© WienTourismus / Peter Rigaud

Hot Dog Stands in Vienna

“Sweet (süss) or spicy (scharf)?” is the standard question you will get asked when ordering from a Viennese hot dog stand. This has nothing to do with making a choice between Sachertorte or Käsekrainer, but refers to your mustard preference – whether the mild sweet Kremser or spicy hot Estragon. Incidentally, the Käsekrainer is an Austrian invention and a traditional classic. It is a lightly smoked pork sausage with 10-20% cheese content.

The city’s hot dog stands – mostly small sidewalk kiosks – sell not only hot dogs but also wieners, Käsekrainer and fried sausage, and as well as a whole range of culinary surprises. They are complemented by an impressive variety of beverages from raspberry pop to specialty beers.

One of the popular stands is the legendary “Würstelstand am Hohen Markt” located on a traffic island in the heart of Vienna’s old city. During the day it is the ideal place to grab a quick snack while shopping or sightseeing. However, it owes its cult status to its late night opening hours and the diversity of its night owl clientele. It is nothing unusual for bankers to be seen eating shoulder-to-shoulder with punks.

The Bitzinger sausage stands at Albertinaplatz and next to the Giant Ferries Wheel are widely held to be the best in Vienna. Choose between a delicious Bosna, hot dog or Käsekrainer and a range of traditional side orders. Draft beer, bottled wine or champagne are also on.

The "sharpest" sausage stand in the city is called "Zum scharfen Rene". The name says it all. The fine selection of sausages here are served with the sharpest chili mixtures and an award-winning, home-made curry sauce.

Dine like an emperor at the Kaiserzeit Sausage Stand. In addition to the traditional offering of sausages, including the multi-award winning Blunzn (blood sausage), there are also local delicacies such as goulash soup and Altwiener Suppentopf, which you wouldn’t normally expect to find at a sausage stand.

Bitzinger's sausage stand at Albertina

Albertinaplatz , 1010 Wien
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Bitzinger's sausage stand at Giant Ferris Wheel

Gabor-Steiner-Weg, 1020 Wien
  • Opening times

    • Mo - We, 10:00 - 01:00
    • Th - Sa, 10:00 - 04:00
    • Su, 10:00 - 01:00
    • Modified opening times in winter during bad weather
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Sausage stand at Hoher Markt

Hoher Markt , 1010 Wien
  • Opening times

    • Mo - Th, 09:00 - 04:00
    • Fr - Su, 09:00 - 05:00
    • Su, 10:00 - 02:00
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Sausage stand Zur Oper

Kärntner Straße 42 , 1010 Wien
  • Opening times

    • Mo - Th, 10:00 - 05:00
    • Fr - Sa, 10:00 - 08:00
    • Su, 10:00 - 05:00
    • on holidays, 10:00 - 05:00
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Sausage stand "Zum goldenen Würstel"

Spiegelgasse 1/Graben, 1010 Wien
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Sausage stand "Zum scharfen Rene"

Schwarzenbergplatz 15, 1010 Wien
  • Opening times

    • Mo, 11:00 - 19:00
    • Tu - Th, 11:00 - 04:00
    • Fr, 11:00 - 05:00
    • Sa, 20:00 - 05:00
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Kaiserzeit Sausage Stand

Augartenbrücke/Obere Donaustraße, 1020 Wien
  • Opening times

    • March to October
    • Mo - We, 11:00 - 01:00
    • Th - Fr, 11:00 - 03:00
    • Sa, 19:00 - 03:00
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Vienna, Würstelstand, Bitzinger
© Bitzinger
People at a sausage stand
© WienTourismus / Peter Rigaud
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