The Top 5 Christmas Markets in Vienna

Experiencing the magic of visiting a Christkindlmarkt in the capital of Austria

Christmas markets are a bing thing in Austria and Vienna excels at hosting them. Let’s start with a language lesson. First you have to know that they are called Christkindlmark in Austria. Germans call them Weihnachtsmarkt.

If you are travelling to Vienna during the Christmas season then visiting at least one of these markets is a must. More can’t hurt either. To make it easier for you I will tell you more about my favorite five markets in the city. Enjoy!

Old Viennese Christmas Market – Freyung

From November 17 to December 23

This is easily my favorite. It’s small, it’s intimate and has a lot of authentic craftsmanship and locally produced snacks. The market opens at 10pm and closes at 9pm. They have a daily changing program for kids and adults likewise.

Location: Freyung, 1010 Vienna – Google Maps

Art Advent – Karlsplatz

From November 22 to December 23

This market is not only the ending point for our Christmas tour it is also the place where on can really find creative and authentic crafts and art.

Christmas Market Karlsplatz

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Local artists even create their work at the market for you to watch. This rather large Christkindlmarkt is located in the Resselpark, close to the Karlsplatz metro station.

Tip: I love to view the market from the nearby Otto Wagner Pavillon once they turned on their lights.

Last but not least this is a great visit with kids of all ages. They have a hay playground and some other attractions including all kinds of Austrian pets like goats and pigs.

Location: Resselpark, 1010 Vienna – Google Maps

Christmas Market – Spittelberg

From November 14 to December 23

Stroll the narrow streets of this romantic market that’s located in a district that dates from the Biedermeier period. Immerse in the festive atmosphere, have a hot Glühwein and accompany it with one of my favorite sweet snacks: Chimney Cake!

Chimney Cake

Photo by avlxyz on Foter.com / CC BY-SA

Location: Spittelberg, close to the Volkstheater – Google Maps

Christmas Village – Belvedere Palace

From November 22 to December 31

One thing special about this market is, that it’s open until New Years Eve. The other is, that it’s located in the premises of a palace that’s also a fantastic art museum!

Christmas Market Vienna

My tip: Visit their wonderful exhibition which showcases Austrian masters Schiele and Klimt among others and then savour the many treats this Christmas market has to offer.

Bonus: Come in the afternoon and enjoy a marvellous view over the city

Location: Schloss Belvedere, Prinz Eugen-Straße 27, 1030 Vienna – Google Maps

Christmas Village in the Former General Hospital (Altes AKH)

From November 18 to December 23

This is more a small village than a market. There are also a number of restaurants close by if you get cold and all the sweet Punsch can’t keep you warm. The location in the courtyard of Vienna’s former General Hospital is unique too.

Christmas Market Polaroid

My favorite snack here: Baked Potato!

If you are into winter sports you should check out their curling rink! Also good to know: No 🐶allowed 😞

Location: Altes Allgemeines Krankenhaus, Spitalgasse 2, 1090 Vienna – Google Maps

 

These are just my top 5 markets. There are plenty of other great markets, namely the one at Schönbrunn palace and the one at “Am Hof” in the inner city that are worth checking out.

You are interested in exploring the Christmas markets on tour with us? Join us for a tour in Vienna and capture the magic of Christmas on instant film!

Experience Salzburg from up high

Salzburg is one of the most photogenic cities that I know of. Even though I’ve already been living here for a couple of years now, I still sometimes stand at one of the city’s viewpoints and catch myself thinking that it looks like a beautiful painting. Always amazed that the city scenery in front of me is real.

Here are some of my favourite spots to take photos of this beautiful city:

Mönchsberg

Right behind the Salzburg Cathedral, there’s a small pathway going up Mönchsberg, called Bierjodlgasse. Keep on walking up until you’re close to the fork and turn towards the city.

The best views over the city of Salzburg

View from Mönchsberg

If you keep on heading up Bierjodlgasse and turn left at the fork, the trail will lead you around the mountain to the other side of the Mönchsberg. After walking through the archway, you’ll have an amazing panoramic view over parts of the city and the southern mountain range including Untersberg.

Untersberg - View from Mönchsberg in Winter

Untersberg

There is another lookout that is located a bit further up on Mönchsberg. You can reach this point from different sides, depending where you walked up the mountain. It’s called Richterhöhe. You have a beautiful view over to Fortress Hohensalzburg on one side and to the other side, you’ve a view over parts of the city and the mountains around it.

You can get to there by either walking up the stairs going up from Müllner Hauptstraße (located on the same height as Müllnersteg) and then following the street until you see Hotel Schloss Mönchstein to your right. There’ll be a small trail going left from the main road.

You can see Kapuzinerberg, parts of Gaisberg to your left and then in front of it and further to the right, the heart of the old town and then Mönchsberg with Fortress Hohensalzburg on top of it.

Kapuzinerberg

This is one of the best spots to see the sunset in Salzburg! Coming up Linzer Gasse from the river Salzach, you’ll see a big archway to your right. Walk the path up until you reach the Kapuzinerkloster (monastery). The lookout where this photo was taken will be on your right. Enjoy a view over the old town and the “other” landmark mountain, the Mönchsberg.

Sunset from Kapuzinerberg

Sunset from Kapuzinerberg

Schloss Mirabell

The stunning beauty of the Mirabellgarten is always worth a visit, no matter the season. At the one end of the garden, there are a couple of stairs. Climb them to have a beautiful view over the gardens with the Mönchsberg and Fortress Hohensalzburg in the background. That’s what we call a photo opp!

Mirabellgarten

Mirabellgarten in Salzburg

Salzach

Coming from the old town, keep walking towards Müllnersteg with the river, Salzach, to your right. The view is already beautiful on the way to the bridge but you’ll surely get the best view and pictures on the bridge itself.

View from Müllnersteg

View from Müllnersteg

What To Do? A Day In Vienna

Vienna – The capital of Austria was, according to the Mercer study, voted most liveable city in the world for the ninth time last year. If that wasn’t enough, it just overtook Melbourne as the world’s most liveable city after seven years in the survey of the Economist Intelligence Unit as well. If you still need convincing to come visit us in Austria, here’s what a typical day of your stay could look like.

8:30 am – Breakfast at Figar 1040

Always good to start the day with a nourishing breakfast. At Figar 1040, you’ll definitely find that. From delicious toasted Avocado Bread over Menemen (oriental scrambled eggs) to sweet Porridge, they have a very nice selection for every taste. 

10:00 am – Instant Tours Polaroid Tour

Now that you’re prepared for the day, we’d suggest to get an overview of the city. How? Just join us for the Polaroid Photo Tour Classic.

The tour starts at the picturesque Karlskirche where you will meet your local guide for a short introduction to your new best friend: The vintage Polaroid camera. 

Vienna Classic Tour

Karlskirche

Then we’ll slowly make our way along the magnificent Ring boulevard where many of the city’s most important sights are. You’ll catch a glimpse of the Hofburg, the Parliament, the famous State Opera and the not much less famous Burgtheater, the gorgeous City Hall. We end our tour at beautiful neo-Gothic Votivkirche, right next to the University of Vienna.

At the end of your experience you will hold eight unique Polaroid souvenirs in your hands.

12:45 pm – Traditional Austrian Lunch at Rebhuhn

Wiener SchnitzelAfter a longer walk and probably many beautiful Polaroids later, you’ll surely be a little hungry (or a lot). Lucky for you, the lovely Viennese restaurant Rebhuhn is just around the corner from Votivkirche, in Berggasse where you can enjoy a nice traditional lunch. Schnitzel, Tafelspitz and more. Check out our food guide to get a taste and an idea on what to order

3:30 pm – Walk through the gardens of Schloss Schönbrunn

Schloss Schönbrunn – not only known for its beautiful architecture but also for the gorgeous park and garden around it. A great place to take a stroll and take some more photos. Don’t miss out on climbing the small hill to the Gloriette. A fantastic view will reward you.

If you like to take a dive into Austrian history, we recommend taking a palace tour. There’s even a so called Strudelshow at the nearby Café Residenz where you can learn how make delicious Viennese Apfelstrudel! 

How do you best get to the palace? If you had lunch at Rebhuhn before, just walk down Schlickplatz until you reach the Ring (you’ve walked on it before, at your Polaroid tour), turn left and walk all the way down to the Danube Canal where you’ll see the sign of the metro station Schottenring to your right. The metro line U4 (green) will take you straight to the station Schloss Schönbrunn. 

Schönbrunn Palace Vienna

Schönbrunn Palace Vienna

6:00 pm – Dinner at Disco Volante

Mmhmm.. did someone say pizza? Disco Volante makes some of the best pizzas in town! Why is the place called Disco Volante? It’s because their wood oven looks like a gigantic disco bowl. Super cool and a definite recommendation from us 🙂

They’re open every evening but opening hours slightly change depending on which week day you go there. Also very easy to get there from Schloss Schönbrunn. Just hop on the U4 in the direction Heiligenstadt, get out at Margaretengürtel and then it’s just a short walk along Morizgasse. Turn right into Gumpendorferstraße where you will find the restaurant on the corner of Stumpergasse.

8:00 pm – Evening walk through the charming 7th district

After dinner you should take walk in this young and hip district of Vienna. You’ll find many contemporary art galleries, cafés, bars and beautiful independent fashion designer shops.

Of course, many of those will already be closed at 8:00pm but still great to get some inspiration which ones to visit on the next day 😉

I would recommend walking up Gumpendorferstraße for a while until you reach Otto-Bauer-Gasse on your left, walk up to Mariahilfer Straße (one of the city’s biggest shopping streets), follow it to Kirchengasse, turn left and go until  you reach Siebensterngasse.

This obviously isn’t the only way to reach your next destination but one I like a lot.

9:00 pm – Drinks at Café 7 Stern 

I just love this place! Café 7 Stern is great to sit outside in summer and super cozy inside during the colder months of the year. They’ve a variety of delicious drinks from non-alcoholic to alcoholic and their cakes are simply amazing. Perfect if you feel like having a little dessert after dinner 😉

Where to stay?

The Guesthouse Vienna – Boutique hotel in the heart of Vienna

Link: https://www.theguesthouse.at/

25 Hours Hotel

Link: https://www.25hours-hotels.com/hotels/wien/museumsquartier

 

Editor’s note: This entry is not sponsored by any of the places above and reflects the authors opinion

Our Top 5 Christmas Markets in Salzburg

It’s almost that time of the year again. I don’t know about you but I certainly love that month before Christmas when it’s starting to get a little colder outside, maybe a few first snowflakes have fallen. The city has its light decorations on. I can hear the Christmas songs from the ice skate track around the corner and when I walk through the city, the lovely smell of Glühwein follows me around.

It also means, it is time for the Christmas Markets again!

And Salzburg does really have a couple of beautiful ones to offer. Here are the ones I like best:

Advent Magic in Hellbrunn

From November 22 to December 24

One of the most romantic Christmas Markets is definitely the Hellbrunner Adventzauber in the courtyard of the castle.

Polaroid Of Christmas OrnamentsDuring the Advent time, an enchanted forest with over 400 coniferous trees is created around the castle, decorated with 13.000 red glitter balls and fairy lights. A must see!

Advent Market St.Peter Stiftskulinarium

From November 16 to January 6

The Advent Market in St. Peter is honestly my favorite! When you enter through the stone arch decorated from floor to ceiling with dark green fir branches and fairy lights, you truly have the feeling of entering into another world.

The decoration is made with so much love to detail and magical lights everywhere. This one is not really a market but it does have a delicious Glühwein to offer and sometimes you’ll hear a live band playing and singing in the courtyard. Truly a unique experience!

Advent Market at Franziskischlössl

From December 1 to December 30

The Franziskischlössl is located up on one of Salzburg’s house mountains, the Kapuzinerberg. It’s a really nice and cozy atmosphere up there! During the Advent time, they’ve a little market in their courtyard with local Austrian food products and regional craft works. You can either take a walk up the mountain or take the shuttle that leaves regularly from the entrance on Linzergasse.

Please check the opening hours before going up there. The market is only open on weekends, Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 6pm.

Advent Market in the Hohensalzburg (castle) courtyard

From November 22 to December 24

The Advent Market on Hohensalzburg has been part of the pre-Christmas celebrations in Salzburg since over 20 years now. Up on Mönchsberg (another one of Salzburg’s house mountains), under the linden trees in the courtyard of Hohensalzburg, this market has a very special atmosphere.

Salzburg’s Christmas Market

From November 22 to December 26

Taking place on the Dome and Residenz Square, this Christkindlmarkt is the biggest and oldest one in Salzburg. It has already been around for a very long time – earliest mentions go all the way back to the 15th century!

Nutcracker at Christkindlmarkt Salzburg

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In the form like it’s known today, it was first hold in 1974. There’s a great program scheduled every day. One of the highlights is the famous “Turmblasen” every Saturday where the tower blasters stand on three towers around the Residenz Square, playing Christmas songs.

You are interested in exploring Austrian Christmas markets with a vintage Polaroid camera? Join us for a tour in Vienna or inquire a private one in Salzburg or Graz!

What To Do? A Day In Salzburg

Salzburg – The Austrian city of Salzburg is very well known for being the birth city of the famous musician and composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Also the place where many scenes of the movie “Sound of Music” play and of course also where the annual Salzburger Festspiele take place. Normally a more quiet city, it can get really busy during the summer months, so my personal recommendation would be to visit Salzburg in spring or autumn time. Today I am taking you on a day through my hometown:

9:30 am – Instant Tours Polaroid Tour

View over Salzburg

View over Salzburg

Rise and shine early birds – in Salzburg our Instant Tours starts already at 9:30 am and of course we’re highly recommending to do it 😉 

The walking tour will take you through beautiful Mirabellgarten, along parts of Linzergasse, through Steingasse and then crossing to the other side of town over Mozartsteg, walking past Mozartplatz, into Getreidegasse and then towards the famous Salzburg dome and a few meters up Mönchsberg where you’ll have a wonderful view over the city and the mountains surrounding it.

So plenty photo opportunities you shouldn’t miss out on 😉 A perfect start to get a good overview of the city. Try a vintage Polaroid camera, create your own unique photo souvenirs and learn more about Salzburg from a local.

12:15 pm – Lunch at Zum Zirkelwirt

After the tour, you’ll surely feel a little hungry, so we recommend to have some delicious Austrian food at Zum Zirkelwirt at Papagenoplatz. A lovely restaurant with a beautiful garden to sit outside during summer times or with very cosy rooms to sit inside during the colder months of the year.

Zum Zirkelwirt Salzburg

Zum Zirkelwirt

02:15 pm – Enjoying Views from Mönchsberg

Festungsbahn Mönchsberg Salzburg

Festungsbahn Mönchsberg Salzburg

With new energy, grab your things and walk along Kaigasse until you reach Kapitelgasse on your right. At the end of that street, you’ll arrive at Kapitelplatz, take a left into Bierjodlgasse where you can either take the Festungsbahn (small train) to go up Mönchsberg or you can keep on walking up Bierjodlgasse and then take a sharp right to follow up the steeper part of Festungsgasse until you reach the entrance of the fortress.

Continue to walk from there. Taking a stroll on Mönchsberg is a nice way to be out in nature, getting some fresh air and explore the beautiful house mountain with beautiful views and lookouts over the city.

4:00 pm – Coffee and Cake at Heart of Joy

Now, if you feel like it’s time for a coffee and cake soon, make your way over to the other side of Mönchsberg. You will arrive at Müllnersteg to cross the Salzach there.

View from Müllnersteg

View from Müllnersteg

Continue walking straight over through the beginning of Mirabellgarten, keep slightly to the left and go into Franz-Josef-Straße where you’ll find the lovely café and restaurant Heart of Joy.

They’ve delicious cake and coffee variations – the perfect place for an afternoon break.

If it’s warm enough, you can sit outside and enjoy the afternoon sun, otherwise there are also enough places inside where you can get comfortable.

5:30 pm – Exploring the Andräviertel

Keep on walking up Franz-Josef-Straße, then turn right into Wolf-Dietrich-Straße. This takes you right through Andräviertel where you’ll find many little shops, galleries, more cafés and bars. It’s a nice laid back part of the city with lots of trees and green, perfect for a stroll around and enjoy one of the calmer parts of the city.

6:30 pm – Sunset at Kapuzinerberg

At the end of Wolf-Dietrich-Straße, you’ll turn right into Linzergasse. Now if you still have space for some ice cream after coffee and cake at Heart of Joy, don’t miss out on the amazing ice cream place Eisgreissler. They make sure that all of their fruit sorts are made out of seasonal and regional ingredients and you’ll find many vegan options in their ice cream menu.

Sunset view from Kapuzinerberg

Sunset view from Kapuzinerberg

If you follow Linzergasse a bit further down, you’ll arrive at a big archway which marks the entrance of the way to go up Kapuzinerberg. Yes, the first bit of the way is pretty steep but it will slow down a little bit after the first curve. And the view over the city from there is just stunning! A great spot to rest for a little and enjoy the sunset over Salzburg.

7:30 pm – Dinner at L’Osteria, Johanneskeller or Die Cabreras

L'Osteria Pasta

© L’Osteria

Time for dinner! 🙂 There are many different options in this area. If you like Italian food, L’Osteria is definitely a great choice! They’ve the biggest pizzas I’ve ever seen and their pasta is also very good!

Otherwise, if you would like to stick to Austrian food, then just go to the restaurant opposite called Johanneskeller. Or there’s a third option for all the Mexican food lovers: Die Cabreras. All of them are just around the corner from Kapuzinerberg.

9:30 pm – Drinks at Alchimiste Belge

The Alchimiste Belge is a special place. As soon as you enter the bar, you don’t have the feeling being in Salzburg anymore. A place where a great variety of people meet. They’ve about 150 different beers to taste from, with the most extravagant flavors. The bar is open 365 days a year from 5:00pm until 01:00am.

Where to stay?

Arte Vida – a charming boutique guesthouse with different rooms and apartments.

Link: https://www.artevida.at/

YoHo International Youth Hostel

Link: https://www.yoho.at/

 

Editor’s note: This entry is not sponsored by any of the places above and reflects the authors opinion

Untersberg – A Mystic Mountain

The stunning Untersberg in the background of the picture below is one of Salzburg’s six house mountains, always a nice companion when you take a walk on Mönchsberg (another one of Salzburg’s house mountains where the big fortress Festung Hohensalzburg is built on). The mountain is so massive that you can almost always catch a glimpse on it.

Untersberg - View from Mönchsberg

Untersberg – View from Mönchsberg

The magic of this special mountain

For me, this mountain has so much power, always has, since I’ve been living here, even before I found out all these magical things, myths and stories about it.

When the Dalai Lama was visiting Salzburg in 1992, he apparently said that the Untersberg is the Heart Chakra of Europe, some even say it’s the Heart Chakra of the World. Now to all of you who are not so much into spirituality 😉

Chakras are energy points along our spine. There are seven main ones and one of them is situated where the heart is, the Heart Chakra.

Now, I can’t say that much about this fact but I know from my own experiences that this mountain truly has some magical powers.

Untersberg - View from Mönchsberg in Winter

Untersberg – View from Mönchsberg in Winter

My favorite Story about the Untersberg

As mentioned above, there are many more myths and stories around the Untersberg. One of my favorite ones is the story about.

“The Lost Wedding Group”

Many years ago, a rich farmers couple and a small group of people were on their way from one village (St. Leonhard) to another one (Grödig) to celebrate their wedding party at the parents house of the bride. Everyone was in a good mood and the musicians they had with them played some music while they were walking towards the Untersberg.

Untersberg - On the way up

Untersberg – On the way up

Then someone of the group started to tell a story about an emperor and his army who had disappeared in this area. Ever since this event, it’s said that ghosts appear in this area and give presents to rovers.

As soon as the story was told, the groom started to call for the ghost to ask him to give them a present. All of the sudden, the mountain opened and a small man with silver-white hair appeared. The man pointed to a door which leads into the mountain.

Food & drinks in the mountain

Untersberg - View towards Störhaus

Untersberg – View towards Störhaus

The whole wedding group followed him until they arrived at a beautiful room. There was a big set up table full of delicious food and drinks. The engaged couple and the rest of the group sit down to eat and drink. After the meal, as they had been eating and drinking a little bit too much, they required a little nap. Still seated at the table, they all slept for quite some time.

 

When they woke up again, the mountain ghost showed them the way outside. It was daylight when they reappeared on the surface of the mountain again.

They had a look around and noticed that with the time they had spent in the mountain, everything had changed. The people living in the village close by didn’t speak their language anymore, it seemed like they had arrived in a whole different country.

The Wake Up After The Sleep

Untersberg - View on the way down from Störhaus

Untersberg – View on the way down from Störhaus

Even after a couple of days of walking, when they finally arrived in their known village, it didn’t seem like home anymore. At the place where their houses had been standing before, there were other houses built now.

They went to the priest of the village and told him everything what had happened. The priest opened his books and actually found an article where it said that 500 years ago, a young engaged couple, along with a group of people got lost in the area and had never been seen again.

I just love this story as it a great reflection of all the myths and stories about time loop wholes and other magical things happening on and around the Untersberg. If this is all true? Well, who knows… for my part, I love to believe in stories and myths that are beyond any logical reach.

Learn more about Salzburg

If you want to have a look at the mountain and hear some more stories about it, come for a visit to Salzburg. We’ll get a good look at it on our walking tour through the city. From a safe distance of course 😉

Cakes and Strudels

 

This is the sixth part of our series on Viennese cuisine.

You can find the other parts here:

A lot of countries and even cities have their food specialties and so does Vienna. And one thing we can tell you: You really shouldn’t miss out on them. Most of the options might not exactly be considered healthy, but they for sure are DELICIOUS.

Today we would like to introduce you to typical Austrian Cakes and Strudels which you should give a try when staying in Vienna.

The Sacher Cake

In German: Sacher Torte

The Sacher Cake is probably one of the most well known cakes we have. It is a traditional chocolate cake with chocolate topping and a thin part of apricot jam. The very traditional recipe is from the Sacher family and you can still get the cake at the high-end hotel and Café Sacher in the first district.

Sachertorte

Photo by Fooding Around on Foter.com / CC BY

Whether this is the best Sacher cake out there? This depends on who you ask 🙂 There are for sure also other great and maybe even better options. But as we said, it depends a lot on whom you ask. An alternative for example would be the Sacher Cake from Café Landtmann.

Apple Strudel

In German: Apfelstrudel

The Apple strudel is another very famous dessert in Vienna. It is made of – as you might be able to guess – apples. Together with a mix of cinnamon, raisins and sugar they are the delicious fillings of the strudel pastry.

Apple Strudel

Photo by jlastras on Foter.com / CC BY

If you want to take your apple strudel experience one step further than just trying, you can also go to the “Strudelshow” at the Café Residenz in Schönbrunn. There they show you how to actually bake the strudel so that you can make this Austrian pastry at home also.

Esterházy Cake

In German: Esterházy Torte or Esterházy Schnitte

To be fair, we have to share the credit for the Esterházy Cake with Hungary (as its name already reveals). It is a cake named after Prince Paul III Anton Esterházy de Galántha who was a Hungarian price, part of the Esterházy dynasty and diplomat of the Austrian Empire.

Esterhazy Torte

Photo by Rich B-S on Foter.com / CC BY

But enough about him, we are here in order to talk about food. The cake has several layers and is made of a hazelnut sponge cake and butter cream with hazelnut nougat. You better not have a nut allergy when having this one. The cake is glazed with a special pattern as you can see on the picture. One of our favorites you can get at the Kurkonditorei Oberlaa.

WestLicht, Center of Photography

Rainy Days in Vienna

 

Weather in Vienna can be beautiful, but no matter in which season you are coming to visit the capital, there is always the possibility of a rainy day. That’s no problem at all though, because there are a bunch of great things to do in Vienna when you’re not lucky with the weather. We already talked about the National Library and The Butterfly House and today we even have a photography-related option for you: WestLicht.

This is our third tip:

WestLicht, center of photography.

The WestLicht gallery pretty much is the center of photography in Vienna. It features a permanent collection of hundreds of historic cameras as well as changing photography exhibitions, such as the World Press Photo every year or right now August Sander.

Westlicht Photo Gallery

Westlicht Photo Gallery

The WestLicht is located in the hip 7th district, an area which is popular with creative people and you will stumble upon several photography related stores close to the gallery.

Our other tips:

Surviving Vienna On A Gluten Free Diet

 

This is the fifth part of our series on Viennese cuisine.

You can find the other parts here:

Today we talk about how to enjoy the wonders of the Austrian cuisine despite being not able to eat (or drink) products that contain Gluten. If you are Gluten intolerant you’ll about to experience that almost no traditional dish is free of them. Schnitzel – NO, Sacher Torte – NO, even Schweinsbraten (roast pork) often has flour in it’s delicious sauce.

So, what are you going to eat when you are having a Gluten intolerance? Nothing?

Hell no 😉 We’ve got you covered!

Our friends from Road Affair, Ben and Jazzy went on a tour with us and they wrote a comprehensive article on surviving in Vienna on a Gluten free diet.

Read their guide in full length:

Gluten Free Guide Vienna Pinterest

You might ask yourself, are there any traditional dishes that don’t contain Gluten? The answer is: Yes!

But always check back with the restaurant if they really prepare it Gluten free (Or check the menu. In Austria, places that serve food have to declare various allergens, including Gluten and Lactose).

Sausage

Würstel (Sausage) can come in many forms and most of them should be Gluten free. Bring your own bread (you can buy Gluten free bread at most supermarkets) for the original experience.

Würstelstand Bitzinger

Würstelstand
Photo credit: Bitzinger / Foter / CC BY-NC-SA

 

Read more about Austrian “fast food”

Tafelspitz

The people of Vienna are enthusiastic Carnivores. Schnitzel sadly is not Gluten free by “nature” but other Classic meals, like Tafelspitz (boiled prime beef) are. Tip: Always ask if the sauce is prepared Gluten free.

Tafelspitz

Tafelspitz
Photo credit: hpoberlin / Foter / CC BY-NC-SA

 

Read more about traditional meat dishes

Did you find another Viennese Classic that is prepared Gluten free? We’d love to hear from you! Let us know in the comments.

The Butterfly House

Rainy Days in Vienna

 

Sadly not all days on a trip are blessed by blue skies and sunshine. The very best conditions for an Instant Tour around town. But sometimes we are out of luck and it rains. A lot. What to do? You are on a trip, in wonderful Vienna. Therefore sitting in a your hotel room isn’t really an option. That’s what this series of tips is all about.

Our other tips:

What are some good things to do in Vienna on a rainy day? Good question. This is our second tip:

Butterfly House in the Vienna Burggarten

 

Polaroid Butterfly House Vienna Burggarten

Visit the imperial Butterfly House in the Hofburg’s Burggarten, very close to the State Opera House.

Butterfly House

Inside the Butterfly House in Vienna’s Imperial Palace (Hofburg)