czechia
Czechia has experienced hard times and a spectacular comeback. In the border regions, all this is magnified. by Luboš Kreč & Benjamin WolfYou would be hard-pressed to find two such different villages as Horní Blatná and Doubice. And yet, they have so much in common. Less than 200 kilometers apart, along the craggy ranges of the Ore Mountains and passes between, both towns are framed by the breathtaking sandstone rocks of...
vienna theatre project guards at the taj
The Vienna Theatre Project production explores the limits of friendship in a witty and intimate performance.When low-rank Imperial Guard Humayun carefully but eagerly turns around at the crack of dawn to see the Taj Mahal for the the first time, he is so taken with its beauty he thinks the moon has fallen. Little does he know he will...
food drink Austria
Of all the things I have learned in Vienna, the art of enjoying food has been the most valuable. My family had taken me to nice restaurants back home in New York, but my first glimpse of real Genuss was here in V-town. Having arrived as a budding teenager, I was “coming of age.” Everything was new and exciting....
unido
This May in Vienna, the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) will be tackling one of the most pressing challenges we face today: finding ways to fuel prosperity while countering climate change.May 14, 2018, political and business leaders, representatives from the UN and other international organizations, academics and energy experts will meet for the Vienna Energy Forum at the Vienna...
The debate over remedial German classes for migrants has been heated and polarized. It is also a false choice.Ludwig Wittgenstein was absorbed with the problems of language: Why, he wondered, were we still struggling with the same questions that had troubled Plato 2,000 years ago? The reason, the Viennese philosopher decided, was that our language had remained the same,...
One generation after the miraculous Velvet Revolution brought down totalitarianism, Central Europe is still dealing with its legacy – and seeking to preserve the spark of the Prague Spring.Although it’s nearly 30 years since the end of Communism in then Czechoslovakia, the ghosts of that era are still haunting politics in today’s Czechia. “The Velvet Revolution that brought an...
Wien is a city of international stature in multiple ways - but too many know nothing about it.Vienna has been a premier diplomatic capital for 200 years. From the Congress of Vienna in 1814 to the present day, no other city can compete with its consistent importance, with its well-established bridge-building role and as a seat of multilateral diplomacy.Austria...
Vienna’s legendary chef Sohyi Kim about learning on the job, never being satisfied and why she can’t stand salmon.When guests go to Sohyi Kim’s restaurants, they go to visit her. Every place she’s ever run – that’s 13 restaurants in 21 years since she’s been in Vienna – has had an open kitchen.After much learning and experimenting, Kim now...
career transition
Is a midcareer transition madness? It might change your life for the good.Abandoning a 10-year career as an opera singer in Australia to reinvent himself as a personal development trainer posed an immense challenge to David Corcoran’s sense of self.“I have been singing since the age of 23 ... as a tenor, but I often felt frustrated with singing...
restaurant bureaucracy
Austrians take food and drink seriously, so it comes as no surprise that opening a restaurant is not as easy as it sounds. Here’s how to do it.For the gourmet in search of Vienna’s newest gastronomical offerings, it can be hard to keep up – it seems every week, there is a new restaurant, bar or trendy coffee roaster...
  Austrian restaurants are proud to cook with local fare. It’s all about knowing your suppliers and helping your customers understand the difference.Cooking is easy. You take the best ingredients and try not to spoil them, Austria’s legendary chef, Reinhard Gerer, would tell people. Obviously, it’s not that easy, but the message is clear: If you don’t start with good products, you won’t get good results.Today this seems like...
“If time is supposedly money, try buying some more of it once your time's up. Quality of life is about enjoying it right here and right now.Gin is the tipple of the moment in Vienna.The first ever Vienna Gin Festival will take place this month. Happy hours and specialty bars have emerged exclusively devoted to gin. And you could...
"Food is about a lot more than just what you get on your plate." Consider the celery root, and how it grows. And the mushroom, the Brussels sprout, the cabbage. At his restaurant, Tian, Paul Ivić prepares each of these vegetables in ways you would have never considered – unless you were the first and only Michelin-starred vegetarian gourmet chef...
"Our children might graduate from school with the knowledge of how to fly to the moon, but they don't have a clue about how important food production is."For Gerhard Zoubek, organic farming is no laughing matter. When he and his wife, Sigrid, inherited her family farm 21 years ago, they faced a lot of formidable challenges.For a start, their...
"We lead the world in organic standards because we're a small country. The agricultural infrastructure is still on a small scale, so farmers can still give each of their cows a name."Dolly Blach grew up in the heart of Vienna’s 1st district in the ’50s and ’60s.So you might think she’d be nostalgic for those more neighborly times. Well,...
cooking
Pull your own Apfelstrudel dough, make a perfect Wiener Schnitzel – passionate chefs offer tasting tours and сourses. Maybe you’ve come to love Austrian specialties, ordering Frittatensuppe (clear broth with strips of Palatschinken, a type of crepe) and enjoy the nutty flavor of Kürbiskernöl (pumpkin seed oil made in the Austrian province of Styria) on your salad. Now you’re ready...
From the Wachau’s Grüner Veltliner to Vienna’s Gemischter Satz, Austrian wines have reinvented themselves onto the global stage.In the theater of wine, Austria is a character actor. It’s not France, not Italy or Spain – the top three – who together produce almost half of all the world’s wine. But a player it is all the same, offering a dramatis personae of variety and interest,...
army
For centuries, Austria’s military was the structure that held a sprawling collection of multi-ethnic territories together, perhaps a European Union before its time. It was 1315 and a crispy cold November day in the rugged mountains of the Swiss canton of Zug. A Habsburg force of 9,000 men led by Duke Leopold I in person was on a punitive expedition...
With a rocky history behind them, Czechs never had it so good – and they secretly know, despite all the grumbling. Czechs are a bit obsessed with years ending in “8” – and the history of the 20th century has given them plenty of reasons. The start was not so bad, with independence and the founding of the First Czechoslovak Republic in 1918.However, later years unfolded under...
It takes all types to build a Republic. We give a voice to people from different backgrounds and generations who shaped and continue to shape Czechia.by Martin Ehl & Luboš Kreč
travel guide
In their anthem, Czechs wistfully praise the beauty of their land. And indeed, from orchards decked in spring's array to technological prowess bustling away, Czechia may truly be a magic garden in the heart of Central Europe.
third wave coffee
Vienna Kaffeehauskultur shifts to third wave coffee shopsThere is so much more to coffee than just caffeine,” Philip Feyer sighed while we enjoyed a cup at his coffee bar, Jonas Reindl, across from the Votivkirche. In a city famous for its traditional coffeehouses, Feyer is part of a blossoming so-called “third wave” coffee scene that has become a lively...
Rising BazaarDespite a grand hilltop view of stately Schönbrunn palace, a mere four bus stops further, for the locals of Meiselmarkt, the city’s splendor seems a million miles away. Part of Vienna’s 15th district Rudolfsheim-Fünfhaus, the Grätzl is at the center of a rough-and-ready working class immigrant neighborhood that boasts the city’s lowest median ages and incomes – and...
This year’s Wiener Festwochen deliver soothing magic for a world on the edge of a nervous breakdown.What compels some of us to seek out provocative live entertainment, while others prefer a couch potato streaming binge? What do we gain from venturing out of our comfort zone to unravel mysterious dance performances or confront the carnival clowns of our nightmares?These...
The Klimt Villa offers an insightful glance into the private life of the iconic painter.“I am convinced that I am not particularly interesting as a person.” The celebrated Gustav Klimt may not have thought too highly of himself, but a century after his demise, the world remains utterly fascinated by the Jugendstil icon and creator of The Kiss. Dismissive...
The celebrated British sculptor gets her first extensive review in Austria.Best known in Vienna for her Holocaust memorial on Judenplatz, Turner-prize winner Rachel Whiteread is one of the most recognizable sculptors of her generation, creating grand experiment in negative space, often on a grand scale and in public places like London’s Trafalgar Square.Primarily working with industrial materials such as...
The MAK shows the enduring influence of the seminal architect, from the 19th century to today.Leaving an epochal impact on Vienna’s appearance, architect Otto Wagner also left a lasting mark on modernism, inspiring future generations worldwide and creating the iconic Vienna Stadtbahn, the Kirche am Steinhof and the Postsparkasse. To mark the 100th anniversary of his death, the MAK...
On composer Ignaz Pleyel and a tiny museum less than an hour from Vienna.It’s a story that sounds like sardoodledom – a contrived plot, improbable characters and a good measure of melodrama. That’s the life and legacy of Ignaz Pleyel, the Austrian village schoolmaster’s son who was celebrated during his lifetime as one of Europe’s most popular composers. But...
The introspective musician creates dreamy beats for a changing world.With an eclectic style that draws from jazz and world music, English electronic artist Simon Green, better known by his stage name Bonobo, is currently on tour to promote his 2017 album Migration, dead set on hypnotizing his many fans with his most emotional work to date.Debuting in 2000 with...
The campy continent-wide tournament of patriotic pop hysterics returns.Every year in May, Europeans fall under the peculiar spell of an unusual event that combines patriotism with disposable bubblegum pop: In the 63rd annual Eurovision Song Contest, no fewer than 43 countries will compete against each other under the fitting motto “All Aboard!” Performing dramatic, over-the-top songs in hopes of...
Shorts Festival
For 15 years and counting, the Vienna Shorts Festival shows cinematic innovation in 30 minutes or less.It’s no surprise that short films today are a proving ground for innovative formats, novel story-telling and edgy topics: It’s easier to get smaller scale projects off the ground, allowing young, fresh talents in particular to let their imaginations run wild. For the...
Isabel Coixet recreates Penelope Fitzgerald’s novel on the power of literature for the big screenEven in this movie-mad city, the Filmcasino on Margaretenstraße, with its lush curves and golden glow of 1950s modernism, is a winner for charm – all the more for its international films in the original language.Thus it is the perfect setting for Isabel Coixet’s The...
Wes Anderson
Wes Anderson returns with a charming, stop-motion tale of friendship and adventureHope in the face of injustice can come from unexpected sources. In Isle of Dogs, Wes Anderson’s second stop-motion feature after 2009’s Fantastic Mr. Fox, it comes from 12-year-old Atari and a pack of abandoned, yet independent-minded, mutts. Following an executive order exiling all canines to “Trash Island,”...
streaming
There’s so much good television on streaming websites, to say nothing of the films. It’s impossible to keep track of what is worth your while. Use those rare May evenings spent inside to binge funny, thought-provoking and incredible shows.Family/AnimationRonja, the Robber’s DaughterAstrid Lindgren’s timeless and belovedchildren’s novel about the only child of abandit chief growing up among a clan...
Asperger
Edith Sheffer updates the record on the famed Austrian physician to chilling effectAs a pioneer of autistic psychopathy, Hans Asperger has a benevolent image as a “champion of neuro-diversity,” writes historian Edith Sheffer. His diagnoses gave a name to behaviors that had previously tainted and excluded young children. Rather than dismiss them, Asperger “sympathized with their challenges, advocated their...
Marshall Plan
70 years later, the Marshall Plan remains a model for foreign aid policy in everybody’s interest.In retrospect, the past seems inevitable. But even in late 1947, a discouraged US Secretary of State George C. Marshall gave his European Recovery Program no more than a 50/50 chance of passing Congress. How it came to be, and to alter the future...
A tour around Lower Austria’s cider region, the Mostviertel, blends tradition with innovation.I have vivid memories of my first encounter with Most, the fermented drink that gave the Mostviertel (Most district) its name. On a sun-kissed late spring afternoon, my girlfriend’s uncle had taken me on a mountain-bike ride along the dusty roads winding through the hills of southwestern Lower...
In-Dish brings tradition and trends together, creating progressive Indian flavors.Despite its recent popularity, fusion cooking isn’t new: Intercultural culinary exchange has been prevalent since the start of trade. The secret, then and now, is in the mix: which elements to emphasize when creating a new whole. Fortunately, the recently opened Punjabi fusion restaurant In-Dish has the formula down, combining...
For nearly a decade, Christian Domschitz has brought his culinary passion to the Vestibül.“The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree,” remarks Michelin-starred chef Christian Domschitz with a smile. Born in Vienna, he felt himself drawn back to his hometown after a career of high-level cooking in France and Switzerland, returning in 1986 for notable stints at the likes...
clandestino bar vienna cocktail
More Havana than Gatsby, Clandestino appeals far beyond its niche.Many have attributed Vienna’s consistently high quality-of-life rankings to factors like clean air, high culture and public transport. Why doesn’t anyone mention the city’s bars? The scene has certainly improved: Gone are the days where Piña Coladas and Cosmopolitans were the most exotic drinks around, and while you still find...
Why "low intervention" wines have a hard time getting designated The disastrous Austrian wine scandal that shook the world in 1985 left a lasting mark on the industry: After it came out that wine was sweetened with toxic antifreeze, quality checks were tightened in Austria and are now among the strictest in the world. “A blessing in disguise,” as Luzia...
vienna cobenzl
On the cusp of summer, dress like an empress, chillax like a lord and drink a liquid homage to the Käsekrainer.by Lisanne Brouwer and Lana Sharp Imperial Shop ViennaEven the most temperate Viennese cannot help but occasionally muse about what life was like for an emperor or empress. Luckily, the Imperial Shop Vienna, recently opened next to the Hofburg Info...
Sasche Peng
A new collection of local hot spots and events to discover! To advertise please contact ads@metropole.at.CAFÉ RITTER OTTAKRING This charming old-style coffee house is quintessentially Viennese and situated smack in the middle of one of Vienna’s trendiest neighborhoods. It’s been an institution since 1907 and holds its own as one of the few traditional coffeehouses in the area. Besides delicious...
Noun. A snack, or a (usually cold) meal served in between the standard breakfast, lunch and dinner, although coffee and cake also qualifies. Orig. from the Slovenian júžina (lunch, midday meal). The term “snack” can be some-what misleading, however, as the English word implies a small treat.A Jause is something else entirely, as anyone who ever ordered a Brettljause...
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