As far as traditional dishes go, Austria is famed for its Wiener Schnitzel – a thin cut of veal, breaded and deep-fried. A Frankfurter Würstel, Vienna’s equivalent to a hot dog, is a snack that you will find readily available all over Austria. Tafelspitz, a broth containing boiled veal or beef, served with roast potatoes, root vegetables, horseradish and chive or apple sauce is also popular.
Erdäpfel Salat is Austria’s answer to potato salad but instead of mayonnaise, the potatoes are covered with a mix of oil, vinegar and beef stock, then garnished with chopped red onion and chives. Sweet pastries, like many places in Europe, are a thing of beauty in Austria too, where apricot dumplings, apple strudel, and Topfenkolatsche (a Danish pastry filled with cream cheese) are just some of the delights you can look forward to trying. Chocolate-lovers will need to indulge in a slice of Sachertorte - a chocolate cake filled with apricot jam, glazed on top, and typically accompanied with a large helping of schlag (unsweetened whipped cream). Vanillekipferl (a crescent-shaped, crumbly almond cookie covered in vanilla powdered sugar) and Kaiserschmarrn (fluffy, shredded pancake pieces, sprinkled with powdered sugar and served with hot plum sauce) will also need your tasting approval.