As for Jane and I, it was a toss-up between the Inn's apple strudel and the richest chocolate sachertorte
. We ordered one of each to share.
The tour follows the coffee trading route through the Habsburg heartlands and schedules walking breaks in each imperial city, with stops for coffee and sachertorte
, as well as art and architecture, from the Old Town in Graz to Vienna's Hofburg Palace.
(Shutterstock) 4 / 4 The Sachertorte
, a type of chocolate cake invented for Prince Wenzel von Metternich by the Sacher Hotel's founder, Franz Sacher, in 1832.
If we look back in time, Nikolaus Harnoncourt's Messiah is aristocratically noble like a walk through the Schonbrunn gardens with the Viennese melange and top shelf Sachertorte
(DHM, live 2004), John Eliot Gardiner offers the precision and perfection of Earl Grey tea infused precisely to the second (Decca 1992), the newer French-British recording by Emmanuellc Haim is a rich table of an inexhaustible number of tastes, scents, and colours (Erato 2014).
Must visit: Hofburg, Schonbrunn Palace and Gardens, Belvedere Palace, MuseumsQuartier, Vienna State Opera, The RingstraAe (road), try Sachertorte
(chocolate cake) and schnitzel (breaded veal), coffee houses.
Where to eat it: Street vendors in the Christmas markets | SACHERTORTE
: One of the most famous chocolate cakes in the world, sandwiched with apricot jam and covered in chocolate fondant.
If, like me, you just prefer to watch, you Stage12 Hotel is perfectly placed to enjoy the markets The almost legendary sachertorte
The mysterious entrance to Swarovski Kristallwelten can head up the Bergisel ski jump and check out the spectacular views from the panoramic cafe.
The original sachertorte
must be sampled at Cafe Sacher in Innsbruck
Without discussing it, we entered a Konditeroi for coffee and cognac and sachertorte
. A rare treat.
Dishes include Bayrische Kartoffelsuppe (creamy Bavarian potato soup with vegetables, frankfurters and croutons), Borschtsh-Suppe (Eastern European-style borscht with red beets, potatoes and red cabbage, topped with sour cream and dill), shrimp skewers, rib-eye steak served with bacon and onion-filled German pan-fried potatoes, sachertorte
(a Viennese torte of dense chocolate cake layered with apricot glaze and topped with dark chocolate glaze) and GlEhwein.
In the foyer of the grand Hotel Sacher there's an entertaining exhibition of photographs from the production, and the Sacher's cafe is lined with signed photographs of celebrities who've eaten the famous Sachertorte
chocolate cake here.
One of the most famous desserts in the world, the sachertorte
, was invented in Vienna in 1837.