5 Traditional Foods to Try in Vienna, Austria

5 Traditional Foods to Try in Vienna, Austria

By Sujain Thomas

Vienna is the home to great music and art. It is known for its opulent museums and galleries, traditional coffee houses and pastries. But, there are also various traditional foods you should definitely try during your stay. Food in this beautiful city has been influenced by various surrounding countries over the centuries, like Hungary, France, and Italy. Wiener Würstel, for example, originated in Germany, while the Winer Schnitzel was originally Italian. Coffee culture was introduced by the Turkish army invading Europe.

Vienna is much more than Schnitzel. Here are the most popular traditional dishes:



One of the must-try traditional foods in Vienna is the Wiener Schnitzel, a thin cut of meat coated in breadcrumbs and fried. This dish has become an important element not only of the Austrian cuisine but the Austrian culture as a whole. The Austrian law prescribes that the Wiener Schnitzel should be made of veal and if pork is used instead, the Schnitzel should be named Wiener Schnitzel vom Schwein.

●    VIENNESE SAUSAGE (Wiener Würstel)

The Viennese sausage or würstel is the top eaten snack that can found on the streets of Vienna. Würstels are sold all over this beautiful city from designated stands known as Würstelstand and both tourists and locals flock to these stands year round to buy this traditional, yet very tasty food. Usually, the sausages are served with mustard and beer.


Apfelstrudel or Apple Strudel together with Wiener Würstel and Wiener Schnitzel are considered the traditional dishes of Vienna, Austria. If you love eating desserts, then you should definitely try this strudel pastry stuffed with apples, cinnamon, sugar, and raisins. It is usually served with powdered sugar on top, whipped cream or ice-cream and a cup of coffee.


The simplicity of this dish is what makes it attractive. Its staple ingredients include meat, paprika, and other spices. Tomato sauce, noodles or dumplings are often added for taste and color. You can serve it either a soup or stew.


One of the tastiest and definitely the most popular desserts to try in Vienna is Sachertorte. It is a chocolate cake with a thin mid layer of best-quality apricot jam. The recipe was invented in 1832 by Franz Sacher for Klemens Wenzel von Metternich and the recipe remains a closely guarded secret. If you want to try the original recipe visit the Hotel Sacher in Vienna. 5th of December is celebrated as the National Day of Sachertorte which shows the importance of this cake in Austria.

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Sujain Thomas

Sujain Thomas

Author Bio: Sujain Thomas is a qualified career counselor. She has helped aspiring students to identify the right career as per their skills and aptitude. She enjoys blogging in her spare time.


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