A late-night institution: the Würstelstand
After a long night of revelry, there is nothing like a hearty snack to avoid a rude awakening the next day.
After a long night of revelry, there is nothing like a hearty snack to avoid a rude awakening the next day.
The world-famous artist Daniel Spoerri has purchased two Baroque style houses and developed those in a complete piece of art providing enjoyment and culture.
Carl Zuckmayer refers to this place in his memoirs, as do countless other celebrities, who have drunk this or that glassful at the Braustüberl. They did so for a good reason.
An alphabetic tour through Austrian cuisine will help you decipher the menu and spike your appetite for delicious desserts and mouth-watering specialities: from A(pfelstrudel) to Z(irbenschnaps).
Burgenland is unlike anywhere else in Austria. Whereas Austria is known for rugged Alps, pirouette-inducing meadows or the excitement of Vienna, Burgenland sits on the edge of Central Europe’s vast Pannonian plain.
This bistro is a wee bit hard to find, located atop the old city walls of Vienna. With its romantic garden, it is a popular watering hole for a widely diverse crowd.
The so-called bittermann vinarium is a modern country inn: within age-old walls awaits a true land of plenty for all those who love to eat and drink well.
After you have returned back home you can still enjoy the tastes of Austria: Styrian pumpkinseed oil, Zotter chocolate, Manner Schnitten hazelnut wafers and the famous Mozart chocolate balls are all popular culinary souvenirs.
The chef earned his spurs and his fame as legendary chef at Hotel Intercontinental in Vienna. Manfred Buchinger resaddled to establish a splendid Weinviertel country inn known instructively as “the old school”.
There is no avoiding the subject of wine when travelling through the province of Burgenland. But then again, who would want to? Especially since a growing number of modern wine estates boast not only exceptional wines but also exquisite architecture.
Cafés are an everyday part of city living and in Vienna in particular they are at the heart of city life. Around 1900, a visit to a Viennese café was a spectacular experience, newspapers were displayed on custom-made stands, waiters wore tailcoats and ceilings were decorated with elaborate chandeliers.
We have compiled our favourite dishes to make sure you can create your Austrian holidays memories at home.
The Danube is not only known for its culture, landscape and beautiful nature, it is also famous for its culinary delights and therefore a top address for gourmets.
Every year during the pre-christmas season in Salzburg’s old town, Stiftskeller St. Peter is turned into a Christmas wonderland, with 9 kilometers of light chains, 150 Christmas trees and about 8,000 Christmas tree ornaments.
The Deuring-Schlössle (“Deuring little castle”) is one of the loveliest spots in the country to savor a meal, linger a few days and, last but not least, highly treasured by the visitors to the Bregenz Festival.
During a visit to the Schaerf World, visitors find out all they ever wanted to know about growing, refining, preparing, and – above all – enjoying coffee.
Eric Stekovics has scoured the world for tomato seeds in his quest to revive some nearly forgotten flavours. Today more than 3,200 varieties of tomato thrive in his fields near the Neusiedlersee.
In this splendidly restored old farmstead estate, a modern restaurant forms the exciting counterpoint. The link which ties the two together? Great food.
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Austria's diverse cultural offerings include over 200 festivals, stretching from world scale events to small regional gatherings. Many of them make use of Austria's beautiful surroundings and most of them offer an outstanding culinary menu to accompany the cultural experience.
For whoever has a yearning for the best fish you can eat, this restaurant is a safe-and-sure tip. Char and trout flip from the pond onto the table, as it were. And the char caviar from this house is known far and wide.
Until recently he was the famous chef of the well established Hotel Sacher in Vienna and now Hans Peter Fink took over the traditional rural inn of his in-laws and was awarded with two "Gault Millau" hats right away.
On the Pogusch, where foxes and rabbits used to wave goodnight to each other before retiring, nowadays celebrities and enjoyment-seeking guests from far and near come to enjoy whatever is on the agenda.
Austria possesses an incomparable source of richness which few people are consciously aware of: clear, clean mountain water. At Fish Restaurant Kulmer, with its own fish breeding facilities, guests have benefited from this wealth for decades.
Maestosa Johanna Maier celebrates in the tiny world of a village in Pongau at 1,000 meters altitude the great, grand world of high cuisine.
Remarkable ambience, outstanding biodynamic wines, and a small but excellent assortment of wine-tavern fare: this has proved a winning combination for the Gut Oggau — which has even been featured at a San Francisco museum
Heinz Hanner is doubtless the most avant-guard top Austrian chef there is. And one thing is also certain: nothing here can ever get boring.
In the middle of Tirol’s Alpine landscape, one is treated to a close-up look at the lifestyle of prominent Austrians of the past, such as Empress Maria Theresa and “Sisi”: Innsbruck’s Hofburg, one of the three most important historical buildings in Austria, was once a favourite residence of the Habsburgs.
Award-winning Chef Klaus Fleischhaker, who operates the well-known Gourmet-Restaurant Pfefferschiff in the City of Salzburg, has made his dream come true in Vienna: He created a hotel in which everything is dedicated to wine.
The “permanent cooking experiment” conceived and carried out via the devices of Eckart Witzigmann in Hangar 7 was a grand success. Celebrity guest chefs from all over the world are the ones who have assured and perpetrate that success.
Everyone knows that wine and food are a marriage made in heaven. At the Sattlerhof, they discovered this a long time ago. For more than 20 years, this happy symbiosis has been lived to the utmost: fine eating, fine living.
Joseph’s, housed in Hotel Seevilla, is a perfect example of how to establish twinkle-toed, breath-of-fresh-air cuisine in a traditional hotel environment.
Austria's most unusual school can be found high on a mountain pasture. Visitors can learn about the bread and butter of life in a centuries-old farmhouse.
The former monastery has been secularised for a long time. Today it is a different kind of temple: of enjoyments at the highest imaginable level.
Gerhard Fuchs numbers among the greatest chefs as far as the eye can see. On the Pössnitzberg, nestled in a cluster of wine estate and tip-top hotel buildings, he has found the ideal backdrop to celebrate his art(s).
A site is not something which can be substituted. And the one at Lake Restaurant Lackner on the Mondsee is not just pretty, it is irreplaceable. But that’s not all you can depend on.
Jamek has been an institution in the Wachau for decades now. Both for the lusciously comfortable atmosphere and the quality of everything promised...and delivered.
Landhaus Bacher has been one of the first culinary addresses in the Wachau for many years. It is one of Austria’s very best restaurants.
The Loibnerhof is the longstanding classic pillar of restaurants in the Wachau. For decades, it has enjoyed cult status for its outstanding regional cuisine.
Mooslechner’s Bürgerhaus is a little piece of paradise in the heart of Rust. It has a highly individual hotel and a first class restaurant.
An exceptional hotel for Spa lovers, people looking for relaxation, night owls and those in search of adventures at the Mühlviertel you may experience indulgence and culture with heart and soul.
Vacation on the sunny side of Austria. In the unusual and typical Pannonian accommodation life is at its glory.
It’s known as the black gold of Southern Styria: pumpkin seed oil. These days a modest, family-run oil press has become the world’s biggest producer of this delicacy.
For music festival visitors who have a tendency towards enjoyment, as well as for many others, the Pfefferschiff has become a fixed star in the culinary heavens of Salzburg.
Plachutta is to beef what Figlmüller is to schnitzel. In keeping with the tradition of fabled Viennese beef establishments of the past, the Plachutta restaurants have now become legends themselves.
Drinking has its own ceremonial protocol in which eye-contact plays a central role.
In the Schilcherland with its vineyards and wine taverns is situated an entire piece of art: At the Rauch-Hof you are welcome to lounge idyllic, enjoy outstanding food and discover unusual culture.
Zum Schwarzen Kameel is much more than just a culinary meeting place for celebrities: for nearly 400 years it has been a Viennese institution.
At the “Blue Goose”, perched atop Salzburg’s city mountain, the Mönchsberg, they pursue an overall philosophy: eat, drink, feel good, stay awhile...
If there was a superlative form for “good traditional cooking”, it would be “best traditional cooking”, and this term is the perfect description of the food at Eckel, in Vienna’s Sievering neighbourhood.
In Vienna Figlmüller is synonymous with schnitzel: the city’s Figlmüller restaurant makes what is probably the best and most famous schnitzel in the entire city.
In the opinion of many gourmets the brothers Karl and Rudi Obauer are the most successful in the country. Every year their restaurant achieves the highest nominations by national and international gourmet guides.
The Taubenkobel restaurant is one of the best in the country. And for those who are hesitant to enter such spheres, the light version in the form of a pretty bistro is just the ticket.
Although a mere 2.5 kilometres separate the Westautobahn from the Riesnerhof, at this 200-year-old inn you will feel like you are in a different world — thanks to the stunning views, the friendly atmosphere, and the outstanding cuisine!
Supposedly time passes by slower in Schilcherland than anywhere else. At least this was claimed by people who spent some memorable time enjoying a glass of wine at a typical wine tavern a “Buschenschank“ right within the soft hills of south-western Styria and completely neglected time.
If you try to imagine the ideal, typical, country inn in the ideal site, the picture your imagination comes up with is devilishly close to the actual Gannerhof in Innervillgraten. Everything here is just...picture perfect.
To combine fine pickled vegetables with the thought of emergency rations would prove the delicious variety of Staud’s products completely wrong. Non-believers will be convinced by visiting the Staud’s Pavillion at the Yppenplatz in Vienna.
One of the most famous gourmet restaurants of the city can be found in one of the most beautiful parts of Vienna, in the middle of the Stadtpark and on the banks of the river: the Steirereck and its sister establishment, the Meierei next door.
Huth is a prime example of a contemporary Viennese inn: modern in appearance, but classic when it comes to hospitality and cuisine.
The only thing ‘wild’ about the Wilder Mann is, perhaps, what happens in the kitchen during the season of ‘wild game’. This snuggly old country inn has been popular for centuries for travellers and guests from far and near alike.
For decades, Tschebull is a treasured jewel in Carinthia’s restaurant scene. It is even a monument, an institution, in matters of maintaining Alpine-Adriatic culinary traditions.
Looking for an upscale dining experience? We have compiled a list of restaurants, that will enhance you travel experience. This list is in no way complete since there are so many of them throughout Austria.
The gourmet restaurant “Verdi”, together with the next-door bistro known as “Verdi-Stopover”, are a culinary couple of acknowledged preeminence reigning over the city of Linz.
Getting to sample local specialties and savor fine cuisine is as much part of any holiday as taking snapshots or writing post cards. The Via Culinaria, a creative initiative in the SalzburgerLand, provides a true gourmet experience. Seven culinary tours cater to cheese devotees, fish fans, sweet tooth, alpine hut addicts and beer aficionados, among many others.
No other country can lay claim to so much viticulture and wine culture in its capital city. Grapes were cultivated here as early as 1132 AD and it’s now “in” to drink Viennese wine.
In the atmospheric cellars of the Vinatrium in Deutschkreutz one finds a nearly inexhaustible supply of wines from Central Burgenland, all of which can be sampled.
The landscape of Vorarlberg, Austria’s westernmost province, is striking for its many structures with timber construction. Their architecture is simple, natural and sustainable, at once traditional and cosmopolitan – just like the people who live here. Join in on a tour of Vorarlberg’s building culture and mentality.
Hans Weibel was an early champion of cultivated wine-drinking in Vienna, which is why this beverage plays such a key role in all of his establishments. But man does not live from wine alone.
Prize-winning wines, homemade schnaps brandies, a small but exquisite restaurant, and a smattering of guest rooms to overnight in - plus desserts flowing from the local variety of apricot known as marille. The Prandtauerhof in Joching on the Danube is more than 700 years old. The Holzapfel family radiates Wachau hospitality and serves the best this exceptional region can come up with, both from cellar and kitchen.
In the epicentre of the vineyards, this cluster of winemaking facilities, hotel and restaurant emanates the aura of a fairy tale. And this is not, we emphasize, simply a matter of history.
The Heurigenhof Bründlmayer is no ordinary heuriger buffet. In this preciously beautiful ensemble of historic buildings, you enjoy superb cuisine and the preeminent stars of the Austrian wine scene, courtesy of Bründlmayer.
In this rustic urban inn, located right near two of the city’s most prominent cultural institutions – the Akademietheater and the Konzerthaus – time seems to have stood still in an agreeable way.
Mr and Mrs Austrian are beyond doubt epicureans. When their culinary rituals blend with the famous Austrian hospitality ("Gemütlichkeit") guests will experience a unique feast. Encounter Austrian cuisine not only at the dining table...
Once upon the time around 1990 there was a master confectioner who thought that all the existing chocolate creations on the market are simply a little bit too boring. So after business hours he started to explore in the quietness of his company's back room...
After a hiatus, Burgenland’s Zur Blauen Gans (the ”Blue Goose”) is again flying high. Award-winning chef Oliver Wiegand is now wielding the whisk here, combining traditional Austrian fare with innovative gourmet cuisine to create a unique dining experience on the shores of Lake Neusiedl.
The inn known as “Zur Dankbarkeit” (“The Gratitude”) has been a beloved classic for a long time in the Pannonian restaurant scene. It is a popular meeting place for everyone who loves delicious, down-to-earth food.
The beauty and lifestyle here seem inconceivable in this day and age - areas this pure and authentic in many parts of the world seem to be trading in those very qualities. And locals here have chosen to embrace their heritage gastronomically, viticulturally and agriculturally.
Barely an hour's drive from Vienna, Burgenland offers innovative vintners, chefs and artists determined to both preserve wonderful old traditions, and breathe new life into them. It is a noticeably warmer region, hence the array of white, sweet and red wines, all-thriving in a climate stabilized by the striking Lake Neusiedl.
The central position of the Marble Gugelhupf Cake in the Austrian cake-and-coffee tradition is unrivalled. Even in these calorie-conscious times, the sweet sins of our grandmothers have lost none of their attraction.
This recipe is originally from the Czech-Bohemian Cuisine. Often filled with jam, poppy seeds or cream, they are another famous Austrian dessert to melt away.
A dietary staple adopted from Hungary during the emperor's day - diced meat and vegetables are put in a stew together. There are dozens of variations, from "gravy goulash" to "fiacre goulash". Find the original recipe for "viennese goulash" here.
For those who want to experience the Viennese Fasching feeling. This delicious dessert is called "Carnival Doughnut" (Faschingskrapfen) because it is most commonly eaten during the carnival season in February.