USED KITCHEN AD COMES WITH MYSOGYNIST QUIP Viennese humor can easily be lost on non-German speakers, but in the case of this not-so-classy classified, the intentions of its author weren’t quite clear. Online audiences were divided over a recent willhaben.at ad for a used kitchen, which touted its good condition in a curious way. Putting the beige kitchen on the resale...
Pursuing a career in acting, like most fields, requires perseverance and a strong belief in yourself Have you ever wondered what it takes to become an actor? As with other artistic pursuits, it is not just about talent; acting requires skill, and skill requires training – intensive training. Th at is what Vienna’s English Theatre, which has been giving English-speaking...
Housing in Vienna is relatively affordable, but figuring out what rent you actually ought to pay is surprisingly complicated by Michael Bernstein & Benjamin Wolf Property in Vienna has evolved over the centuries to a potpourri of styles and purposes. Similarly, the city ’s rental code piles provision on provision – some still in force after 100 years – and new...
Whether you want to chill like a hipster or enjoy the green, there’s a place for you by Claudia Paccosi & Michael Bernstein Anita lives in a small house on one of the steeply pitched streets of Grinzing in Vienna’s 19th district, on the slopes of the Kahlenberg. As she starts her day at 6 am, the only sound is the...
At the Architekturzentrum Wien, the exhibits are just the tip of the iceberg by Andrew Standen-Raz If you can’t make it to Kannikegården this month to see Lundgaard & Tranberg’s modern interpretation of a classic Danish church, or to Rudy Ricciotti’s new memorial to victims of Vichy France in Rivesaltes, the Architekturzentrum Wien (AzW), is the place to be. The exhibition...
  Often appreciation is just a question of perspective. As a high school student in Vienna, I spent warm afternoons riding my bike down the Prater Hauptallee, all the way to the Lusthaus and back, or sitting with friends on the cool grass of Heldenplatz, with the Hofburg palace as our backdrop. No matter the weather, one of my favorite...
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cultural amnesia
At the root of Europe’s malaise is a philosophical paradox over what it means to be human On a summer afternoon in 1991 soon aft er the collapse of the Soviet Union, political philosopher Isaiah Berlin met with editor Nathan Gardels in a cafe by the harbor in Portofino, Italy. There, over several hours, Berlin mused about the nationalism that...

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A debate unleashed by the hashtag #metwo highlights the need to fight everyday racism – and how listening is still a tall order. In recent weeks, migrants and multicultural Europeans in Germany have been sharing tweets over the hashtag #metwo, partly inspired by the #metoo campaign against sexual harassment. The revelations have been shocking at best: “I was 12 back then,”...
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Why the SPÖ leader rides his bike, has some enemies and is not to be envied. Let’s call it a really bad losing streak, not a personal failure. The SPÖ leader and Chancellor Christian Kern, who was celebrated at the beginning of his term, actually loses the election against his challenger Sebastian Kurz – who, for Kern, was half a...
An expat muses on the virtues of fresh air Before moving to Vienna in July 2001, I spent my final weeks in New York suffering through the withering heat and humidity typical of a Big Apple summer. Even on its deafening, top setting, the window-unit air conditioner struggled to keep my 30m2 apartment under 30°C. I packed like a man...
At Coop Himmelb(l)au, Wolf Prix’s 5th district Architecture studio, the walls are lined with what hundreds of prints, renderings and models of dreamlike structures. Most are glass and silver buildings, grand and futuristic, with diagonal lines supporting rounded bodies, seemingly floating above the ground.  Some were realized, some not but each speaks to Prix’s approach: a fragmented whole, devoid...
Every month, we list up a bunch of quotes that we like. Here are our best quotes about architecture:  
Throughout the ages, Vienna has been shaped by many architectural styles. We selected some of the most influential ones and the monuments they have left behind for us to admire.
Conversations with Viennese architects reveal the secrets to creating a liveable city Everything is Architecture,” wrote the Pritzker prize-winning architect Hans Hollein in 1968. Frustrated by the dreary functional blocks that filled Vienna’s craters left by WWII bombs, Hollein knew architecture had to be about much more than concrete walls. We may be drawn to a city for work, study,...
How an EU agency in Vienna urges us all to be vigilant As citizens of the European Union, we often take our rights for granted. For us, it has become the norm to live in a country that respects democracy, liberty and the rule of law, that guards human rights and fundamental freedoms as laid out in Article 6 of...
“Some of the most famous architects in the world – Zaha Hadid, Kazuyo Sejima – are non-Western, non-European women. That says a lot about how ‘emancipated’ we are here in the West.” As an architecture student at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna in the 1990s, Baerbel Mueller remembers having a lot of freedom: “We had no time pressure. Although...
“When I go back to my buildings and see how people interact with it – that’s the best present I could ask for.” In 2002, blue stickers began to appear around Vienna boldly claiming: “I cried here,” “I’m never here,” “I hid out here” – riffs on the “I was here” graffiti. The 22,000 stickers, which were distributed to anyone...
“If you don’t want to look at art, you can choose not to hang any on your wall. Architecture is always all around us. You can’t just tune it out.” When Angelika Fitz was chosen out of 33 international candidates to be the new director of the Architekturzentrum Wien (AzW) two years ago, one of the first questions she was...
“He put so much love and dedication into this project. It’s no longer comprehensible what he accomplished here.” Whether it’s looking over the green roof gardens, peering up through winding staircases whose landings are each painted a diff erent pastel shade, or encountering colorful frescoes lining a corridor, wonders abound at the Hundertwasser House in Vienna’s 3rd district. No one window,...
Across the sprawling Habsburg monarchy, castles and courtyards, opera houses and onion domes projected their power and today the heritage of a shared culture All great empires leave an architectural footprint. It’s a portrait of a kind that tells us important things about who they were: The Romans built roads, the Turks built mosques, the British railroad systems and the...
Placed firmly on the fault lines of Europe, Ukraine looks both East and West. Yet, what Ukrainians fight for is nothing less than their future Among all European states Ukraine stands apart – historically, politically, geopolitically. One of the largest European states – just recently moved back to the map of Europe – it still remains a kind of “terra...
The mythic region at the edge of the Empire was once the cultural heart of Eastern Europe. Today, it is the engine of change pulling Ukraine to the West In Ukraine, they say if you want to see Europe on a thin wallet, visit Lviv. It starts with the architecture. Bizarre moldings stand side by side with edgy modernism and...
Vast, diverse and much closer than we might think, Ukraine is still an unknown land for many. A project by young Ukrainians aims to change that When I say I am from Ukraine, I can see the worry on people’s faces, their minds flooded by stereo-types of a dangerous, remote country, half-way out on the Asian steppe. What could I expect?...
Europe’s second-largest country flaunts the blue of its skies and the golden fields of wheat in its flag – but Ukraine has so much more to offer
For nearly a century, Vienna’s Gemeindebauten have gotten municipal housing projects right Picture the clusters of typical multistoried apartment buildings speckled across Vienna: the ones with hanging balconies, sometimes enclosing well-manicured residential court-yards brought to life with the exciting chatter of families and children. Anyone unfamiliar with the city could be forgiven for mistaking them with private luxury condominiums: in...
If Goldilocks had to choose a neighborhood in Vienna, it might be Altlerchenfeld. Laidback yet central, this neighborhood strikes the perfect balance – not too trendy, but exciting enough; not too crowded, but still colorful, with an even mix of age groups, ethnicities and lifestyles. Most importantly, with the U6 subway as well as the 46 and 5 trams nearby,...
The Clown updates the classic ghost train inside the world’s oldest theme park There is something deeply unsettling about a clown that’s not putting smiles on children’s faces. This specific one, which just appeared on the display of my oculus rift headset, is eagerly waving his hands, inviting me to come forward. I have little choice, trapped as I am...
Take a closer look at Claude Monet's impressive collections at the Albertina, and celebrate up-and-coming local and international art at the Vienna Design Week Claude Monet Exhibition Dive into the effervescent, shimmering world of the father of impressionism Claude Monet and his fellow impressionists may be household names now, but in the late 19th century, they painstakingly plowed their own furrows against...
The Junges Ensemble at the Theater an der Wien: boot camp for six newly minted opera singers The opera world can be “a crazy and dangerous place,” smiles Jochen Breiholz of Theater an der Wien (TadW). Of course it’s an overstatement, but Breiholz does know something about how strenuous the business can be: He’s the director of artistic administration and...
The 1970s pop icons are reunited and on tour at Jeff Lynne's Electric Light Orchestra, and up-and-coming tour Vienna’s most storied venues at the Waves Festival Here are two events no music lover should miss this summer: Electric Light Orchestra Nearly as iconic to the 1970s as bell bottoms, platform shoes and mullet hairstyles, the Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) and their quirky...
Bombshell recounts the life of Hedy Lamarr: Austrian émigré, Hollywood diva – and inventor. "Any girl can look glamorous, aLL she has to do is stand still and look stupid.” The opening quote of the documentary Bombshell The Hedy Lamarr Story neatly sums up how the diva felt about her claim to fame. Considered one of the most beautiful women of her time,...
Three Israelis return to the land of their ancestors, confronting the specters of the past and challenges of the present How to live in a country that tried to kill your grandparents? And can you be friends with someone whose forebears were the executioners? An Austro-German-Israeli co-production, Back to the Fatherland poses these questions and gives gut-wrenching and heartening answers as...
Nearly 30 years in the making, director Terry Gilliam finally realizes his passion project in his new film Famous for his single-minded determination and uncompromising creative integrity, legendary director Terry Gilliam (Monty Python’s Flying Circus, 12 Monkeys) is not one to back down, but his attempt to bring Miguel de Cervantes’ beloved picaresque novel to life would have tested anyone. ©...
How the US Army helped preserve the famed Lipizzaners in the final days of WWII Weeks from the end of the Second World War, a rogue unit of the American Army slipped across the lines into the Sudetenland on a clandestine mission to a secluded horse farm. For housed at Hostau – today Hostouň in Czechia – were not just...
From welcoming refugees to protecting borders, the question of how to best deal with migration is vexing Europe The dramatic pictures that splashed across tablets and TV screens will linger long in the memories of Europeans: Hundreds, even thousands, of migrants some families with small children, huddled in the overcrowded Budapest Keleti pu railway station in dire conditions: There was...
In Rebel Modernists, Liane Lefaivre traces 120 years of Viennese design since Otto Wagner. Urban design has a long and distinguished history in Vienna. Consistently ranked as one of the world’s most liveable cities, it has repeatedly produced beyond its size and been a front-runner in progressive architecture for well over a century. And that, argues Professor Ordinarius at the...
In a crowded brunch landscape, Turnhalle im brick5 offers exceptional organic fare in a relaxed environment When the doors to Turnhalle im brick5 open on weekends, a brunch of earthly delights awaits – but you’ll have to find it first. Walk beyond the cutely arranged seating in the courtyard of the larger brick5, a culture center in a converted factory,...
The brothers Wrenkh build on family and history Practically growing up in the kitchen of their parents’ pioneering vegetarian restaurant in the 1980s, the siblings Karl (31) and Leo (29) Wrenkh are no strangers to the world of gastronomy. The family ate vegetarian six days a week, and on their day off, like flexitarians avant la lettre, they caught up...
Intensive Care: The Delirium Café brings a bit of Belgian cheer to Vienna’s lager-battered heart No matter the month or temperature, it’s always beer o’ clock in Austria: placing second worldwide in per capita consumption, only our Czech neighbors chug more. And while lager (sometimes known as Märzen) remains the suds of choice, local palates are growing increasingly fond of...
Lower Austria's Thermenregion is home to several signature varieties, as remarkable as they are rare In a wine world dominated by a limited number of superstar grapes like Austria’s Grüner Veltliner, it is illuminating to talk to a vintner who keeps old favorites alive. “Two hundred years ago, Zierfandler and Rotgipfler were among the most important grape varieties in the...
Lower Austria's Thermenradweg bike path is an impressionist dream just south of Vienna Waterways tell stories that have touched generations. Sometimes they have a silvery glimmer, sometimes green, golden or shades of blue, reflecting the sky, the clouds, the bridges or the trees along the way, filling the imaginations of poets, painters or composers. I myself have cycled many times along...
ORAL B GENIUS 9000 This ingenious toothbrush uses facial recognition technology to guide you on a brushing routine your dentist would be proud of. A simple-to-use smartphone app helps you remove double the plaque with the oscillating head, polishing every nook and cranny. Your pearly whites have never been so squeaky clean. €239,99 THE CACOON DOUBLE HANGING CHAIR As futuristic as it is...
Whether it’s with handmade leather crafts, a hot new fashion emporium or tiny houses for everyone, this month’s local finds make it easy to express yourself. R. HORN’S* rhorns.com 1., Herrengasse 6-8 In the same vein of the Gesamtkunstwerk  philosophy of the Wiener Werkst.tte, the expert craftsmen of R. Horn Wien work the finest leather with loving attention to detail and a nod...
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Verb. 1. To do a slipshod, haphazard, unprofessional or poor-quality job; 2. To work with inferior materials; 3. To do Schwarzarbeit (lit. “black-market labor”), the practice of working off-the-books, without paying taxes, social security, insurance or other benefits. Not uncommon in the Austrian construction business, it’s often used to cut costs, employ unlicensed or undocumented workers for pittances (particularly...