We (my wife and I) will be coming to Vienna for the first time in September. We will be staying 4 days inside the ring at the Pension Suzanne next to the State Opera House.
We have a list of things to do like the Spanish Riding School and so forth. But what I’m looking for is “a Vienna Bier experience not to be missed”.
Is there such a thing in Vienna? A little back ground, this Germany-Austria trip (our 2nd one) is not really a “Bier Quest” even though it’s starting to look like it…haha. We will arrive in Munich and hop right on a train to Mittenwald for 2 days, train to Berchtesgaden for 2 days, train/boat to Hallstatt for 2 days, train to Vienna for 4 days, train to Munich for 5 days and Oktoberfest.
All of the other cities I have a list of bier halls, bier gartens or pubs to hit (but feel free to offer up your favorite and I’ll add it to the list). But I can’t really find much out about Vienna. I understand that maybe Vienna isn’t the same Biergarten culture as Munich or Bavaria, but there has to be something, someplace, some bier experience that shouldn’t be missed.
Sort of like the Hofbräuhaus in Munich. Sure it may not be the best bierhall in Munich, or the most authentic, and it’s full of tourists and not locals, but as a tourist can you say you’ve seen Munich if you haven’t had a mass there?
And I guess it doesn’t have to be a bierhall or a biergarten, it might be a restaurant or an area, or by a fountain. I’m just looking for the place that says “you haven’t had a bier in Vienna if you haven’t had one ………..”. Does this make sense? I have a picture from our 2010 trip of me drinking a bier at the Kehlsteinhaus next to the red marble fire place that Mussolini gave Hitler. What a day that was!
The only thing I’ve found so far in Vienna is this 1516 Brewing Company. Surely this isn’t the best Vienna has to offer.
I don’t really like wheat beir or white bier, but everything else is a go. I’m more of a Lager guy and less of an Ale guy, but I drink both.