smoking ban vienna
As the door to Café Einhorn opens, a draft of icy winter air surges into the room. For a fleeting moment, our lungs suck in the oxygen before it dissolves into the yellow haze of dozens of cigarettes, preserving the bar’s reputation as one of the smo...
reichenhetze
“How are you doing today?” the paramedic asks with a smile, as the ambulance hurtles towards the hospital. “I’m not talking to a Neger (negro),” the patient spews back. “Pardon me?“ he says. “You heard me!” she retorts. The paramedic starts to...
austrian news
A quick-and-dirty synopsis of recent headlines in Vienna. Team Austria Gears up for the Winter Olympics The 23rd Winter Olympic Games will take place this year from February 9 to 25, in PyeongChang, South Korea. About 3,000 athletes from 95 natio...
top 10 netflix
There’s so much good television on streaming websites, not to mention the films. It’s impossible to keep track of what is worth your time. When it’s cold outside, it’s time to cuddle up with a good movie or start binging your next series.
editors letter democracy
In theory, it’s a great idea. We all join in and decide who we’d like to govern us. We get the leadership we ask for. But recent elections see Europeans biting their nails at the same time that the constant onslaught of “sad” news fro...
vienna library
With countless books and manuscripts collected over centuries, Vienna has a lot to offer bookworms. There can be magic in a library: illuminated by the suffused glow of shaded lamps, entire walls of infinite shelves full of books clear up to t...
Yasmina Reza
In Yasmina Reza’s Art, three friends are at odds as their dynamic shifts. What binds people together? Long-term friendships are often taken for granted, so when a 15-year-old connection between three brothers in arms unravels, the effect can be ...
Krzysztof Kieślowski
Krzysztof Kieślowski’s noted TV drama is adapted to the stage. Exploring morality in a world where God is dead and ideologies are non-existent or minimal, the Dekalog series by Polish filmmaker Krzysztof Kieślowski (The Double Life of Veronique,...
Aeschylus
The Burgtheater surtitles Aeschylus’ trilogy in English. With matricide, murder, revenge, adultery and deceit, Aeschylus’ trilogy the Oresteia covers the final chapter of mythology’s most accursed family, the house of Atreus. One of the most rec...
karl marx
The Waschsalon in the historic Karl Marx-Hof shows how the Social Democrats shaped Vienna. The museum Das Rote Wien im Waschsalon (Red Vienna at the Laundry Room) is certainly unusual: True to its name, the first thing you notice is the distinct...
three billboards outside ebbing missouri
A bereaved mother’s quest for justice escalates into a dark, hilarious feud. Well known for pitch-black comedies like In Bruges and Seven Psychopaths, award-winning writer-director Martin McDonagh’s latest film is a chip ...
pools vienna
Vienna’s many indoor swimming pools are the ideal place to stay fit during the winter. It’s been a long day and my head is full to the brim. Alongside my looming to-do list, a constant influx of emails is still buzzing through my phone. My usu...
salopp vienna
Bartenders have it hard these days. A signature drink is a must for the in-crowd craving novelty, yet most patrons aren’t willing to venture too far out of their comfort zone, resulting in endless variations of trendy classics like the mule or gin an...
pub klemo vienna
If Rome has coffee and Moscow has vodka, then Vienna’s soul fuel is surely wine. The city is awash in the stuff: dozens of Vinotheken and wine bars, some as vast as supermarkets and others intimate, but all bring us the best that France, Italy o...
jamie oliver
Jamie’s Italian seeks the balance between class and comfort. It was only a matter of time: The gastronomic empire of British chef Jamie Oliver has found its way to Vienna, opening its first branch in a German-speaking country at the end of last ...
man ray
A glimpse beyond the iconic artist’s photographs. One of Dadaism and Surrealism’s most recognizable artists, Man Ray became a household name as a photographer, achieving lasting fame with erotic, absurdist images as well as conventional portra...
stadtpark
For all the rolling Prater meadows and vineyards in the Vienna Woods, green space in the city center is in short supply – were it not for the Stadtpark (city park), popular as ever with humans and pigeons as it was in the 19th century. Complet...
Martha Jungwirth
The renowned Austrian artist Martha Jungwirth garners some late fame. Pointedly setting spots of paint, blurred surfaces and strong colors, Austrian painter Martha Jungwirth is known for using certain objects as inspiration and transforming th...
festliche tage alter musik
The Klangforum’s Festliche Tage Alter Musik – with works composed between 1908 and 1961 – show us how old (and beautiful) modern music really is. It’s like needing reading glasses: the closer something is, the harder it i...
grandmaster flash
The music legend throws an audio-visual block party for the history of Hip Hop. With Hip Hop entering something resembling maturity, it pays to remember its roots – those heady days when pioneering musicians were still de...
pokey lafarge
The retro virtuoso Pokey LaFarge uses his classic sound to express everyday blues. Combining new and old, singer-songwriter Pokey LaFarge channels contemporary and personal issues into his latest release, Manic Revela...
downsizing
A puny Matt Damon grapples with big ideas in the sci-fi dramedy Downsizing. Alexander Payne has done it again. The acclaimed director-screenwriter behind contemporary classics About Schmidt, Sideways and The Descendants c...
shape of water
In The Shape of Water Guillermo del Toro once again blends reality and fantasy, crafting an unusual, transcendant love story. Highly esteemed for his visual panache as seen in films like Pan‘s Labyrinth, Hellboy and Crimson Peak, director, scr...
bundesheer
The Bundesheer is the nation’s stepchild, unloved and underfed. But it is a respected international player and may have found its new role. Today’s Austrian army, the Bundesheer (BH), is a military minnow: 15,000 professional soldiers, 18,000 dr...
book review paul lendvai orban
In "Orban: Europe's New Strongman" Paul Lendvai tracks the ambition of the increasingly authoritarian Hungarian prime minister. In politics, symbols matter. So it was on Heroes’ Square in Budapest that some 250,000 people gathered on June 6, 1...
Heinz fischer
For Heinz Fischer, loving his country means caring about peacekeeping, education and reviving the lessons of history. Not many people know where to find him. Past the Portiere and through the courtyard, up the winding steps of the storied Amal...
Austrian Politics
From Proporz to Verhaberung, participation and influence in Austria go far beyond the walls of Parliament to find an "Austrian solution".  By Margaret Childs & Benjamin Wolf We just moved in,” she said, ushering me into the freshly-painted he...
alexey grubauer jumio
They have made democracy their business, whether as a software developer, university professor, museum director or in the parliamentary administration. “In a democracy, a leader is re-elected for another term if he works in the int...
Birgit Sauer
They have made democracy their business, whether as a software developer, university professor, museum director or in the parliamentary administration. “Democracy is always about emotion; we can’t exclude emotion from politics. It’s about public d...
Monika Sommer
They have made democracy their business, whether as a software developer, university professor, museum director or in the parliamentary administration. “A century after the founding of the First Republic, we want to reinvigorate Austria’s awarenes...
alexis wintoniak
They have made democracy their business, whether as a software developer, university professor, museum director or in the parliamentary administration. “Even when it seems like politics has arrived at a dead end, every five years we have a re-star...
how to politics austria
How do you make your voice heard in a country that is not entirely your own? Politics often seems like a cross between a telenovela and a car crash – you’d like to ignore it, but can’t help tuning in to the next crazy episode. Groucho Marx cal...
facebook
The threats to democracy are not a side effect, but inherent to the platform’s business model. An early investor outlines a campaign to do something about it. My story with Facebook began in early 2006. Mark Zuckerberg, then only 22, was looki...
empire republic austria
For the 100th anniversary of the demise of the Habsburg Empire and the forming of new states and territories in its place, we are embarking on a year-long reporting project. In autumn 1918, after four years of a grinding, devastating war, ...
digital revolution
Austrian politics is late to the digital revolution. Past electoral campaigns have typically focused on billboards and traditional media. But in the 2017 election, Americanization was on the rise. By Michael Bernstein with additional reporting b...
blockchain
Everyone’s talking about blockchain – that mysterious new technology inherently linked to cryptocurrencies. The more it seeps into the public debate, the more we focus on its implications for society in general. We’ve seen that digitalization em...
loval finds february
This February, we have some treats to warm you from the inside and outside – bath suds, hearty booze and a home away from home. Beer Lovers Right on Gumpendorferstrasse, this haven of suds stocks 1,500 specialty craft beers from over 100 breweries,...
iconic car designs
Some things never go out of style. These carmakers are getting great mileage out of banking on these classic designs. Volkswagen Chances are the Volkswagen bus is imprinted into your pop-cultural memory already: It was the vehicle of choice for h...

Lost in the City

fashion democracy
We live in a city of stories. Each time you turn a corner, you become part of the history of the place. Even if you know your home town inside out, it’s those moments when you discover a hidden spot you’ve never seen before that you love Vienna. f...
Erwin Gegenbauer preaches the beauty of simplicity. By Bart de Vries “Reduction is my credo,” says Erwin Gegenbauer, “luxury is simplicity and contentment.” An artisanal vinegar maker renowned the world over for his delicate flavors, it’s a...
voting
In Austria, you can vote at 16 and don’t need to register. For some elections, EU citizens can vote too. In democracies, a citizen’s right to vote is the way to participate in the democratic process. In Austria, universal suffrage for men was intr...
refugee crisis
Two years after the start of the refugee crisis, some hard truths and daunting challenges can no longer be ignored. Since 2015, when over a million refugees flooded across EU borders, it has been nearly impossible to have an honest conversatio...
proporz
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. PROPORZ Noun. The proportional division of public offices along party lines...