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 Fr...
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 ...
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 Festiva...
good life
Why Vienna tops the rankings of the world’s most livable cities is about attitude as much as anything For the mild-mannered “Zettlpoet” Helmut Seethaler, The Good Life entails pasting tiny poems on Vienna’s trees and subway stations, def...
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; ...
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...
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 wo...
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 spec...
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...
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 c...
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...
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 d...
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 (bol...
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 histo...
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...
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. ...
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 ...
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 yesterday’s attitudes. In our increasingly globalized world, this ...
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 n...
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...
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 “int...
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 wit...
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 ...
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 ide...
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 ...
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...
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 environm...
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 ...
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 Baumhau...
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-...
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 peo...
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 scramble...
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 ...
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 conse...
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 empt...
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...
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 Palme...
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 V...
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 O...
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 F...
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 infectio...
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 A...
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 a...
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 under...
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 em...
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 diff...