Austria's Quirkiest City Tours
Sightseeing does not have to be all about following the guidebook in Austria's cities, as those looking for something a little bit different are sure to find out on one of these less conventional tours...
Sightseeing does not have to be all about following the guidebook in Austria's cities, as those looking for something a little bit different are sure to find out on one of these less conventional tours...
Get to know the secrets of the Viennese cuisine with this 7 course indulgence.
200 top culinary addresses in Salzburg's countryside
Austria’s cities fascinate with their monumental buildings spanning all major epochs from Gothic to Renaissance, from Baroque to Jugendstil, as well as contemporary architecture. Historic settings are the backdrop for today's events, leisurely shopping tours and wonderful culinary experiences. Let yourself be charmed!
In Innsbruck you are spoilt for choice by a vast range of gourmet restaurants offering superb cuisine with regional and international flavours. Each of them is striving to provide the perfect environment for a fine dining experience, be it in traditional style, or in a sophisticated urban setting – or even high up in the mountains.
In Vienna, there are about as many ways to enjoy breakfast as there are coffee varieties on the menu of a typical coffeehouse. Whether it’s a classic Viennese breakfast, fusion cuisine in the city center, an elegant buffet breakfast at a trendy restaurant or even in a museum – the Viennese know how to savor the most important meal of the day! Here are some tips for the best breakfast locations in town:
Outstanding local cuisine, a table on a sun-drenched terrace with sweeping views of the surrounding mountains, Tyrolean traditions and charming hosts: winter or summer, lunch at the Gampe Thaya mountain hut is an experience you don’t want to miss.
Foodies will tell you that the town’s most important attraction lies just a little off the historic city center of Graz, tucked away behind the Neoclassicist Opera House. The local farmers market is both a testament to local culture and a paradise for gourmets foraging for new ingredients and fresh local produce.
Contemporary art compliments the traditional Austrian Cuisine at the arthotel blaue gans. Since medieval times this has been the meeting place for locals and visitors! A great bar scene and intimate cozy restaurant make this hotel an ideal location from which to explore the city.
The Linzer Torte is the culinary emblem of the capital city of Upper Austria and it is quite easy to bake yourself.
“You are what you eat” - there is a deeper meaning to this well-known saying. It seems to suggest that one can understand a country’s mentality from what people eat. What would Austria’s many regional specialities reveal about its inhabitants? Undoubtedly that they are epicures and love their native cuisine.
Roads used to be for the sole purpose of getting from A to B. Today one can experience all sorts of interesting and delightful things while “on the road” on one of Austria’s theme routes.
For many centuries Europe’s second-largest river has served to bring together the continent’s nations and peoples – which up to today makes the Danube region a fascinating cultural meeting place.
Austria's reliable and comfortable trains make it a pleasure to embark on this 12-day journey (or even parts of it) that takes you from Vienna via Salzburg to Innsbruck.
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 village of St. Ägyd am Neuwald is located on the ancient pilgrimage route to Mariazell. But since the “Blumentritt” is also on the selfsame route, it is possible that your pilgrimage might be delayed a bit.
Behind the massive, thick walls of this dignified country estate in the center of Trautmannsdorf, you will find a tried-and-tested country inn, but with one of the best mealtime offers in Styria.
The historic village inn in Stumm, home town of skiing legend Stephan Eberharter, is itself an enticing invitation that everyone hastens to accept: to savor awhile, to linger awhile.
The inn known as “Zu den drei Hacken” (“The Three Hatchets”) is one of the city’s oldest. It is lovingly maintained, and serves utterly contemporary foods and wines at their best.
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.
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.
At the Metzgerwirt in Uderns, it is far from ‘all sausage’, nonetheless you shouldn’t depart without have tasted that, too. It is homemade, and it is scrumptious.
Christian and Simone Göttfried are masters at their craft. He reigns in the kitchen, she with the wines. And at the “Schrot” you will find the perfect refuge to enjoy - and celebrate - their art.
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 Markterwirt is a place where many people think it’s probably been here forever...yet still has continued to evolve.
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.
The antiquated name “Waldschänke” sounds inviting, even if it doesn’t reveal what might lie behind it: namely, one of Austria’s very best country inns.
The name is slightly misleading, since the only thing old about this place are the ancient walls. The cuisine is young, fresh and highly classical.
Restaurant Guth is a modern temple of fine dining without requiring any inhibitions to cross the threshold. Here, the natural lightness of enjoyment is celebrated without limit and by everyone.
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.
In this splendidly restored old farmstead estate, a modern restaurant forms the exciting counterpoint. The link which ties the two together? Great food.
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.
At the foot of the mighty Schattenburg fortress, Reinhard Rauch has built up his own little culinary kingdom, whose heartbeat is the ‘Rauch’ at city center of the historic town.
First, take the freshest regional produce you can find, add top wines and serve them together in a wonderfully both-feet-on-the-ground ambience: that is the secret recipe that catapulted Josef Floh, chef and owner of the eponymous inn in Langenlebarn on the Danube, to the uppermost echelons of Austrian restaurants.
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.
The Kirchenwirt, in the picture-perfect village of Leogang, was documented as early as the year 1326, making it the oldest inn of Salzburg province.
At the ‘Schönblick’, not only the views over Lake Constance, but also the culinary sights are worthwhile. And the fine wines for the well stocked cellar are also not to be ignored.
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.
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.
This comfortable castle hotel grew out of an original “imperial tavern” on the lake. The cuisine grew out of regional products and organic produce.
Dietmar Griesser is one of those chefs who never want to leave the kitchen, for whom the guests are the uppermost priority in his life. These principles are visible, mirrored on the plates of his highly pleased guests.
The Loibnerhof is the longstanding classic pillar of restaurants in the Wachau. For decades, it has enjoyed cult status for its outstanding regional cuisine.
What can you expect to get on a high alpine pasture? Bacon and bread, perhaps? Homemade cheese and a glass of milk? Not far off, in general. But at the Knödl Alm in the lake district of Salzburg, you get far more besides.
It’s nearly impossible to simply walk past this inn, its characteristic red facade simply exercises too enticing a charm. It sends out signals which are fulfilled to perfection inside.
The Bregenzer Wald is not merely a blessed chunk of nature, it is also a true treasure chest of products made by the local farmers. At the “Schoolhouse” in Krumbach, these are prepared in masterly ways.
During a visit to the Schärf World, visitors find out all they ever wanted to know about growing, refining, preparing, and – above all – enjoying coffee.
The Muhr in Gallbrunn used to be a village inn, until gourmet food made its grand entrance. But the old inn dishes simply refused to abandon the premises.
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.
At the “Blaue Gans”, perched atop Salzburg’s city mountain, the Mönchsberg, they pursue an overall philosophy: eat, drink, feel good, stay awhile...
Bachler in Althofen is a primordial rock of Carinthia’s top dining culture, and a paradise for cheese aficionados. The funny thing is, it was never planned that way...
If there was a superlative 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 neighborhood.
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.
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.
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.
Two ferocious chefs are at work in the kitchen of The Bear in the Lavanttal: father and son Trippolt together bring their own ideas to ‘bear’ regarding top cuisine, and the fruits they ‘bear’ are worth savoring.
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.
The name sounds icy. But your welcome is heartwarming at this enjoyable, typical country inn at the heart of splendid Pielachtal valley.
Delicate food is something you can rely on here, at this age-old country inn: both in the dining room and in the manufacture, where exquisite homemade products are made for the tasting, and to take away.
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.
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.
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.
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.
On the castle mountain of Kapfenstein, you can eat, drink and live in ways not possible anywhere else in Styria.
Historic, comfortable, wood paneled dining rooms create an incomparable and genuine atmosphere at “Sigwart’s Tiroler Weinstuben” underscored by luscious, straight-forward cuisine which never loses sight of its Tyrolean roots.
The Austrian dining landscape simply would not be what it is, without ‘Sissy Nationale’. The way she combines the best elements of the Alps and the Adriatic right here in Carinthia is what makes her incomparable and unparalleled.
Huth is a prime example of a contemporary Viennese inn: modern in appearance, but classic when it comes to hospitality and cuisine.
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.
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).
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.
This country inn and the fabulous site where it is located are so lovely that it appears to have jumped out of a painting. And the fact that you can also dine so beautifully here, fits the picture, too.
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.
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.
Where once upon a time the host of the church inn ran a rather modest establishment, Thomas Riederer today operates one of the most exciting and least conventional kitchens in Styria.
The only thing ‘wild’ about the Wilder Mann is, perhaps, what happens in the kitchen during the season of ‘wild game’. This snugly old country inn has been popular for centuries for travelers and guests from far and near alike.
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.
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.
You'll never guess from the outside. What matters here is on the inside: the perfect, deliciously rural Schwarz inn at Nöhagen.
The Jagawirt is perched way up in the wooded sectors and wine regions of west Styrian Reinischkogel. Unlikely as it may seem, this is an aged institution. Moreover, it fulfills every promise it makes.
Even the farmer’s mountain bacon is homemade here. That’s why everything at the Kreuz in Reutte/Tirol tastes precisely the way it’s supposed to: delicious, genuine and original.
Zum Schwarzen Kameel is much more than just a culinary meeting place for celebrities: for nearly 400 years it has been a Viennese institution.
The Bärenwirt (“The Bear”) owes its label to the legend of a medieval knight who vanquished a menacing bear. Nowadays, bears are not on the menu, but arriving guests tend to be hungry as a bear nonetheless.
The so-called Saziani Stub’n is the culinary pinnacle of an all-encompassing work of the art of fine living which the Neumeister family has created on the Sazianiberg in Straden.
In wintertime, you can get here only on skis, and are well advised to spend the night. The reason is simple: the culinary and wine offers on the Angerer Alm can simply not be resisted.
This golden star shines brilliantly. It comprises a gourmet restaurant, an inn (“Bürgerstube”), a fantastic vinotheque and a butchery with its own delicatessen.
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Regional specialities, sampled in the midst of vineyards.
The restaurant is called quite simply “esszimmer” (“dining room”). Anything more would be superfluous, says star chef Andreas Kaiblinger. After all, the “real adventure happens in the cooking pot.”
To experience the symphony of glass and taste of a truly outstanding wine get a behind the scenes look at the Riedel factory in Kufstein/Tirol, where these exquisite glasses are made. Explore an amazing range of glasses from the narrow-mouthed port glass, to the balloon-shaped Burgundy glass, capable of holding an entire bottle of wine, and don’t forget to take some of these wine jewels home.
It takes a village: Stanz in Tirol is Austria’s top producer of high-quality Schnapps.
The national dish of Austria, Tafelspitz, is the most popular entrée at the Viennese restaurant, Plachutta. Enjoy succulent prime boiled beef in the authentic and cozy atmosphere of this famous eatery.
Rustic wine cellar festivals and boisterous food and wine celebrations. Or luxurious seven course menus in elegant gourmet restaurants and glamorous gala evenings. Tour by bike, foot, car or boat. Whatever your preference, there is a choice of 800 delicious events during the Lower Austria Fall Wine Festival and it is easy to plan.
Coffeehouses in Vienna are your home away from home. Delicious coffee specialties, yummy pastries, all enjoyed in cozy seats and couches, paired with live piano music. Yes, read on! Many of Vienna’s best coffeehouses are your private concert hall, with live piano music, often with soloists -- and enjoyed all for free.
Chickens peck under the fruit trees. A regional breed of cattle grazes in the pasture. Ducks and geese wander on the edge of the vegetable garden. The ingredients for the Salomon family’s award-winning restaurant are sourced from the estate’s bio-dynamic farm...
If you love wine, you love the Burgenland and Blaufränkisch. Burgenland’s most unique grape is Blaufränkisch, a red wine that will excite your palate and reveal this region’s extraordinary tradition of wine.
Located in the Southern part of Styria, the Südsteirische Weinstrasse (South Styrian Wine Road) is often compared to Italy’s Tuscany. Almost no other Austrian wine region has undergone such dramatic transformations in the past 20 years as this region, 1 hour south of Graz.
It’s no secret that winemaking is a key characteristic to Austria’s profile, but many are surprised to learn that Vienna is an important wine region, too. The Viennese like to sample the newest vintages at the cozy wine taverns called “Heuriger,” which have been a beloved part of the Viennese wine culture for hundreds of years.
This quaint Podersdorf restaurant is one of the best places for a meal east of Lake Neusiedl. Dishes from “Zur Dankbarkeit” combine influences from Eastern and Western cultures to transport regional dishes to another dimension. Local ingredients are sourced from the lake, marshlands, and the Pannonian Plains to create a genuine taste of the region.
Every year in October and November, Burgenland’s vintners celebrate harvest season by giving thanks to their Patron Saint and opening their wine cellars for tastings and tours, as well as special feasts featuring local delicacies. The events are known as “Martiniloben” and draw visitors from near and far.
Austrian wine has catapulted to become the darling of the international wine world. If you are looking for chic, upbeat city nightlife, there is no better place to get an in-depth view of Austria’s dynamic, trendy wine scene than at the wine bars of Vienna!
Featuring world-renowned collections dating back five millennia, Austria’s principal museum of fine arts is an institution devoted to indulging our senses. The extraordinary gallery experience has been paired with an exceptional culinary one. The café and restaurant, situated at the heart of the museum, affords not just gastronomical delights, but an architectural feast, too.
The Vinofaktur in Vogau, Styria, invites visitors to taste and experience the region’s truly spectacular culinary achievements in a stunning architectural masterpiece. There are plenty of discoveries that will bring even the most experienced foodies to swoon!
Once a year at the beginning of May, Austria’s best chefs and the top vintners form the Burgenland meet in Sölden to provide an extraordinary culinary experience amid the majestic peaks of the Ötz Valley.
Sure, you could dine on the ground floor. But Vienna's the kind of city that demands a view, and for lovers of fine cuisine, Le LOFT cannot be beaten. Located on the 18th floor of the Sofitel Vienna Stephansdom, the restaurant marries Austrian cuisine with French influence. An extraordinary wine collection includes over 500 exquisite local & international vintages.
The bakers at this café use the traditional recipe for apple strudel that was loved by the Habsburg family. Today, the professional pastry chefs invite visitors into the kitchen for entertaining tutorials on how to make this famous dessert at home!
Meet Franz Liszt, Wunderkind, piano virtuoso, playboy and abbé, citizen of the world, and self-proclaimed “gypsy musician,” in the hills of Central Burgenland, Austria’s eastern-most region.
A Festival for the Senses: A Saturday morning must-do for locals, the Viennese Naschmarkt, Vienna’s largest outdoor market, attracts a crowd as diverse as the stalls and restaurants it features.
For experienced bikers and novices alike, there can be no more serene or memorable experience of Austria's wine hotspots than breezing along the marvelous “Rieden Tour Süd” bike trail. With the wind in your hair, you'll wend your way from village to breathtaking castles to renowned wineries, while making leisurely stops sampling local treats.
Klimt, Schiele, Kokoschka, Egger-Lienz, Picasso, Johns, Rauschenberg, Warhol (to name just a few of the big ones), and young contemporary artists from the performing arts, architecture, music, fashion, theater, dance, literature, children's culture and digital design literally come to life in this mind-blowing complex of art and culture in the heart of Vienna.
Once upon a time - around 1990 - there was a master confectioner who thought that all the existing chocolate creations available were simply… boring. So he started to experiment and came up with the most fantastic creations, such as “hemp-mocha”. People liked them so much that he started his own factory and turned it into his own, very unusual, chocolate empire.
Nightlife, films, musical performances, and food vendors from Vienna’s best restaurants transform the square in front of Vienna’s City Hall into a hub for summer fun. Free and open to the public, locals and visitors alike enjoy movie screenings and world-class musical performances broadcast on a gigantic screen.
Spend an evening at the venerable Hotel Sacher and make memories to last a lifetime. Enjoy a drink at the “Blaue Bar” where midnight blue and gold décor create a visually stunning and romantic setting for an evening at Vienna’s famous Hotel Sacher.
The striking cubic structure of the LOISIUM World of Wine possesses the same grandeur as the historic shrines, abbeys, and palaces that dot the Danube’s pastoral valleys. A hybrid of interactive museum and wine cellar, this architectural destination is an exciting way to expand your knowledge and deepen your appreciation of wine.
A small village in the Waldviertel has devoted itself totally to the poppy: the inhabitants of Armschlag have even patented the unique Waldviertel grey poppy seed.
Located right at the Salzburg Airport, Hangar 7 is one Europe’s most fascinating places. Stunning architecture, historic aircraft, fast cars, innovative art and world-class cuisine will keep you busy for many hours.
Austria’s southern beauty, the city of Graz, is a place of its own kind. Just two hours by car south of Vienna, the Styrian capital boasts culinary wonders from its nearby region that make your mouth water. Taste your way through this charming medieval city and don’t forget to bring back some delicatessen for your family and friends. Believe us, they will be upset if you don’t!
Chances are you might be the only foreigner strolling through the village at the time of your visit to Purbach, on the western shores of Lake Neusiedl and a short hour south of Vienna. Don’t let this deter you, but rather be a badge of exploration.
The simple perfection of classic Austrian cuisine, gracious hospitality, and local expertise makes “Der Steirer” a favorite eatery for everyone who enjoys food & wine. You’ll appreciate the warm leisurely atmosphere whether enjoying just a few appetizers or a full meal with local wines by the glass.
In the middle of the city’s 7th district, behind the splendid façade of an old patrician house, one finds the Hotel Altstadt Vienna. Since its opening in 1991 the stylish 4-star hotel has been a favourite hideaway for art-lovers, musicians, and travelers from all over the world.
The Palais Coburg in the heart of Vienna has been restored to its original splendor and now houses a most luxurious all-suite hotel, a gourmet restaurant and a collection of rare wines that seeks international comparison. On your tour of the six unique and stunningly designed wine cellars, you will discover more than 60,000 bottles of valuable wine spanning four centuries.
Imagine starting your day with a luxurious chocolate spa treatment, then having a slice of the world’s most famous chocolate cake at lunch, followed by a decadent hot chocolate with whipped cream at a Viennese coffee house and choosing a souvenir from numerous chocolate-creations at the confiserie next door. It’s all possible at the famous family run 5* deluxe Hotel Sacher Vienna, which owes its very existence to the success of a chocolate cake concocted back in 1832.
Gut Purbach’s Chef Max Stiegl is known among epicureans as a “nose-to-tail” chef with a penchant for ingredients from the Leithaberg Forest and Lake Neusidl. To complement this unique and location-specific cuisine, Dr. Hans Bichler, an art-collecting attorney and vintner, selects wines from a community of local growers in the Burgenland.
Domäne Wachau is located in one of the world’s most stunning vineyard landscapes just below the Dürnstein castle ruins where Richard the Lionhearted was once held captive. The friendly, knowledgeable staff guides you through wine tastings from the valley’s best vineyards in their stunning tasting room, open 7 days a week.
On the edge of the Wagram loess precipice, the new regional wine event center, Weritas, is suspended between dreamy blue skies and lush rows of grape vines. Visit this shimmering glass structure for a “Wine Brunch” in a restaurant bathed in sunlight and surrounded by views of vineyards. Indoor and outdoor seating is available.
Leave the commotion of city life behind and surrender to the unharnessed beauty of South Styrian vineyards with a stay at Wine-Genuss Pössnitzberg. From the comfort of your hotel room, enjoy tranquil views of Leutschach’s vineyards surrounding this boutique hotel. Pamper yourself in the on-site spa, and enjoy regional dishes with rare Styrian wine specialties at the hotel’s restaurant.
Reserve a table at La Véranda, the restaurant of the luxury boutique Hotel Sans Souci in close proximity of Vienna’s bustling MuseumsQuartier, and enjoy a creatively authentic dining experience.
Venture to Ottakring, Vienna’s 16th district, to experience an eclectic side of the city where old world meets new. Explore one of the largest open-air markets in Vienna, and then meander over to Yppenplatz to browse through trendy shops and restaurants.
Seven culinary pathways and 200 culinary addresses in SalzburgerLand. The popular Via Culinaria puts the variety of regional products front and center, weaving a SalzburgerLand vacation with the true gourmet's dream. Pick a theme - or pick multiple themes - and give yourself the most mouthwatering way of getting to know a beautiful piece of Austria.
As a vital institution to the city’s culture, the Viennese coffeehouse embraces the simple pleasures of life and creates a stimulating environment for locals and visitors to linger over an expertly brewed cup of coffee, enjoy interesting conversations, or simply take a relaxing break from the hustle and bustle of the streets. Sign up for the Vienna Coffeehouse Conversations for a truly authentic experience.
The unmistakable quality of the Wachau apricot is the combined result of climate, soil and centuries of cultivation. As a tribute to this unique fruit, the festival of the apricot takes place annually in the historic Old Town of Krems.
Did you know, that to this day Vienna is the only world capital with a siginificant wine production within it's city limits? Respected vintners are bringing their visions to the exploding culinary and cultural renaissance happening in Vienna.
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 gastonomically, viticulturally and agriculturally.
All are of one opinion, from Time magazine to wine pope Robert M. Parker: without the glasses of Tirol’s glassmaker, wine wouldn’t taste half as good.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 accommodations life is at its glory.
We have captured some of the voices of the Austrian wine country and invite you to listening in. Check back regularly as this is the beginning of an ongoing series.
The Burgenland is Austria's most easterly state. It used to belong to Hungary, but became a part of Austria in 1921, which makes it the most recent addition to Austrian states. The result is a region so multicultural and diverse, perfect for travelers with a free spirit, as Christian Zechmeister, Marketing Director of the Burgenland, explains in our podcast. Aside from 300 days of sunshine a year, there are many other things that make the Burgenland a fantastic place to visit.
...is the head of wine exports at Winzer Krems, a unique wine production business, with over 1000 members who contribute to the production. The grapes are combined to create outstanding wine at the Winzer Krems' winery: Sandgrube 13. In our podcast he explains "Winzer Krems" and also reminisces about the largest festival for traditional Austrian music: "Glatt und Verkehrt" - a festival you should not miss on your next visit.
Willi Klinger is the Head of Austrian Wine Marketing and was born as the son of Viennese restaurateurs. So aside from his vast knowledge on everything concerning Austrian wine, Willi's wisdom of the country's cuisine is similarly extensive. He tells us about what foods you shouldn't miss on your trip to Vienna and shares some of the secrets of the Austrian cuisine.
Austrians love to cook, eat and most of all share a meal and some of our delicious wines with friends. But what truly distinguishes Austria as a culinary Mecca is the incredible variety of tastes that make up our cuisine.Packages starting at
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Despite being Austria’s smallest provincial capital, this former seat of the noble Esterhazy family and home to some 13,000 inhabitants, has plenty to offer its visitors.
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Austria recaptures the spirit of a bygone era: Ornate palaces, imperial monuments and echoes of Mozart’s music abound. Nowadays, visitors to Austria discover an exciting movement. Austria’s vibrant wine scene has earned a worldwide reputation for quality and innovation and is the destination for those seeking energy, culture, and charm.
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Enjoy the luxuries of the good life – simply live in beautiful surroundings, eat and drink well and savour the landscape. A recipe for total relaxation.
A culinary voyage around the world takes not 80 days but minutes in Vienna’s Naschmarkt.
A small village in the Waldviertel has devoted itself totally to the poppy: the inhabitants of Armschlag have even patented the unique Waldviertel grey poppy seed.
Austria's capital is a posterchild for understated luxury experience. Its rich cultural heritage ensures sophisticated experiences whereever you go. Be it a stroll through the shopping alley of Kohlmarkt or a relaxed coffee break at the exclusive Hotel Sacher...
Worldfamous for it's outstanding music festial this picturesque city in the Austrian Alps shows its sophisticated side even outside the festival time...
Join European royalty in the cradle of Alpine skiing. Lech and Zürs offer a great exquisite outdoor experience in breathtaking Alpine setting.
Craving the thrill of heli-skiing in the Austrian Alps? Dreamed of attending the New Year's concert in Vienna or the worldfamous Salzburg Festival? Or are you intersted in experiencing the many high-end restaurants you can find throughout Austria? You can have it all...
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.
Looking for an upscale dining experience in Upper Austria?
Looking for an upscale dining experience in Burgenland? We have compiled a list of restaurants, that will enhance you travel experience.
Looking for an upscale dining experience in Vorarlberg? We have compiled a list of restaurants, that will enhance you travel experience.
Looking for an upscale dining experience in Tirol? We have compiled a list of restaurants, that will enhance your travel experience.
Looking for an upscale dining experience in Styria? We have compiled a list of restaurants, that will enhance you travel experience.
Looking for an upscale dining experience in Salzburg? We have compiled a list of restaurants, that will enhance you travel experience.
Looking for an upscale dining experience in Vienna? We have compiled a list of restaurants, that will enhance you travel experience.
To make your planning a bit easier we have created a list of tour operators and travel agents that specialize in high-end travel experiences...
The Cheese Route through the Bregenzerwald in Vorarlberg is the ideal way to explore the region and its close ties with cheese-making: from dairy farms to cheese speciality inns, and from alpine pastures to milkmaids. If you’re a cheese connoisseur, this is for you.
Walking Tour: This wine tasting tour starts with visiting vintners in Vienna itself (the only European capital with vineyards in its boundaries). Then by public transportation eastward to the province Burgenland; after that travel to the Wachau valley (Danube valley) northwest of Vienna. In each area you will hike to and thru the vineyards tasting local wines.
Driving Tour: This tour is being offered as a wine tasting tour visiting vintners in different wine growing areas: in Vienna itself, then east of Vienna in the province Burgenland; and then northwest of Vienna in the Wachau (Danube) and Kamp valley. you will be traveling by coach.
If you ever had a dream to celebrate a very special New Year's Eve in truly royal splendor, then this is for you.
Viennese cuisine – the new trend in the culinary world. This Cuisine is based on different national influences going back to the days of the Habsburg monarchy. A well balanced combination of culinary flavors! One finds it everywhere in Austria – from the pub around the corner to the elegant Haute-cuisine restaurants of leading chefs.
The miracle of Austria is that all of its wine regions are incredibly easy to visit. In fact, once you step off the plane in Vienna, you have already arrived in one of the world’s most unique wine regions.
Vienna and wine are inseperable. Vienna is the only world capital producing significant quantities of wine within the city limits. But it is more than that – it is a defining element of the urban image, a contribution to the urban economic system and to people’s wellbeing – for both the Viennese and guests alike.
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.
From Vienna, drive along the Danube westward towards Lower Austria. Just past the city of Krems, you’ll encounter idyllic, terraced vineyards of the Wachau valley. Walking along a path through these ancient Weingärten, may lead you to spy an emerald-scaled Smaragd lizard. This sun-loving vineyard denizen is the mascot for the richest, most intensely flavored wines of the Wachau Valley.
Take a trip to the southern Austrian state of Styria and discover countless wine oases. Many wineries offer visitors surprisingly chic tasting rooms. Sauvignon Blanc, the region's signature grape, is often harvested on impossibly steep slopes of slippery schist and shale soils.
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.
Goulash is one of Austria's comfort foods and is a staple dish in any Viennese coffehouse as well as rustic Gasthaus.
Macaroni & cheese - Austrian style This hearty dish is served in Austria's alpine huts and tastes especially good after a walk in crisp mountain air.
A good beer has only four ingredients: water, grain, a little hops and yeast - the rest depends on the brewer’s skill. (And in Austria, we've got plenty!)
Also known as "Emporers Trifle" this dish is a true staple in Viennese cuisine and can not only be served as dessert but also as a main course. And: It is really easy to make.
Austrias wines are getting more popular throughout the world. This tour features a visit to the most fascinating wine region of Austria, the Wachau. One of the highlights is a visit to the new Wine Experience Center Loisium.
During apricot season delight your family with traditional Austrian dumplings. This sweet yet savory dish can be served as a main course or a dessert.
Austria is worldwide known for its culinary contributions to international cuisine. This tour focuses on the rich history of food: from charming Heurigen, historic cafes, and dinner in a palace, experience a wide range of culinary delights.
Vanillekipferl have always been my favorite christmas cookies. Here is my grandmother's recipe, which is easy to make and really delicious. They also make a great christmas present for your friends....
The "real" Wiener Schnitzel is made from veal and served with parsley potatoes or potato & cucumber salad. It is also a great and easy meal your friends and family will definitely enjoy for your next dinner party.
This great spread is served in typical Heurigen wine taverns throughout Austria's wine growing regions and is served best on pumpernickel or rye bread. Impress your guests with this traditional Austrian spread at your next party.
Both Mozart as well as the family von Trapp are famous descendants of Salzburg. Enjoy the Hotel Sacher Salzburg with its luxury interiors, living tradition and atmosphere as well as the view over the wonderful Old Town like many members
There is one drink Austrians treasure during the christmas season: Gluehwein. The scent of this spiced mulled wine lingers throughout Austria. Surprise your x-mas party guests with this great warming and typically Austrian drink...
You know Vienna for it's music and culture, for the coffee houses (yes, we did have coffee houses 300 years before Starbucks, or at least that’s what tradition tells us), for the Opera and for the Imperial history that the city still showcases everywhere.
We have compiled our favorite dishes to make sure you can create your Austrian vacation memories at home. Enjoy Austrian specialties...