These Are the Best Austrian Dishes on Your Vienna Food Tour
It’s Monday. And for some reason, I cannot get the minuet out of my head. Perhaps I’ve entered a subtle trance combined with the classical music from swanky restaurant patios. The minuet, the classical music, the patios, all of it, has all reminded me of the amazing sights and of course the amazing dishes I enjoyed on the Vienna food tour I took.
Vienna was one city I was truly excited for a return engagement. A city where there is never enough time to explore its plethora of historic buildings, quaint patisseries and iconic landmarks. Plus the food in Vienna is iconic and out of this world! My inner-foodie was so happy to go back!
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While travelling through Vienna, I thoroughly enjoyed learning about one of Austria’s most famous countrymen – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. One of the most renowned and talented composers in history, Mozart shaped the classical music genre while captivating the world. Born January 27, 1756, his music has inspired concert pianists, child prodigies, and many others throughout the centuries. Known particularly for minuets and sonatas, audiences are compelled to visualize dancers dressed in suits, bustled frocks, and powder wigs with each chord.
Austrians have such pride for Mozart. In his honour, statues have been erected in various cities commemorating his life and contribution to music. The monument located in Vienna was sculpted in 1898, then was moved and dedicated to the main city centre in 1953. This beautiful statue can be easily identified thanks to the pristinely landscaped flowers of a musical treble clef.
To delve further into Mozart’s life and music, visitors have many options. There are many organized tours offering thorough itineraries. These tours escort visitors to the concert hall where Mozart was a discovered 5-year old prodigy, his beautiful residence, and many other significant landmarks. Conclude your tour with a lilting tribute concert. Tickets are prevalent and quite reasonable.
As cultural as the musical accolades and history characterize Vienna, its cuisine is also deserving of honourble mention. Gourmands will enjoy a variety of exclusive Viennese sweets and savouries while exploring the iconic streets.
The Best Dishes on any Vienna Food Tour
The Sacher Torte
A delightful chocolate cake…rich and dense in the centre, this dessert will have you singing to Mozart’s highest concertos. With such an historic origin dating back to 1832 when Franz Sacher created the famous confection, the Sacher Torte is inevitably the most famous and favourite treat by Austrians and visitors alike. It is so popular in fact that there is a World Sacher Torte Day held yearly on December 5th. To try this delicious and indulgent treat, head to the Sacher Hotel and order a slab slice with whipped cream. It is amazing but take my advice. Don’t. Even. Think. About. The. Calories. PSA done.
Thirsty after walking through the Vienna city streets? Enjoy a refreshing Almdudler! Second only to Coke in popularity, the Almdudler is an apple ginger soda with herbal extracts. The Almdudler, deemed the national drink of Austria, is a perfect accompaniment with schnitzel, bratwurst, or even strudel.
Vienna is a haven for strudel lovers. This flaky pastry full of sweet apples and syrup is a favourite of dessert fanatics. A lighter option to the famed Sacher Torte, thousands revere the strudel served in Austria as the perfect ending to a perfect supper, the ultimate in sweet breakfasts, or the perfect wake-up after an afternoon siesta. Pick a sidewalk café, order a strudel made with phyllo, then crown it with a dollop of iced or whipped cream. A patisserie masterpiece. While on your Vienna Foodie Tour, you are bound to stop at a bakery. Make sure you don’t miss out on enjoyed a beautifully baked and created piece of Viennese heaven.
Aw now you are talking of one of my favourite things in life – coffee. And seriously java nerds, you have not LIVED until you have enjoyed a Viennese coffee on your Vienna food tour! A beautiful fusion of strong black espresso with whipped cream (in lieu of milk and sugar), Viennese coffee takes you to a whole new caffeinated realm of sweet and bitter all in one. Order one next time you are in an Austrian cafe. No sugar or milk required for the ultimate cuppa joe. Plus, It goes perfectly with strudel or Sacher Torte.
Now, no Vienna Food tour would be complete without the ultimate in Austrian guilty pleasures in savouries – the Bratwurst. But I’m not talking about original bratwursts – i’m talking about Cheese-filled bratwurst! Throughout Vienna’s city centre, you will find many kiosks offering these amazing sandwiches. Variations include plain, chili, and of course the cheese-filled brat. Foot-long in length, these sausages are available in a variety of spices and served in a round closed-bottomed bun. Wash one down with an Almdudler – Heavenly!
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As you can see, the food in Vienna Austria is incredible. Not only does it have interesting history, music, and tradition, but dishes warranting a spot on any Vienna food tour you can do. It is definitely a city not to miss. A city that combines sweets, savouries and symphonies – a most mesmerizing trifecta.
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