What would the Christmas markets be without special food and drinks? These make up a big part of the experience and I'm pretty sure you'll agree once you've tried some of the traditional delicacies.
We strongly recommend these specialties:
What can be better than walking around wonderful Vienna while eating roasted chestnuts? The chestnut roaster is one of the few professions that have survived the centuries. Once their stalls with the typical black ovens pop up around town the locals know that winter is coming. The chestnuts are sold in paper bags, which are great for warming your hands. The chestnuts are a very popular and healthy snack, so don’t miss the chance to try them.
If you have a sweet tooth, you should pay attention to this dessert while visiting Vienna. Kaiserschmarrn looks like usual sweet pancakes, but chopped into smaller pieces. The perfect complement is fruity sauces and a dusting of powdered sugar. Kaiserschmarrn is available either as a snack or as a main meal.
Tasty Krapfen is a real local delicacy in Vienna. Topped with jam in the middle, soft and fluffy, these “doughnuts” are very popular. They are sold at many stalls at Christmas Markets, so if you want to enjoy the wonderful taste of authentic Austrian bakery, you should definitely give Krapfen a try.
Käsekrainer is fried or grilled pork sausage, refined with small chunks of cheese and served with a slice of dark bread or a white bread roll and mustard or ketchup. It is great to satisfy the appetite for something hearty.
Langos originates from Hungary, but has been very common in Vienna since the monarchy. It's a rather large, flat, yeast dough pastry that tastes best freshly baked and with lots of garlic on top. Langos is perfect for quickly recharging your batteries for more Christmas markets.
Christmas Stollen (Christstollen)
The Christstollen is a Viennese Christmas pastry with a long tradition. Its special shape is intended to remind of Baby Jesus wrapped in a blanket. Christmas Stollen tastes juicy and aromatic, since it is made of yeast dough with lots of butter, dried fruit, almonds and spices. After baking, it has to rest before being covered with a snowy layer of powdered sugar. Christmas Stollen is also a nice gift for those at home.
Despite the variety of drinks at the Christmas markets, Glühwein (mulled wine) is still the most popular. There is a special way to prepare mulled wine here and that is why it is so delicious. For instance, Austrians usually use special red wine and add different spices such as cinnamon, cloves, star anise, lemon zest or others. It is also known that wine should not be heated above 78 degrees so as not to spoil the taste. Mulled wine smells enticing and is often served in Christmas-themed mugs, which also make lovely souvenirs.
Enjoy Vienna and remember that a stay in one of the cozy Jimmy's apartments might also make a nice Christmas gift?