Salzburg is the beer capital of Austria, with 10 breweries in and around the city, this title shouldn’t come as surprise. The city has 600 years of experience in beer brewing. In fact two of the oldest breweries in Salzburg still exist today. The city’s breweries offer an incredibly diverse variety of beers, which can be sampled all across Salzburg. This Salzburg Beer Guide will help you gain an insight into the city’s beer culture and help you decide where to eat and drink in Salzburg.
Beer Guide Salzburg
Crowne Plaza PitterKeller & Imlauer Sky Bar
The Crown Plaza in Salzburg is home to two equally fantastic, yet polar opposite bars. The Sky Bar is the ideal place to enjoy a beer and al-fresco dining on a warm day with a birds eye view of Salzburg.
The PitterKeller is not just a great rainy day alternative to the Sky Bar, but a rustic and comfortable place that combines traditional Austrian flavours with a modern twist. The PitterKeller is also the oldest Bierkeller in Salzburg.
Try: A Beer Cocktail
If plain old beer is too boring for you, why not try a beer cocktail? Yes, you read that right. Beer cocktails are a thing. The Crowne Plaza Bierkeller has not one, but four different varieties to choose from. Be bold and go for a brightly coloured beer, gin and Curacao mix or a sweet and smooth Chocolate Beer Cocktail, which is an oddly delicious concoction.
I recommend the first starter on the menu, 3 delicious regional spreads with fresh bread. The perfect snack to nibble on while you’re sipping your way through the beer menu.
Opening Times Pitter Keller: Tue – Sat 11:00 am – 02:00 pm & 05:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Location: Rainerstraße/Corner Auerspergstraße, 5020 Salzburg
Augustiner Bräu Beer Hall & Beer Garden
The Augustiner Braustübl is a key part of Salzburg’s beer history and culture. An absolute must-visit for any beer-lover travelling to the city. Think beer hall meets food market and you’ll have a pretty accurate idea of what the Augustiner Bräu is like. The Braustübl is popular with locals and tourists alike, which means it can get pretty busy. The good news is that between the multiple beer halls and a beer garden the place is so spacious that you don’t need to worry too much about scoring a seat.
Just getting your own beer is a ritual in itself at the Augustiner Bräu. Get your beer mug from one of the shelves and dip it into the fountain. Sounds strange, but it actually serves a purpose. Not only is this super fun, but it’ll also keep your beer cool.
The food stalls provide plenty of choice in case you’re feeling peckish. Travelling on a budget? No problem, simply bring your own food. Yes, that’s right. This is one of the few places where you can still rock up with your own snacks and no one will judge you for it.
Try: Their very own beer of course
Opening Times: Monday – Friday 03:00 pm – 11:00 pm & Weekends 02:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Location: Lindhofstraße 7
Die Weisse, established in 1901 is Austria’s oldest Weissbier (white beer) brewery. They brew a variety of different beers now, including a gluten-free beer and the original beer following the traditional recipe that was used in 1901. Where better to sample some of the Weisse’s beers than their very own restaurant?
The Wirtshaus is where traditional Austrian cuisine meets locally brewed Weissbier. Die Weisse is the perfect place to have a fun evening with friends and enjoy some of the local delicacies. The menu offers plenty of different meat-based and vegetarian dishes from tasty Austrian dumplings (Knödel) to a good old hearty beef goulash.
If you want the best of both worlds, check the specials menu for a game goulash served with dumplings or ask the staff if they have it, as it is not part of their regular menu.
Try: The Radler (Beer & Lemonade) – A light & fruity option. Perfect for a warm summer day!
Opening Times: Monday – Saturday 10:00 am – 02:00 am
Location: Rupertgasse 10, 5020 Salzburg
If you’re looking for a modern and laid-back place to sample some of the best food and drinks Salzburg has to offer than the Trumerei might just be the right place for you.
This place well and truly swept me off my feet and I would go back there in heartbeat. Their mission is to be regional and without borders. This is a vision that shines through in everything they do. They manage to combine topnotch food, locally sourced ingredients and oodles of creativity.
The best way to sample all that the Trumerei has to offer are their beer and food pairing events. Typically they serve up a delicious 5-course meal and pair that with five beers from their very own Trumer Brewery.
Keep an eye on the events section on their website or the Trumerei Facebook page to find out the date for the next Beer & Food Pairing Event. One of their beer experts will be present to tell you a little bit more about each beer and answer your questions. The events are held in Austrian German, so it might be worth calling ahead to find out if the beer expert speaks English as well.
The price for the event is 39€ per person, including food and of course the beer.
Try: The Hopfenspiel – A light (2.9%) beer with a fruity fragrance.
Opening Times: Monday – Friday 09:30 am – 12:00 am, Saturdays 05:00 pm – 12:00 am
Location: Strubergasse 26, Salzburg
Stiegl Brewery World
The Stiegl brewery is Austria’s largest private brewery & produces a variety of more than 20 different beers. The Stiegl beer is not just well-known in Austria, but internationally too. So it doesn’t come as a surprise that this is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Salzburg for visiting beer lovers from around the world.
The name “Brewery World” could not be more suitable. This place is like Willy Wonker’s Chocolate Factory for adults. There are so many beer-related activities to choose from that you could easily spend an entire day here. Don’t have all day? No problem, here are my personal favourites from the Stiegl Brewey World.
Stiegl Verkostungskeller – Beer Tasting Experience
The beer tasting experience is the perfect mix of beer theory and well, drinking beer. Your guide will meet you in the Maschinenhaus restaurant to give you an overview and an introductory glass of their flagship beer. The second part is a short screening in the cinema and a visit of the house brewery where you’ll find out more about the history of Stiegl and the brewing process itself. The highlight of the tour is a stop at their very own tasting cellar, where you get to sample some of the unique beers that are stored in the cellar. The tour lasts approximately 1.5 hours and costs 25,90€ per person.
My favourite beer of the evening was the insanely strong Samichlaus beer. The 14% beer is without a doubt one of the strongest beers I have tried, but the flavour and the story behind it really won me over. Samichlaus got it’s name from the Swiss word for St. Nicolaus. It was originally a Swiss beer, brewed only once a year on St. Nicolaus Day. How could I not be smitten with a beer that is brewed on and named after one of my favourite holidays?
Stiegl Maschinenhaus Beer Pub & Restaurant
The Maschinenhaus restaurant serves up some mouth-watering, traditional Austrian Food to round off the experience at the Stiegl brewery world.
Try: The Kasnocken – Austria’s answer to Mac’n’Cheese
Other traditional drinks to try: Zirbenschnapps. It’s made from the pinecones of a particular pine tree that can be found in Austria. The Zirben Schnapps is said to have healing properties and help with digestion after a large meal. So if you’re feeling stuffed after indulging in some traditional Austrian cuisine, order yourself one of these bad boys.
Opening Times: Monday – Sunday 10:00 am – Midnight
Location: Bräuhausstraße 9, 5020 Salzburg
Raggei Bräu Brewery & Resturant in Anthering
Raggei Bräu is a small private brewery just outside Salzburg in the charming Austrian countryside. The village Anthering alone is worth the 15 minute train ride from the city, but combine it with a brewery tour at the Raggei Bräu and you’ve got yourself a fun and memorable day out.
The Raggei Bräu brewery was one of my personal highlights of my time in Salzburg. One of the reasons it was so special was not just the beer, but the person and story behind it all. Johann Stadler aka Jonny, one of the founders of the Raggei Bräu is a farmer who had a vision. He used his agricultural knowledge and years of experience with natural ingredients to create a range of high-quality and truly unique beers. Where else do you have the chance to taste a beer with moor soil or hay flowers?
The 22 beer varieties range from classic to positively unique and as if that’s not enough, imagine being met for a brewery tour by a man with a kilt. Jonny’s charismatic personally doesn’t just translate in the Raggei Bräu beers, but in the way he conducts the brewery tour. Their tours are far from the rehearsed versions you might come to expect at a big commercial brewery.
Make sure to actually sample some of the unique beers on offer. My personal favourite was the Raggei Doppelbock, a beer that is every bit as strong (7.5%) as it is tasty.
Try: The Moor-Beer Jause
A Jause is the Austrian equivalent of the traditional English tea time or the German Brotzeit. A kind of smaller meal or snack where bread, cured meats and cheeses are served. So how does the moor come into it you may be wondering. In Anthering they know all about the health benefits of moor soil and have developed a range of products featuring this rather unusual ingredient. The Moor-Beer Jause features two of these products the moor bread and the moor beer, which of course is brewed in-house. Of course you’re not just expected to nibble on dry bread, in fact the platter with meats, cheeses and spreads they served up is varied and mouth-wateringly tasty!
Opening Times: Tue, Wed & Thu from 05:00 pm, Fri & Sat from 12:00 pm, Sun from 11:00 am
Location: Oberacharting 17, 5102 Anthering
Hotel & Restaurant Ammerhauser in Anthering
The restaurant at the Hotel Ammerhauser in Anthering is the perfect spot to dive a little deeper into the local moor cuisine. They serve up an impressive 3-course moor-themed meal that utilises the earthy ingredient in creative and scrumptious ways. While a pure shot of moor-soil might taste like a childhood memory of you kissing the sandpit, you can’t actually taste the moor once it’s mixed in with the other ingredients. It merely gives the food a rich brown colour.
They always have at least one moor-themed dish on the menu for you to try. If it’s the 3-course meal that you’re after, make sure to get in touch with them in advance and put your request in.
Location: Dorfstraße 1, Anthering
Non-beer related restaurants & cafes in Salzburg
Austria’s oldest Coffee House – Café Thomaselli
Cafe Thomaselli is the oldest coffee house not just in Salzburg, but in Austria. The history of this traditional coffee house dates back to 1700. Back in the day poets and writers would come here to take in the atmosphere, while no doubt indulging in some very fine coffee and maybe even a sweet treat or two.
Cafe Thomaselli is still a bustling place and while there is no shortage of tables, scoring one that is available can still be a little bit of a challenge.
Sachertorte is THE iconic chocolate cake to try in Austria. I am not usually the biggest fan of chocolate cake (I know, what’s wrong with me right?), but Sachertorte is different. It’s a light chocolate cake with a chocolate sponge, chocolate coating and a thin layer of apricot jam in the middle. The cake might have originated in Vienna and not actually Salzburg, but the way it is served at Cafe Thomaselli is truly an experience. Once you’re seated, wait for the waiting staff to come to you and take your drinks order. Now the special part is that you don’t order your cake off a menu or from a display, but that the waiters will present you with a platter of cakes to choose from. Yes, that’s right. Someone will actually come to your table with the most exquisite assortment of treats and get to pick your cake.
Opening Times: Monday – Saturday 07:00 am – 07:00 pm & Sundays from 08:00 am
Location: Alter Markt 9
Café Konditorei Schatz
Konditorei Schatz is a small and cosy cafe in the center of the Old Town of Salzburg. The cute interior reminded me somewhat of the most adorable doll house furniture. The seating inside is limited, but most people will be more than happy to share their table with you if you don’t want to wait for a table to become available.
The selection of Austrian cakes and baked goods at the Café is so mouthwatering that choosing is tough. The Schatz Konditorei is the perfect place if you want to indulge in sweet treats and traditional coffee house culture without the touristy extras.
Try: The Apple & Poppyseed Meringue Cake
Opening Times: Monday – Friday 09:00 am – 06:00 pm & Saturdays 08:00 am – 05:00 pm
Location: Getreidegasse 3
Apparently Red Bull is behind the Afro Cafe in Salzburg. Yes, that’s right, the energy drink company that has in fact originated in Salzburg. When you enter this African-themed Café however, it’s all about colours, vibrant decor and art – not at all related to the energy drink.
Afro Café is the type of place you would come to with friends for a weekend brunch or relaxed lunch. The food options are as exciting and creative as the interior, making it hard to choose a dish. They also sell and serve their own Afro coffee blend which is Fairtrade and positively delicious.
Try: The Samosas accompanied by a spinach and pomegranate salad, a flavoursome poem bite for bite.
Opening Times: Mon – Thur 09:00 am – 11:00 pm, Fri & Sat 09:00 am – Midnight
Location: Bürgerspitalplatz 5, 5020 Salzburg
I hope the Salzburg Beer Guide has inspired the beer lovers amongst you to visit this beautiful city with a vibrant food and beer scene.
Tell me, have you been to Salzburg before? Have you visited any of these places? I would love to hear from you in the comments below. If you have any recommendations, that aren’t listed above, feel free to share them in the comments.
Thanks to Visit Salzburg and Fräulein Flora for inviting me on this trip and introducing me to Salzburg’s fascinating beer culture. I was hosted by Visit Salzburg during this trip, but as always all opinions are my own.
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