The inner city streets are peppered with so-called Würstelstände in Austria, the equivalent of the kebab house. These food stalls specialise in serving a wide range of sausages and staying open until dawn. A typical hangover buster would be a pair of grilled or cooked sausages, served with freshly grated horseradish, mustard, ketchup, gherkins, a piece of dark bread and a can of local beer.
The Würstelstand owner is a robust, humourous character who has nerves of steel and enjoys dishing out sideorders of worldy wisdom on the house. The later the hour, the more eccentric the stall's clientele - often a mix of taxi drivers, clubbers and insomniacs. A stop at a Würstelstand on the way home means getting involved in a truly Austrian ritual - and you might even get to know some of the more unusual locals.
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