Home Is Where Herz Is

Understanding Vienna means understanding all the cultures that make up this diverse city. Vienna is home to people from over 180 nations. Metropole gives them a voice.

Every month we will focus on each community in a stand-along print publication accompanied by videos, online articles, social media takeovers and fun-filled events with delicious food.

Here are the 10 communities:

This content comes from young Viennese journalists with roots in these communities, supported and guided by the Metropole team.

German Community

Closed Borders Can’t Stop Love

On March 16, 2020, European politicians closed internal EU borders to stop the spread of the coronavirus. It was more than a formality: this massive restriction on interpersonal relationships did not go over easily.

Where to Buy German ‘Mett’ in Vienna

When I make the case for 'Mett' to my Austrian friends, I’m usually met with raised eyebrows and disgruntled faces. While they seem to question my mental health, I promise 'Mett' is worth a try. Thus, I ventured fourth on a quest for 'Mett' in Vienna.

‘Til Death Do Us Part – Understanding the German-Austrian Relationsh...

From football to Franz Ferdinand, Germans and Austrians always find plenty to (dis)agree upon.

The Best German Restaurants in Vienna

From 'Butterbretzn' to 'Fischbrötchen' - Here are the spots serving traditional German cuisine in the city.

Being German in Vienna

Community Lead Vera Gasber introduces Vienna's German community, the largest immigrant group in the city, and the star of this month's 'Home is Where the Herz Is' issue.

Thonet – Vienna’s Iconic Chair, Made in Germany

A fixture in the traditional 'Kaffeehaus' – the creation of German master joiner Michael Thonet became a legend of 19th-century design.

Meet Karola Kraus, the German Directing Vienna’s Mumok

Kraus sets her sights on educating audiences and widening the platform for women in the Austrian art world. In some ways, being German helped.

Meet the Germans Living in Vienna

What does it mean to be German in Austria? A satirist, a local activist, a musician, a community manager, and a TV and radio star share their experiences.

Dark and Morbid – How Germans Perceive Austrian Films

Why Austria is considered to be the capital of "feel bad cinema."

Vienna’s Money Boy Is Dominating the German Rap Scene

He’s weird, he’s scandalous, and he’s influencing the German language like no Austrian rapper before. May we present the phenomenon that is Money Boy.

Watch What You Say! Where Austrians & Germans Differ

Germany and Austria share many of the same values, and much culture and history. Yet, in spite (or possibly because) of that, the little brother staunchly holds on to a distinct cultural identity – most notably in language, which can sometimes make communication difficult.

Social media & community blogs

Blogs from the German Community

Personal website of German Herz Edition Lead and video journalist Vera Gasber. 

Official website of freelance writer and Herz German edition contributor David Sievers. 

Photography from German Herz contributor Ingrid Götz.

Personal website of German Herz contributor Lisa De Nada.

Photography and writing from German Herz contributor Evan Goldschald.

Videos

Romanian Community September 2020

You Are What You Speak

When you wander the streets of Vienna, you'll hear a multitude of languages. Over 30 percent of us moved here from abroad, spicing up the local lingo with our accents and dialects. Here's a short primer for how to sound Romanian.

Hungarian Community October 2020

7 Austrian Words With Hungarian Origins

Lángos, csárdás, Puszta – Viennese have surely come across these words that found their way from Hungarian into the Austrian vocabulary. Remember them for the next time you want to impress your favorite Magyar.

Commuting Between Vienna and Budapest

It’s Friday afternoon at Praterstern. Eight strangers pile into a small van that commutes between Vienna and Budapest at least twice a day ‐ even during COVID, when regulations allow. It’s much more than hitching a ride.

Meet the Hungarian Voices on Viennese Stages

Founded in 1741, the Burgtheater always had a strong link between language and national identity, but today it stages an international ensemble of artists. Just like the Volkstheater, Vienna’s stages are opening up to Europe and beyond.

Polish Community November 2020

Commuting From Poland to Vienna to Pay the Bills

Today, Poles abroad are in a very different situation than in 2004. Their average salary is increasing – and in Austria, it’s the highest of anywhere in the EU. Austrian Poles are also sending more money home than Poles living elsewhere in Europe, as trade increases bring the two countries economically closer

Serbian community January 202C

Made possible by:

Vienna Business Agency

Project Partners:

Österreichischer Integrations Fonds

The Austrian Integration Fund (ÖIF) provides help with daily online German courses at several language levels and the free learning and teaching offer at www.sprachportal.at. They can help with independent and location-independent study options, practice possibilities and checking your German language skills, with exam preparation or help catching up on missed content.

Austrian Business Agency