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.