Greetings! I'm looking for a fun/traditional/delicious/full of great ambiance and energy Heuriger near Vienna for me and my friends (visiting in September). I've been researching and researching...and the more I find, the more lost I feel! I came across Rick Steve's video which introduced one of the Heurigers. It looked really nice. They also had a musician playing on the accordion. Does anyone know which heuriger it was filmed at? http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=jJT_SMjG9nw OR perhaps someone can recommend another similarly nice place? Greatly appreciate any help! Anna
Do you have a Rick Steves guidebook? In the Vienna book, he recommends three heuriger side by side in the Nussdorf neighborhood (end of tram line D). I can't remember anymore which one we visited, but you can walk through them to get a feel for the atmosphere before committing to one. Several other places are also listed in the guidebook. He mentions an accordion player at Mayer am Pfarrplatz (Pfarrplatz 2, 01/370-1287); maybe that is where the video was made. Have fun! Our heuriger night was memorable.
Two of our favorite heurigen are Schubel-Auer in Nussdorf (end of the D Strassenbahn) and Furgassl Huber in Neustift am Walde. I think both are listed in the most recent RS Vienna guide. The heuriger in the You Tube video did not appear to be either of the ones I mentioned.
Dear HK and Robert! Thank you both so much for taking the time to answer! I've seen Schubel-Auer in Nussdorf mentioned a few times and always with lots of praises! Does this Heuriger have a musical program? It would be really lovely if we could enjoy some Viennese Heuriger music as well as food and wine ;-) As, for Mayer am Pfarrplatz... this was my first impulse as I understand it's very old and very popular. I've seen photos and it does look like a lot of fun. Did either of you try it? Did you enjoy it? Kind regards,
Anna: We were at Schubel-Auer this past May on a Thursday night. The food was good (as it always was when we lived in Wien), while the wine....well, like a lot of heuriger wines....was softened with some 'gespritz'. (You can order seltzer to mix with your wine; it comes in an old fashioned glass bottle.) Although there was no music that night, perhaps there is music on other nights (e.g., Friday or Saturday). You can try to find out on the web or call them when you are in Wien. Although we walked by it many times, we never patronized Mayr am Pfarrplatz, so I can't offer an opinion. Lastly, as s mentioned in my prior post, I would also suggest that you consider Furgassl Huber in Neustift am Walde.
Only the heurigen filled with tourists have live music. Schuebel-Auer is a favorite of many and has great food. Mayer am Pfarrplatz, food was not so great, in my opinion. I suggest getting off the RS tourist train and head over to Stammersdorf.
http://www.wien.info/en/shopping-wining-dining/wine/stammersdorf-etc Heuriger Wieninger (http://www.heuriger-wieninger.at/index.php?id=2&L=1) is excellent. Lovely village atmosphere; be sure to walk up the kellergasse for the views. If you are feeling particularly adventurous, go for a lovely walk using the well sign-posted stadtwanderweg 5 (Bisamberg). This is one in a series of walks in and around Vienna. http://www.wien.gv.at/umwelt/wald/freizeit/wandern/wege/wanderweg5.html
Dear Emily and Robert, thank you for giving so much very valuable information! It seems that all signs point at Schueble-Auer ;)) We are getting in from Salzburg to Vienna the same evening (long day...arriving around 5pm.) So after the check-in and a short rest, we'll be heading to the Heuriger. I keep seeing these beautiful vineyards that you can stroll through... But having only a couple of hours, I guess that won't be an option. However, do you know if there is actually a vineyard adjacent or close to Scheble-Auer? (Having only 3 nights and 2 full days in Vienna, we'll only scratch the surface.... I know that I will have to return again to try other heurigers and see more of Vienna!) Kind regards, Anna
PS (Emily, "get off the RS tourist train"...Hahha.... This was my first attempt to board it, as I have actually just discovered Rick Steves and his work ;-))
A follow up question.... I know whether is an unpredictable factor....But, during Mid-Late September (on average), is it warm and comfortable enough to sit in the garden in the evening? (Living in Tokyo does not really provides us with too many opportunities to enjoy outdoor dinning ;-)
You should be able to eat outside, but a cold snap is not out of the question. You should note that Schuebel Auer is closed on Sundays and Mondays. Vineyards are about 15 minutes or so away. Look at google maps and you can see the vineyards. Be sure to stroll through Nussdorf, particularly along Kahlenbergerstrasse.
Dear Emily, thank you. Luckily, our heuriger visit will be most likely on a Tuesday or Wednesday. I will ask our mini-bus driver to see if it's possible to drive to the vineyards for a look-see before dropping us off closer to the heuriger. Thank you again for your valuable advice!
I think it is probably off topic.... But, seeing as we'll be driving from Durstein to Vienna (before having dinner at Heuriger later in the evening), would we get better views of vineyards around Durstein / Krems or should we still try to drive to Kahlenberger before heading to the Heuriger?? I'm not sure if doing a quick photo-stop at Kahlenberger makes sense (we won't have enough time to walk from Kahlenberger to Heuriger for sure--will just get back on the bus after taking a few photos I think)..? Thank your for advice!