Has the world gotten smaller? It feels as though I have an impression of every corner of the globe. Whether it’s an image of someone backpacking through India, snapshots of a long weekend on the Amalfi Coast or the countless poolside pics of...
letters to the editor
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. And check us out on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Kicking ba...
Alois Mock
History is often remembered in an iconic photograph, and so it was when the Foreign Ministers of Austria, Alois Mock, and Hungary, Guyla Horn, met on June 27, 1989 on the border near Sopron, and with giant lopping shears, cut through the high barbed ...
Heumarkt
Vienna has traded their skyline to improve the Wiener Eislaufverein and other public spaces in the area. But at what cost? In this proud old city, the prospect of tearing down a familiar landmark for a high gloss commercial development feels a b...
unplugging
Summer in the mountains is a world apart: Here, the air is thick with smells of moist earth, acacia and wild honeysuckle. On a cloudless day, the light is clear and shimmering, the night sky a cascade of stars. There is no ambient urban glow, no hum...
vienna tourism
With visitor numbers at an all time high, the Vienna Tourist Board rethinks the City’s image. Locals may not have noticed, but Vienna’s got a new line: in October 2016, the official slogan touting the Austrian capital’s fabulousness rather quiet...
sebastian kurz
The ascent of Austria’s 30-year-old Foreign Minister marks a dramatic departure in the country’s politics, reflecting an important shift across Europe. Last December, a sigh of relief could be heard from Vienna to Brussels when the Green...
austrian headlines
A quick-and-dirty synopsis of last month’s Austrian headlines. Construction Takes Over the Gürtel Throughout the summer large-scale construction work will turn the Inner Vienna Beltway (Innerer Gürtel) bordering the 7th and 8th districts and ...
Marion Payr
Austrian Marion Payr talked to editor-in-chief Margaret Childs on the evolving world of social media, trends in travel and why Vienna is the best city to come home to. Marion Payr has one of the most followed Instagram accounts in Aust...
wanderlust
Exploring the Austrians’ love for traveling In early 2009, five months pregnant, I listened in astonishment as my Austrian guy announced he needed to travel to Tibet for a project that involved mountain climbing. I reported this to my British fr...
Kosovo
Europe’s youngest country has had a tough start to its hard-won independence, but projects backed by Austria are helping bring hope to the west Balkans. Flandrit Krasniqi, a 16-year-old Kosovar in a spotless lab coat, hands me a glass of lux...
hostel
Going to unfamiliar places can be daunting. We spoke to a youth hostel manager, an explorer turned Airbnb host, a flight attendant and a tourism board manager to find out how they help you make the most of your trip Manager, Wombats Youth Hostel...
airbnb
Going to unfamiliar places can be daunting. We spoke to a youth hostel manager, an explorer turned Airbnb host, a flight attendant and a tourism board manager to find out how they help you make the most of your trip Lebenskünstler Don’t ask M...
flight attendant
Going to unfamiliar places can be daunting. We spoke to a youth hostel manager, an explorer turned Airbnb host, a flight attendant and a tourism board manager to find out how they help you make the most of your trip Flight Attendant, Austrian Ai...
travel manager
Going to unfamiliar places can be daunting. We spoke to a youth hostel manager, an explorer turned Airbnb host, a flight attendant and a tourism board manager to find out how they help you make the most of your trip. Regional Manager for Central...
long distance relationships
When it feels like distance has doomed your love life, don't give up so soon. Long-distance relationships are living proof that love is not just physical. I can feel you next to me even when you’re thousands of miles away.” – Paulo Coelho Moz...
Music Traveler
A new startup called Music Traveler – like an Airbnb for musicians – helps music professionals find space to practice while they’re on the road. It all began when everything went wrong: Vienna-based violinist Aleksey Igudesman was planning a bad...
urban massage
The massage that comes to you, lets you de-stress in the comfort of you own home Outside of a hotel, I didn’t think you could book a massage for the same day. In a city where waiting lists for high-quality massages can take a week or more, the...
Homesickness
Previously dismissed as a sign of immaturity, homesickness is now seen by researchers as playing a vital evolutionary role. All it takes is the balmy smell of lilac, the savory taste of pierogi, or the buzzing cacophony of rush hour, and once ag...
Vienna Summer
As the natives flee town for their vacation, why not make the city your oyster? "How beautiful Vienna would be without all those Viennese,” quipped Austrian cabarettist Georg Kreisler. Today he would no doubt be pleased to know that his wish c...
Alte Donau
Peppered with silver and black poplar trees casting welcome shadows, the shores of the Alte Donau (Old Danube) make it easy to forget that you’re only a few subway stops away from the 1st district. Small wooden piers dot the shore, serving as di...
karlsplatz opera toilet
Somewhere in a public restroom, Austrian culture shoots itself in the musical foot. Karlsplatz station is a bustling public transportation hub in the heart of Vienna, with any of its long tunnels leading to one of the city’s grand landmarks. Rig...
Grafenegg
Outdoor concerts at Schloß Grafenegg are the perfect setting for an ambrosial sound experience My first summer job as a teenager was ushering at the Hollywood Bowl. In that exuberant L.A.-style classical music party, the Bowl’s huge white half d...
PJ Harvey
With a socio-critical musical reportage, the exceptional P. J. Harvey reinvents herself once again Rock-goddess, poet, MBE – for three decades, the chameleonic, multi-talented singer-songwriter P.J. Harvey has defied pigeonholing with astounding...
Dinosaur Jr.
The American alternative rock band legends crash into Vienna supporting their latest album When it comes to late 20th century rock, Dinosaur Jr. and their influence cannot be understated. Since 1984, their back-to-the-roots garage band approach ...
Biennale
The Vienna Biennale explores the disruptions and innovations affecting the world of work as we know it To live and work with robots is not a science fiction scenario anymore: The future has arrived. Automation, digital technologies, artificial i...
feminist avant-garde
Showcasing photos, videos and performance pieces from the feminist avant-garde of the 1970s, this exhibition at the Mumok is fascinating - and more relevant than ever. Determined to shatter perennial clichés and redefine “the fair sex” as Women’...
Impulstanz
At ImPulsTanz, the floor can be yours. At Vienna's festival for contemporary dance, watch productions from all over the world or take a chance to perfect your pirouette at one of its workshops. Contemporary dance for many is still considered a p...
The Party
Devious, hilarious and insightful, The Party tears into the contemporary British intelligentsia The utter haplessness of the political left is one of today’s great unsolved mysteries, with legions of pundits wondering what happened to the ideali...
Tulip Fever
A star-studded cast, magnificent costumes and a story of feverish love Based on a bestselling 1999 novel by prolific English novelist Deborah Moggach and adapted by Academy-award winning playwright Sir Tom Stoppard, Tulip Fever is set against t...
Frameout Festival
An eclectic mix of cinema's finest, at one of the summer's hottest hangouts Any summer spent in Vienna pretty much requires a visit to the Museums Quartier: whether it’s for an exhibition, a late-night drink with friends or a bite to eat, the la...
On Tyranny
Timothy Snyder’s On Tyranny is a call to action, demystifying the assaults on contemporary democracy through the lessons of history. Putin, Orbán, Brexit, Trump: Recent world events have made many feel helpless, confused, despondent. An answer: ...
style
In any given moment a corner of Vienna can transport you to other urban landscapes, revealing this city's soul and versatility. For our travel issue we decided to take you on a journey without leaving town. In an artistic collaboration with Maximili...
DJI, SENNHEISER, PANASONIC
Whether you’re capturing your adventures by camera or drone, or canceling out the noise with some rich tunes, these toys put the “rave” in travel . DJI SPARK DJI, the world’s leader in civilian drones has launched the DJI Spark, an easy-to-use...
Viennas Boutique Landscape
We selected a sample from Vienna’s boutique landscape to get you through the summer. Sturm Herren-Ausstatter When Franz Sturm founded the company in the 1970s he probably never thought that he’d be dressing todays dandies and hipsters. Thanks to ...
winery Pfaffl
Award-winning winery Pfaffl has helped establish Austria’s signature Grüner Veltliner on the daunting American market. Good as they are, Austrian wines often go unnoticed outside the country, especially with giants like France or Italy hogging the l...
Albert & Tina
Every Wednesday night, culture vultures stream to Albert & Tina to enjoy an after-work event merging art, drinks and music. The hypnotic beat of house music lures tourists from their picture-perfect photo ops and up the grand staircase, join...
Hotel Brillantengrund
The feisty proprietor of Hotel am Brillantengrund runs a family restaurant and art space with a world-famous hipster hotel attached. Marvin Mangalino is obsessed with cycling and seemingly at one with his hotel. Since he launched the place in 20...
vienna ice cream
With legions of purveyors of frozen treats, Vienna screams for ice cream. by Catherine Hooker & Conrad Smith In a city so enamored with sweets, it’s no surprise Vienna loves its ice cream: Ever since Italian confectioners came to the imperi...
hiking
Summer heat doesn’t temper Austrians’ appetite for high peaks in the slightest. Many Austrians have never seen The Sound of Music (after all, what does Hollywood know?). And those who have may well reject the picture of a folksy, slightly na...
beach volleyball
Beach volleyball makes its mark in Vienna on its quest for world domination. Beach volleyball is probably not the first thing that springs to mind when one thinks of Austria, a landlocked, mostly mountainous country more closely associated with ...
Vienna on Demand
A new collection of globally-minded hotspots and shops to discover! To advertise please contact ads@metropole.at Bros. Pizza Takeaway 1070 The owners of Bros. Pizza are taking a new approach to everybody’s favorite pie. While staying true to m...
Hatschen
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.   HATSCHEN     verb to march arduously, to slog, plod...