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Eat & drink in Tulln and surroundings

Excellent local inns and restaurants

As Prince Paul said to Baron Raff in Oscar Wilde’s play Vera, or the Nihilists: “Culture depends on cookery.” It is only logical that enjoyable wining and dining is a big part of life in Tulln, Art City. If you venture out on an excursion to the country, you are rewarded with culinary delicacies and top wines from the region.

Gourmets and epicures are sure to get their money’s worth at the inns and restaurants in and around Tulln. Hearty local fair, classic inn and tavern food plus award-winning gourmet dining make Tulln and environs a region where eating-out is a genuine pleasure.

Down-to-earth, simple as that

With the first warm days of spring, a popular Austrian institution makes its appearance once again on Hauptplatz in Tulln and elsewhere in the country: the Schanigarten. This is the local name for outdoor sidewalk seating in front of a restaurant, coffeehouse or other establishment. A well-known Grimm brothers’ tale is “The Magic Table” (“Tischlein deck dich”). The top restaurateurs in Tulln set that table up in the great outdoors to showcase regional specialties: Cabbage and pork from the Tulln Basin, walnuts from nearby Wagram, fruit juices from Traisen Valley, carp raised in the Sitzberg Castle pond and wines from the best and sunniest vineyards of Lower Austria. Many renowned heuriger wine taverns can be found within 20 km. The top inns and restaurants in the region belong to a special association and you should always look for its quality mark: The oval green sign containing the word “NÖ-Wirtshauskultur.”

Steeped in awards, simple as that

And gourmet diners are sure to strike pay dirt in and around Tulln: Restaurants such as Sodoma/Zur Sonne in Tulln as well as "Der Floh" and "Das Wolf" in nearby Langenlebarn have garnered multiple awards. "Zum lustigen Bauern" is a restaurant in the neighboring town of Zeiselmauer. Its chef de cuisine Norbert C. Payr utilizes select products from regional producers in preparing his creative and modern Austrian cuisine. Once a month, the restaurant cooks dishes according to original Ancient Roman recipes. Adventurous gourmets are also encouraged to try out the dîner historique at Restaurant Tulbinger Kogel, the Wein&Fisch Kulinarium at Weingut Haimel and the Succo-Well compositions at Nibelungenhof in Traismauer, an establishment that has also won two toques.

More regional (wine-)enjoyment

The region has three winegrowing areas, all full of character. Wine shops, heurige and inns offer typical regional fare. The wine regions along the Danube have always been beloved destinations for excursions. That’s because wine tastes especially good in its place of origin, where the atmosphere is relaxed and bucolic. The good value for the money is also a pleasant surprise. Winemakers invite you to sample their wines all year long.

Wagram: Plateau of open cellar doors

Wagram is known for its superb white wines, especially its three Veltliners (Grüner, Roter and Frühroter), and for its red wine Zweigelt. All of these varieties flourish in the loess terraces characteristic of Wagram. Weritas Wagram is a modern regional wine shop in Kirchberg am Wagram where 50 top winemakers from the Wagram Region present their wares. The wine bar adjoining Weritas Wagram treats guests to culinary delicacies from the region.

Traisen Valley: Forays into the history of wine

Even before the Romans entered the area, wine was cultivated in this up-and-coming winemaking area. The wines here stand out for their elegant purity and their mineral notes. Expert wine tour guides accompany you through the picturesque cellar-lined roads of the Traisen Valley, its vineyards, villages and cities. Each has his or her own special expertise and can tell you much – both serious and fun – about the special qualities of Traisen Valley wines, nature and history.

Klosterneuburg: Monastic vintages

The wine estate of Klosterneuburg Abbey was founded in 1114 and is Austria’s oldest and largest wine estate. Zweigelt was “invented” here in 1922. A crossing of St. Laurent and Blaufränkisch, it is the most widely grown red wine grape variety in Austria today. Renowned whites and reds are available for purchase and tasting at the abbey wine shop.

Carp raised in the pond at Sitzenberg Castle

Sitzenberg Castle with its castle pond is a charming idyll and home to Sitzenberg carp. The town of Sitzenberg runs the pond operations itself and invites the public each year to many events. The dry fishing festival is particularly spectacular. The pond is drained and a variety of carp delicacies are available. Delicious carp is a traditional Christmas dish in Austria and the Christmas Fish Market in December has plenty of fish available for the holidays.