What would the Wachau valley be without the apricots and wine?
What would a visit to Austria be without indulging in a hearty Wiener schnitzel?
Alongside salt and wine, apricots also found their way down the Danube to the Wachau valley from their homeland in China, where people have been enjoying their characteristic aroma since 3000 BC. It was Alexander the Great who brought the apricots, also known as “Wachauer Gold”, along the waterways from the Roman Empire to Wachau where they have been cultivated for around 2000 years and which are used to make sumptuous Wachauer apricot dumplings, Wachauer apricot jam and fragrant Wachauer apricot cakes.
From the Imperial Court of Austria, the famous “Wiener Schnitzel” has taken over the world and is now top of the rankings when it comes to traditional culinary specialities. The first reference to “Wiener Schnitzel” came in an 1884 bohemian cookbook.
Legend has it that Field Marshall Radetzky brought the recipe from Italy under the name of “Costoletta Milanese”. All meals are freshly prepared on board the MS Austria.