A stately gem in Lower Burgenland, Bernstein castle offers respite from modern living History has a way of drawing you in. Lords and ladies, knights and squires continue to mesmerize, with shows like Game of Thrones perpetuating our fascination with days past, or at least how we envision them. If you ever fantasized about the lives of nobles, wonder no...
With the platform Own Austria, founders Martin Foussek and Thomas Niss aim to help people make better investments through trust and familiarity Few Austrians invest in the stock market. Most estimate it between 4% and 6%, the lowest in the EU. With Own Austria (ownaustria.at), Martin Foussek and Thomas Niss aim to make it easy and inexpensive by offering investors...
Austria may sometimes appear frozen in time. But below the surface, its people power one of the most vibrant globalized economies in the world Skis, steel and tobacco – that’s what Austrians need to make you fly. But not on two planks, dashing downhill, nor bungee jumping from a towering bridge; and not with a deep drag of nicotine from...
It’s not easy to buy woodlands in Austria. You need passion, roots in the local area and many millions Cord Prinzhorn, the chief executive officer of an Austrian packaging company, is European new money. But his latest investment is classic Old World, Old Money: a forest owned for more than a century by the Rothschild family, roughly the size of Manhattan. Forests...
Biomedical research in Vienna is revealing the secrets of life, as two research institutes make breakthroughs in cancer treatment The announcement came in April, with the publication of a cutting-edge biomedical application of a technology named “SLAMseq” in the prestigious journal, Science. Stefan Ameres of IMBA – Research Institute of Molecular Biotechnology – had laid the groundwork during research on...
Like the trams and trains produced by Siemens, manufacturing is still part of Vienna. Glowing sparks arc through the air as massive cranes transport steel structures while loud booms thunder through the assembly hall. At Siemens’ Mobility Division plant, whole fleets of subway cars are built, giving jobs to 1,300 workers. Special rules apply on the factory floor: Street shoes...
After 1989, Austrian companies were among the first to invest in Europe’s “Wild East.” But in assessing political risk, they have to up their game The strategy had seemed foolproof. When Austrian capital flooded the former Eastern Bloc after 1989, one of the main products offered by the banks were loans denominated in foreign currency – namely, euros or Swiss...
See how Augarten porcelain is crafted, learn how to make chocolate pralines, and sample Schlumberger Sekt right at the source Walking through the Ottakringer brewery rooms wreathed in the rich smells of fermentation, you learn how the golden brew has been manufactured since 1837. Amid the quiet respite of the Augarten park in Vienna’s 2nd district, minutes from the bustling center of town,...
Executive Director, Production & Technology for Manner Schnitten “Vertical production is an essential component of urban production. Our factory will always remain in Vienna.” The more things change, the more things stay the same. Manner Schnitten, the omnipresent and ever-popular Viennese hazelnut cream-filled wafer cookies, have been made according to the same recipe for more than a century. They are still made exclusively at the original...
Deputy Head of Special Exhibitions, Vienna Technical Museum “Our goal isn’t to say to our visitors, ‘OK, here’s the future, take it or leave it.’ We want to offer them the chance to gain some insight and to be able to reflect on it themselves.” On a rainy summer day, the Vienna Technical Museum was buzzing with inquisitive children and watchful parents. No surprise, as...
Regional Secretary, PRO-GE Vienna “Some say, ‘Live and let live.’ I can only live well if I can allow others to live well and be able to look after their needs.” On Toni Steinmetz’s desk stands a small iron statue of the clock tower located in Enns, his hometown in Upper Austria. It’s not just a souvenir, but also a memento of his first...
Founder, Vienna Textile Lab “If synthetic dyes originate from crude oil, does it make sense to be using them for a 5-euro T-shirt you throw out after six months? It just doesn’t compute.” Karin Fleck, 36, has a PhD in chemistry from the Technical University of Vienna (TU), but until recently, never worked as a chemist. So what’s she doing at the TU chemical lab...
The Austrian government has cut essential funding for feminist organizations and initiatives – a move that says a lot about its image of women This did not come as a surprise. Right-wing politicians have long wanted women to get off the streets and back into the delivery room and the kitchen. The message: Women should make babies and casseroles, not revolution....
Three women now head the parties of the opposition. A small revolution for Austria Sometimes reality overtakes prophecy. Christian Kern was quicker with his resignation than was predicted in this column in the last issue of Metropole. His paradoxical intervention has surprised friends and enemies. He wants to be the Spitzenkandidat (lead candidate) of the combined Social Democratic factions of...
Austrians like to show off their serious appreciation of classical music. But if you want them to erupt into joyful singing, you’ve got to play them some Austropop. And you may learn some Dialekt, too It was two o’clock on a Friday morning. I’d followed a herd of colleagues to Bettelalm: a sweaty underground cavern that has no business in Vienna’s genteel...