From traditional Austrian and German fare to experimental contemporary cuisines, the quaint city of Salzburg offers food lovers plenty to stick their teeth into. There are a wide range of eateries and breweries which range from affordable coffee shops, bars, casual bite places to the pricier fine dining and Michelin starred restaurants offering gourmet experiences.
Traditional fare like hearty soups, dumplings, stuffed pastries, pancakes, Wiener Schintzels, Gulasch, Rindsuppe, Leberkase to more modern fare in the form of burgers (for vegans and meat lovers both), French and Italian fine dining, wholesome Indian cuisine, pan Asian and African fares are available to suit all budgets and satiate the palates of discerning visitors as well.
Beer Culture of Salzburg
Salzburg can be safely called the beer capital of Austria. The love affair between Salzburg and beer brewing and drinking is over 600 years old. The sheer variety and tradition, love for indulgence with an attentive eye to quality and purity, with 11 breweries in and around the city has resulted in an array of tradition rich beers. Two of the city’s oldest breweries still exist and are operational namely ‘The Stiegl Braurei’ Austria’s biggest private brewery dates back to 1492 A.D. and ‘Augustiner Brau Koster Mulln’ has been producing beer since 1621 A.D.
Salzburg beer culture can be best experienced on a guided beer themed tour of the city which will provide a fascinating introduction to the world of brewing combined with delectable tastings. The other option is to visit the pubs operated by the aforementioned big breweries. Then there are micro-breweries at inns that produce only for their guests.
Popular Salzburg Beers
The pride of Salzburg beers are ‘Stiegl, Augustiner, Edelweiss, Weizenbier (wheat beer), Raggei, Die Weisse, Gusswerk – an organic modern micro-brewery that produces champagne beer and steinbier, Trumer Pilsner, Kiesbye, Marzen, Bernstein, Dunkles Hefeweizen and Bockbier’.
Other mild alcoholic beverages are ‘Spritzer, Sturm, Most, Radler, Gluehwein and of course there is the non -alcoholic energy drink ‘Red Bull’ which gives wings to the Salzburgers as it does to the world. Besides ‘Almudler and Elderberry Syrup are also popular beverages in Salzburg and Austria as a whole.