Carnuntum is a popular excursion destination for lovers of cultural history, wine and delicious gourmet food from the nearby cities Vienna and Bratislava. It is not only the open-air Carnuntum Archaeological Museum which attracts visitors from the metropolises, but grand cuisine at petite prices in a rural setting.
Halfway between Vienna and Bratislava lies a piece of extraordinary history that, like much of Austria, has been remade into something equally extraordinary. Originally a Roman army camp, Carnuntum is now a popular destination for oenophiles and foodies, as well as history buffs.
Just minutes from the open-air Carnuntum Archaelogical Museum is Bittermann Vinarium Göttlesbrunn, a trendy restaurant and wine shop where there once stood a schoolhouse from the days of Empress Maria Theresa. The chic vintner’s dining room, elegant salon and stylish atrium give award-winning Chef Adi Bittermann the ideal venue for his modern interpretations of offal and game. The list of regional wines is also impressive -- the plush Rubin Carnuntum, for instance, whose soft cherry notes complement Adi's venison ragout perfectly. (In the wine shop above, meanwhile, wines from 27 local wineries sell at ex-cellar prices.)