist monarchy until 1918 and a fascist...
Vienna’s biggest stages have myriad 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 tape that indicates positions for props, actors and dancers, it’s baffling for the uninitiated but an open book for the performer who learned...
What is Akademikerball? It is a ball that happens yearly, and before 2013, it was known as "Wiener Korporations-Ball" (WKR-Ball). WKR is an association formed by Burschenschaften, with an emphasis on the duelling Burschenschaften, which have been known for right extremism. Burschenschaften are associations for university students, concept-wise similar to fraternities, but the emphasis is on German/Austrian traditionalism. Many of the fraternities are...
For many music students from around the world, Vienna is the place to be. They honor the traditions of the past and invent new ones 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...