Metropole Turns 4 🥳

Metropole turned 4 this week. Here are some of our major milestones.

This week, we celebrated our 4th birthday. By this age, most kids can dress themselves, brush their teeth with supervision, and are usually potty-trained – we can confidently say we cleared these hurdles.

By age 4, kids also show a big desire for independence and want to do as much as possible on their own. Temper tantrums are (hopefully) less frequent and children establish real friendships – they may even have a “best friend.” We hope we gained some over the last four years, too!

So without further ado, here are some of our milestones over the last four years.

First issue

October 15, 2015

We labored hard for our first issue “We Built This City,” but what a beauty it was! Created with only 3 staffers, it was a test of endurance and grit – but it was all worth it!

Office Moves

We’ve moved around quite a lot, graduating to larger spaces as our team grew. Then again, it is our stated mission to explore this city.

Impact HubAugust 2015

UniversitätsstraßeMarch 2016

Mariahilfer StraßeApril 2017

WeXelerate – October 2019

Our newest office at WeXelerate puts us at the center of Vienna’s startup scene.

First Special Event

May 2016 

Not only do we want our readers to get the know the city reading our stories, we also want to allow them to get to know each other. So in May 2016, we organized our first special event on “Innovation” in Vienna’s Kunsthalle.

Innovation Special Event_May 2016
At our “Innovation” special event at Kunsthalle, we presented new ideas, stories and technologies.

First Corporate Publishing Project

February 2017

Home Town MediaMetropole’s parent company, is active in corporate publishing. In February 2017, we published a book for the Berlin School of Creatives, collecting the thoughts and experiences of their alumni.

Berlin School of Creatives
Home Town Media’s first corporate publishing project was a major work for the Berlin School of Creatives. (c)

First Survival Guide

November 2017

Not content with creating a magazine, online news, corporate projects and organizing events, we also moved into the field of publishing books of our own making. Our very first  in-house publication was the Vienna Survival Guide for Health, released in November 2017. It was followed by the Vienna Survival Guide for Housing in November 2018 and the trilogy will be completed with the Vienna Survival Guide for Education, due in November 2019.

First Salon

February 2018

In February 2018, we threw our first monthly Metropole Salon. Our editor-in-chief Dardis McNamee, one of the main drivers behind this project, followed in the proud tradition of Fanny von Arnstein, a socialite who organized salons for artists and intellectuals in Vienna during the Vienna Congress of 1814/15.

First Salon_Dardis
Metropole editor-in-chief Dardis McNamee (right) at our first salon at the Expat Center Vienna.

First International Reportage Series & Book

January 2018 – February 2019

When we decided in January 2018 to do an international project with journalists from across Central and Eastern Europe for the centennial of the breakup of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, we had no idea how big it would get. A year later, we had published over 150 magazine pages written by more than 50 journalists from 13 different countries. In February 2019, we followed up by releasing  From Empire to Republic as a hardcover book, a one-of-its-kind publication on a century of life after Austria-Hungary in Central Europe.

From Empire to Republic
From Empire to Republic was a year-long international and multicultural reportage projects, coordinated by Metropole and published as a hard-cover book by Home Town Media.

First Newsletter

February 2019

To keep our subscribers and members abreast of all that’s happening in Vienna, we introduced the Metropole newsletter in February 2019. Readers get a weekly rundown of the most important news in Vienna and Austria, as well as event tips and special deals.

Our weekly newsletter keeps you up-to-date on what’s going on in Vienna and in Austria.


October 2019 and onward …

We’re proud of what we’ve achieved so far, but just as 4-year-olds love to use their imagination, we at Metropole are looking forward to the future as well. Here are some of the upcoming projects currently in the works or in the planning phase.

  • Launch of the Metropole DirectoryOctober 31, 2019
  • Publication of the Survival Guide for Education November 2019
  • Expansion to new cities2021 and beyond


Maggie Childs
Metropole co-founder and co-publisher Margaret Childs has always new projects up her sleeve – just you wait.

So, stay tuned and as always –
don’t be a stranger!

Benjamin Wolf
Benjamin studied Journalism, History and International Affairs. After stints with Cafébabel in Paris and Arte in Strasbourg, he is now working as managing editor and COO for Metropole in Vienna. Fields of expertise are politics, economics, culture, and history.Photo: Visual Hub

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