Make Europe a dream again!

Let´s build a european WELTWUNDER

Let´s turn BORDERS into CONNECTIONS

Let Europe have a new MARSHALL plan

the time of motorized individual traffic is over

Viva la republica federal de Europa!

Mobilität ist ein Menschenrecht.

The european Passport is your annual ticket.
Your annual ticket is your passport.

Il n’y a pas de besoin de l’avion jusqu’à 1000km.

Europe is a city.

Let’s travel through Europe – by train!

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metropa - the european supermetro network

metropa is an art and peace project that shows Europe as an entity on multiple layers; it anticipates the idea of a pan-European metro network system that interconnects all of its citizens and visitors, regions and metropolitan areas – without the borders within.

metropa presents a european future where all ecological, economical, technical and political questions are answered and transformed into a viable comprehension of what could be, at times, the Federal Republic of Europe.

metropa is the junction of all of these topics: mobility, climate change awareness, European integration and migration. Its clear and simple imagery speaks to the people like a current map of any subway in any possible city in Europe. It makes people believe that it is already true. And the more people see it, the more the pressure grows on the people in charge – the EU, the companies, the heads of governments.

metropa is a vision of Europe as it could be in a few decades – an everyday graphic that shows Europe as a city, as a metropolis: usable by all, extensive and universal. And though we all know that it probably won’t look like this and that it will take some decades or more, metropa is designed as a vision and as a target of our efforts.

mobility is a fundamental human right, and metropa is the vehicle that carries the complex idea of the European unification process out of the meeting rooms of EU bureaucracy into the centre of pan-European society. And mind-travelling becomes the best way to open up the importance of Europe to people.

Europe needs is a common myth. A narrative that unites all of us and whose benefits are clear to all. metropa is a glimpse into the everyday life of the future. Bringing this picture home to all Europeans, explaining it, discussing it, will get us the story that is necessary to anchor the European idea in consciousness and the subconscious.

Thus, metropa is a contribution to overcome the current crisis and to make Europe as we all want it: an open, strong continent that preserves its achievements and does not shy away from innovation. A continent in fruitful competition with others – an inspiration and fascination for its visitors – and pride of its inhabitants.

founder and initiator Stefan Frankenberger
picture 2020 © Tara Ludescher
metropa timetable
metropa map with current ride times taken from several earch engines like omio, rometorio or trainline.
Times vary from day to day. Indicated as e.g. 4(hrs)/30(mins) or "x" if there is no train connection.
© studio77 2021
Europa physisch mit Linien
physical map of Europe with lines
(©Freytag&Berndt)

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"metropa – a network of hope"

– Gerhard Matzig, Suedeutsche Zeitung, Munich/Germany –

"metropa is an exciting and eloquent project in which Baukultur is in demand as an immaterial and infrastructural link."

– Reiner Nagel, CEO of the Bundesstiftung Baukultur, Potsdam/Germany –

"Metropa – the vision of a European superfast train network acts on both the body and soul."

– Jörg Metelmann, cultural scientist at the University of St. Gallen/Switzerland –

"the idea of metropa is stronger than the idleness of those in power – it is a look into the future of Europe, into our future."

– Enzo Vialli, publicist, Milan/Italy –

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Thomas says...

A wonderfull network, but I miss the fast connection Berlin - Munich and my hometown Leipzig on this route..

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Soizic Frin says...

Excellent. If you include BREST (in France - far west from Paris...) you will have my support.

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I agree. And I think, it would be wonderful, if there would be a connection to all the "sunny" destinations on the continent as soon as possible. So that all the people who are used to flying to, for instance, Greece for holidays get an alternative and start thinking about the harm they are doing to the planet by flying there.

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Love it. Including Valletta, Malta in this Project as the southernmost EU Country and Capital would surely have my support for a sustainable future.

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Nikos says...

An excellent project. If you include Cyprus (an EU member state) in your plan you will definitely have my support.

campaigns/reviews

June 21

The Austrian Traffic/Transportation Association VCÖ has issued a super cool article in its latest magazine edition, where metropa serves as a blueprint of a borderless and well connected Europe – which, sadly, does not exist. Not yet, we say.

Thanks for the article! --> https://www.vcoe.at/news/details/das-rueckgrat-der-klimavertraeglichen-verkehrswende

May 21

– Postcards for Brussels –

We sent postcards to 750 members of the European Parliament and the European Commission, all lettered and painted by hundreds of european schoolkids and directly addressed to the deputies. Here are some of them:

Take a look on our social media channels twitter and Instagram where we start a series of posts with some of these postcards!

Apr 21

#01

The European Democracy Lab launched a fantastic podcast series about the future of Europe. We contributed to one, thanks for the invitation!

Listen on Spotify and on Apple

#02

Interview with the Bolzano-based biligual online newspaper SALTO

Mar 21

#01

Reprint in Public Mobility by professor Dr. Oliver Schwedes, expert on Integrated Transport Planning at the TU Berlin.

 

#02

On swiss TV emission Sternstunde Philosophie Jörg Metelmann introduced METROPA as perfect example (from 44:30, in German).

Feb 2021

This is from former Belgian Prime Minister and now MEP Guy Verhofstadt:

"This is utopian, of course, a wider European region as interconnected as a metropolitan city... But if 25 years ago they had told you you’d soon be able to look up every piece of information imaginable on a portable phone the size of a wallet, and talk to your watch if you had a message to instantly send your friend on the other side of the world, you would not have called it utopian... but ridiculous."

Anyway, thanks Guy for not mentioning neither source nor authorship. Pretty awkward move of a prominent member of the EU Parliament, being proud of its intellectual property laws.

Jan 2021

#01

America voted – this is our contribution.

Alike metropa, metromerica stands for the idea of connections instead of boundaries, for the dialogue and exchange among classes, races, mindsets. So let's mindtravel across the map and meet each other in peace and openness!

METROMERICA

#02

Reprint in Jörg Metelmann's and Harald Welzer's book "Imagineering – how future is made" ("Imagineering – wie Zukunft gemacht wird", S. Fischer Verlag):

October 2020

#01
metropa is part of the online exhibition "Net works". Enter here the exhibition rooms.

September 2020

#01
Together with 200 young people at the Brandenburger Jugendkulturtage in Blossin/Germany we started the "Postcards for Brussels"-campaign (see above).

#02
metropa in the FALTER (Vienna), 23.9.2020 (preview)

"If Europe was a gigantic metropole…"

September 2020

#03
Since September, metropa posters and postcards are available in every book store, published by Freitag&Berndt/Vienna.

A1 posters: ISBN 978-3-7079-1911-0
A2 posters: ISBN 978-3-7079-1880-9
postcards:   ISBN 978-3-7079-1879-3

August 2020

#01
first public viewing on wall in Landlmühle/Bavaria at the "3 Tage – 4 Filme"-Festival of the Kulturklub Rosenheim, after the first showcase of the background-animation (which you can see also on this website).

#02
An interview for the Visionaries-Videoblog by Leodreams about our vision of metropa:

July 2020

Article (in German) in the PrivatBahn-Magazin, an international b2b mag for railway transportation and traffic (by Dennis Tesch):

June 2020

#01
An interview in the FuturZwei-Magazine! With a postcard in every copy!

#02
A short but enthousiastic article about metropa in the Irish Times by Derek Scally.

#03
Great article in the Fairplanet online magazine, written by Frank Odenthal:

May 2020

An article in the german "good-news"-paper newslichter:

"Just right now, we need bold visions if our world is to get better. When it comes to mobility, the metropa project – a Europe-wide superfast train network – is one of them."

April 2020

Italian Internazionale KIDS magazine published metropa as a centrefold.

March 2020

#01
metropa on the "Großformat" in the Sueddeutsche Zeitung:

here is Gerhard Matzig's text in English (abridged).

#02
The Berlin based multilingual online newspaper Berlin89 published this article by Salvatore Trapani:

December 2019

#01
post on linkedIn : 3500 views, hundreds of comments.

#02
Vienna's ex-vice-mayor posted on facebook on Dec, 12 : 4000 views, 950 likes, 360 shares, 160 comments

#03
post on reddit : 1000 comments, 11k views, millions of ideas.

earlier

reprint in "What is the Nation?" ("Was ist die Nation?, Steidl Verlag, Göttingen, 2019) by Ulrike Guérot.

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