June 07, 2011

Austria: Vienna & Krems

For the first time of our European trip, the weather was grey and rainy. We walked along Vienna’s streets in our raincoats, looking at the elegant mix of old and new buildings. We stopped at cafés to drink Chocolat Viennois (hot chocolate with whipped cream) and eat a piece of apple strudel.

Apple Strudel and Hot Chocolate

Vienna seemed quiet and tourist-free after the bustling cities of Italy, which was a nice change. We learnt about the Habsburg dynasty and visited beautiful Schloss Schönbrunn.

On the Saturday around lunchtime, everybody seems to meet at the Naschmarkt, a market with not only food stalls but also a long line of eateries of all sorts. All the cafés and restaurant were full and it gave the place a lively atmosphere. There we ate traditional Austrian food consisting of Wiener schnitzel (pork cutlet coated in bread crumbs) and sausages with Sauerkraut, drinking local beer.

On a day out to Krems, a pretty town on the Donau one hour away from Vienna, we saw lots of vineyards on the surrounding hills – and found out that Austria produces a fair amount of wines.

Every night we tried different restaurant and I would recommend all of them:

  • Wrenkh, Bauernmarkt 10 - where I had mango paprika quinoa with goats cheese and mango and peanut chicken curry for Luke. The short puds selection is exquisite;

  • Le Bol, Neuer Markt 14 – a French table commune hold by a couple of French people, very nice atmosphere and on the menu, a good selection of tartines, salads and quiches and traditional desserts like tarte au citron and mousse au chocolat;

  • Hollerei, Hollergasse 9 – a vegetarian restaurant hidden away in the trees. The menu will make you want to give up eating meat. Luke went for the Tofu Thai Red Curry and I had the Asparagus Risotto.
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