Fast Austrian Food With Tradition
The Vienna sausage has founded a sub-culture at the many sausage stands in Vienna. A simple dish mixed from pork, water, mild spices and sheep intestines, the sausage was brought from Frankfurt to Vienna in the 19th century, and was further refined with beef to create a local variety.
Sausage stands are our response to fast food and hot dog stalls, and a firm part of our culture since the First World War.
You will be served Vienna beef hotdogs or a variety of other sausages, with cheese or spices, on a paper plate, with one or two slices of dark bread or a white bread roll (Semmel).
Top Three Sausage Stands In Vienna
You can find sausage stands all over Vienna, in particular in the city centre.
The most famous sausage stand in Vienna is Bitzinger’s Würstelstand between the Vienna State Opera and the Albertina (see second photo). It is always busy, especially after opera performances.
The Würstelstand at Hoher Markt has a reputation of serving the best quality sausages in town. It is very popular with local professionals. Travellers like it because it is on the way between Kohlmarkt pedestrian area and the Danube Canal.
The Würstelstand am Stadtpark has a little more down to earth audience. It attracts a mixture of students, blue collar workers, civil cervants, and local professionals. The location between Stadtpark and the Museum of Applied Arts/Contemporary Art is great for killing your hunger during a walk in town.
Sausage stands in Vienna celebrate their high season from January to March, when après-ball attendees in their tuxedos and ball gowns satisfy their hunger in the early mornings there.
However, the stands are feeling the pressure from international fast food chains. As with our coffee houses, locals and visitors will defend them, with fingers and tooth picks.
Popular Food At Sausage Stands in Vienna
Frankfurter – the original Vienna sausage, called Frankfurter here in Vienna, a mix of pork, beef and bacon, served as a pair with a roll or a slice of dark bread and mustard. Don’t translate it to Wiener Wurst, as there is a type of cold meat here called Wiener.
Hot Dog – Frankfurter in a long bread roll, you know it
Käsekrainer – pork sausage with bits of melting cheese inside (see photo)
Bratwurst – slim long pork and veal sausage, fried
Waldviertler – dark and slightly smoked sausage with a high percentage of beef and pork
Burenwurst (Klobasse) – thicker aromatic boiled sausage from a coarse mix of minced meat, herbs and spices
Bosna – a Bratwurst in white bread, served with onion mustard, parsley, curry and sometimes chopped onions; quite spicy.
Alternatively, try a Leberkäs-Semmel, a type of meat loaf sandwich. Add sweet or spicy mustard, ketchup or horse radish, and pickled peppers and gherkins.
Price: below EUR 5