Cares unravel in the pristine alpine stillness of Upper Austria’s Grünau im Almtal   Cascades of snowflakes thick as the Milky Way tumbled down the ski slope, erasing the trails made by the few other skiers. We had the piste, framed by s...
Vienna for Lovers: From the amorous to the apathetic – there is something for everyone this February 14th   Valentine’s Day stirs the romantic in all of us, with even the most blasé taking their turns as Romeo and Juliet. So unless you’r...
Nothing says “be mine” like giving your sweetheart seductive, sticky confections in a fancy box. Luckily for you, this city understands luxury candy better than most   A dollop of dark chocolate filled with velvety nougat and topped with...
An exhibition of iconic photographs from the revolutionary camera that made them possible – the legendary Leica The sailor kissing a girl in Times Square, Che Guevara in heroic pose, Vietnamese children running screaming from a napalm attack – i...
  Few questions are left unanswered in the pictograms and statistics collected in these two volumes.The second, on Vienna, was just published in 2015 and will give you the inside advantage on local trivia Did you know that only one in thirty c...
Showing off the instrument’s versatility, this international festival offers a month of squeezebox fever.   Featuring both regional and international acts, the brainchild of local impresario Friedl Preisl (who also organizes the Klezmer ...
With a fascinating cast of characters, Philipp Blom’s engaging history of  the inter-war years stages the glories and agonies of these troubled times.  The legacy of World War I was one of disillusionment, even betrayal: Four empires were destro...
The Beaver Brewing Company brings craft beer and American classics to Alsergrund   From the outside, the Beaver Brewing Company is just another bland masonry façade on the Liechtensteinstraße, washed smooth with new stucco, in a glow of ...
This celebrity chef from Israel has opened another of his Miznon civilized street food restaurants in Vienna   “It’s the entire world on the plate,” gushes Israeli chef Eyal Shani, serving his guests in his newly opened street food resta...
The Servitenviertel is almost hidden, with countless side streets and cobblestones walks inviting you to a leisurely stroll. It’s almost impossible to rush anywhere here.   Just off the Ring opposite the old Stock Exchange (Börse), the “...
The adventures of a flatlander surviving in the Alps Despite the 6 a.m. train, we planned to hit the slopes the moment we arrived in Oberndorf in Tirol five hours later. The excitement of a ski trip is palpable and quite contagious; even beginne...
How Europe’s economic and demogrphic choices made in 2016 will impact the economies of Europe and the U.S. In 1973, US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, following a period of American preoccupation with Vietnam and China, declared a “year of E...
Middle-age melancholia takes center stage as Vienna’s English Theatre puts on Arnold Wesker’s ultimately optimistic play about life after 50.   With a plot that initially sounds like a psycho-thriller – woman stalks celebrity and insinua...
Editor's Letter
Trust me, I know all about you. When talking about data privacy it’s easy to get philosophical. As we researched this issue, we found ourselves discussing online behavior, our perception of how cookies had changed the user experience and what “i...
Melodramatic yet engaging, this period piece is both a lesson in oft-overlooked history and a case study on domestic terrorism   The first thing to get smashed in Suffragette is their misconceived Mary Poppins image as tea-sipping social...
The countries of Europe are faced with tidal waves of newcomers, bringing with them different values, unfamiliar cultures, and untried skills that must now be factored into daily life Picture a room: Twenty-two young men, six chairs, four whiteb...
The Coen Brothers write a love letter to the golden age of Hollywood   Set in the 1950s, the days of omnipotent studios, red scares and aquatic musicals, Hail Caesar! follows Eddie Mannix (Josh Brolin), a long-suffering fixer for Capital...
It’s no secret that Austria values its privacy.  We spoke to several people for whom the defense of privacy has become a way of life. And luckily for us, they were willing to talk about it – through their examples, illustrating the various ways in wh...
Discretion and privacy are paramount at the Hotel Orient – Vienna's time-honored institution of lust and debauchery   Walking downhill from the Freyung, the elegant Jugend-stil entrance of the Hotel Orient at the bottom of the Tiefer...
The magic of a masked ball and cabaret at the Volkstheater’s Rote Bar Pushing through the double doors onto the balcony of the Volkstheater, I pulled a pack of cigarettes from my pocket and fished for my lighter. Despite the bracing wind, I lean...
ON THE VINE guides you through our wine regions, wines and some of the growers behind them. This month we look at the Wagram region.   This is the second in our series of day trips for wine people. Wagram/Kamptal is the heartland of Aust...
A luscious but flawed exhibition bridging the Northern and Mediterranean streams of the Romantics at the Albertina Ninety years before the Secessionists, a first group of young men made an attempt to burst the confines of Viennese academic art a...
René Clemencic and his Consort celebrate half a century of early music concerts at the Musikverein What do we know about European music in 1492, the year Columbus was busy voyaging – he thought – toward Asia? We might have a Hollywood impression...
Open source genomics raise enormous challenges when protecting patient identity Over the past decade the genomic revolution has taken off in spectacular style ushering in the potential for truly personalized medicine. At the same time, genome sh...
A master of the feuilleton, the author’s virtuosity is on full display on every page of this collection of newspaper essays about people and politics in Europe in the 1920s and 30s Joseph Roth was a master of the feuilleton – or “saying true thi...
Pinochet’s thugs are the least of Emma Watson and Daniel Brühl’s problems as they relive the bad old days of the 1973 coup in Chile   Part political thriller, part torrid love story, Colonia follows Lena, a young Lufthansa stewardess, as...
Closing Europe’s borders is not the solution to the refugee crisis, but it might help open a real discussion about it. by Dardis McNamee and Gregory Weeks On January 18th, the eve of the EU Asylum Summit in Vienna, Austria’s Chancellor Werner...
We asked the U.K. Ambassador to Austria, Susan le Jeune d’Allegeershecque, to tell us what differences she sees between British and Austrian views on privacy.   19 January 2016 Dear Metropole, ensuring we can both protect our privacy...
Tom McCarthy’s acclaimed drama pits the power of investigative journalism against the catholic church’s child abuse cover-up   Drawing comparisons to All the President’s Men for its no-nonsense depiction of newsroom minutiae, Spotlight s...
It took four years for the EU’s twenty-eight member states to pass the new law on data protection. Now companies are bracing themselves for high stakes and citizens hoping for more control. If you don’t have the data, you don’t have the oil.” Th...
From the internet to the bedroom, Austrians care about – and protect – the personal sphere. It’s a cultural thing. On a cold, grey day in January, a security camera suspended from a bouquet of colorful balloons was bobbing on a long cord over th...
A darkly relevant play about a clash of disparate cultures with more in common than first meets the eye.   With Vienna in a mood of high alert after the deadly Islamist attacks in Paris on November 13, and the violent sexual assaults on ...
letters readers october 2015
To All Our Readers: Thank you so very much for your support and comments over our social media channels and in person for our first three issues! METROPOLE is a product that is created for expats by expats, and incorporating your feedback into our m...
Whatever Happened To The U5? The Vienna subway network is fast, safe, and clean – but something has been missing.  The lines are U1, 2, 3, 4 and 6 – but no U5. Now that transport is incorporated into City Councilor Ulli Sima's infrastructure p...
Fear of Big-Data snoops sifting through your chat history, photo streams, and following your private trips across town? Greta Garbo understood about privacy: She didn't want to "be" alone, as the Hollywood myth-makers would have it. “I want to b...