International cuisine does not use the phrase Austrian cuisine. Instead, the concept Viennese cuisine is used. It became popular during the Congress of Vienna in the 19th century and immediately competed with French cuisine. Binding to the name of the city should not be misleading, because we are not talking about the culinary traditions of one city, but about the cuisine of a multinational state. In addition, Austrian cuisine is not limited to the delights of the capital.
According to Areacodesexplorer.com, Austrian cuisine was formed as a result of the influence of many countries that were originally in one way or another connected with Austria. Several national groups once mixed in Vienna, and in total, 52 million people lived in the Austro-Hungarian Empire, speaking 16 languages. In addition, many families in Vienna invited chefs from other countries, who brought their recipes with them. Therefore, it is not surprising that the recipes for making cakes came from Bohemia, while the recipe for goulash came from Hungary.
Each federal state has its own traditional dishes, such as Tiroler Groestl (fried potatoes with bacon and scrambled eggs) in Tyrol, Kaernten Kasnocken (dough sacks filled with cheese, spinach and spices) reminiscent of dumplings in Carinthia. In the west – from Vorarlberg, Tyrol to Salzburg and Upper Austria – peasant cuisine prevails with dumplings, dark peasant bread, cold beer and strong schnapps. Eastern Austria is dominated by Bohemian-Hungarian cuisine, from the famous goulash to great airy flour dishes and pancakes. These dishes, which came from various regions of the old Austro-Hungarian monarchy, are fused here into classic Viennese cuisine.
Austrian food very tasty and healthy. A typical meal consists of soup, a meat dish and dessert. Meat dishes are usually prepared with beef, pork or veal. In addition, dishes from such excellent fresh fish as carp or trout can be prepared for the second. Austrians prefer to eat with a mug of one of the local beers or a glass of Austrian wine. Since the time of the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius, there have been excellent wines in Austria that are definitely worth tasting. The meal ends with a cup of coffee or just a glass of schnapps.
Traditionally, the main meal is at lunchtime, and in the evening the Austrians prefer to eat something light. However, today many people simply do not have the opportunity and time for a sumptuous dinner, and therefore they eat heavily in the evening. Austrians love to snack (Jause) between two main meals. This kind of afternoon snack can consist of anything from a cup of coffee to a substantial sandwich with smoked ham and horseradish.
Austrians like to sit in restaurants like Heuriger or cafes. Heuriger are wine restaurants serving local wine and typical Austrian dishes. The Heurigers are mainly located in and around Vienna.
Cafés (Kaffeehaeuser) are very popular among coffee lovers and a slice of cake, as well as among those who just want to relax and read the local or foreign press. There are more than five hundred such cafes in Vienna.
For a change, you can have a bite to eat on the street, trying different varieties of sausages. In open markets, such as the Viennese Naschmarkt market, it is quite common to sell hot dishes from stalls.
Austria is a country where the tourist season lasts the whole year, and this is no coincidence, as it is considered the most beautiful country in Central Europe. Within one week you can visit its lively cities, see many cultural monuments, appreciate the richness and diversity of agriculture, observe with rapture the diversity of the landscape, where mountains set off lakes, and forests alternate with beautiful valleys.
Austrian cooking and wonderful wines will make your memories even sharper and the days of your stay unforgettable. The capital of Austria is delightful at any time of the year. The old city center still breathes the good old days, everything here is a little more comfortable than in other European cities. The appearance of the city is determined by historical monuments; Thanks to its art galleries, concert halls and the State Opera, Vienna is known as the cultural center of Europe.
Weather in Austria moderate, warm enough. Winters are mild, sunny, snowfalls are not uncommon in the mountains. The average temperature for winter is about 0 degrees. Summer in Austria is usually warm, but not hot, with an average air temperature of +22 * C Austria – skiing Zell Am See – a small town in the Alps, the most popular European mountain resort. The ski season here is quite long – from October to June, as the snow never melts on the Kitzsteinhorn glacier.
In Zell am See there are 58 lifts, funiculars, numerous ski slopes and walking trails, an ice rink, and several swimming pools. It is good to relax here not only for real skiers, but also for beginners or those who just want to breathe in the crystal clear mountain air, visit the museum, the art gallery in the town hall, the Cathedral of St. Hippolyte, the fortress of Prilau. From here, it is not far to Innsbruck, Salzburg and even Venice, where excursions depart regularly.
Trail markings (total 130 km)
Round colored signs on poles at the beginning of each trail announce the following:
blue – easy trail (for beginners);
red – medium difficulty track;
black – advanced
ski lift tickets: to use the lifts you need to purchase tickets, which can be of several categories. There are single tickets for those who climb the mountains, just to sunbathe on the peaks. You can also purchase a one-day ticket, but it is more profitable to buy a subscription for several days (from 2 to 21). Please note that for passes valid for more than 10 days, your photo is required.