Naschmarkt in Vienna
Possibly the most famous cake in the world, the Austrian sacher torte was created in 1832 by pastry chef Franz Sacher at the court of Prince Metternich. Since then the original recipe has been a closely guarded secret known only to confectioners at Vienna’s Hotel Sacher. But the torte has bred many imposters; there are as many variations as there are cafés throughout Austria selling the cake.
Surrounded by alpine peaks, Innsbruck is the self-proclaimed capital of Austrian skiing and boarding, with access to over 170 miles (275 km) of piste in nine ski areas. They are all within 30 minutes of the city, making Innsbruck the largest ski resort in the Austrian Alps.
Vienna Oktoberfest is known as Wiener Wiesn and is just finding its feet on the international festival calendar. Following its successful debut in 2011, the festival is fast becoming one of Austria’s biggest folk events, bringing pop and folk musicians into Vienna every fall – 2013 dates are September 19 through to October 6.
So much is made of Mozart’s connection with Vienna that it’s easy to forget so many other composers lived there too. The king of the waltz and composer of the operetta Die Fledermaus, Johann Strauss, also lived, worked and performed in the city. Here’s how to get on the trail of Strauss in Vienna.