The province of Salzburg has the highest concentration of award-winning gourmet restaurants in Austria. This is no coincidence: Salzburg’s stock of fresh-water fish and quality meats provides the best ingredients for culinary adventures. Salzburgians are demanding of their favorite eateries and celebrate great food as an integral part of their local culture.
To make life easier for curious explorers, the region connects its best restaurants with culinary pathways dubbed the “Via Culinaria.” Nine themed trails are geared towards “Fish Fans, Gourmets, Cheese Freaks, Meat Eaters, and Schnaps Aficionados.” Below you’ll find some of the Via Culinaria’s most popular haunts.
For Gourmets: Obauer
Brothers Obauer have been cooking at the forefront of Austria’s culinary scene for decades. They’re known for pioneering “New Austrian Cuisine” and continue to make strides in combining traditional local ingredients with modern technique. The restaurant in Werfen excels in serving innovative food and provides top service by dedicated staff who help turn your meal into a special occasion.
Phone: +43 6468/5212-0
For Gourmets: Döllerer
Döllerer’s Genusswelt in Golling is a veritable world of culinary pleasures with a restaurant, an enoteca, a delicatessen, and a gourmet hotel. Andreas Döllerer made “Alpine Cuisine” his trademark and sources his ingredients almost exclusively from Golling’s immediate surroundings. The chef’s prix fixe menus are described as “culinary hikes” and include specialties like brown trout flambé and veal sweetbread.
Phone: +43 6244/4220-0
For Fish Fans: Schloss Fuschl
The restaurant at Schloss Fuschl is one of the most picturesque places to eat in all of Austria. Situated above lake Fuschl, the 15th century castle offers sweeping views over clear-blue water and tree-covered mountains. Sit back on the restaurant’s terrace and enjoy delectable fish from Schloss Fuschl’s own fishery, which also smokes char over fragrant beechwood. Die-hard Meat eaters can opt for the tender Tafelspitz or classic Wiener Schnitzel.
Phone: +43 6229/2253-0
For the Sweet Tooth: Konditorei Fürst
Few Austrian desserts are as internationally famous and beloved as the Mozartkugel, a chocolate-covered praline of pistachio and smooth nougat. The Mozartkugel — or Mozart Ball — was invented in 1890 by Salzburg native Paul Fürst who named it after his city’s most famous son. Fürst’s creation outlived him and the pastry chef’s descendants still run his chocolate shops in Salzburg’s old town. Trying their hand-made Mozartkugel is a must on any Austria trip.
Phone: +43 662/843759-0
For Beer Aficionados: Stieglkeller
High above Salzburg Cathedral, restaurant Stieglkeller serves its extensive beer menu with hearty classics like roast pork and goulash with knödel. The rustic terrace and historic dining rooms are perfect complements and provide a cozy background to the main event: beer. Stiegl brewery produces Austria’s most popular beer and serves tried-and-true favorties as well as craft creations in this flagship eatery. Salzburg’s beer culture goes back to the 14th century, so a cold pint over the city roofs is a great way to ring out your day (or take a sightseeing break).
Phone: +43 662/842681
For Gourmets: Restaurant IKARUS
The imaginative minds of Red Bull (a Salzburgian company) overhauled an old airplane hangar at Salzburg airport in 2003. Their renovations created an airy museum for Red Bull’s fleet of planes and racing cars, as well as award-winning restaurant IKARUS. The food concept is at least as unconventional as its location: every month, star chefs from around the world trade off in creating a new menu for guests. Despite the constant rotation of culinary leadership, the quality is stellar and IKARUS’ team delivers an unforgettable dining experience every time.
Phone: +43 662/2197-0
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