From centuries-old breweries and wineries to spicy regional fare to confections worthy of display in a museum, you’ll find a surplus of food and beverage choices to relish along the Danube River. First stop: Germany, followed by Austria and Hungary.
A well-preserved medieval city in southeast Germany, Regensburg sits at the northernmost part of the Danube and is a beer lovers delight. A Dunkel or bock beer paired with freshly prepared sausages, sauerkraut and sweet mustard in a beer garden or brewpub is an excellent way to soak in the Bavarian ambience.
Your first stop should be the Historic Sausage Kitchen, or Wurstkuchl, on the banks of the Danube. Known as one of the oldest continuously open public restaurants in the world, this small building was originally the construction office for the Regensburg Stone Bridge built in the early 12th century. Sausages are handmade daily, and there’s plenty of outdoor seating.
For a more sophisticated palate, Weltenburger am Dom is known for its schnitzel and hearty regional cuisine with a modern twist. The original Weltenburger Bockbierschnitzel is a pork schnitzel with a pretzel breading mixed with sweet mustard, then topped with fried onions and dark beer sauce. Enjoy it with a Weltenburger Klosterbier or Weltenburg Asam Bockbier from the world’s oldest monastery brewery in Bavaria.
If beer, sausages and schnitzel aren’t your cup of tea, then head over to Germany’s oldest coffee house, Café Prinzess, across the square from Old Town Hall. From handmade cakes, pastries, chocolates and pralines, you’re bound to find the perfect sweet refreshment. The café’s chocolate pralines have been served to international ambassadors since the 1600s.