When clinking glasses, Austrians take a moment to make eye contact and say "Prost"
to each person in the round. If you feel like showing off, you can also say "Zum Wohl"
- all three mean "to your health".
Skiing instructors, tour guides, bartenders and otherwise well-informed Austrians will be more than happy to teach you a variety of less formal, usually rowdy toasts
that are popular throughout the country. Austria's excellent wine
, spirits and beer
are the pride of local restaurateurs, so make sure to sample regional beverages whenever possible.
After a meal you are likely to be offered a shot of Schnaps, Austria's favourite digestive
. This is not a drink for the faint-hearted. The rule is to drink it in a single mouthful and, with most varieties containing around 40% alcohol, this is - literally - an eye-watering experience.