A Taste of Imperial Vienna
Get to know the secrets of the Viennese cuisine with this 7 course indulgence.
Get to know the secrets of the Viennese cuisine with this 7 course indulgence.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.