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Vienna: where to go and what to try on

The Viennese schnitzel and the Sacher cake are known by many outside the capital of Austria. Almost every restaurant and cafe in the city offer them on their menu.

Where to try them is the main question for traveling gourmets. And what are Heurigen, Shanigarten and Basel? Why are there the crowns themselves in such a hurry?

We learned the answers to these questions in the Vienna Council for Tourism and we hasten to share with you.

What to try:

In the windows of confectionery Vienna there is something to see.

The Universe of Viennese sweets reigns here: «Gugelhupfy» (raisin or chocolate cupcake), nut or poppy strudel, poppy bagels «Monkipferl», «Topfencolyachen» (yeast «envelope» with cottage cheese stuffing), «Kremeshnitten» (puff pastry with butter cream), «Cardinal» (biscuit dough with coffee cream), Crappen (yeast dough crumbs) or «Reruken» (chocolate-almond cake with chocolate icing).

Plus cakes «Sacher», «Esterhazy» (layers of sponge cake with cream based on butter), curd cake «Topfentort», Dobosh (many layers of biscuit and chocolate cream plus caramel icing) and, undoubtedly, strudel.

Where to go:

1. In urban pastry shops. The sweetest address in the center of Vienna is the confectionery of the imperial court Demel with delicious cakes, strudel and chocolate pralines with filling.

Lovers of chocolate praline sweets rush into the candy store Altmann & Kühne, where 50 varieties of chocolates are packaged in exquisitely decorated caskets. In the shop Xocolat-Manufaktur chocolate fans can try all the products of the chocolate factory as part of the tasting.

And in the store Manner on the square Stefansplatz Classic Viennese waffles in pink packaging are sold.


In pastry shops at hotels.

Delicious souvenirs can be purchased at numerous hotels in Vienna. Like the original Sacher cake, cake «Imperial» also boasts a secret recipe and a legend of origin.

The creation belongs to the cook, who in 1873 baked this cake in honor of Emperor Franz Joseph on the occasion of the opening of the hotel. Imperial on the Viennese street Ringstrasse (Ringstraße).

The composition includes cocoa cream, layered with almond cake-petals, and marzipan, covered with chocolate icing.

The Imperial cake, like the original Sacher cake, can be ordered online, and delivered in a wooden box.

The hotel is dedicated to another classic of Viennese pastry Grand hotel wien. «Grand Gugelhupf», As you might guess, also baked according to the recipe, which is kept in strict confidence.

The composition of this juicy cake, along with butter, sugar, flour and eggs, among other things, includes red wine and cinnamon.

“Grand Gugelhupf” is served, of course, in a hotel on Kärntner Ring, you can take it with you in a gift box or order it in an online store.

In the hotel Hilton Vienna at the City Park (Stadtpark) pay tribute to the Viennese modern artist Gustav Klimt.

Cake «Klimt», Available in three sizes, it is made without the use of flour, but it is coated with chocolate.

Hotel Do & Co Hotel Vienna in the square of St. Stephen (Stephansplatz) was inspired by the tip of the Cathedral of St. Stephen (Stephansdom), located directly opposite.

Chocolate poppy cake stuffed with plum jam and covered with chocolate is sold in a triangular package, the shape of which resembles the roofing of this symbol of Vienna.

Vienna Marriott Hotel presents a cake Ringstrasse, named after the luxurious boulevard where the hotel itself is located.

This gourmet pastry combines sponge cake, marzipan, candied orange peel and hazelnut nougat.

Chocolate Cake Recipe «Otto» with glazed cherries is the brainchild of the hotel Altstadt vienna in the 7th district.

His recipe is a gift from the star chef Sarah Wiener, a frequent guest of this hotel.

3. In the basement. Good Viennese cuisine can be found in the city both in restaurants marked with stars and in simple establishments, the typical embodiment of which is the so-called “pub” taverns.

The concept of “basel” most likely originates from Yiddish, where the word bajiss means “house”. The classic “Basel” is distinguished by a spacious bar where the wine is cooled and a barrel beer is poured, the wood is lined dark with wooden paneling, simple tables and chairs and a very diverse audience. In recent years, the Vienna “Basel” is experiencing a real era of rebirth and is considered a distinctive institution among urban restaurants.

The love of traditional Viennese cuisine, which is sensitively tuned to the volatile food habits of the citizens, and the cozy atmosphere make up the constant success of the “bazel”.

4. In heyriger.

This Viennese Heuriga can be recognized by the Ausg’s teckt sign and a bundle of coniferous branches, which at the same time signals that the establishment is open. Both of these symbols ensure that only Viennese wine of own production is bottled here.

The relaxed atmosphere, the gardens on the outskirts of the city, good wine and delicious food make Heurigers popular recreation and excursions for the general public. However, the word «heyriger» has a second meaning: it means the wine of the new crop, which is «consecrated» exactly on the day of St.

Martina (November 11), and on the same day of the next year it becomes “old wine”.

Three of the best heurigegers in Vienna:

Christ. Modern winery and reputable Heuriger with 400 years of tradition.

His wines are among the best in the city (Amtsstraße 10-14, 1210 Wien, www.weingut-christ.at).


«Young savage» from Mauer with his wines in the style of new world — the repeated winner of the tastings.

Excellent buffet is not inferior in quality to the proposed drinks. (Maurer-Lange-Gasse 123, 1230 Vienna, www.edlmoser.at).


Large Heuriger with a good reputation, satisfying any wishes.

Be sure to try the Riesling from Nussberg (Neustift am Walde 68, 1190 Wien, www.fuhrgassl-huber.at).


In shanigarten.

When the sun is shining, the residents of Vienna and their guests love to sit in the open-air mobile café. They are located on public territory, on the square, in the pedestrian zone or even on the sidewalk, if it is wide enough, and is always in close proximity to the main establishment.

About 1,800 Shanigartens appear in Vienna from March 1 to November 15 in good weather.

Flower boxes replace garden fence, sun umbrellas provide cool shade.

6. In the city market.

The times when Vienna trade fairs were doomed to extinction due to competition from supermarket chains or hypermarkets were definitely past.

More than 62,000 people a week go to Naschmarkt (Naschmarkt) is the largest and most attractive market in Vienna.

And, definitely, they do it not only to visit one of the many establishments located there or enjoy the colorful atmosphere, but also to buy fresh vegetables, exquisite cheese, honestly caught fish or well seasoned beef from the region Waldviertel (Waldviertel).

A special attraction of environmental sustainability on the Naschmarkt is undoubtedly the farmers market, which operates every Friday and Saturday and on which plus or minus the elite of the eco-friendly approach in agriculture offers its products: fish from bio-farms, old-breed chicken grown under humane conditions, mountain cheese from small, traditionally working cheese makers, hand-made ham and sausages, old English varieties of roses and much more. The enormous success of this market has become an example for others: Carmelitermarkt (Karmelitermarkt) in the 2nd district on Saturdays in the morning there is a farmer’s market, which primarily sells rare vegetables, herbs and meat. A Viennese organization Slow Food It has its own kiosk where you can try products of the association of producers, such as the original Viennese wine «Gemishte Zatz» (Gemischte Satz) or wild mountain ash from the Vienna Woods (Wienerwald).

In the gourmet kiosk Kaas am markt You can buy not only marmalade from old varieties of fruit, ham and sausage from ancient breeds of domestic animals and bread from unprocessed cereals, but also, by the way, “Vienna snail” (Wiener Schnecke) that is very valued in gourmet circles.

Since 2008, Andreas Gugumuk (Andreas Gugumuck) has been breeding vine snails in the south of Vienna, which, flourishing in meadows with lush green grass, become a savory delicacy.

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