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Vienna – Austria – where to eat / best restaurant: Figlmüller Wollzeile

The last leg of our adventure landed us in Vienna – the capital and largest city of Austria. It took us a while to get used to the hustle and bustle of a major city after being in the smaller cities of Salzburg and Graz. Vienna is best explored in the evening when the large tour groups have dispersed and there is room to breathe and take in the stunning architecture.

We had booked ourself into Figlmüller Wollzeile in advance, and it was a good job that we did as they were turning away custom all night. Famous for its Schnitzel, we had been saving ourselves for this sizeable Austrian classic. Even though the restaurant is an obvious tourist trap, it is still quaint and intimate. We orderd a traditional House Schnitzel (pork) with a roast potato gratin and a Chicken Schnitzel with a side salad. The reviews had not lied about size with the House Schnitzel barely contained on its plate and the Chicken Schnitzel consisting of three whole breasts! The Chicken Schnitzel came up trumps with a flavoursome batter and a well seasoned salad with potato, cabbage, carrot and green leaves. We washed it down with  Blauer Zweigelt Classic  2012 a raspberry coloured red wine with good hold that was not too strong or sweet and complimented the meat well.

 Some other useful notes if you are off to Vienna: 

  • Salm Bräu: we were a bit disappointed when we visited this brewery/restaurant. We had read raving reviews about their pork knuckle and beer selection, but rather than feeling like a homely family brewery it was quite commercial and very crowded.
  • Zanoni & Zanoni: for some of the best ice cream ever!
  • Naschmarkt: a vast but somewhat limited market. There are a few restaurants that you can have a sit down meal in, but the majority of the food stalls sell dried fruit and sweats or fruit and veg. You will struggle to find a nice takeaway lunchbox or sandwich.
  • Suite Novotel Wien City: we risked the Secret Hotel on Lastminute.com and found ourselves at the Novotel, it is located ideally next to a main tube and the room was really big and spacious (images online do not do it justice). We would not recommend buying into the breakfast because it is badly managed.

 


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Graz – Austria – where to eat / best restaurant: Frankowitsch

Although it is the second largest city in Austria, after Vienna, we were unaware of the cultural city of Graz. We had done our foodie research and everyone online raves about Frankowitsch for its breakfasts and cakes. On an evening walk whilst sussing out the intricate backstreets we uncovered its location. An Austrian passerby gave us a gushing appraisal in German about how fabulous-a-place it was. We were sold and returned for our lunch the next day.

Frankowitsch is very popular with the local residents. The tables and chair outside were packed as we made our way inside. A brightly lit counter showcased their range of open sandwiches with every colour and topping imaginable. The only concern that you have is how many sandwiches you can possibly fit in your stomach. We chose a mix of meats, fish, egg and cheese. And like everyone before, strongly recommend that you fit Frankowitsch into your itinerary.

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Some other useful notes if you are off to Graz: 

  • Glöckl Bräu: well priced food, a good selection of Austrian beer. Those feeling brave should try the Schneider Wisse unser Auentinus 8.2%, it will make you very giggly!
  • Torina Fiesta: if you find yourself with a free evening head to Prokopigasse where a cute bar has very recently opened. We stumbled across it after a hardcore day of sightseeing and befriended the Brazilian barman who makes an excellent cocktail. We had a break from Austrian food, snacking on grilled meat and salad.
  • Schloss Eggenberg: although located slightly away from the centre, a visit to Schloss Eggenberg is a must, we would recommend the tour of 24 grand stately rooms
  • 24hr Museum ticket: there are loads of museums to see, you can buy a ticket for EUR 11 which will gain you access to most museums, including Schloss Eggenberg

 


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Salzburg – Austria – where to eat / best restaurant: Gasthaus Zum Wilder Mann

On a recent trip to the baroque city of Salzburg (Austria) not only did we enjoy walking around a historical center which was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997 and take in scenic Alpine surroundings – we also got to try some authentic Austrian cuisine. We were only there for a couple of days as our one week tour of Austria took us to the three main capitals, Slazburg, Graz and Vienna, but if you are going to Salzburg, there is one restaurant that we would recommend you visit Gasthaus Zum Wilder Mann.

Tucked away off one of the main streets Gasthaus Zum Wilder Mann is intimately sized with no more than 10 or so tables. Dark brown wooden beams and protruding antlers give the warmth and homely comfort of a hunters cabin and we had arrived after a down pour of rain, so felt instantly welcomed into the restaurant.

Men wearing traditional Bavarian lederhosen served us Bauernschmaus mil Knödel and Sauerkraut (Roast port, rolled hot ham, sausage, dumplings, potatoes and sauerkraut) and Gulasch mit Knödel (Goulash (stewed beef) and dumplings). Both came in a healthy portion size with a huge dumpling lavished in thick meaty sauces (no doubt a secret recipe passed down through the generations). Although stuffed we could not resist sharing a pudding Mohr im Hemd mit einer Kugel Vanilleeis (Nutcake with vanilla ice cream and whipped cream) which was delicious. We washed it down with a light 0,5l Stiegl ,,Paracelsus-Zwickl” unfiltiertes Kellerbier, and a dark 0,5l König Ludwig, dunkles Marzenbier aus der Flasche Austrian beer.

The total bill came to EUR 42,20 – an absolute bargain! We would have ventured back, had the rest of our adventure not been ahead of us.

Some other useful notes if you are off to Salzburg: 

  • Barenwirt: We ate here too, the food was also good but the menu is limited and it is much more expensive.
  • Fustung Hohensalzburg (Fortress): visit the Fortress, it has beautiful city views and a tour explaining the history of Salzburg is included within the ticket.
  • Salzwelten (Salt Mines) in Hallein: Hallein is only 20 minutes from Salzburg train station and you can buy a package ticket that includes your train to Hallein, a bus to the Salt Mine, the Salt Mine entry and the Celtic Museum entry. The Salt Mines are really interesting and have wooden slides in them.
  • Arte Vida: if you are after a place to stay we recommend Arte Vide. The owner Reinhold is friendly and helpful, and has created a calm boutique Moroccan themed guesthouse with spacious bedrooms and lovely communal areas.