Kierlinger is more a piece of living history than just a heuriger (wine tavern). Run by the Kierlinger family since 1787, heurige does not get more authentic than this. Step into the cobbled vintner’s courtyard with crooked stone steps, through the thick-walled tavern into the guest garden shaded by ancient chestnut trees and feel teleported to another century.
The simple traditional buffet is completely devoid of any newfangled delicacies—their well-guarded Liptauerkäse recipe (paprika soft cheese spread) is at least a century old. The crispy fried chicken served in a basket is the ideal accompaniment to Martin Kierlinger’s riesling and weissburgunder white wines from his Nussberg vineyards. The regulars are very laid back, friendly to newcomers and look like they’ve been coming here for, well, literally decades. Complete your blast-from-the-past encounter by visiting the Beethoven house next door.
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