Crashing the Local Wine Garden in Vienna

Today was cold and rainy.  We walked around Salzburg’s old town, but the girls were cold and didn’t enjoy it.  Plus, we have seen a few shopping areas already on this trip.  We had lunch in a deli, and bought two mini sacher tortes at Demel’s chocolate and cake store.  By mid-afternoon we got in the car for the 3 ½ hour drive to Vienna.  It poured the whole way.

Cafe Mozart in Salzburg, Austria

Our destination was a small country hotel called Fuhrgassl-Huber in a village on the outskirts of Vienna.  The hotel also makes their own wine from the vineyard behind the hotel.  For dinner we walked down the street to a traditional Viennese wine garden restaurant.  The décor is like an old hunting lodge, with thick dark timbers and low booths and wood tables.  It was very crowded with locals.  We figured out that the ordering was cafeteria/deli style, where you take your tray up to the counter and pick out what you want to eat from the display cases.  They had many different deli vegetable dishes, as well as pork ribs, chicken, and fish.  This place had simple local food at cheap prices, only 15 Euros for our entire meal.  There was only one table open in the entire restaurant, upstairs in the mezzanine area.  So we took that table, only to be told (in an unfriendly way) by the waitress that the table was reserved.  Ooops.  We didn’t know.  We’re tourists from out of town.  There wasn’t a sign.  We stayed put.  The upstairs area was very hot and stuffy, and the kitchen heat and stray smoke rose to gather under the peak of the building.  It was an authentic gastronomic experience.