Chances are you might be the only Australian strolling through Purbach, an ancient and beautiful village in Austria’s easternmost province. Home to fewer than 3,000 residents, it boasts 50 inviting wine cellars along the Kellergasse and an acclaimed culinary scene boosted by one of Europe’s top restaurants, Gut Purbach.
Set in a stylishly restored estate that dates back to the 16th century, the contemporary restaurant fuses modern art with historic architecture. Its secluded inner courtyard, whether sun-dappled or candlelit, infuses romance. The creative mind behind it all is Max Stiegl, a star chef who is passionate about the details in and out of his kitchen. With a menu known for seasonal accents and regional ingredients—fresh fish from Lake Neusiedl, herbs from the on-site garden—Stiegl makes the most of Burgenland’s bounty by working with local farms and award-winning vineyards. Come see for yourself, and prepare to be charmed.