The oldest Restaurant in Europa is in Salzburg

St. Peter Stiftskulinarium

While in Salzburg, we passed by the St. Peter Stiftskulinarium, which is a restaurant at the Sankt Peter Abbey in the old town of Salzburg. I’ve read that the restaurant has been established and documented since the year 803

The restaurant was first mentioned in 803 by Alcuin of York, a scholar and adviser to Charlemagne It is known as the oldest restaurant in Central Europe and is one of the oldest still existing business in the world.

This is where the Mozart family used to meet for dinner, as Wolfgang’s sister Nannerl confided in her diary. Not called “Mozart City” for nothing. Mozart and Salzburg are inextricably linked.

The musical genius Mozart sat at one of these tables at St. Peter Stiftskulinarium restaurant in Salzburg, the town where he was born and grew up. A number of greats from the worlds of art and culture have been guests.

In cooperation with the Salzburg Concert Society, the restaurant hosts the Mozart Dinner Concerts several times a week. A menu is accompanied by a concert with the instruments and clothing of Mozart’s time and pieces by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The dishes are prepared according to original recipes from the 17th and 18th centuries.

The restaurant rooms are divided into eleven themed rooms: Baroque Hall, Haydn Hall, Separée im Berg, Virgil Salon, Refugium, Wolfgangstube, Richardstube, Bürgerstube, Prälatenstube, Petrusstube, Willibaldarkaden and inner courtyard.

Including the inner garden with the arcades, the restaurant offers space for up to 850 guests. The kitchen is upscale with regional specialties such as Tafelspitz and Salzburger Nockerl. Depending on the season, fresh fish and game dishes dominate the menu, but international and Mediterranean food creations as well as dishes for vegetarians, vegans and allergy sufferers are also offered.

We concluded out walk through the Altstadt Salzburg, walked across the bridge to the Parkhaus and then drove 45 min to St. Gilgen where we stayed for the week.

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