My first night in Austria was spent at the city’s famous amusement park, Prater. The next morning the day began by introducing myself to the city’s historical heritage. There was the imperial grandeur of Schönbrunn Palace, the elegantly ornate State Opera House, and St. Stephen’s Cathedral – a Gothic masterpiece. I cruised down Vienna’s main shopping spot, Kärntner Strasse, and enjoyed some authentic Austrian Sacher torte!
Sacher torte is a type of chocolate cake that was invented in Vienna. It is a chocolate and apricot concoction, and one of the most famous Viennese culinary specialties. It was delicious The Sacher torte is to Vienna what gelato is to Italy – it defines it.
After meandering along the magnificent squares, majestic palaces and the city’s art galleries for hours, I chilled out in Vienna’s manicured gardens and ate a popsicle. After a little bit of rest and relaxation in the gardens, I got schnapps savvy with a behind-the-scenes look into this local liqour’s production in an excursion to the Old Vienna Schnapps Museum. Upon entering, a bar top was lined with dozens of different kinds of liqour shots. We all went to town, taking shots of anything from Goldschläger, to mint, caramel, spicy, fruity, or bubblegum-y flavours.
That night, I experienced Vienna’s musical legacy with a Mozart and Strauss concert in one of the city’s imperial palaces.