Austria - Food/Drink
A diverse and delectable cuisine, Vienna has one of the most famous culinary traditions in the world reflecting the cities multicultural mix that have brought in food cultures from around the world.
Some of the mail influences in Austrian cooking are from Italy, Hungary, Bohemia, Germany and the Balkans. From schnitzels to strudels, there’s something for every taste in Austria. The Wiener Scnitzel is a veal escalope that is breaded and deep fried.
If you’re a roast beef person then you may be in for a surprise, when Austrians speak about beef they tend to mean boiled beef. Their ‘King of Beef Dishes’ Tafelspitz is one of the most popular meals you will come across. Consisting of good quality beef, vegetables, aromatic spices and plenty of water for boiling.
If you have a sweet tooth you won’t be let down either, the famous apfelstrudel is a hit with many visitors. A thin pastry wrapped around gorgeously baked apples with a hint of cinnamon and raisins. Austrian deserts are also good enough for royalty. When Queen Elisabeth visited the Tirol she was served with a Prügeltorte cake that is uniquely cooked into a tube-like shape. Gluten appetit!
Land of the wine, Austria has a vibrant selection of various wines and is renowned worldwide for its quality. Viennese wine is now counted amongst the classic wines of the world. White grapes are most common around the Vienna area making beautifully crisp Riesling and Chardonnay.
Austria also boasts a fabulous selection of beers from Märzen and Pils to the unfiltered and cloudy Zwickel. If you’re looking for something slightly more unique, why not give the Jägertee a try? A sweet, warm concoction including red wine, spiced rum and plum brandy. It will definitely warm you up on a cold night.