christkindlmärkte
'tis the season to drink outdoors at Vienna’s Christkindlmärkte Traditions can be tricky; not everything our ancestors did is worth keeping alive. Austria’s holiday season is no exception, the Krampusläufe (Krampus runs) on December 5 often prov...
readers december 2017
Many thanks for your thoughts, ideas and insights! If you have something to say about Vienna or a story you read here, tell us all about it. Send an email to office@metropole.at. Dear Metropole staff, (In response to several Faceboo...
vienna unfriendly
No one can say Vienna is a sore loser. After Austrian media picked up the Expat Insider study’s City Index ranking Vienna the second least friendly city for expats, the “news” spread like wildfire. The tone of many of the tabloids like Heu...
social media detox
I just uploaded a selfie onto Instagram, complete with a sophisticated quote, imperceptibly blurred, and some contrast to underline the color of my eyes. Now I’m waiting. Waiting for that like. Mr. Serious must have seen it, 30 minutes have ...
cultural amnesia
The exuberance of the early 2000s has given way to mistrust, but catastrophe can be avoided if we keep a close eye on the past In 2007, Australian literary critic Clive James published an extraordinary collection of portrait essays o...
Austrian Bureaucracy
Beamter: Check out any decent dictionary and it will show a string of translations – official, clerk, functionary, civil servant etc. – none of which do justice to the soul of that mystical creature, the Austrian bureaucrat Older arr...
future ai
Can we control the spread of AI and robots into every aspect of our lives? Sophia has been granted citizenship by Saudi Arabia; she has been a star guest on the “Tonight Show” and her patented “frubber” face has been on the cover of ...
austrian media november
A quick-and-dirty synopsis of last month’s headlines in Vienna Coalition Talks Proceed, Parliament Assembles Sebastian Kurz, leader of the conservative Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP), has invited the Freedom Party...
maria groĂźbauer
Maria Großbauer, Vienna’s youngest-ever Opera Ball director on sugarcoated memories, the importance of storytelling and why debutantes should wear their hair up On the way to meet Maria Großbauer, the new director of the most famous and presti...
nostalgia vienna
In every age, the pressures of change in Vienna have stirred a longing for better times gone by, often more imagined than real, but nonetheless central to our idea of who we are In November of 2004, the newly christened Wien Mu...
How Stefan Zweig set out and found himself isolated in a faraway land The snowy white villa where Stefan and Lotte Zweig once lived, and where they took their own lives, is perched under terracotta roofs over a busy street in PetrĂłpoli...
Florian Kaps
We talked to four guardians of our collective consciousness in the world of photography, hospitality, urban history and children’s books “Ninety-eight percent of what we do is analog: think, eat, walk, breathe, kiss – in other words, the t...
Gerstner Director Oliver Braun
We talked to four guardians of our collective consciousness in the world of photography, hospitality, urban history and children’s books “None of us has reinvented the wheel. And no one has invented anything to replace it either. Often one...
matti bunzl
We talked to four guardians of our collective consciousness in the world of photography, hospitality, urban history and children’s books “As a successor state of a once global empire, modern Austria has a kind of systemic nostalgia built i...
Thomas Brezina
We talked to four guardians of our collective consciousness in the world of photography, hospitality, urban history and children’s books “In the world around us, there's more and more uncertainty. This is when a kind of nostalgia kicks in ...
dance vienna
This year, the dance floor can be yours. With these tips, you’ll have all the moves to wow the ball season crowd I’m sitting on a white, soft sofa in a changing room; next to me a guy is tying his black shoes, polished to a m...
Lobmeyr
What would Vienna’s palaces be without their brilliant chandeliers, gleaming mirrors and fine crystal glasses?Uniting craftsmanship and innovation, the Viennese company Lobmeyr has made them shine for 200 years As you step inside...
emotion nostalgia
Science is coming to grips with a complex emotion that was once dismissed as sentimental or downright pathological. It was a way to survive: “We used our memories to temporarily alter our perception of the state we were i...
technisches museum wien exhibition urban future
The Technisches Museum Wien invites us to explore our past imaginings of what was to come, and how we dare to dream today Vienna’s Technical Museum is in the business of making predictions: for instance, that our future will be urban, our vehicl...
MyHive
Steel, glass, concrete and marble.The design of most modern office buildings – while elegant and sophisticated – can feel cold and impersonal. Receptionists hide behind large desks and people don’t talk to each other Today's Work...
Jewish Vienna
Our community is small, but thriving. Ever more diverse, Vienna's Jews are making waves on every level By Sara Friedman & Benjamin Wolf Silently, the breadcrumbs slipped back into the deep woolen pockets. They were suppo...
Leonard Bernstein
Leonard Bernstein’s nephew explores the icon’s love for the city of Beethoven, Brahms and Mahler and how it helped him overcome Austria’s Nazi past. Mounted outside Vienna’s Konzerthaus entrance is a bronze plaque displaying th...
Bermudadreieck Vienna
Ominously named after the mysterious navigational hazard that allegedly claims countless vessels in the Caribbean, Vienna’s Bermudadreieck (Bermuda Triangle) is an adventure, particularly on weekends The jocular nickname for ...
editors letter nostalgia
It was all so much simpler then. Back when we were innocent, when we treated each other with respect, communicated without smartphones and buildings were built to last. Sure it was. In memory, we merge reality with idealized edition...
Harri Stojka
Viennese music legend Harri Stojka looks ahead at 60 There’s very little certainty in the life and career of an artist. Musical trends and creative triumphs come and go, and so do most musicians’ fortunes. In a career spa...
Alma Mahler Vienna
Founded this year by young professional musicians from all over Europe, the Alma Mahler Kammerorchester celebrates music without borders while deconstructing chamber music from the 19th and 20th centuries as well as contemporary classical wor...
Morgan James Vienna
The rising diva graces the Vienna jazz firmament A new star on the jazz-horizon, Morgan James – who cut her teeth with covers of Aretha Franklin, Prince, Sam Smith, and her work with the popular Postmodern Jukebox – is no...
heimat:machen volkskundemuseum
The past is only foreign if you deny its powerful impact on the present Thanks to fresh research by curators Birgit Johler und Magdalena Puchberger, the exhibition Heimat:Machen (Creating:Homeland) at the Volkskundemuseum...
University Applied Arts 150 Vienna
A spawning ground for many venerable creators, the Universität für Angewandte Kunst (University of Applied Arts) – or Angewandte for short – is celebrating its 150th birthday, looking back while looking forward with the exhibition Ästhetik de...
Polaroid project
Predating Instagram by several decades, Polaroid’s instant photographs were a hit from the mid-20th century up to the digital revolution, fitting all darkroom procedures inside the camera and promising the “60-second excitement.” ...
white rabbit red rabbit vienna
Nassim Soleimanpour has traveled the world without leaving his native Iran. Vienna’s Spektakel theater reserved a first row seat for the playwright, but it was empty during the performance of his maiden experimental play, White Rabbit Red Rab...
margaret cho vienna
Blunt and fearless, Margaret Cho is a real groundbreaker in her field of comedy, getting a rise from audiences since exploding on stage in the early 1990s. Tirelessly taking on controversial subjects with scathing observati...
wait until dark vienna
Home invasions and darkness are two of our most primal fears – and excellent ingredients for a great thriller, as Frederick Knott succinctly proves in his play Wait Until Dark. Famously adapted for the screen in 1967 with A...
vintage movie theatres vienna
Vienna’s vintage movie theatres endure and thrive with niche programming. Cinema is a young medium, around for just over a century. But it’s made up for it with nostalgia. Self-referential and prone to looking back, som...
loving vincent movie
Loving Vincent recreates van Gogh’s artwork in animated oil paintings If painters express themselves through their art, biographers are at a disadvantage: they may capture the person, but their message might prove harder. Unles...
Irony Perloff
The 1920s in Vienna was a time of despair and confusion in a world of lost empire, political upheaval and the trauma of war. Despite the progressive politics for the working class, cultural critic Marjorie Perloff reads t...
A Whole Life by Robert Seethaler
Andreas Egger lives a life bordering on the vegetative, both figuratively and literally: His dwelling is high above the valley, at the tree line; and his days are mostly passed in wordless labor. Unlike Seethaler’s ea...
spelunke vienna
Spelunke does dark and swanky for trendy businesspeople In German, a Spelunke is a dark and shabby bar, often hidden in a grotty backstreet near a harbor. Not unappealing to Viennese, who have a soft spot for the shady an...
gerstner
In the ornate Palais Todesco, right across from the Vienna State Opera, Gerstner hosts a Viennese Sunday brunch that will wow visitors and locals alike. Guests enjoy a choice selection of Viennese cuisine surrounded by gilded moldings and histor...
joseph brot vienna
Producing handmade organically sourced bagels the traditional way is a labor of love: It takes three days just to make the dough and another four to give them that satisfying crunch while keeping the inside pleasantly smooth. B...
Travel Kinderhotels
Kinderhotels are the vacation secret your kids want you to know. Let’s play a game. It’s a simple one, not difficult at all. It’s called “Spot the family who just got back from holiday.” I’ll give you a hint: Your typic...
Yoga Vienna
Yoga in Vienna is on the rise and could just cure your winter blues. Every day, the mat meets you where you are. Yesterday’s pestilent hangover is reduced to a mild pulse in my temple, followed by a slight twitch. My ag...
bassena meaning
To be truly integrated in Vienna there are certain terms no dictionary or Deutschkurs will properly explain. But you’re no stranger, so here’s this month’s cheat sheet. BASSENA Noun. Orig., either French basin or Italian bacino, both meaning ba...
brands vienna
Our memories are sugarcoated. The games we played, the clothes we wore, how we got from point A to B make us feel like a kid again. MADRID SKATEBOARDS Long before the character Max Mayfield, from “Stranger Th...
Vintage Frameshore
For this issue, we chose two shops that will give your home some nostalgic air, and if you haven’t settled yet, there’s a new place called Oliver that makes feeling at home a cinch. OLIVER* To feel ...
vintage wine vienna
The unique qualities of older vintages aren’t apparent, so let an expert’s insight guide you. Old wines hold a certain mystery. With their dusty labels, shelved away in chilly cellars, their allure is in the rediscovery. ...
ali rabbani favorite things december
If there is one bit of nostalgia that foreigners and tourists associate with Austria: It’s the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical The Sound of Music, made popular by the 1965 film starring Julie Andrews. We dedicate this month to those gift-giving exp...
photoshoot nostalgia
We retreat into nostalgia for comfort, for the feeling of being in a time period that is better than the present. We project meaning, romance and allure onto objects and settings in an attempt to flee our uncomfortable realities. For the nost...