Top 7 Austrian foods to try

Top 7 Austrian foods to try

Austria is a food lover’s paradise, home to grand coffee houses, Michelin star restaurants and traditional pubs. As well as admiring the amazing architecture and listening to classical concerts featuring musical works of Strauss and Mozart in opulent palaces, take the time to indulge in some of the country’s most famed dishes. Whether you sample your way through the mouthwatering cakes and pastries or enjoy a hearty Austrian Goulash, a trip to Austria will leave you salivating at the mouth.
To help you decide which food to try first, here are the top seven Austrian favourites.

1. Wiener Schnitzel

You cannot come to Austria without sampling its national dish, the traditional Wiener Schnitzel. Typically eaten as a casual lunch, this thin cut of meat (originally veal) is coated in breadcrumbs and fried, served with a slice of lemon, fried potatoes, onion and sour cream.

Sample this at a casual Austrian restaurant, pub or on board your Emerald Star-Ship.
Wiener Schnitzel

2. Wiener Apfelstrudel (Apple Strudel)

As well as the Wiener Schnitzel, a visit to Austria is not complete without sampling the country’s best loved desserts – Wiener Apfelstrudel (Apple Strudel), best served with icing sugar and a Viennese coffee. Made from thin, crispy, light layers of pastry, with a delicious filling of apples, sugar, raisins, rum, cinnamon, cloves and lemon, this is a wonderful winter warmer, but is equally enjoyed hot or cold throughout the year.

Head to the charming Café Landtmann in Vienna for a slice of their famed apple strudel, served warm with a silky vanilla custard, washed down with a Viennese Coffee.
Apple Strudel

3. Sachertorte

Another one of Austria’s favourite desserts includes the delicious Sachertorte. This dense, chocolate sponge cake, is made up of thin layers of apricot jam, finished with a semi-firm chocolate icing and best served with whipped cream.

Although you can find the Sachertorte in pretty much every bakery and café in Austria, head to the Sacher Hotel in Vienna, home of the original Sacher Torte, where its recipe still remains a closely guarded secret, since its creation by Franz Sacher in 1832. It’s best to arrive early, but be prepared to queue. 

4. Viennese Coffee

Just like Australia, residents of Austria love their coffee. First brought about by the invading Ottoman Turks, the Austrian coffee culture remains a strong and important part of daily life.

Enjoy a Melange, a Mozart or a Franziskaner coffee at one of the many traditional or modern coffee houses and cafes throughout Vienna, served with a fresh pastry.
Viennese Coffee

5. Austrian Goulash

The hearty goulash may originally hail from Hungary, but today it is a standard part of the Austrian food scene. This hot and spicy stew, ideal on a cold winter’s day, typically contains beef, paprika, tomatoes and onions, and often includes dumplings.

Mop up the stew with a crusty slice of bread and enjoy with a rich Austrian red or beer.
Austrian Goulash

6. Tafelspitz

Another Austrian delicacy worth sampling, if you’re a meat lover, is Tafelspitz which is boiled veal or beef with root vegetables and spices in a clear broth. It’s believed that this dish was one of Austrian Emperor Franz Joseph’s favourites. Although a fairly rustic and simple dish, don’t let this stop you from ordering, as it is actually delicious and full of flavour.

The traditional way to enjoy Tafelspitz is to drink the broth first, before spooning the vegetables and meat onto a plate and eating this together with roast potatoes, minced apples, and horseradish or sour cream with chives. 

7. Salzburg Mozartkugel

A tasty souvenir for chocolate lovers which you can find throughout Salzburg and Vienna is the Salzburg Mozartkugel. First invented by Salzburg confectioner Paul Fürst in 1890, this sweet round treat is made from marzipan, pistachios, nougat and dark chocolate.

The original Salzburger Mozartkugel comes wrapped in a silver and blue tin foil featuring Mozart’s portrait, whilst today you can find many different varieties. 
Salzburg Mozartkugel
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