Walking through Vienna. Cultural weekend
Vienna is an amazing city in which a very special atmosphere reigns.It bizarrely combined brilliant imperial luxury, sublime spirituality of the Middle Ages and bold, shocking extravagance of modernity, and the main attractions of Vienna, which every year attract hundreds of thousands of tourists from all over the world to this amazing city, conquer at first sight and forever.
Starting an acquaintance with Vienna is a special recipe. To feel the taste of every moment in this amazing city, you need to learn it slowly.
Menu of one city
One of the main rules for tourists who first came to the Austrian capital is the choice of a late flight. On your first day in Vienna, you should have a minimum of free time – only for dinner at the nearest cafe or small restaurant. There are several restaurants in the city that are definitely worth a visit, but in order to appreciate them, it’s better not to go to them right away.
In Vienna there is an unusual tradition of democratic dinners in Heurigen – small restaurants on the outskirts of the capital. These are very unusual colorful restaurants and cafes where you can meet workers, owners of Ferrari and typical representatives of white-collar workers sitting at adjacent tables. Coziness and mutual understanding always reign in the hall, all visitors peacefully communicate with each other and enjoy the simple traditional dishes with pleasure: sausages, meat, potato salad and ordinary wine from local vineyards. In such restaurants there is no place for ostentatious luxury – only comfort, delicious nourishing food and a pleasant friendly atmosphere that is generously shared with everyone.
High cuisine of Vienna
Of course, you can spend the evening in the prestigious gourmet restaurant, for example, in the Kulinarium7 located near the Vienna Opera. Here you can offer a variety of delicacies, for example, quail breast with foie gras, apricots and morels. Those who love antiquity and unusual impressions will surely enjoy wine tasting in the basement, which has become a real ritual for guests of this restaurant.
In such an institution, the waiter will necessarily turn the serving of dishes into a real small performance, and in parting you will be served a traditional glass of schnapps at the expense of the establishment and will send a white rose. Beautiful, luxurious, elegant. After visiting Kulinarium7, it is surely an awareness that food is not only a means, but also a goal.
And in Vienna they know a lot not only in cooking, but also in the use of dishes. Viennese chefs from time immemorial created real culinary wonders with which little can compare. For example, the most delicate Viennese schnitzel, which is necessarily served with local white wine, such as the Gruner Veltliner. In Vienna, there is even a restaurant in which this dish has traditionally been cooked since 1905 – Figlmuller. After you try the real Viennese schnitzel cooked by the chefs of this restaurant, you will definitely want to ask for a gastronomic shelter in Austria.
Vienna: the aroma of real coffee
The day after arriving in the capital of Austria, when the first impressions subside a bit, you can go to the Old Town to see the sights in the center of Vienna and, of course, enjoy the famous Viennese delicacies.
Start with a cup of strongest flavored Viennese coffee. According to legends, the famous Viennese coffee houses appeared quite unusual. It is believed that in the 17th century, the Turks, retreating after an unsuccessful siege of Vienna, left bags of coffee beans, which were picked up by Yury-Franz Kolshitsky, in a hurry near the city walls. According to another version of the captured Turkish coffee, he chose as a reward for helping to remove the siege from Vienna. But, anyway, these bags came to Mr. Kolshitsky, who after some time opened the first Viennese coffee house.
And if Kolshitsky, who had lived in Turkey for some time, knew a lot about good coffee, then in Europe this drink did not become popular – pure coffee turned out to be too strong and bitter for sweet Europeans. Then the owner of the first European coffee house made a real revolution in the art of drinking coffee. He made coffee the way it is known today by millions of faithful fans of this amazing drink – filtered, with the addition of milk, honey and sugar. Today we know the taste of coffee precisely because of this enterprising Ukrainian merchant who was able to teach Europe to enjoy this drink.
Place where traditions live
Coffee houses are one of the brightest and most famous symbols of Vienna. They focus on cultural and social life, and there is always an amazing atmosphere here.
The owners of each Viennese coffee house tenderly store both traditions and interiors. Here, respectability and stiffness are natural, waiters in tuxedos and melchior saucers. Immersing yourself in this atmosphere, you understand at a glance that all this is in its place, and there simply cannot be any other way. And if you remove any detail from here, for example, an old portable wooden music stand for newspapers.