Travel Tips: What To Eat In Vienna
Wiener Schnitzel: I thought I would get the most obvious out of the way. The wiener schnitzel (not pictured) is sold in traditional Viennese restaurants. Get the veal, not the pork, though it is slightly more expensive. The meat is sliced thin, breaded, and fried. It is served with one of three salads (though modern versions may have fries): cucumber, potato, or vinaigrette-dressed lettuce.
Frankfurter: The second obvious dish (can it really be called a dish?) can be found at any one of hundreds of street vendors and is meant to be eaten on the go. They’re basically a long, thin American hot-dog, but with a much lighter taste. They’re served in bite-sized slices with either bread or a roll.
Manner Schnitten: Hazelnut cream is smothered between layers of chocolate wafer for this delectable confection. They’re a light dessert (unless you eat too many) that have an airy texture. You’ll find them mostly in markets in bright pink packaging as they are now mainly mass-produced. (more…)
Final Thoughts: Vienna
Vienna exudes a certain charm due to its rich culture that somehow manages to be both old world and cutting edge. It maintains a dignified atmosphere (that may appear pretentious to some) while being both friendly and cozy, espresso and music entering the streets every time a door opens. (more…)
Vienna Tips: Do or Don’t
DO spend an inordinate amount of time sipping caffeinated beverages or visit one (many) of the traditional cafés for the ambience alone.
DON’T ask for a “black coffee” or a “drip coffee.” It doesn’t exist. The closest thing is a Verlängerter, but do yourself a favor and order something with espresso.
DO order a Wiener Melange.
DON’T try to see too much in one day. Many attractions are close together but it truly is a place for leisure and enjoying the finer things.
DON’T only wander the Inner City. Other districts have so much more to offer – coffeehouses, street art, wine, and the Naschmarkt just to name a few.
DO see a symphony. Vienna is known for its musical contributions and it has a number of venues that are both beautiful and well-priced.
DO indulge in cake (or a similar pastry), especially the Sachertorte.
DON’T wrinkle your nose at the street food – try a hot sausage or even a Käsekrainer that oozes with cheese at one of the many würstelstands.
DO ride the Riesenrad. The price is a bit steep, but the views are worth it, especially at sunset.
DON’T expect everyone to speak English (especially outside of the city center). You don’t need to be fluent in German, but do know the basics (please, thank you, good day, etc.). Also, while on the subject, speaking louder or slower does not make anyone understand you better – it just makes you seem rude.
DO expect to spend an entire afternoon in the Albertina.
DO take the time to visit the Naschmarkt, an eclectic flea market (and snack market) in Karlsplatz. There are deals to be had, but make sure you bargain. (more…)