editors letter november
Newsrooms around the world are discussing how and when to use the words “refugee” and “migrant.” Terminology is key when it comes to why people are fleeing or seeking a better home. It gives context to their needs and struggle. “Let’s just call them people,” one journalist suggested in late September. What a concept. Visit either of Vienna’s two train...
quotes stats numbers october
A look at foreigners and nationals living in major European Cities compared with Vienna How Many, and Where A look at the percentage of foreigners in major European cities   Expats by the Numbers A district-by-district glance at the spread of foreigners in Vienna   Quotes You’re an expatriate. You’ve lost touch with the soil. You get precious. Fake European standards have ruined you. You drink yourself to death. You become obsessed...
letters readers october 2015
For our first issue we have taken the liberty of creating “letters” from recent conversations and experiences highlighted in METROPOLE’s focus groups. Names have (obviously) been changed. Dear METROPOLE, Why is everything closed on Sunday? I work a 50-hour week and literally have no chance to make it to the store with these ridiculous opening hours! Back home I can go...
migration austria
Can Vienna be enriched by the flood of migrants coming to Europe? History suggests that it will. Suddenly, Vienna has become the point city of the European migration crisis. As refugees poured in by the thousands, the wave swept over the Greek island of Lesbos, to the Macedonian border, through Serbia to Budapest’s Keleti Station and on into Austria, thrusting...
A prominent historian and Vienna expert gives insight into what Vienna owes to outsiders in a treatise that dips and weaves from the present to the 19th century and into the future. Philipp Blom does more than merely live the life of an expat in Austria’s capital. Through his books that examine momentous periods in 20th century Europe, the German-born,...
Over the past seven years, from Ukraine to Greece, Europe has been in perpetual crisis mode. Now, it is a migration crisis. But to respond effectively, Europe must move beyond crisis mode to understand both what it is facing and what it wants to achieve. It is indisputable that migration deserves the EU’s focus. Not only are migrant flows...
In this increasingly globalized age, we are obsessed with finding the best place to “live.” We are constantly being told that the world is our oyster and that we are the pearls; that with the advances in technology, transportation and communication, we inhabit a global playground. No limits. No barriers. Life is less about putting down roots and more...
Once outsiders, these Viennese creatives have made their experience as immigrants, or their heritage an asset in the workplace. With a smaller market or specific expertise in an artistic niche, they have been able to make a name for themselves in very different ways.   Joyce Muniz DJ/Music Producer DJ and music producer Joyce Muniz fell in love with the Viennese electronic music...
Making your stay as a non-EU citizen to Vienna long-term is a big step, with plenty of paperwork attached. But if you plan ahead, you‘ll have your ticket to the good life Vienna residents enjoy. So, you have fallen in love with Vienna. No surprises there; the enviable quality of life, and the Gemütlichkeit, that oh-so-Viennese term for slowing down,...
Vienna Life Hacks
It's those little things that make you feel at home in a new town. While you can't always have the best solution to the day-to-day qualms of urban life, here are some pointers that will keep you ahead of the game. Stay on top of Opening Hours Shops closing at 18:00 and most things being closed on weekends is a typical newcomer...
Elisabeth de Waal’s The Exiles Return depicts the heartbreak of postwar homecoming Elisabeth de Waal is a familiar name to readers of her grandson Edmund’s enthralling family memoir, The Hare with Amber Eyes, which recounts the fate of one of Europe’s preeminent prewar Jewish dynasties. Blessed with a cosseted childhood in a mansion on Vienna’s Ringstraße in the early years...
Arriving in Austria as a refugee, Ali Mahlodji lived in 13 apartments before he was 10 years old, dropped out of school at 18 and worked over 40 jobs before founding Whatchado, a platform that helps people find their calling. Here’s how he found his. Back in 2009, 27-year-old Ali Mahlodji could be seen on any given workday in a...
AustrianStartups' Daniel Cronin on what it takes to be an entrepreneur. Recently, I’ve noticed that lots of young founders confuse entrepreneurial life with the startup “lifestyle”, as in networking, pitching, parties and the like. Since we want people to keep living the dream and live it well, I’ve put together a primer on what it takes to be an entrepreneur. Typically, entrepreneurs...
The acclaimed Greek chef has been on Vienna’s lips since his eponymous restaurant opened in 2013. Here he shares a recipe that reminds him of warm family holidays in Greece. Since opening a new wine bistro O boufés in June 2015, Konstantin Filippou has had his hands full. His sparsely furnished restaurant next door has been running since 2013, bringing...
A new study at Vienna’s University of Veterinary Medicine shows how cells change according to daily rhythms, with significant consequences for your health It’s morning, you’ve had a solid night’s sleep, the sun is shining – and it’s Saturday, the start of a glorious summer weekend. So why are you feeling so blah? Blame your circadian rhythm. Light from laptops and smartphones, erratic...
Ringstraße
This year is the 150th anniversary of our city’s main thoroughfare. After replacing the 13th-century walls, its palatial majesty transformed Vienna from a cramped fortress into a sophisticated capital of European power. "Vienna must become a metropolis,” decreed the young Emperor Franz Josef in 1857, inspired by the modernization of Paris. These words were to leave their mark on Vienna’s...
True independence comes from within this neighborhood, where high-rent and low-budget meet at every corner. It’s centrally located in the 4th district, not far from Karlsplatz and just behind the Technical University, with the Naschmarkt, the city’s most famous market, forming the northern boundary. Yet this is where artsy locals and students spend their time, meeting up in cafes...
A new take on trash reduction, the 48er Tandler (The 48’s Scrap Dealer) is the latest innovation of Vienna’s beloved bright orange-clad MA 48 (Magistratsabteilung 48, the department of waste disposal). Open since August 2015, this second hand shop in the 5th district aims to find new homes for the many used-but-functional goods disposed at the city’s various Mistplätze...
A downtown deli brings joie de vivre to Vienna A cartoon figure sporting a beret, striped shirt and moustache strolls across the tiled walls of Midi, a new deli on Hoher Markt, close to Stephansdom. In case you’re still uncertain where this is going, he’s also got a  baguette tucked under his arm. The spectrum of Gallic delights ranges from...
best cocktail bars vienna
Over the past year cocktail bars have been making a comeback. Tür 7 and the Miranda Bar are individualistic, styled to the nines and still unique in essence and clientele. Mariahilfer Vice Having opened July 2015, the Miranda Bar evokes tropical ambiance with pastel colors and fun, fruity cocktails. It is owned by the proprietors of the restaurant Finkh next door. Looking...
Organized by filmmakers, for filmmakers, Außen/Nacht feels like a house party – and everyone is invited The Volksgarten Pavillion has always seemed a little out of place. Overlooking the Hofburg from the far end of Heldenplatz, you would be hard-pressed to find a more scenic vista in town, but its candy-colored 1950s space-age architecture make it seem more like a...
The Vienna Theatre Project takes on Stephen Sondheim A bittersweet take on urban isolation, this musical revue by the Vienna Theatre Project  is about  two lonely singles living next door to each other in the big city, both fantasizing about their neighbor on a Saturday night. Despite their mutual desire, neither has the courage to strike up a conversation, let...
The Theater an der Wien concludes its Monteverdi trilogy with this bloody tale of desire Opera is an exotic and irrational entertainment,” observed Samuel Johnson two centuries ago. But still today, opera lovers and detractors would likely concur – the latter considering opera a bunch of ludicrous stories exacerbated by excruciating screeching; the former rhapsodizing about glorious voices transporting you...
Dark and funny, this European premiere is set in a remote mobile home in the Rocky Mountains, where the poet and former alcoholic Ulysses lives a secluded life. Trying to finish his magnum opus before he succumbs to cancer, his self-imposed exile is ended by the sudden appearance of his ex-wife Emma, who walked out on him with their...
“Tomorrow Today“ reflects on art and money An annual, six-week event backed by the Vienna Business Agency, Curated by Vienna brings international curators and local contemporary art galleries together under an overarching theme. This year’s topic is “Tomorrow Today,” inspired by the essay of the same name by philosopher Armen Avanessian. Exploring current and future forms of co-existence of contemporary...
The language of remixing our world is shifting: programmers, selectors, managers, organizers and producers are all making way for curators. Curating, the ancient profession of organizing precious things in galleries and museums, has become more nebulous over the last decade. Anything can be curated these days – social media content, playlists, film festivals, musical events, wine menus, organic food. As...
The city’s biggest film festival has it all: big name productions, though-provoking fare, heartfelt tributes and lots of animals In this on-demand era of web streaming, downloading and binge watching, the classic night-at-the-cinema has become an endangered species. Fortunately, the pomp and circumstance film festivals provide can mesmerize even the shortest attention spans, giving the small screen a run for...
If Austria’s symbol is the strong and proud eagle, South Styria might be a delicate and beautiful woman clad in a bright red and green dirndl; classy, light of foot, full of color and vitality, with a fine perfume. The leaves are falling, summer’s over and for many it seems like the end of the best of times. But in...
Sebastian Kurz
We asked the youngest foreign minister in the EU, Sebastian Kurz (29), what he thinks newcomers can do to get integrated, besides learning the language. Here’s what he wrote to us.   Dear Readers, For me, integration means positive cooperation in Austria – that is why it has to be lived by both sides – by immigrants and by the society receiving...