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Regional specialities

Tasty Vienna Woods.

As the former hunting grounds of the Hapsburgs, the Wienerwald is still home to numerous wild animals. Thus, it is not surprising that all kinds of game can be found on the menus of the sophisticated restaurants depending on the season.

As the former hunting grounds of the Hapsburgs, the Vienna Woods are still home to numerous wild animals. Thus, it is not surprising that all kinds of game can be found on the menus of the sophisticated restaurants depending on the season.

If you lower your attentive gaze from the mighty tree tops to the forest floor, you can discover numerous delicious mushrooms and herbs, which can be used creatively and lovingly by the excellent chefs in the region and beyond.

Whether it is redcurrants, raspberries, blackberries or the wild service tree which is typical for the Wienerwald, it is berry season in the Vienna Woods in summer. The fruits of the large wild service tree are processed into brandies, liqueurs, jams and other specialties. Furthermore, the wild service tree was classified as Austria’s first Slow Food Presidia product!

Dairies also shape the history of the Vienna Woods. They initially served to control and manage the estates of the nobility. The fresh products were highly valued by the Hapsburgs. Empress Sisi loved fresh milk and she had milk served from different breeds of cattle to find out which was the best.