Home Is Where срце 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.

Serbian Community

4 Serbian Idioms Taken Literally

A “boy throwing an eye on a girl,” or someone “cutting his ears to patch his ass” these are very common expressions in Serbian. In these illustrations, you can see the literal meaning of some of the most popular phrases in Serbian.

Serbs in Austria Date Back to the 17th Century

In the 1600s, Vienna was a cultural center for the Serbian people. Today, the glorious past of the intellectual elite is coming back in large strides.

Serbian Families Living in Vienna

A story of two couples and their children through the generations, with different histories and reasons for moving to and staying in Vienna.

I Serb, Therefore I am

Publication Lead Alexandra-Anna Panić introduces Vienna's Serbian community, the focus of this month's Home Is Where the Herz Is issue.

Our Local Serbian Heroes

From health and security providers to scientists and civil servants, these Serbians have become a key part of Austrian society.

Novi Sad, a Serbian City Shaped By the Habsburgs

Home to 23 national minorities, 4 official languages and three religions, this ancient Habsburg city on the Danube is the 2021 European Capital of Culture.

Traditional Serbian Cuisine at Thalia Grill in Ottakring

You lose track of time at the family-run restaurant, in the 16th district, famous for its excellent food, authentic decor and positive vibes.

Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth at the Chocolate Museum

The Misaljević family combines love, family, chocolate and business – “the most important things in life” at one of the most visited tourist attractions in the Austrian capital.

Meet Aleksandar Saša Petrović, an Austrian Actor With Serbian Roots

Actor Aleksandar Saša Petrović feels indestructible when he thinks in Serbian. A talk about movies, life and what it means to be Viennese.

The Serbians Making Vienna’s Music Scene

From the Vienna Boys Choir to the University of Music and Performing Arts, Serbian musicians bring a unique soulfulness to the Austrian musical tradition.

Social media & community blogs

Blogs from the Serbian Community

Official account of National Tourism Organisation of Serbia.

Showcasing the beauty of Serbia and inspiring you to visit it and experience everything it has to offer.

Popular travel blog by a Serbian living in Vienna.

Showcasing photography from Serbia.

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

German community February 2021

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.

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.

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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