The beautiful city of Vienna has more to offer visitors than just grand old buildings and historic monuments and landmarks. The city is a gastronomic delight and should definitely be on your list of places to visit if you enjoy good food and wine.
Vienna’s Fusion Cuisine
Vienna has an amazing culinary history. When the 19th century Austrian Empire stretched far and wide, culinary practices were taken from places like Hungary, Turkey and the Blakans, and combined with Italian, French and German influence. The result is a unique and exciting cuisine that will have your mouth watering.
Vienna also has a wonderful selection of local wines that perfectly compliment their delicious dishes.
The Heart and Soul of Viennese Gastronomy
There are several Viennese dishes that you shouldn’t miss when you’re staying in a holiday rental in Vienna. Popular dishes include goulash with knödel (potato or bread dumplings), Apfelstrudel, Wiener Schnitzel and Tafelspitz, (beef boiled with root vegetables and served with horseradish).
You can’t stay in an apartment in Vienna and not try the famous Sachertorte from the Sacher Hotel. This chocolate cake, first made by Franz Sacher, is one of the most famous culinary specialties in Vienna, and consists of a layer of apricot jam sandwiched between layers of dense chocolate sponge cake, and covered on the top and sides with chocolate icing. The cake is traditionally served with unsweetened whipped cream and a chocolate disc that is placed on top of the cake. The original Sachertorte is only available at Hotel Sacher, at the Cafes Sacher, at the Vienna Airport and at the Sacher Shop in Bozen, Italy. It may be a little on the expensive side, but you are treated like royalty and the Sachertorte itself is delicious.
The Wiener Kaffeehaus
The city is renowned for it’s Wiener Kaffeehaus, (Viennese coffee houses). They’ve played an important role in shaping the Viennese café culture that you can experience today. Viennese cafés entice visitors with a wide variety of coffee, drinks, pastries, international newspapers, great service and an elegant atmosphere. Most coffee houses also provide light snacks, desserts, cakes and tarts like Apfelstrudel, Punschkrapfen and torte.
The café culture of Vienna has resulted in a wide variety of delicious pastries and cakes. There are bakeries and sidewalk cafés on every street, where you can buy everything from cheese rolls and croissants to apfelstrudel and cinammon buns. These heavenly confections are the pinnacle of Viennese cuisine and an expression of the Austrian’s love of the good life. Vienna just wouldn’t be Vienna without pastries.
If you want something a bit sweeter you can head to famous ice-cream shops like Zanoni & Zanoni Gelateria or Tichy. You may have to wait in a long queue but the wait is certainly worth it, and you’ll probably find yourself going back for more before your stay in Vienna is over.