The Pannonian climate around Lake Neusiedl in Burgenland greets us with a true “Midsummer Night’s Dream”. An evening mood of a kind starts to unfold against the backdrop of the Lake Festival Mörbisch: Glossy white moon in the sky, pastel colours to match, endless views over the wide lake. Northern Burgenland with its powerful red wines, its hot temper and its many cultural treasures, such as the Esterházy Palace or the Lake Festival Mörbisch, is so unlike its southern counterpart. Quiet in demeanour and more playful in nature, the Southern Burgenland district opens up especially to those who travel here with lots of love, attention and time. Up here in the north, it is the imposing lake, the mighty palace, the exquisite cuisine that take centre stage, leaving us rather awestruck at so much high culture.
This begins with the local “Heurigen” wine tavern culture. Our first culinary stop goes by the promising name of “Oleander Romantic Winery”. Pure delight!?
Yes, definitely: Pure delight. It is really worth to travel here and get to know the most exquisite form of “Heurigen” culture in Burgenland. The hosts of the “Oleander Romantic Winery” have created cozy little garden squares, all of them surrounded by oleanders and a desire to make their guests feel welcome. A large selection of hot & cold dishes awaits us here in Trausdorf near Eisenstadt, the location of the Heurigen tavern being quite practical as it is only fifteen minutes away from the Lake Festival Venue Mörbisch. The team is well organized and does not show that well over half of their guests need to leave shortly for the festival: good service coupled with best Burgenland hospitality is always timed in perfect sequence! A place to relax and unwind.
High culture featuring Haydn & Henrici in the capital of Burgenland: Esterházy Palace tastes best with a visit of the noble Restaurant Henrici.
Eisenstadt is not only the current state capital of Burgenland, but also home to great music history. For decades, the famous composer Joseph Haydn served at the court of the Esterházy noble family and thereby created remarkable works in “glorious seclusion: Free of influences, I can be truly original here”, Joseph Haydn is quoted in the exhibition at Esterházy Palace. Another muse that appeared to me as part of the tour is the former Princess Melinda Ottruby: “I do not like to dance as the others, but as I can …”. The context of her statement may be lost in history, but her words still bear witness to the power, self-confidence and assertiveness of this proud noble family.
Just across from Schloss Esterházy, you will “stumble” upon the delightful Restaurant Henrici. Those who land here though are most certainly conscious of the luxury food that awaits them: The menu entices with fresh, seasonal ingredients and has a truly outstanding, homemade “berry ice dream” to offer (don’t even start counting the calories). We can taste the summer here thanks to fresh avocado & fish, a typical Burgenland cabbage roulade and that very tasty, mouthwateringly delicious “Ice Dream” … my appetite is set for another visit to Burgenland. Yours?
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Disclaimer: We have been invited by Burgenland Tourism to travel in the Burgenland for this cultural summer trip. All opinions are my own.