What To Eat And Drink In Vienna

Food is always one of my top priorities when I'm travelling. While in Vienna, I was on Trip Advisor every night searching for the best places to sample the local cuisine. Here's a list of dishes and drinks that I think give a great overview of what Austrian cuisine is like!

#1: Wiener Schnitzel

Every list of must eats in Vienna has got to start with the Wiener Schnitzel. It is a thin piece of veal (pork is a poplar variation) crumbed and pan-fried to perfection. It is usually served with a side of salad or potatoes. We tried it a couple of times and loved how it was so crispy and tender at the same time!

#2: Beef Soup

This has got to be my favourite Austrian dish. It's just so perfect and hearty for those colder nights.  The broth is clear and nutritious, and is a perfect size for a starter. We had it quite a few times with different fillings each time, noodles, sliced pancakes, semolina dumplings, there were just so many options to choose from!

#3: Viennese Goulash

To be honest, I wasn't too fond of this dish as I found it too meaty (there weren't any vegetables?!) but I can see how it can make its way into the hearts of the cold and hungry. The meat is flavoursome and tender, and will be great for winter nights, though I'd take beef broth over this anytime!

#4: Tafelspitz

Tafelspitz - boiled beef served with vegetables, potatoes, and condiments. Simple, unpretentious and delicious!

#5: Coffee

Because you cannot leave Vienna without indulging in their coffee culture at least once. I can probably count the number of cups of coffee I've had in my lifetime on one hand but decided to add to that while I was there. I went all out and tried all sorts! I found einspänner (first picture) very interesting - it's two shots of espresso topped with an alarming amount of whipped cream for insulation!

#6: Almdudler

Let's not forget almdudler while we're on the topic of drinks. Seriously, I don't know how many bottles and glasses of this I had while in Austria. It's really just one of their local soft drinks but the subtle herbal flavour just makes it oh so delicious. No wonder it's been dubbed the national drink of Austria!

#7: Sachertorte

Or any other torte (cake) for that matter. However, Sachertorte is one of the most famous specialties of Vienna - a rich, dense chocolate cake with apricot jam which is entirely coated with even more chocolate. You can try the original cake at Hotel Sacher, but as for myself, I couldn't be bothered with the long queues and managed to order a little version for myself at Demel.

#8: Apfelstrudel

Apple strudel! Need I say more?

#9: Palatschinken 

These are Austria's version of crêpes! We found a shop called Palatschinkenkuchl in Naschmarkt which had a full page of their menu dedicated to these treats. You can choose to enjoy them sweet or savoury - I chose to have mine filled with banana and then drenched in chocolate sauce!

Two other dishes that were on my list but didn't get to try were kaiserschmarrn (shredded pancakes) and Salzburger Nockerl (a sweet soufflé). There just weren't enough meals in a day! Nevertheless, I really enjoyed all the new foods that I got to try while I was there. I guess I just need to leave something for the next visit! ;)

Vienna, Austria

Our train ride from Salzburg to Vienna felt like forever because there were no seats. We had to sit on the floors between carriages, we felt a little like wanderers, sipping on our elderflower drinks!

It took me some time to warm up to Vienna. Hubby was there to attend a conference, so I pretty much had three full days to myself. I have to be honest, I took my time there for granted at the start but regretted it halfway through the second day as I realised how much more I wanted to see and eat.

Where We Stayed

Our accommodation was Apartment 1 in Apartment 6 Rooms 1060 and it was no doubt my ultimate, most favourite place to stay throughout our trip. I am normally suckered in by five star ratings and fancy hotels but decided to go with 6 Rooms instead for a variety of reasons - the photos looked nice, the price was affordable and it was close to a U-Bahn station, and I couldn't have made a better choice. We really felt like locals living in Vienna.

The apartment is within a 1800s building, with a traditional elevator (where you have to use a key and manually slide the doors - it will not work if you don't do these properly!), spiralling staircases and checkered floors. Museumsquartier was just about 5 to 10 minutes walk away, so it was really easy to get around.

Salzburg, Austria

Beautiful, beautiful Salzburg. The train ride from Lucerne to Salzburg took 6.5 hours, but it felt like a breeze. We were lucky that the train was quite empty, which meant that we were able to move to different seats or stretch out when we wanted to. I just loved tracking our journey live on my phone, and it was so exciting every time we crossed a border!

Lucerne, Switzerland: What We Ate

Being a food lover, I naturally wanted to sample the fine foods that Lucerne had to offer. While there were some great dishes, we didn't get to try too many Switzerland specific dishes, and we often thought they weren't too great value. As with a lot of things, food was expensive there!

#1: Restaurant Wiederkehr

We visited this restaurant on our first night in Lucerne, still feeling a little fuzzy in head from all the travelling. There were lots of complimentary little starters to stimulate our appetite - my favourites were the sweet corn soup and the salmon plus horseradish lollipops!

Lucerne, Switzerland

My two week holiday is now over, how did that happen so quickly? I've been missing in action for a few weeks, but be prepared for a slew of (very picture heavy) travel posts!

We visited four cities in total, and our very first stop was Lucerne in Switzerland. I've always wanted to visit Switzerland, who wouldn't, with their beautiful mountains and lakes and chocolates and fancy watches and knives? 

Where We Stayed

We spent our four nights at CASCADA Hotel which was an easy 10 minute walk from the train station. It was a pleasant and quiet room, but there were a few things that we found rather inconvenient. I thought it felt rather muggy a lot of the time and cooling system didn't really do much to help. We also thought the room was quite small, especially the bathroom, where there was hardly any space to put our toiletries.

Having said that, breakfast was included in the room rate and was quite decent. There was quite a selection of pastries, cereals, cheeses, juices, yoghurt and some hot food. You can also personalise your eggs, I had fried eggs with bacon, mushrooms and chives three mornings in a row and they were delicious!

We found it quite convenient location wise. The train station was a mere 10 minutes walk away and all the restaurants and sights on the other side of Reuss River were about 20 minutes walk away.