12/03/2016

Vienna, Austria: "Fräulein Apfelstrudel"


Vienna, the capital city of Austria, hardly needs an introduction as a romantic imperial city. This palatial and historic city has all the ingredients of a dreamy fairytale: Christkindlmarkt, Hapsburg palaces, medieval cobblestone streets, and chandelier-lit cathedrals, all creating the perfect holiday dreamscape.  Today we are sharing some memories from our travels to Vienna, Austria. 
December is a beautiful time to discover this  magical city, all dressed for the holidays with just a whisper of  refinement and elegance.
 The Belvedere Palace                                photo credits Birdas-Flickr



There is a certain air about this medieval city and especially the captivating Viennese coffee culture; where kaffeehauses and cake simply go hand-and-hand - it's a lifestyle.   To experience this time-honored  tradition, and what the Viennese aristocracy and bourgeoisie enjoy so much, we stopped at the old-world DEMEL; where we meet the delicate and sweet Fräulein Apfelstrudel!
The Demel is a famous pastry shop and chocolaterie in Vienna dating from 1786.  The company today still bears the title of Purveyor to the Imperial and Royal Court (k.u.k. Hofzuckerbäcker).
Fräulein Apfelstrudel

Fräulein Apfelstrudel floats in the window display at the Demel - where master confectionery baker, Mr. Nitsche; designs the shop windows with elegance and whimsy, all made from paper-thin pastry –  this fine art of window dressing is disappearing over the generations. Isn't she lovely?
This  centuries old cake shop draws from its past as the official supplier of cakes and sweets to Empress Sisi, who counted the delicate Apple Strudel among some of her most favored sweets. At the Demel, the master baker and his design team creates elaborate themed window displays.
The Demel 2016


Fräulein Apfelstrudel

Demel has dedicated its display window to the apple strudel. A young girl is being lifted up by a whirlwind of autumn apples and leaves, thus escaping her dreary everyday life.


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