Vienna: A mouthwatering strudel show at Schönbrunn

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Green apples are one of the main ingredients in the Viennese strudel /

Ohh.. the scent of a freshly baked Viennese strudel. Nothing bears it! The perfect blend of apple and cinnamon wrapped in a thin dough. Who doesn’t like this delicious combo? I sure do, so when I found myself in Vienna back in December, I couldn’t resist a trip to the majestic Schönbrunn Palace, where the beautiful basement-bakery ‘Hofbackstube’ tempts you to try the original Vienese Apple Strudel – and why not experience how it’s “brought to live”?

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Flour? Or magic dust? /

You can do so by booking yourself a spot for one of the popular Apple Strudel Shows in the atmospheric café/bakery/souvenirshop, where different packs of cake, coffee and demonstrations are on offer for shows every hour between 11.00 and 16.00 – each show lasting between 15-20 minutes each.

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Don’t mess with a strudel baker! /

Here you’ll get to learn about the magical mix ingredients that includes rum and raisins, and you’ll get a close look at how the skilled baker works with them, to create an incredibly thin dough that can be swung in the air like an Italian pizza – or used like the skin of drum. And if you’re a true pastry-lover you might wanna take on the longer ‘Apple strudel seminar’ where you get to bring home a diploma too.

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Time to spin the strudel dough /

For both experiences you’ll receive the original recipe, so you can challenge yourself by trying to re-produce these mouthwatering masterpieces. And as a fun detail the recipe includes a telephone number for the “studel hotline”, just in case you’ll end up needing of some expert advise.

The Hofbackstube is found underneath the Café Restaurant Residenz in front of the Schönbrunn Palace, and it’s a great combination with a visit to the palace itself as well as a walk in the romantic gardens behind it.

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The dough gets wafer thin but surprisingly flexible /

The apple studel is highly connected with the traditional Viennese café culture and is a tasty little experience when you visit Vienna.

The price for the show + a piece of strudel is just €6 – while you get a hot drink as well for the pack price of €11.50. If you have a ‘Vienna Pass’ the show and a piece of strudel is free.

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The end result is heavenly tasty… take me back! /

Café Restaurant Residenz – Hofbackstube
Kavalierstrakt 52, 1130 Vienna
+43 1 24 100 300

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By Brian Schæfer Dreyer