kern
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, actuall...
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 after the collapse of the Soviet Union, political philosopher Isaiah Berlin met with editor Nathan Gardels in a cafe by...
clouds
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-un...
Wolf Prix
We spoke to Wolf Prix, one of the founders of the Deconstructivist movement. 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 ar...
Police Horse
Check out this month's odd and outrageous news stories! Used Kitchen Ad Comes with Mysogonist 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 qui...
VETA
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, an...
Gemeindebau
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-manicu...
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...
Housing in Vienna is relatively affordable, but figuring out what rent you actually ought to pay is surprisingly complicated. Property in Vienna has evolved over the centuries to a potpourri of styles and purposes. Similarly, the city ’s rental ...
Baerbel Mueller
“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 ...
Agency
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...
Anne Catherine Fleith
“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 t...

#MeTwo

Flags of different countries
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, p...
Political Map
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 thou...
Apartment Interior
Whether you want to chill like a hipster or enjoy the green, there’s a place for you. 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 da...
Angelika Fitz
“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 Archi...
elfriede forte-1
“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 different pa...
Welcome to the Clown
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 ...
Architecturzentrum
At the Architekturzentrum Wien, the exhibits are just the tip of the iceberg. 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 memoria...
Junges Ensemble
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 Breiho...

Altlerchenfeld

Altlerchenfeld
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...
Horse
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 hor...

Design for Living

Hundertwasser House
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 beyo...
Turnhalle
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 bey...
Wrenkh Brothers
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 f...
Beer
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 neighb...
The Man Who Killed Don Quixote
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...
Back to the Fatherland
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 w...
Hollywood Sign
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 neat...
Concert
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...
Lviv
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 th...
Here's is this month's Last Word 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 ...
Wine
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 ...
Vienna Biking
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, th...
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 ...
Architecture
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 tel...
Vienna
  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...
Van Gogh
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...
Vienna
Every month, we list up a bunch of quotes that we like. Here are our best quotes about architecture:  
Ukraine
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.
Vienna Sunset
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.
Bessarabia
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-t...
Cacoon tent
Here are ten of our favourite products to guide your next shopping spree. 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 smartphon...
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...
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