Salzburgs’s storied beer-brewing history is encapsulated in Europe’s largest privately owned brewery, the Stiegl Brauwelt, which has been honing the art of brewing since the year Columbus first made contact with the new world. Guided tours of this and other area breweries are high on the list of desirable activities for visitors to Austria’s fourth-largest city. The aforementioned are best combined with a sampling of the city’s culinary culture.
The menu at Carpe Diem (Dietrich Mateschitz and Jörg Wörther’s excellent establishment) features smallish, savory, edible cones filled with everything from pickled fish with artichoke to prime rib with horseradish, all of which are perfectly paired with a quality brew.
If you can afford it, Chef Klaus Fleishhaker’s rotating menu at Pfefferschiff is well worth the investment, while the generous and cheap portions of traditional Austrian comfort food at Wilder Mann are perfect for travelers with limited means and wealthy tourists alike.
Bräustübl beer has a very distinctive character and the brewing practices at the Augustiner Brewery make it one more among the countless other establishments worth dedicating some time to touring (and tasting).
There are more than twenty breweries in the Salzburg area, as well as some excellent traditional pubs and beer gardens that true beer lovers won’t want to miss. If you’re looking to combine a lesson in craftsmanship, culture and history, Salzburg is the city for you.