Gourmet Germany, Austria & Switzerland
When you take your tongue out sightseeing in Germany, Austria or Switzerland, what are its favorite taste treats?
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Great Bavarian food in Munich
For authentic Bavarian food in Munich, we recommend Wirtshaus zur Brez'n on Leopoldstrasse in Schwabing, a few blocks from the Englischer Garten. We were directed there by a local, always a good sign. If you're a patient carnivore, try the pork knuckle. If you miss your greens, try the Prinzregentenschmaus, roast beef over salad. This is where Munchners take their guests to dinner.
John and Joan Dean
Rocklin, CA USA 09/11/2013
Celiac Friendly Austria and Germany!
In both Vienna and Munich, there are Maredo restaurants- a Spanish chain. The food is good, salad bar is great. They have an allergen menu, but it is only in German. (Menu is in many languages.) A German woman with celiac that I met in Munich said look on the web site before you go to make your choices. Allergen menu is available in English. (The Vienna restaurant has Spanish speaking staff.) In Salzburg, try Hana's Rasoi Indian Restaurant on Getreidegasse 18. Not near as spicy as I like, but very tasty. In Munich, Nigin, an Afghan restaurant below recommended Pension am Jakobsplatz (who kindly bought GF bread for my breakfast!)was easily gluten free, and one of the very best meals I had on our trip! Download a celiac travel card in the language of your choice at http://www.celiactravel.com/cards/ Learn to say "gluten frei" and check out the grocery stores for good bread and GF snacks.
Albuquerque, NM USA 07/15/2013
Good Eats Near Munich Airport
If you're near the Munich airport and need a dinner change, try a great new Italian restaurant in Hallbergmoos. Il Girasole provided excellent food and friendly atmosphere.
Vance, SC USA 06/11/2013
Eating in Fussen
If you are in Fussen there is a very good eating place called Pizza Pasta Americano on the back street below the palace wall. We ate there twice and the food was excellent, the owner cooks right in front of you, talking, singing and generally having a good time, and the price was very reasonable. My wife has some food sensitivities and the owner was very accommodating.
Quesnel, BC Canada 05/31/2013
Eis Greissler - Best Ice Cream; Cafe Hawelka - iconic cafe
Best ice cream in Vienna - Eis Greissler. Look for the long line on Rotemturmstrasse in the First District. I am a local, been there so many times. Their dark chocolate and alpine caramel are divine.
Café Hawelka - iconic, historic, crowded, cluttered, great coffee. Waitstaff are no ruder than any other café; their blasé attitude is all part of the cafe experience in Vienna. You don't go to a cafe to eat a wurstel anyway. That what the wurstel stands are for.
Vienna, Austria 05/24/2013
Gelato in Vienna
I would like to recommend a gelateria that we found while in Vienna in March 2013. The shop is called the Gelateria in Hoher Markt, Hoher Markt 4, 1010 Wien, Telephone 533 32 971. This gelateria is located in Hoher Markt, very near to the Doma left turn off the beaten path of Rotenturmstrasse when traveling northeast from the Dom. This shop is customer friendly, frequented by locals, and has very authentic gelato. My family and I were shocked when we tried to patronize, for the second time, the gelateria that is recommended in Rick's Best of Europe 2012 book; we discovered that the shop would not let us sample one of the flavors prior to purchasing. So, we left. We found the Gelateria in Hoher Markt as a better alternative. The Gelateria in Hoher Markt allowed us to sample the flavors, which, in our opinion were better than the other shop, without the crowds!
Koln, Germany 05/23/2013
Cafe Hawelka in Vienna: avoid!
We had a terrible experience at Cafe Hawelka. The head waiters were rude (although one young man was quite friendly and helpful), and we were charged 17 euro for two Wuerstl and drinks. We would have been better off going to a nearby Imbiss. Sad the recommendation was so off.
Provo, UT USA 03/29/2013
Gluten free hiking Berchtesgaden to Prague
If anyone on this thread is interested in hiking in NP Berchtesgaden, seeing lovely Salzburg and Regensburg, and continuing to Prague, you're welcome to check out our "Salt to Gold" trip. We stress great hiking, city exploring and gourmet food. Since gourmet in Germany and Czech Rep. doesn't always go well with a gluten free diet...we offer our trips also in a gluten free form. Ever had a gluten free "Bretze" (Pretzel)? Tereza @ www.PathwaysThroughEurope.com
Prague, Czech Rep. 03/11/2013
There is a chain of Italian restaurants called Vapiano-- in many countries in Europe although a majority seem to be in the GAS countries. It's is Italian food made in front of you (salads, pizzas and pastas)-- really good, really fresh-- and since you pick it up yourself there is no tipping. In Vienna alone there are now 5 of them or so-- including a brand-new one at the Westbahnhof.
Berlin amazingly vegan-friendly!
As a vegan, I was pleasantly surprised at the number of vegan/vegetarian places there were in Berlin. My count included about 17 all-vegan and 25 all-vegetarian restaurants (my favorites being Kopps and Viasko). And there was an all-vegan grocery store in Prenzlauerburg as well.
In addition, there are numerous "bio-markts" in every neighborhood where you can find organic produce and sundries, as well as vegan German sausages! I was hoping to find such things when I arrived, and I was not disappointed that they had vegan brats and wursts of all sizes and "regional" distinctions. And some of the best vegan cheese I've ever had was German-made. Leave it to them to figure out how to make the best-tasting vegan meat and cheese!
Seattle, WA USA 11/14/2012
The Edelweiss restaurant in Murren, Switzerland should not be a recommended restaurant. The staff was very unfriendly. We had to ask for the menu that was posted outside as the one that was presented to us was a much higher priced menu.
Clements, CA USA 09/15/2012
eating in vienna
Gyros in Vienna near the Haus Der Musik was wonderful. The food was delicious and plentiful. The owner was friendly and truly does love to feed people.
Cypress, Ca USA 08/18/2012
Restaurant Opatija had a varied menu to please everyone in our party of seven. The cost was reasonable and wait staff wonderful. A great break from traditional German fare. Delicious fish!
Cypress, Ca USA 08/18/2012
Ticino dining with a view
Creamy cannelloni, spaghetti with delicious pesto, warm avocado with melted provolone, bresaola with tomatoes, olive oil, and chives, delicate beer batter felchen from the lake, porc picata, vitello tunato . . . Oh, my. These are my memories from the quiet terrace of the family-owned Hotel Panorama in Gerra at the Swiss end of Lago Maggiore. I return home and try to replicate the flavors in my kitchen, but I don't even come close. Did I mention the light desserts of fresh fruit, crunchy sweet meringue, and icecream?
LA USA 07/03/2012
If you are staying anywhere near Berchtesgaden, this was one of the best restaurants we encountered anywhere on our trip: http://www.gebirgshaeusl.de/ It's actually a pension system...there are 4 hotels near each other that are all run out of this restaurant. People come from all over, whether they're staying at the restaurant or not. Highly recommended. I had a dish called "Züricher Lekkerli" (good luck trying to google it) which was 3 oh-so-tender pork medallions with a mushroom and ham cream sauce over the largest bowl of spaetzle I found in Europe. Decent prices.
Charles Town, WV USA 06/05/2012
Excellent food in Salzburg
The Barenwirt is the place to go for great Austrian food in Salzburg. A little off the beaten path from City Center, but not so many tourists. Make sure you reserve before going.
Longmont, CO USA 05/04/2012
Several neighborhood spots we really, really like in Berlin: Lubitsch (Bleibtreustr. 47), a delightful cafe in the Savignyplatz area, one of our favorite old Berlin neighborhoods. Schwarzwaldstuben (corner of Tucholskystr. and Linienstr.), a quirky and friendly place around the corner from the Neue Synogogue. Schneeweiss (Simplonstr. 16), nouvelle German cuisine in seedy-but-hip Friedrichshain.
Pittsburgh, PA USA 04/16/2012
Mutter Schmidt in Giessen (awesome Jaeger Schnitzel), or Alt Giessen (good steaks).
Fort Polk, La USA 03/07/2012
Vils Alp See in Austria has the best apfel struddel in the german speaking region. If that doesn't get you, a walk around the lake will.
Simi Valley, Ca. USA 01/26/2012
There are 2 towns in Austria that Dave and I love...Gmunden and Friesach.Both have great food and weekly markets and a super climate for those of us with humidity problems in the summer...not to mention the friendliest people in Austria. PS Our daughter's husband has a wonderful Buddhist Gomde in the nearby village of Scharnstein.It is a beautiful country location that is situated in a centuries-old farm property .
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 01/06/2012