Vienna’s Würstelstande are perfect places for a fast, delicious and cheap lunch — Photo of the Day

Vienna’s Würstelstande are perfect places for a fast, delicious and cheap lunch — Photo of the Day

This is one of Vienna’s many Würstelstande (German plural for ‘sausage stands’).

A Würstelstand is a traditional Viennese fast-food stand that sells all kinds of pork and veal sausages and hot dogs, with an occasional sandwich thrown in. They usually also carry side dishes like pickled herring, salads, gherkins and, of course, beer and wine.



You will find Würstelstande all over Vienna, but particularly near the public transportation stations. Most are open very late, with some open 24 hours a day.

That means you can get your Käsekrainer (a sausage stuffed with cheese that is absolutely amazing) for breakfast, lunch, dinner or a late late snack after leaving a bar at 1am.

Prices too are reasonable. For instance, my favorite, the Käsekrainer served in a huge baguette or sliced on a plate with a big dollop of mustard and a slice of bread and a beer will cost you less than 7 euros.

It’s no wonder Vienna’s Würstelstande are some of the most popular places to eat for both locals and tourists alike.

Some of these sausage stands have small high tables and stools that you can sit at, while others have tables dotted around. Some are ‘standing room alone’ but, this being Vienna, you can always find a seat somewhere close by.

As you will see from the photo too, popular Würstelstande are places where the locals love to hang out and grab a quick lunch or a beer with a friend or co-worker, or alone so they can gossip with the sausage seller about what’s going on in the neighborhood.

The Würstelstand in the photograph is in Vienna’s 7th district on Lerchenfelder Strasse, right next to the enormous Katholische Kirche Altlerchenfeld (Altlerchenfeld Catholic Church).

I’ve grabbed a sausage snack there twice now and both times it was delicious.

 

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