What are Special in Austria?

Austria Swarovski

Austria Swarovski

First, Wattens in Tyrol Austria. Daniel Swarovski was originally from Bohemia which is now known as Czech Republic. His father was a glass cutter and thus he learned the Art of glass cutting from him. The electric cutting machine patented by him has led him to his fame today. Mainly he is in the crystal glass production, however, he took advantage of hydroelectricity locally thereby producing energy-intensive grinding processes. His business is more than crystal glass sculptures, as they are into miniatures, the internationally famous jewelry and couture, home décor and chandeliers. Their products are marketed under the original edelweiss flower logo which was change to S.A.L. logo, but now the swan logo is used throughout since 1988.

Austrian Swarovski Crystals

Swarovski swan

Swarovski swan

What is so special about the Swarovski crystals is the special metallic chemical coatings which makes the crystal refract in a rainbow spectrum. AB or Aurora Borealis is the coating used. Nowadays, their partnership with Philips produces the consumer electronics such as USB memory keys, in-ear headphones, Bluetooth wireless earpieces. Other products are also collectibles and figurines such as silver coins, ladybugs and Disney limited edition. After shopping and learning about the history of the Swarovski crystals, next is the food.

In Austria, you must also try ‘vealing’ the Wiener Schnitzel. Wiener Schnitzel is traditionally made with veal and lard. It is fried and sometimes, chicken, turkey or pork can be used as alternative. Lard may not be used, while oil is the modern alternative. The main ingredients of the breading are flour, eggs, breadcrumbs, salt and lard.

On the ‘Potato Side’: ErdäpfelsalatTopfenkolatsche

The other is the German Potato Salad called the Erdäpfelsalat. It is a side dish rather, and very easy to prepare. Mainly, potatoes, red onion, oil, salt, pepper and vinegar are used. The potatoes are boiled and then slice, small onion in dices are topped and then it is marinated by vinegar, salt, oil and pepper. You probably want to wait for the marinade to sit in for a while to taste this special German side dish. The other dish in the Austrian cuisine is the Tafelspitz. The main ingredients are beef brisket, leeks, celery, carrots, onions, parsley and gherkins. After the meal, you can consider trying the special Cheese Danish called the ‘Topfenkolatsche’ It is a pastry with ‘Topfen’ which are cream cheese as the filling. Eggs and sugar as well as raisins gives it a unique fragrance. Some people added the grated zest of the lemon for an extra ‘ZEST’.

 

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