If you are looking for rich culture and decadent entertainment you can’t go far wrong with a coach trip to Vienna.
From Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert and Brahms to Sigmund Freud, this wonderful ‘City of Music’ and ‘City of Dreams’ has seen them all!
However, the icing on the cake, so to speak, is the absolutely delicious and mouthwatering cuisine that the Viennese have to offer!
Vienna is well known for its Wiener Schnitzel, a cutlet of pork or veal that is first pounded flat, then coated in flour, egg and breadcrumbs, and fried in butter. The trick is apparently to keep as much air between the meat and coating to produce a wonderfully succulent taste. It is widely available in restaurants all over Vienna and compared to a truly delicious comfort food – yum.
Another rather tasty food that the Viennese love is the noble sausage. From Frankfurters, Burenwurst and Käsekrainer to the wonderfully sounding Bratwurst, sausages can be bought from many street vendors in Vienna together with bread rolls and their traditional condiment of mustard.
Apple strudel is one of the best known Austrian deserts and consists of an oblong shaped strudel pastry jacket containing a delicious filling of apple, sugar, cinnamon, raisins and bread crumbs inside. The recipe dates back to as early as 1696 and gained popularity in the 18th century. It is now considered one of the national dishes of Austria.
Sachertorte is a delicately moist chocolate cake with apricot jam created by the Sacher Hotel in Vienna. This world famous chocolate cake was actually said to be invented by the chef Franz Sacher in 1832 for Prince Wenzel von Metternich and first served at the Demel pastry shop and later at the Hotel Sacher. It is traditionally served with unsweetened whipped cream.
It could be claimed that Vienna is the “coffee house capital of the world” serving a wide variety of coffee drinks accompanied with delicious cakes and pastries. The coffee house experience is more of a social event than a quick coffee refreshment as every guest can sit for hours to talk, read newspapers, write, play cards, or just pass the time of day. The different choice of coffee available is amazing and the attentive waiter will serve an obligatory glass of cold tap water if you have a long stay. Although the Viennese coffee houses had a decline in the 1950’s, a renewed interest in their tradition and increased tourism have prompted a welcome return in popularity.