Travel in Austria is often a meandering journey through deeply carved valleys, rocky mountain flanks and picturesque lakes. The birthplace of Mozart and setting of The Sound of Music, Austria provides mesmerising blend of culture, scenery, art and elegance.
Did you know?
We think of France at the mention of “Croissant”, but did you know that Austria invented this famous pastry? The journey from Austria to France of Croissant is as interesting as any of mysterious historical stories.
In 1683, Vienna was under siege by the Ottoman Empire. After months of war, when it seemed that Vienna was about to fall to the Ottomans, an army came to the rescue, and Vienna escaped destruction.
To celebrate the end of the siege, several bakers in Vienna made a pastry in the shape of the crescents they had seen on the battle standards of the enemy. They called this new pastry the “Kipferl” which is the German word for “crescent” and continued baking if for many years to commemorate the Austrian victory over the Turks in 1683. It was not until 1770 that the pastry came to be known as the croissant when Austrian Princess, Marie Antoinette married King Louis XVI of France.