Security was tight in Vienna on Wednesday for the official visit of the Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. A wide area around the Hofburg palace in Vienna’s 1st District was cordoned off, and helicopters could be heard circling in the blue and sunny sky.As is common practice with state guests, Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen greeted the Iranian and...
Metropole and viennacontemporary join forces to help new buyers navigate the local art scene in styleWhen you visit the sauna for the first time, you may feel a bit unsure of yourself –where do you look, when can you talk? Well, the art market may have (slightly) less nudity, but can feel just as daunting for people who dream...
fashion
Follow big and little sister on a break-in! The destination: Artist Hannes Mlenik’s Arch in the Vienna Prater Ateliers. Once inside, the sisters convene under the arch to perform an ancient love ritual, to activate the objects of their desire. But then it all goes wrong. The spell isolates them, trapping them between the worlds of passion and oblivion.photographer...
At 14, I joined the ranks of the Viennese pet-owning public when – for a brief stint of six weeks – I adopted an adorable short-haired black and white puppy named Kuro. My after-school bike rides through the Prater were replaced with frenzied dog walks and many repetitions of the words “Sitz!” “Fuss!” and “Aus!”Public transport was my next...
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.To the editor, (In response to “Up & Down the Danube,” MET 28, June 2018)Nick Thorpe’s cover story “Up & Down the Danube“ in the June 2018 issue of...
Lifetimes of understandable resentment can boil over into presumptions of guilt. This is dangerous. And when important public careers are ruined, everybody losesAs former Green Party defense spokesman Peter Pilz returns to Parliament this month, it’s a good time to reflect on the short and intense history of the #MeToo campaign – from a website launched in Harlem a...
They love him or they hate him: Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz is more notorious across Europe than most of his predecessors. Now he is taking over the EU presidency. This will be interesting.Austrian Chancellor Bruno Kreisky once formulated the beautiful phrase, “You have no idea how much praise I can handle.” While this may be said for anyone, right...
The director and general manager of the Schönbrunn Zoo, Dagmar Schratter, spoke to us about activism, animal husbandry, why some frogs wave and the tricks of impregnating an elephantArriving at the oldest existing zoo in the world, our hosts guided us past the excited chatter of a school class, then a couple holding hands beside the giraffe enclosure and...
Liste Pilz founder Peter Pilz has finally taken his seat in parliament after initially declining it in the wake of sexual harassment allegations against him after his party’s surprise win at the 2017 national elections. It was far from a triumphal entry however; at Monday’s swearing in, almost all female members of parliament staged a walkout in protest over...
“Welcome to a new world of work.” A 3-minute animated video with this feel-good title was published on June 18 by the Austrian Economic Chambers (WKO), attempting to sell online audiences on the benefits of (potentially) working 12 hours a day, 5 times a week. The Youtube video uses catchy lyrics and cute human and animal characters to translate...
FOREIGN DOGS, KEEP OUT! Gottfried Waldhäusl, FPÖ state councilor for Lower Austria, expressed concerns over dogs with a migrant background while discussing security policies. “I am glad the FPÖ finally found its core competence: the closure of dangerous dog routes,” one user reacted online.The Freedom Party claims that these dogs often occupy limited space at local animal shelters that would...
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Pets
The Viennese love their pets under and their meaty schnitzel on the table. A report on the animals we cuddle and those we devourAn elderly lady is walking by Schwedenplatz, followed closely by her golden retriever. She stops at a sausage stand to buy a Käsekrainer sausage in a bun and sits down on a shady bench to enjoy...
An employment consultant with 20 years’ experience has some advice for landing your dream job in Vienna.Want to work in Vienna? Finding a job as a foreigner may not be easy, and it surely takes perseverance and realism, consultant Andreas Vetr says, but with the right skill set and passion for the job, it can be done.Vetr, a managing...
The international family is something we are inclined to think of as a new phenomenon – but it isn’t.Marriage has been a contract since antiquity, controlled by laws, regulations and custom. The Roman Empire, which covered continents, legislated on marriage and divorce among different peoples, establishing many of the concepts still relevant to international families today. In the modern...
Why the city is so crucial for global nuclear safetyOn December 8, 1953, US President Dwight D. Eisenhower stood before the UN General Assembly to plead for peaceful uses for atomic energy. “My country’s purpose is to help us to move out of the dark chamber of horrors into the light,” he said, “to find a way by which...
Summer School Anti-Corruption Summer Academy 29.6. – 6.7.An intensive program designed for professionals eager to better counter corruption.International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA) Münchendorfer Str. 2, 2361 Laxenburg  International and European Studies 14.7. – 11.8.The Uni Wien offers a multi-dimensional survey of the EU, including decision-making processes, institutions and political culture. Students come from all over the world. University of Vienna, Summer School CampusBürglstein 1,...
spanish riding school vienna
“The relationship with the horse is often even better than the one with a spouse. We have to both work together and have fun together.”The packed house waited eagerly for the stars to arrive. Taking photos was forbidden. As the performers slowly entered one by one to ceremonial music, every movement was met with applause. The “show” was the...
zoo
"While I was schlepping a barrow of elephant dung, a passing visitor said, ‘These zoo people always look so damn happy!’ It’s true – I love my job.” - Hannah Schleicher, Zookeeper at Schönbrunn ZooThe first elephant ever born in a zoo was born at Schönbrunn in 1906. The oldest zoo in the world has also made recent history,...
“Many people treat their cats like babies in fur costumes. But they are not replacements for children; they have their own special needs.”It is said, a cat has nine lives. But Shawnee, a 10-year-old Maine Coon living in Floridsdorf, seems pretty happy with just the one. His home is Zen-like, with a garden and swimming pool in the backyard....
People think that our dogs just follow orders. But really, it’s a cooperation – we tell them what we need, and they see how they can implement it.”When dogs encounter each other on the street, there’s often a scuffle. Owners tug on leashes, by-standers are annoyed. But when an inquisitive pug barked at Ayhoka, she didn’t even flinch. Ayhoka...
Man’s best friend lives the good life in our city. It’s your job to get him trained, vaccinated and properly licensedGustl, a six-month old golden retriever, tugged at the leash, tempted by the many smells around the Donaukanal. Katherine Mawdsley stopped. “We’ve got to regroup here. Gustl, sit,” she commanded. He did. “Good boy!” Mawdsley said, giving him a...
To the late chef Anthony Bourdain, “Life without veal stock, pork fat, sausage, organ meat, demi-glace, or even stinky cheese is not a life worth living.” Vegetarians, he wrote in Kitchen Confidential, “are the enemy of everything good and decent in the human spirit, an affront to all I stand for – the pure enjoyment of food.” Bourdain was...
Austria is taking the helm of EU politics for the third time. As the Conservatives formed a government with the far-right Freedom Party, Brussels is watching closely One chilly day last December, only days after he formed a new government with the anti-migrant, anti-MuslimFreedom Party (FPÖ), Chancellor Sebastian Kurz took his first trip abroad. Significantly, he went to Brussels, the...
In my youth, a small band of visionaries led by Jean Monnet transformed the European Coal and Steel Community first into the European Common Market and then the EU. People of my generation were enthusiastic supporters of the process.I personally regarded the EU as the embodiment of the idea of the open society. It was a voluntary association of...
Wedged between the Alps and the Adriatic Sea, Croatia and Slovenia oscillate between the desire for more togetherness and the borders in people’s mindsMany things unite Slovenia and Croatia, the two former socialist republics of Yugoslavia that together stretch along nearly 2,000 km of the Adriatic coast – although politicians often seem determined to emphasize the differences. Since the...
Slovenia
From snowy peaks to frothing waves, for the Slovenes, transition is a state of beingby Faris Kočan & Kaja PrimoracThe Republic of Slovenia is one of the youngest countries in Europe, but like its neighbors in Central Europe, it has a long history – a territory the stage again and again for the great conquerors of history. The monuments...
A borderland on the edge of cultures and empires, Croatia’s position today feels eerily like a century agoOn Ban Jelačić, the central square in the Croatian capital of Zagreb, black letters carved into the white gray marble commemorate the honored dead: “Soldiers of the glorious 25th and 53rd Home Defenders Regiment, declaring themselves publicly in favor of the independent...
From the peaks of the Alps to the sand-stone of the Dalmatian coast, both Slovenia and Croatia have wonders small and tasty to shareBy Neža Lukančič & Benjamin Wolf© IFeelSlovenia Sleep in a Herdsman's Cottage in Velika Planina Located on the southern ridge of the Kamnik–Savinja Alps, the Velika Planina plateau hosts one of the largest shepherd’s settlements in Europe. The...
Despite urbanization, Viennese wildlife is thrivingVienna may be best known for its grand imperial architecture and cosmopolitan center, but it has another side to it not usually fea­tured in guidebooks: With the city limits extending deep into Lower Austria, more than 50 percent of its area is green spaces, making it one of the lushest capitals in the world....
As hard as it is to find solitude in a city of almost two million, it’s far from impossible: at the Lainzer Tiergarten nature preserve in the 13th and 23rd districts, you can have a whole forest to yourself – barring the occasional wild boar. A word of advice: Don’t get too close to the wildlife. At least once...
The Impulstanz festival sweeps you off your feet with the best of choreography’s past, present and futureWhen you add a pinch of ballet, a drop of jazz, a dash of creative freedom and ably dismantle the linear principals of classicism, a new spirit is born: contemporary dance.Constantly playing with new forms of expression and often pushing the very limits of physicality,...
The cruelest punishment imaginable,” said the Viennese modernist architect Adolf Loos, “would be to be locked up in a prison cell decorated by Josef Hoffmann.”Contemporaries though they were, the two design legends were at conceptual sword points: Loos was a radical purist and minimalist, Hoffmann part of the exuberant Secessionist school around Koloman Moser and Gustav Klimt. History makes...
See how Street Art breaks boundaries in the world of artAs summer scorches Vienna, the torturous heat may tempt locals and visitors into momentary lockdown, but it certainly hasn’t stopped a most magical transformation: at the 5th Calle Libre Street Art Festival, greying walls are bursting to life by virtue of aerosol cans. Under the Motto “CINCO” (five in...
Vienna closes its concert halls in the summer, but the nearby countryside offers a plethora of musical eventsFor much of July and August, Vienna’s concert halls lock their doors. But the state of Lower Austria, which embraces Vienna from all sides, makes up for the shortfall by hosting concerts across the entire countryside.Plethora means an excessive amount of something,...
Incubus
After a six-year hiatus, the Californian alt rockers are finally back on tourOnce labeled as “a nu-metal band for people who don’t like nu-metal bands,” by the Chicago Tribune, the Californian band Incubus has been a critical favorite almost since its foundation in 1991, thrilling audiences with energetic, rough performances and an idiosyncratic style that defies classification, including elements...
Elvis Costello
Widely regarded as one of the greatest singers/songwriters ever, Elvis Costello is known for his witty lyrics, often using wordplay in his songs, which has brought him the reputation of being a “pop encyclopedia.” Rising to fame with his 1977 debut album My Aim is True, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, has won...
Destination Wedding
Keanu Reeves and Winona Ryder attempt to revive the classic romantic comedy in Destination WeddingThe world around us might be constantly changing, but some things never go out of style. Case in point: Destination Wedding, a film that is nothing less than a revival of the classic romantic comedy of the mid-20th century – those witty battles of the...
Gus Van Sant
Gus Van Sant explores resilience through pitch-black humorBased on a true story, this sweet-and-sour biopic on Jon Callahan, an alcoholic quadriplegic turned cartoonist, falls perfectly into the celebrated director Gus Van Sant’s (My Own Private Idaho, Good Will Hunting) repertoire of normdefying movies.Set in his native Portland, Van Sant doesn’t so much adapt Callahan’s unrefined autobi- ography as confront...
dotdotdot
Vienna’s quirky short film festival encourages you to interact with the mediumCelebrating the intensity and ingenuity of cinema’s short form, the past years have made the Dotdotdot festival a summer fixture, displaying the full range of the medium on Thursday and Friday evenings within the inner courtyard of the baroque Palais Schönborn.Now in its third edition after succeeding its...
From chill lake-side vibes to eclectic performances in old Italian towns, the European festival circuit has it all. Here are our 5 favorite open air festivals in or around Austria!© Michael Hametner Acoustic Lakeside Festival Presenting a cornucopia of singer/songwriters, Acoustic Lakeside is a good fit for those seeking an oasis of calm – Nothing fits better to soothing vibes than a...
Thriller
Benjamin Black’s addictive new thriller re-creates an irresistible world of sex and sorcery in 16th century PragueIt’s a snowy December 1599 in Prague, then the capital of the Habsburg Empire, and the emperor’s mistress has had her throat brutally slashed open. A naïve young scholar, new in the city but with delusions of grandeur, has been tasked to solve...
Military Diplomacy
Tim Hadley details just how much the German General Staff knew about the weaknesses of the Austrian-Hungarian armyUntil German unification in 1871, Austria-Hungary and the German states had been in near-constant conflict. Hopes for a “Greater German Solution” with a Habsburg-dominated Central Europe ended in 1866, with the Austrians suffering a crushing defeat that led to a new constitution...
Ufertaverne
At the Ufertaverne of the Hofbauer Segelschule, great food and wine is only half the drawIt’s a sunny Sunday in Vienna, with a light breeze. A great day to be on the water. From the broad terrace of the Ufertaverne (shore tavern) on the Alte Donau, the sailboats of the Segelschule Hofbauer tack back and forth among the pedal...
Keisuke Numata enriches Vienna’s food culture with traditional Japanese cuisineTake one quick stroll along your local food court and you may come to believe that the world revolves around cold, vinegared rice melded with raw fish into bite-size cakes wrapped in seaweed. While sushi’s popularity is holding fast, Kyoto-born chef Keisuke Numata, spills an insider secret: Most of it...
Cobenzl
Luftschloss Cobenzl is a magnificent venue with an amazing view – but patience is mandatory.With Vienna’s abundance of historic stately homes, it’s a wonder no one had thought of the pop-up project Luftschloss Cobenzl before. Set in an 18th century chateau on Kahlenberg currently awaiting redevelopment, the name is a play on its German name and the idiom Luftschloss...
wine
The Weinbauschule Klosterneuburg continues to innovate new grape varieties.Austrian wine lovers all know Zweigelt, the quintessential Austrian red wine and the foundation grape of the Neusiedlersee DAC. Undemanding, Zweigelt wines can range from young, fruit-rich daily quaffs to complex, barrique-matured regional specialties. The eternal Austria grape…except that Zweigelt didn’t exist before 1922. It’s the greatest success so far of...
cricket
Cricket is everywhere in Austria – if you know where to look."Er spielt für uns!” (“He’s playing for us”) comes the ­repeated ­chirp ­from somewhere behind the stumps. The Vienna Cricket Club batsmen are struggling in this preseason friendly match against the Indian Cricket Club­­ Vienna. ­On a chilly field somewhere just north of the city, I’m being teased by the opposition...
The Danube Delta is a haven of biodiversity, but animals and humans need a helping hand.It’s early morning and I’m wandering around a small tongue of land in the heart of the Danube Delta in Romania, where the mighty river splits into dozens of channels, spreading like a spiderweb over 580,000 hectares of wet-, wood- and grasslands before trickling...
ZWILLING MIYABI GYUTOH 5000 MCD http://www.zwilling-messer.de/© ZwillingFunctionality and harmonious aesthetics are combined in this beautiful, all-purpose Japanese-style knife. A trusty friend in any kitchen, its blade is crafted from micro carbide powdered steel for premium use. Incredibly thin, yet impressively stable and durable, the blade is honed on both sides, with a birch grip for a good hold.€429 GUCCI BLOOM ACQUA...
As summer hits a crescendo, we check out some intriguing new concepts, from quality pet food to alternative medicine and Japanese denim.IRON HEART VIENNA 7., Burggasse 100ABeloved among bikers, this heavy-duty utilitarian Japanese clothing brand and ethical outfitter boasts impeccable classic design, durability, sustainable practices and the highest standards in quality, setting it a cut above the rest. Better yet,...
Sasche Peng
A new collection of local hot spots and events to discover! To advertise please contact ads@metropole.at.  HOTEL AM BRILLIANTENGRUND Vintage, trendy and boasting one of the city’s most charming courtyards, this gem of a family-run boutique hotel also runs a Philippine restaurant, featuring its take on classics like pancit, lumpia, bistek and adobo – all lactose-free and without flavor enhancers. With...
Verb. To get worked up; to make a mountain out of a molehill; to pump up one’s (probably) already over-inflated ego and exaggerate one’s importance; to make a big deal out of something rather insignificant. Lit. to “poodle up”; anyone who’s seen how stereotypical wealthy Viennese old ladies dote on their poodles and other lapdogs, spending considerable amounts at...
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