Dine Like A True Wiener! How To Take Vienna’s Famous Sausage Stands

If I could have eaten at the sausage stands scattered throughout Vienna everyday, I would have. 

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Skiing in the Alps, however, would have likely turned into rolling down the Alps. Vienna is filled with world famous cafes, an electrifying market and great restaurants, but I am not ashamed to admit that my favorite place to eat in Vienna is the sausage stands.

The day I arrived in Vienna, I was determined to get one of the world-famous ‘wursts.’ I assumed that ordering a sausage at these little boxes would be easy for someone who has ordered many ball park dogs at home. I was sorely mistaken. There are a variety of sausages, toppings, and two different styles of eating these meaty delights. I looked at the menu with wide, confused eyes.

The most important rule when ordering a sausage: Don’t rush. Take it all in. This isn’t difficult to do since locals and breathtaking landmarks surround these stands.

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The stands offer everything from spicy Currywursts to cheese-filled Käsekrainers (my personal favorite.) If you would like your sausage inside a roll, say “mit Brot,” otherwise it will be cut up for you and served with a slice of bread. There are always a variety of condiments, but most people stick to ketchup and senf (mustard). The most popular stands, and in my opinion, the best, are the Bitzinger stands. One is next to the Albertina museum and the other is in front of Prater (the amusement park.)

You can find these stands throughout the city. They are open all day and late into the night so you can grab one on the go for lunch or on your way home from a night at the opera. I suggest going with friends, getting a beer and eating it there while enjoying the atmosphere. You’ll feel like a true Wiener (Viennese.)

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Olivia Molineux

Olivia grew up in Danville, CA. Her secret travel tip is indulging in street food which is often the best food. She can never travel without a pair of comfortable shoes. City bikes are her favorite travel discovery, "while living in Vienna, I loved biking around the city for hours. It was the perfect way to explore and burn off calories from all the Viennese cakes."

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