This Käsespätzle recipe is a beloved Austrian vegetarian dish consisting of homemade egg noodles (späetzle) smothered in butter and topped with melted cheese, caramelized onions and fresh herbs. Think mac and cheese elevated to a whole new comforting level. Overview...
The time I fell in love with Salzburg (just not at first sight)
When I first arrived into Salzburg's main train station, my heart dropped a little. Just days before, I had expected the station in Vienna to be met with winding cobblestone alleyways, elaborate building facades and the sweet sound of buskers playing their cellos....
One Day in Vienna: An Itinerary for First-Time Visitors
This one-day itinerary of Vienna will take you through how to get around, what to see and where to stay when visiting Vienna for the first time! Vienna, Austria's imperial capital, exudes an unparalleled sense of sophistication. It takes just minutes of walking around...
Austria is a mountainous land-locked country nestled in the heart of south-central Europe. Over 62% of the country is covered by the Alps and 40% is covered by forest, making it a popular destination for nature-lovers. The capital city of Vienna is known for its rich history and musical heritage. Filled with concert halls, beautiful historic buildings and iconic museums, the city was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2001
Quick Facts about Austria
Capital City: Vienna
Currency: Euro (€)
Climate: Temperate alpine
Best Time to Visit: April- May, September- October
Fun fact: The largest ice cave in the world, extending for 42 kilometres, is found in Werfen, Austria.
Overview of Austrian Cuisine
Culinary influences: Switzerland, Spain, Holland, Slovakia, Poland, Hungary, Croatia
Common ingredients: Quark, ham, mustard, cream, pickles, chives, bread
National dish of Austria: Tafelspitz (Boiled beef broth)
Traditional Austrian Dishes
- Käsespätzle- This is essentially Austria’s verison of Mac & Cheese. Little handmade egg noodles are covered in cheese (usually Emmenthal or gruyere), then topped with crispy onions and chives.
- Kärntner Kasnudeln– Cheese noodles originating from the region of Carinthia. These are essentially little pasta pockets, similar to ravioli, filled with cheese and potato and drizzled with butter or another sauce.
- Asparagus– Believe it or not, this is one of Austria’s local delights. Come spring, you’ll find green and white asparagus prepared in many creative ways and served across the country.
- AppleStrudel (Apfelstrudel)- This popular Austrian dessert consists of flaky pastry lined with apple filling spiced with cinnamon, sugar and raisins.
- Kaiserschmarrn– Served as dessert or a meal in itself, these are fluffy pancakes that have been shredded and topped with different jams, sweet sauces and caramelized fruit.
- Sachertorte– This cake is an icon of Austrian capital, Vienna. It’s essentially dense, chocolate sponge cake layered with apricot jam and topped with chocolate icing.
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