Traditional Viennese Cuisine!

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!

 

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However, the icing on the cake, so to speak, is the absolutely delicious and mouthwatering cuisine that the Viennese have to offer!

 

Wiener Schnitzel

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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.

 

Sausages

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

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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

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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.

 

Viennese Coffee 

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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.

 

5 Famous Film Locations to Visit!

1.Ouarzazate, Morocco

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Visit amazing Ouarzazate in Morocco which boasts the setting for a number of famous movies which include ‘Cleopatra’, ‘Lawrence of Arabia’,  and ‘Gladiator’!

2.Salzburg, Austria

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Delight in the stunning lakes and mountains that surround Salzburg in Austria, not forgetting that it was the location for one of the most famous movies in the world – ‘The Sound of Music’.

3.Rome, Italy

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Something to really take your breath away would be a visit to Rome, one of the most beautiful and historical cities to behold. Rome has been the setting for many films such as ‘The Talented Mr. Ripley and ‘The Belly of an Architect’, but it is the exquisite ‘Roman Holiday’ starring the film star legends Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck that really brings the city to life!

4.Provence. France

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The beautiful region of Provence is a stunningly picturesque province of southeastern France and was the wonderful backdrop for the romantic film ‘A Good Year’ starring Marion Cottillard and Russell Crowe.

5.Venice, Italy

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Last but not least is the glorious city of Venice which is situated in northeastern Italy. This unique and beautiful city has been a favourite setting for not one, but three Bond movies over the years. Bond is seen in Venice at the end of ‘From Russia with Love’ (1963); he is seen riding a gondola in Venice in ‘Moonraker’ (1979); and Venice is again the backdrop for the climactic scenes in the more recent ‘Casino Royale’ (2006).

 

Experience a Winter Wonder Tour!

A coach tour in Britain or Europe can be an utterly amazing experience, but have you ever thought of doing these types of trips in Winter?

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London is seeing and believing at Christmas time as the festive season comes to life with fantastic light displays scattered far across the city. The city is waiting to be explored as it captivates you by the wonderful sights to behold. See the amazing light displays along the Thames, Tower Bridge, Big Ben, Somerset House ice-rink and Buckingham Palace. For more decadence, enjoy a spot of London’s finest shopping when visiting Harrods and the boutiques of Knightsbridge.

Amazing panorama of London.

Amazing panorama of London.

It’s not just the English Capital that can get you in the mood for Christmas, the French capital is also enchanting, inspiring and dazzling. Paris at Christmas is something to behold as you experience the glittering city including the Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower and the festive illuminations on the Champs Élysées. Enjoy the beauty, romance and sparkling glory of this magical French capital.

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If you want to witness iconic sights and seasonal delights in central Europe, you can’t beat a tour to the Christmas markets of Austria, Germany and Switzerland! See markets and illuminated landmarks in Vienna, Salzburg, Munich, Innsbruck and Lucerne. Travel to the beautiful city of Salzburg and visit the enchanting Christmas market. Soak up the aroma of mulled wine and Christmas songs in the magic of Dresden‘s Striezelmarkt which is Germany‘s oldest Christmas market. Chat to the stallholders of Vienna‘s Christkindlmarkt about their traditional toys, made of wood just as they have been for centuries, or their spicy gingerbread and mulled wine. Enjoy the bustling grand market in Munich‘s famous Marienplatz, and also experience the magical little stalls in lakeside Lucerne.

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