Salzburg’s food scene is filled with sweet treats and fresh market goods, where tales and traditions abound. Discover more about the Austrian culinary scene in relation to this charming city in the company of a local insider. On this 3-hour Salzburg Food Tour, we'll explore the Old Town Market and nearby specialty food shops, tracing the history of the city’s distinct culinary culture. We'll get an in-depth overview of regional Austrian gastronomy while tasting (and sipping on) local specialties, providing us with a fantastic opportunity to experience the sights, smells, and tastes of gastronomic Salzburg.
Salzburg Food Tour
We begin our Salzburg Food Tour in Mozart Square, facing the bronze Mozart statue, which was commissioned by Prince-Archbishop Wolf Dietrich von Raitenau to commemorate the composer’s tenure in the city, in which he was born. We’ll kick things off with a coffee in a local café as we introduce the tour and café culture in Salzburg, which is a major part of life for everyday locals. We’ll peep into the likes of Café Tomaselli as we see ordinary Salzburgers sipping coffees over newspapers and ladies with giant cake trays gliding around the room serving their daily offerings.
The Mozart Chocolate Ball
We’ll spend much of our Salzburg Food Tour popping into specialty shops to try such local delicacies as the renowned Mozart chocolate, or Mozartkugel. We’ll learn more about this Austrian confectionary and the methods behind its creation, from family-run businesses which still exist in Salzburg, to industrial-sized creations churning out hundreds per day. We’ll take some time to taste the marzipan, pistachio, nougat, and dark chocolate spheres which have quickly become the city’s most famous confection. We may also pop to a local shop run by monks to try some exciting fruity blends of Schnapps such as marillen (apricot) or ginger.
From Markets to Bakeries to Strudel
Loosened up with a little liquor, we’ll venture into the market where we will see (and taste) some Austrian cheeses, cured meats, and fresh fruit. The Old Market remains a hub of activity, and will give us a flavor of both bygone days and the city’s current culinary landscape. We’ll also stop at the city’s oldest bakery, whose existence dates back to the 12th century. Way back when, a tunnel for the ‘Almkanal’ watercourse was knocked through Mönchsberg Hill in order to fill the city’s water supply. At the base of the hill, the monastery built a flour mill which also served the bakery, which remains in the same spot today. We’ll smell the fresh bread and maybe even peek at the bakers at work as we taste the current offerings on the day, from sweet to savory, while our docent tells us the history of this long-standing local business. As we leave the wafting smell of bread behind, we will enter in the latter stage of our Salzburg Food Tour. We may end on a sweet or savory note, depending on the interests of the group. Perhaps we’ll indulge in the sweet notes of an Apple strudel as our docent explains the history of this national dish, or we could alternatively savor some local dumplings and sauerkraut or homemade pasta. Please note, the food tastings vary from tour to tour according to the season or day of the week.
At the end of our Salzburg Food Tour, we should have an excellent foundation into the world of Salzburg cuisine and be better prepared to appreciate some of the finer points of the Austrian food scene for the remainder of our stay in the country. We’ll leave sated and with a deeper appreciation of a rich, and oft-misunderstood, culinary tradition.
Can I participate in your small group food tours if I have food allergies?
Yes. If you have any specific allergies/intolerances, please indicate these in the Travel Notes section during booking. Your docent will do his or her best to accommodate, though please note that some shops we visit do use wheat flour and nuts in the kitchen for other items. Again, please make note of any dietary issues. If you are booking privately, we can customize a route that will avoid such items, something that we cannot fully do on our small group walks.