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Hi! I'm Elena! Welcome to my travel blog Creativelena.com.
For me, it is all about “life-seeing instead of sightseeing”: Join me as I create, eat & live my way around the world. Curious?

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Gourmet, Wine & Cofffee Delights in Burgenland

The Burgenland, Austria’s easternmost district, really has it all. Ever since we came to appreciate exciting creative workshops such as a Motorsägenschnitzkurs (wood carving using chainsaws), groovy Beatboxing or painting with coffee & chocolate, we were thinking: What else might this province and its people have in stall for us? Where is the tastiest, most romantic or perhaps “seductive” part of this country? 😉

Well, we set out to find out for you. In the Burgenland Seewinkel (east of lake Neusiedl), travel & video bloggers Martin, Janett, Christian and I met with cook Jörg, the magic winter wonderland of the Baroque castle Halbturn as well as enjoying the best wine tasting experience featuring excellent red wine vintages of this area.

Wunderschön ist die Stimmung zur Winterszeit in und um das Barockschlösschen Halbturn. Vor 300 Jahren erbaut, blickt es auf eine bewegte Geschichte samt einer weitläufigen Parklandschaft zurück, die zu ausgiebigen und vor allem romantischen Spaziergängen einlädt.

Built more than 300 years ago, the Baroque castle Halbturn is romantically set amidst a park and especially beautiful to visit in winter.

In amüsanter Gesprächsatmosphäre mit dem kundigen Önologen des Schlossweingut, das alleine an die 50 Hektar Weinbaufläche umfasst, verkosten wir die besten Rotweine der letzten Jahre: Pinot Noir aus dem Jahre 2008 etwa. Ein Traum ...

Together with our wine expert Mr Sieben, we are being served some of the best red wines of recent vintages, including Pinot Noir 2008 …

Wusstet Ihr, dass im Burgenland auch der Kaffee eine Heimat gefunden hat? Zu Besuch in der Kaffee-Erlebniswelt Schärf sehen wir diesen Bohnen bei der aromatischen Reife zu, während vor der Tür geschätzte fünf Grad unter 0 herrschen ...

Did you know that these coffee beans also grow in Burgenland? No? Well, let me tell you. The Schärf coffee world, a large roaster and manufacturer of coffee here in Austria, cultivates these plants year-round while outside temperatures have fallen below zero, at a constant happy 25 degrees Celsius!

Peter führt uns als Tausendsassa des Betriebes, Event- und Veranstaltungsmanager durch den Betrieb (nur nach Voranmeldung für Gruppen ab 10 Personen möglich). Hier lernen wir alles rund ums Thema Kaffee - von der Bohne über die Röstung bis zum vollendeten Geschmackserlebnis im Glas / in der Tasse.

Local event manager and coffee guide Peter is leading the way through the production plant (you need to register for a tour in advance), teaching us everything there is to know from coffee beans to coffee pleasures.

Für die anschließende Verkostung habe ich mir einen Premium Moccachino Dark (mit dunkler Schokolade) ausgesucht: Wirklich guter Kaffeegenuss hier am Neusiedlersee !

I am opting for a Premium Moccachino Dark (with dark chocolate): Seriously great coffee here !

 

 Visiting “Jörgs” Kitchen: Cooking 2.0

Have you ever wondered why restaurant kitchens are forever sealed off from clients (or food inspectors)? Well, “Jörgs” proves to us it doesn’t have to be this way. The kitchen is right inside the restaurant! Everything that ends up being thrown in the pan is freshly prepared in front of our eyes. You are welcome to join in and learn a thing or two about your meal: Surf & Turf for instance. King-size prawns atop a burger served with French Fries – that’s what Burgenlanders seem to like. 😀 I follow their recommendation and turn into a fan: It’s delicious here!

Im Jörgs schwingt der Chef höchstpersönlich den Kochlöffel: Eine kreative und auf den ersten Blick ansprechende Restaurantatmosphäre heißt Besucher inmitten des Ortes Neusiedl am See willkommen. Unser Lokal-Tipp des Tages!

At Jörgs restaurant, the chef / boss welcomes us serving great, fresh local food in the middle of Neusiedl am See, at only half an hour from Vienna. Check it out – our food tip of the day!

Surf & Turf: Angerichtet wird vor den Augen der Gäste, wer interessiert ist kann gerne mitmachen!

Surf & Turf: It is being cooked in front of your eyes, you are welcome to join or just sit back and relax.

Glücklich & zufrieden: Der wundersame Abschluss einer faszinierenden Zwei-Tages-Reise durch das winterliche Burgenland.

Happy as: We are digging in after two exciting days travelling in the Burgenland!

Hungry? Full? Satisfied?

Check out more travel photos on Flickr about gourmet, wine & coffee delights in Burgenland. You can also read more as to why Burgenland is highly entertaining and deeply relaxing in winter: Check it out!

 

Visiting Burgenland: Thank you Burgenland Tourismus for organizing a wonderful stay for us. All our opinions are our own.

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Written by Elena

Elena writes about creative destinations, shares her personal travel stories and brings inspiring photography & interesting news updates home to you. Her mission is: "Continue to be amazed at this world, one creative travel experience at a time."

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