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 sun-tanned toes, I feel I know what certain places are like, even though I’ve never been there....
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 back with this months excellent @metropole_vie on the beaches of France - think I've reached peak European relaxation! pic.twitter.com/yA8id5RpRs —...
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 wire fence strung between cement pillars that was the Iron Curtain.It was a seminal moment...
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 bit like your mother getting a facelift: Must you? Really?On the Heumarkt Project, a new high-rise hotel and luxury apartment complex...
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 of passing traffic. Instead, the background is a warble of finches and yellow...
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 quietly went from “Vienna: Now or Never” to “Vienna: Now. Forever.”Interesting. In place as long as I’ve been coming to this fine...
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 Party’s Alexander Van der Bellen defeated Norbert Hofer of the far right Freedom Party (FPÖ) in the Austrian presidential election. It seemed as...
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 15th and 16th into a tedious route. Renewals of water piping and roads along the much-used motorway will cost the city €3.9 million and is scheduled to...
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 Austria and belongs to the tiny group of “influencers” (social media personalities with wide reach) who have managed to make...
wanderlust
Exploring the Austrians’ love for travelingIn 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 friend Dave.Dave looked at me skeptically. “Austrian dude. Pregnant woman, climbing the Himalayas … Isn’t that Seven Years in Tibet?” I gasped. It was...
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 luxuriously creamy strawberry juice that has been freshly pressed out on an elaborate stainless steel contraption. We’re in the glistening high-tech...
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 tripManager, Wombats Youth Hostel NaschmarktThe bland façade on the Rechte Wienzeile looks more like a U-Haul outlet than a hotel....
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 tripLebenskünstlerDon’t ask Michael Fischer where he’s from. It’s one of his least favorite questions. After launching a short-term vacation rental...
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 tripFlight Attendant, Austrian AirlinesEver since she was a little girl, Diana Grigorova knew she wanted to be a flight attendant....
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 Europe, Tourism Office Visit FlandersSometimes the best way to appreciate your native country is to leave it....
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 Mozart has been through it, Beethoven has, and so has Nietzsche. So it’s nothing new, and many people...
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 badly needed holiday. But there was a complication. His then-partner, a professional pianist, would need somewhere to practice, and not just...
urban massage
The massage that comes to you, lets you de-stress in the comfort of you own homeOutside 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 new offer called Urban Massage is a welcome exception and a true...
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 again, you feel that familiar twinge: homesickness. The triggers are as specific as the experience is universal. Pointedly...
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 comes true every year when, for about two months, the Viennese escape the city for a Sommerfrische (vacation) in...
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 diving platforms for the youngsters playing on the tranquil banks, as the sunset deepens behind the gleaming...
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. Right beneath the Staatsoper, the marble floor and pillars create a uniquely Viennese frivolity: I stop and listen for a...
Grafenegg
Outdoor concerts at Schloß Grafenegg are the perfect setting for an ambrosial sound experienceMy 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 dome was as iconic as the opening scenes of Disney’s 1940 classic Fantasia. I heard some of the greatest of the...
PJ Harvey
With a socio-critical musical reportage, the exceptional P. J. Harvey reinvents herself once againRock-goddess, poet, MBE – for three decades, the chameleonic, multi-talented singer-songwriter P.J. Harvey has defied pigeonholing with astounding ease. Presenting her 2016 album “The Hope Six Demolition Project,” the world-renowned musician returns t with unparalleled rock-folk-blues tunes.Born in Bridport, Dorset, Harvey made her first musical steps...
Dinosaur Jr.
The American alternative rock band legends crash into Vienna supporting their latest albumWhen 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 and unique mix of genres like country, hardcore punk and sabbath doom has left an indelible mark on grunge and indie. With their heavy...
Biennale
The Vienna Biennale explores the disruptions and innovations affecting the world of work as we know itTo live and work with robots is not a science fiction scenario anymore: The future has arrived. Automation, digital technologies, artificial intelligence and robots are rapidly changing the world of work and the essential nature of it. Not one to shy from tough...
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’s Lib gained traction, art’s feminist avant-garde during the 1970s was pointedly radical and unflinchingly uninhibited, attacking old mores with a zest for provocation...
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 peripheral art, marginalized for its ambiguity and intangibility of form. Yet peering inside reveals a world bursting with intrigue, and furthermore, inviting you...
The Party
Devious, hilarious and insightful, The Party tears into the contemporary British intelligentsiaThe utter haplessness of the political left is one of today’s great unsolved mysteries, with legions of pundits wondering what happened to the idealism of the 1960s generation. A baby boomer herself, acclaimed British director Sally Potter certainly offers an answer in her latest film The Party, a...
Tulip Fever
A star-studded cast, magnificent costumes and a story of feverish loveBased 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 the backdrop of an infamous investment bubble in 17th-century Amsterdam for a riveting historical drama of lust, betrayal and revenge: A struggling...
Frameout Festival
An eclectic mix of cinema's finest, at one of the summer's hottest hangoutsAny 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 large open courtyard beckons with an expansive range of activities. For a decade now however, the quiet...
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: Timothy Snyder’s On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century. Concise, clear, and solidly fact based, it distills years of top-level scholarship covering the century’s...
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 Maximilian Lottmann we aimed not only to show the intense chemistry of our models but also to explore some...
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 SPARKDJI, the world’s leader in civilian drones has launched the DJI Spark, an easy-to-use mini camera drone that lifts off from the palm of your hand. The Spark is made for frequent travelers and users...
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 the hard work of his successor Martin Sturm, the traditional work of a men’s tailor was fused with the demands of today’s...
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 limelight. Even large producers can have a hard time making it internationally. The family-owned Pfaffl winery in Lower Austria is among the few that...
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, joining the after-work crowd congregating on the ramparts of the Albertina. The party’s in full swing, the bastion fit to burst; the equestrian statue...
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 2010, it has become a mainstay in the Schottenfeld quarter of the 7th district. The hotel has been widely lauded, by...
vienna ice cream
With legions of purveyors of frozen treats, Vienna screams for ice cream.by Catherine Hooker & Conrad SmithIn a city so enamored with sweets, it’s no surprise Vienna loves its ice cream: Ever since Italian confectioners came to the imperial capital looking for work in the 18th century, locals have embraced gelato, making it an integral part of summer; and with...
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 naïve and somewhat hillbilly people inclined to burst into song at the slightest excuse, that has somehow charmed generations of...
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 spandex ski suits and pointed skis soaring above alpine trees. Yet like the nation’s affinity with sailing, Austria has an unlikely...
Vienna on Demand
A new collection of globally-minded hotspots and shops to discover! To advertise please contact ads@metropole.atBros. Pizza Takeaway 1070 The owners of Bros. Pizza are taking a new approach to everybody’s favorite pie. While staying true to most traditional methods, they’re mixing it up with a unique sourdough crust, making a healthier alternative for pizza lovers. Toppings are seasonal or traditional Italian. Mon-Sat, 12:00-20:00,  7., Zollergasse...
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 or trudge; can also mean to limp and, by extension, to strut (comparable to “pimp walk”). Generally a term for when you don’t feel like walking,...
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