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 en...
“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 tim...
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 wal...
The Impulstanz festival sweeps you off your feet with the best of choreography’s past, present and future When 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 spir...
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 100A Beloved among bikers, this heavy-duty utilitarian Japanese clothing...
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 ...
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 a...
Why the city is so crucial for global nuclear safety On 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...
Keisuke Numata enriches Vienna’s food culture with traditional Japanese cuisine Take 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...
See how Street Art breaks boundaries in the world of art As 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 S...
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 ...
ZWILLING MIYABI GYUTOH 5000 MCD http://www.zwilling-messer.de/ © Zwilling Functionality and harmonious aesthetics are combined in this beautiful, all-purpose Japanese-style knife. A trusty friend in any kitchen, its blade is crafted fr...
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 slowl...
“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 prett...
Man’s best friend lives the good life in our city. It’s your job to get him trained, vaccinated and properly licensed Gustl, a six-month old golden retriever, tugged at the leash, tempted by the many smells around the Donaukanal. Katherine Mawds...
Every month, we're listing up a bunch of quotes that we like. Here are our best quotes about animals:
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Slovenia
From snowy peaks to frothing waves, for the Slovenes, transition is a state of being by Faris Kočan & Kaja Primorac The Republic of Slovenia is one of the youngest countries in Europe, but like its neighbors in Central Europe, it has a lo...
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 Zoo The first elephant ever born in a zoo was b...
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, ...
Lifetimes of understandable resentment can boil over into presumptions of guilt. This is dangerous. And when important public careers are ruined, everybody loses As former Green Party defense spokesman Peter Pilz returns to Parliament this month...
Vienna closes its concert halls in the summer, but the nearby countryside offers a plethora of musical events For much of July and August, Vienna’s concert halls lock their doors. But the state of Lower Austria, which embraces Vienna from all si...
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-st...
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 elephant Arriving at the oldest existing zoo in the world, our hosts gu...
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 ...
In case you ever wondered how many Austrians own pets, or were just generally looking for a place to find random facts and stats about animals, we got you covered. Click to zoom!
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 personall...
A borderland on the edge of cultures and empires, Croatia’s position today feels eerily like a century ago On Ban Jelačić, the central square in the Croatian capital of Zagreb, black letters carved into the white gray marble commemorate the hono...
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 formulate...
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 ...
Despite urbanization, Viennese wildlife is thriving Vienna 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...
Wedged between the Alps and the Adriatic Sea, Croatia and Slovenia oscillate between the desire for more togetherness and the borders in people’s minds Many things unite Slovenia and Croatia, the two former socialist republics of Yugoslavia that...
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   Inter...
From the peaks of the Alps to the sand-stone of the Dalmatian coast, both Slovenia and Croatia have wonders small and tasty to share By Neža Lukančič & Benjamin Wolf © IFeelSlovenia Sleep in a Herdsman's Cottage in Velika Planina...
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 Presenti...
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 ...
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 cen...
Pets
The Viennese love their pets under and their meaty schnitzel on the table. A report on the animals we cuddle and those we devour An elderly lady is walking by Schwedenplatz, followed closely by her golden retriever. She stops at a sausage stand ...
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 fro...
Thriller
Benjamin Black’s addictive new thriller re-creates an irresistible world of sex and sorcery in 16th century Prague It’s a snowy December 1599 in Prague, then the capital of the Habsburg Empire, and the emperor’s mistress has had her throat bruta...
dotdotdot
Vienna’s quirky short film festival encourages you to interact with the medium Celebrating 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 med...
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 ma...
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 a...
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...
Gus Van Sant
Gus Van Sant explores resilience through pitch-black humor Based 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 Privat...
Ufertaverne
At the Ufertaverne of the Hofbauer Segelschule, great food and wine is only half the draw It’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 Do...
Incubus
After a six-year hiatus, the Californian alt rockers are finally back on tour Once 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 si...
Military Diplomacy
Tim Hadley details just how much the German General Staff knew about the weaknesses of the Austrian-Hungarian army Until German unification in 1871, Austria-Hungary and the German states had been in near-constant conflict. Hopes for a “Greater G...
Destination Wedding
Keanu Reeves and Winona Ryder attempt to revive the classic romantic comedy in Destination Wedding The world around us might be constantly changing, but some things never go out of style. Case in point: Destination Wedding, a film that is nothin...
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 dange...
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 poin...
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 ...
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 s...
Metropole and viennacontemporary join forces to help new buyers navigate the local art scene in style When 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 ...
Vienna is the most liveable city in the world! The Austrian capital tops the global EIU survey, taking the crown from seven-year champion Melbourne. Austria? Australia? It's all the same, not just to many English-speakers, but also to the analysts o...