There is so much amazing food to eat in Austria, it can get difficult to decide what’s really worth trying! That’s why I’ve composed this list of all my favorite things that I ate while in Austria. These are all things that I’ve tried myself and highly recommend! I think a weekend is the perfect amount of time to spend in Vienna and try out these foods. Here are some of the best ways to spend 48 hours in Vienna!
To be clear, there are more than one place to eat all of this food, I’ve just recommended the places that I’ve tried it at that I really enjoyed! All of my options are also budget-friendly, as I tried all of these foods while traveling during a semester studying abroad!
In Austria, there are Würstel stands absolutely everywhere. You can’t avoid them! Honestly, I still dream about the Würstel I had in Vienna… that’s how good it is!
What is Würstel?
Würstel is a sausage made with pork and beef. It’s usually encased in a sheep’s intestine. Würstel is smoked before serving!
Where can you get Würstel in Vienna?
Well… there’s many places. I personally recommend getting it at Bitzinger, which is one of the top places to get Würstel in Vienna. There’s good reason for this! It’s super affordable, since nothing is more than €4.
What type of Würstel should I order at Bitzinger?
There are many options of Würstel to try, though I think that Kasekrainer is the best. I had it three times during my 48 hours in Vienna… that’s how great it was.
Kasekrainer is a Würstel that’s filled with cheese! Yes, you heard me right. AMAZING CHEESE. You can’t go wrong with that!
At Bitzinger, they even serve your Würstel inside a big baguette which is only cut open on one side. How clever is that? That way your toppings (they’ll just give you ketchup and mustard unless you tell them otherwise) don’t make a huge mess while you’re eating.
You could also get it served without bread. If you choose this option, they’ll chop it up for you and give you little utensils so you can dip it into condiments.
What is apfelstrudel?
Apfelstrudel is just what it sounds like: apple strudel! We have this amazing dessert in the United States, but it tastes even better in Vienna, since it originated in Austria.
Apple strudel to me tastes like a top notch apple pie. It’s apples, brown sugar and cinnamon covered in a thin pastry crust. Sugar is usually put on top to finish it off. Sometimes the dessert is also served with whipped cream or ice cream.
Where can I try apfelstrudel in Vienna?
There are so many places in Vienna to try apple strudel, but I personally recommend getting it at the Hofburg Cafe. This cafe is conveniently part of Hofburg Palace. I had to wait in a short line to get in, but it was well worth it! The apple strudel was served with ice cream and whipped cream and it was decorated so nicely. I couldn’t get enough of it!
What is wiener schnitzel?
Wiener schnitzel is made from boneless veal that is breaded and is usually served with a lemon and potato salad. This differs from German schnitzel which is made with pork chops.
Where can I get wiener schnitzel in Vienna?
There are many places all across the city that you can try wiener schnitzel. Just try any local restaurant!
If you’re interested in trying it at the place that I had it, then check out Zum Englischen Reiter in Prater Amusement Park. I’m sure that this may not be considered the best place to try wiener schnitzel, but it was the best schnitzel that I had in my time traveling Europe, and I tried it quite a few times! It was super affordable too.
What is sachertorte?
Sachertorte is chocolate cake with chocolate icing and an apricot jam filling. It is sometimes served with whipped cream as well, though not always.
It is absolutely divine, but can be very filling. I recommend splitting it with a friend like I did! I’m not sure that I could’ve sat and had the whole thing on my own, because it was quite dense, but I think that’s what makes it so tasty.
Where can I get sachertorte in Vienna?
Just like the apple strudel, I recommend getting sachertorte at the Hofburg Cafe which is part of Hofburg Palace. It was absolutely divine. If you are interested in getting sachertorte where it was created, then check out Hotel Sacher. The line there was way too long, so I decided to come to Hofburg Cafe instead. I do not regret my decision!
What is schokocroissant?
A schockocroissant is essentially a chocolate-filled croissant. Little do most people know, the croissant was actually invented in Austria – not France! I can’t recommend enough that you try one of these while you’re in Austria.
Where can I get schokocroissant?
There are so many different places that you can get one of these. Just check out any local bakery! The one that I recommend most is Anker, which has multiple locations across the city of Vienna. I visited the one that was near the Prater Amusement Park.
The croissant at Anker is filled with chocolate that literally tastes like brownie batter. Yes, you read that right. It’s unlike anything I’ve ever tried before in my life. I wish I had these in Boston, because gosh I miss the taste of them!