What are the “top of mind” connections you make when someone mentions Vienna? Waltzes? Concerts? Beautiful old buildings and art museums? The Spanish Riding School? Sigmund Freud? The Danube River?
That’s what I thought, until I went there. Now when I think of Vienna, I tend to add a memory of unforgettable pastries, delectable coffee, and a world-famous chocolate cake. Vienna is home to a cafe society to rival that of Paris, but don’t bother asking for a croissant! I’ve never seen pastries like I saw in Vienna–or tasted anything like that, either! The chocolate Sacher Torte of the Hotel Sacher is the most famous confection of the city, and one of the most famous cakes in the world.
I’m sure the sugar–which in the case of Wien Zucker is grown and milled right in Austria–is part of the secret of Vienna’s sweet tooth, and the Lipizzaner stallions of the Spanish Riding School do seem to love (and expect) their cubes! It looks like the tails of the long riding coats have special pockets stitched in for sugar cubes!
Here’s my other favorite Spanish Riding School video. It’s a classic!
Thanks to Chief Rider Andreas Hausberger for sharing the Wien Zucker video (and to whomever posted it on YouTube)! Andreas gives clinics at several locations in the USA each year–watch for him! He speaks perfect English and his clinics are very popular. And he’ll help you no matter what breed of horse you ride!