Vienna lifestyle? The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach and without love we are not able to survive. Sensual pleasure in Vienna lifestyle has always been a big part. The Catholic, baroque element triumphs always against the ascetic renunciation. Food and drink were not enough, there is still the language, the humour, the culture, the music.
Sweet and Sour
The Vienna lifestyle varies between sweet and sour, between unbridled enjoyment urge and melancholy longing for death. Luckily, there are many places where you can live out both! Best simultaneously! For example, the Heurigen. This type of wine tavern is a kind of therapy for many Viennese…
The term Heuriger refers to both a young wine and the tavern. The young wine can be served without restaurant concession for a certain period. This goes back historically to a regulation of the Emperor Josef II. From 1775.
In addition, a tavern can also offer soft drinks and cold food. The name comes from the Föhrenbuschen (pine) indicating the opening period. Hence the term is “aus’gsteckt”. The name “Heuriger” is not protected by law and is often used by restaurants and restaurant concession for promotional reasons. Accordingly, a City-Heurigen in the first district is not a real Heuriger.
In Vienna, you find Heurigen in: Grinzing, Heiligenstadt, Sievering, Dornbach, Neustift am Walde, Stammersdorf, Strebersdorf, Mauer, Oberlaa, Nussdorf.
In Vienna one speaks of a Heurigenkultur. Wine and Heurigen music provide a driving force for emotional states. In Viennese folk song there is a great wealth of so-called Dudlern. Violin, accordion and guitar or bass are the accompanying instruments generally.
The Heurigen in Vienna is an institution and not merely a tourist scenery. Young and old, across all sectors of the population adore the Heurigen.