editors letter good life vienna
When Aristotle taught the concept of The Good Life, he called it Eudaimonia, meaning the kind of life one would like to live, or simply, happiness. Some experts say a more apt translation is “human flourishing,” which seems to fit well with Vienna. So how have you been flourishing lately? Have you been eating like royalty, drinking like a...
from our readers october
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. To the editor, (In response to “Ditch the Textbooks”, MET October, 2016) “A space where the value of knowledge is contextual and self-determined rather than decided by a central authority.” This...
stores austria closed sundays
Retail stores in Austria still stay closed on Sundays, but the benefits outweigh the inconveniences So Richard Lugner is at it again. This summer, for the third time, the shopping center magnate has gone to court seeking a special ruling to allow his “Lugner City” to stay open one Sunday a month. Few think he has a chance: While a majority...
beisl cafe industrie closing
The closing of the beloved Café Industrie on the Margaretengürtel in May made headlines in Vienna A family Lokal handed down from mother to daughter into the 3rd generation, the café ran headlong into a group of stuffy neighbors complaining of noise – which was strange. After all the Gürtel was far noisier. But this was just one of a long...
public transport ubahn vienna
Maybe it was the heat, maybe it was the crowd … but every time the U-Bahn rolled into the station, there it was “Steigen Sie aus?” (“Are you getting out?”) asked a frantic voice. I mumbled an apology and flattened myself against the divider. Yes, yes, Vienna public transit is the best in the world… But that doesn’t stop its passengers...
germany
For the European Union to work, its strong members must show solidarity with its weak members. Germany need to support the creation of a mechanism to realize this imperative Who runs the European Union? On the eve of Germany’s general election, that is a very timely question. One standard reply is, “The EU’s member states” – all 28 of them....
uber failing austria
The sharing economy promises cheap and easy fixes in a time of limited resources. But if you peek behind the facade, many business models look unsustainable Do you know why Uber is 25% cheaper than a traditional taxi? Your ride is being subsidized, but in this case by private venture capital instead of taxpayers. Despite recent bans in neighboring Germany, Italy...
memes eu copyright law
From elections to dating, the internet is increasingly shaping our lives. In the effort to control copyright abuse, however, the European Commission is going too far Europe’s laws on how internet companies should deal with illegal content online are among the best in the world. They require companies to act quickly when informed of illegal content and also prevent member...
Austrian News
A quick-and-dirty synopsis of last month’s Austrian News. The Viennese (Anti-)Terror Wall Austrian tabloid media – and journalist pundits on Twitter – were up in arms last month about construction in front of the Federal Chancellery and the Office of the President on Ballhausplatz. Dubbed “terror wall” by indignant observers, they railed against a project, conceived of in March 2015 and...
interview renate brauner equality
Executive City Councillor Renate Brauner on living well, quotas for women, and why the American dream is nonsense People notice when she walks into a room. Something in the combination of her warm demeanor, calm en- thusiasm and infectious laugh catches people off guard. Born in Favoriten to a German father and a mother from the Bohemian Forest, Renate Brauner is...
good life
Vienna regularly tops the rankings of the world’s most livable cities. But as much as anything, it’s about attitude For the mild-mannered “Zettlpoet” Helmut Seethaler, The Good Life entails pasting tiny poems on Vienna’s trees and subway stations, defending his right to do so in the Austrian Supreme Court, and raising three children. He has earned little via his poetry...
referendum spain catalonia
The October independence referendum is rattling Spain and inspiring secessionist movements across Europe. For better and worse, it’s all about the EU Note: Original headline "...Wants to Break Free from the EU" corrected to "...Wants to Break Free from Spain" For all that the European Union has done to soften national borders and foster something of a European polity, Europe remains...
schrammelmusik
Wine, food and music are essential ingredients for the good life, but so are a roof over your head and people who care about you. With our four interviewees, you are in good hands Schrammelmusik was pretty much announced dead - but it will live on! Peter Havlicek feels happiest when he’s on stage, strumming his guitar. When the crowd is...
karen dolva
Wine, food and music are essential ingredients for the good life, but so are a roof over your head and people who care about you. With our four interviewees, you are in good hands The easiest way for the world to fall in love with your ideas is when you don t push them yourself, but when you listen to...
cecily corti
Wine, food and music are essential ingredients for the good life, but so are a roof over your head and people who care about you. With our four interviewees, you are in good hands Discontent is an important part of life, it makes you search for a way out. It can always be an impulse to change and move forward. Cecily...
wolff
Wine, food and music are essential ingredients for the good life, but so are a roof over your head and people who care about you. With our four interviewees, you are in good hands Working in nature makes you happy - to see how the plants grow and everything comes together. And when you make a product yourself, it is...
keep pet vienna
Not without my pets! Vienna offers pet lovers everything a furry, scaled or feathered companion needs The one-eyed Persian cat Guinevere is a former international traveler now living out her golden years in one of the most pet-friendly cities on earth. Sprawled out in an endless white fluff across my keyboard, she passively protests the writing of this article as if...
bildungskarenz paid sick leave
Austrians enjoy generous worker benefits – hard to imagine for Americans, who remain ambitious and optimistic, a spirit that is harder to find in Vienna By Bettina Figl & Dardis McNamee A paid sabbatical? You can do this every three years?!” When I told my American friends that I was on a year-long Bildungskarenz, the educational leave approved and even encouraged...
rodent vr
Virtual reality is only for tech enthusiasts? Get ready to see fish, mice and fruit flies join the VR craze with scientists from Austria and Germany For generations, scientists and sci-fi fans have inspired each other to (boldly) go where no one has gone before to better understand the world around them. Now, real-world science has taken another page right out of...
Austrian election
On October 15, Austrians will head to the polls to elect a new parliament – in the most elaborate piece of theater the Alpine Republic has on offer It’s late September and posters of high drama, in vivid colors, suddenly appear all over Vienna. They show heroic poses and arcane tokens, heralding tales of intrigue and passion, power and righteousness....
Vienna’s famed forest brings the pleasures of the wild within reach “Blimey!” exclaimed Iain, a seasoned hill runner from Scotland. “Incredible that there are such steep hills so close to Vienna,” he said as we scrambled up a merciless shortcut. Starting out from Mödling, just a few stops on the S-Bahn commuter train from the city center, we had walked...
stuwerviertel vienna
The Stuwerviertel is an anomaly, both more and less than meets the eye: Wedged in between the Prater, Mexikoplatz and Ausstellungsstrasse, it’s quiet, unimposing, with wide alleys lush with trees and venerable Altbau apartment houses that suggest a comfortable, residential neighborhood where you might find the occasional café, tavern or antique store. But despite its fine housing stock and central...
amateur orchestras
A plethora of orchestras for non-professionals makes Vienna a paradise for amateur music You took piano lessons and then you quit. The lessons were because of your mother, quitting was because it got boring. Such a shame! But luckily, many people still play instruments – despite moms and looming boredom – because they discovered the excitement of playing with others,...
klezmore festival
Two weeks of Yiddish celebration from around the world show the versatility of a classic folk tradition Expressive melodies that draw from Yiddish and eastern European music characterize klezmer, an Ashkenazi music style that is seeing a steady revival in both its traditional form and fused with jazz and other influences. Now in its 14th iteration, the KlezMore festival celebrates...
weltmuseum
The Weltmuseum revises our approach to ethnology while celebrating our diversity As the world changes, so do our perspectives; nothing seems as archaic as yester- day’s attitudes. In our increasingly globalized world, this goes doubly for our perception of different cultures: So when the venerable Völkerkundemuseum (Museum of Ethnology) temporarily closed its doors at the Hofburg three years ago, the...
bruegel
The Flemish master is shown to be a meticulous draughtsman Combining exceptional craftsmanship with a keen eye and attention to detail, the prolific Renaissance master Pieter Bruegel the Elder created exquisite landscapes, bucolic peasant scenes and bitter satirical tableaux with equal verve. A profound observer of the tragedies and fortunes of his lifetime, Bruegel brilliantly dissected humanity in both paintings and...
world press photo exhibition
Photojournalism proves its impact anew with the winners of the 60th annual contest Bearing witness to the momentous events of our time while preserving them for the public, photojournalists don’t just live in the moment; They save it for posterity. Each year, the best of the best are celebrated at the annual World Press Photo exhibit, a global competition where...
Shirley Valentine
Vienna’s English Theatre puts on a charming and wistful comedy, Shirley Valentine There must be something about actors talking to inanimate objects that can make an audience laugh (remember Clint Eastwood berating an empty chair during the 2012 Republican National Convention?). In British playwright Willy Russell’s Shirley Valentine, the heroine talks to a rock. Unfortunately, it’s a Greek rock, so...
daniel sloss
The young Scottish funnyman shocks again on his 10th solo tour, Now Charming, brutal and poignant, Scottish comedian Daniel Sloss has made a career out of uncomfortable humor: From tax rates on tampons to his Tinder history, he touches on subjects most wouldn’t even dare to think of. Currently on his 10th solo show Now, his latest skits take aim at...
viennale
The Viennale promises two weeks of movie magic, marred by the passing of director Hans Hurch Late October is a special time for Vienna’s movie fiends. It’s when the Viennale, the city’s international film festival, kicks off, a celebration of the celluloid arts in an art obsessed town. And while the festival has had its share of glitzy galas and...
jewish film festival
From hummus to Yinglish drama, movie buffs can look forward to over two weeks of acclaimed kosher cinema A deliciously offbeat fixture in Vienna’s busy cultural calendar, since the early 1990s Vienna’s Jewish Film Festival has celebrated the living culture of one of the city’s oldest and most vibrant communities. Now in its 25th year, this edition will include lots...
haneke
Haneke’s latest take on technology and family dysfunction has anything but the above A connoisseur of despair, acclaimed Austrian director Michael Haneke is a keen observer of the malignant absurdity of society, winning two Palmes d’Ors for The White Ribbon and Amour. His latest, Happy End, retreads familiar ground while presenting new perspectives on his favorite topics. Offering a candid portrait...
weird vienna
The city likes to claim “Vienna is different.” Now Harald Havas’ new book Weird Vienna proves it Devotees of American pop culture will surely have noticed that Vienna is not big on drive-in movie theaters. In fact, the only Austrian establishment of this kind that managed to gain some traction is in the suburb of Groß-Enzersdorf, on the city’s edge....
late fame
Arthur Schnitzler’s forgotten novella is released in English, in a stylish translation by Alexander Starritt Arthur Schnitzler’s beguiling novella Late Fame is as much about the vanity of youth as the foolishness of old age. When the unfulfilled poet Eduard Saxberger falls in with a group of young artists, they sing the praises of Wanderings, his long-forgotten collection of verse. He...
ali rabbani fashion october 2017
Who’s to say whether the life one person chooses to lead is one you could imagine for yourself? Does that make their desire for meaning, comfort, love and compassion any less real? Have you ever questioned your POINT OF VIEW? We live in different kinds of homes, have different lifestyles and ways of expression; what each of us values as...
iconic designers
These iconic designers have not only left their mark on the world of accessories, but their brands have stood the test of time THIERRY MUGLER To this day Thierry Mugler insists that his clothing is not futuristic but modernistic and that “intellect is the servant of the spirit.” In 1973, when he presented his first personal collection named Café de Paris,...
local finds october
This October, try to guess Karl Lagerfeld’s age, get you mind blown at the Museum of Illusions, or channel you inner art collector at Lumas Gallery KARL LAGERFELD STORE The infamous white haired designer, who has influenced the fashion world for decades, opened his first store in Vienna. On Kohlmarkt, right next to Michaelerplatz and the Hofburg, the shop’s interior is...
ali rabbani
Drop in on them in their Vienna store right on Mariahilfer Strasse, for a cozy take on urban decor, like this white and mauve theme that gives the room a warm and welcoming feel. chair €299, mirror €69.99, lamp €89.99 depot-online.com This unisex fragrance honors avant-garde artist Andy Warhol. A modern interpretation of his 1967 perfume: a silver Coke bottle that sprayed...
red wines
Unpredictable weather has kept Austrian vintners on their toes, making the 2017 vintage a challenging one As smartphones and technology keep us curled up inside, we like to think we have mastered our environment, but ask any vintner and he’ll tell you a different story: The smallest meteorological factor can make or break a vintage, and, technology notwithstanding, good wine is...
sign lounge
Outstanding mixology and hospitality make The Sign Lounge the perfect bar for the Instagram generation It’s not every day you order a drink and get an aquarium. Even less so in Vienna, a town known for its conservative tastes, where classics like mojitos and piña coladas still dominate the bar scene. Yet The Sign Lounge, a charming little dive tucked...
gastwirtschaft im durchhaus
Gastwirtschaft im Durchhaus brings Viennese cuisine into the 21st century Let’s face it: Neubau, Vienna’s ultratrendy 7th district, may have gotten a little too fashionable. Some of Vienna’s most exotic eateries have made their home here, and dinner options now include artisanal burgers, Japanese udon, Vietnamese pho, burritos and fajitas. So you may be forgiven if, spoiled amid all this...
britwurst
An expat has made a tidy business out of delivering tasty traditional British breakfast sausages to hungry Viennese Richard Holmes had always been a hobby cook, but in 2011 he began a venture that would take over his life: Britwurst, which introduced the British “banger” to a city beholden to the Bratwurst and Käsekrainer. “In expat forums, I started seeing...
treehouse
Baumhaus Lodge reconnects you to nature through cutting-edge architecture When I was younger, I loved climbing the trees in grandpa’s garden, but having a much-desired treehouse always eluded me. So when I heard about the Baumhaus Lodge (Treehouse Lodge), a unique hotel with state-of-the-art cabins among the canopies in Lower Austria’s Waldviertel (Forest District), a long-forgotten dream stirred once again....
Vienna capitals
Hockey may take a backseat to soccer and skiing in Austria, but don’t tell that to the Vienna Capitals and their loyal fans While famous as a winter sports powerhouse, Austria’s relationship to Eishockey can be somewhat underwhelming. While still reasonably popular – it’s second only to skiing and team football – surrounding countries like Czechia, Slovakia, Switzerland and Croatia show...
vienna on demand october
A new collection of tips to discover! To advertise please contact ads@metropole.at MICHAELA ARL DE LIMA JEWELER & GOLDSMITH Jewelry is meant to inspire, touch and delight the wearer, underlining her femininity and radiance. When you’ve found your favorite pieces, your love for them will last a lifetime. Get handmade, individually fitted jewelry and wedding rings for that special day! Mon-Sat 11:00-18:00...
leiwand
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. LEIWAND adjective. Awesome, cool. excellent. Sometimes emphasized as urleiwand or voi leiwand (totally awesome). Ubiquitous in Viennese slang, its most prominent use is in one of Austria's unofficial national anthems, "Schifoan" ("Skiing"), in which singer...
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