Indulge in a Viennese Feast in the Home of a Local Chef
Herbert and his wife, Elisabeth, love to travel. Specifically, they love to travel with Crystal, and have shared many journeys making memories aboard Crystal ships and bonding with new friends over shared passions for exploring, ballroom dancing, and above all, great food and wine. You see, Elisabeth is a classically trained chef and sommelier, specializing in the traditional cuisine of her hometown of Vienna, with an international twist. This year, aboard Crystal River Cruises visiting the Austrian capital city, Elisabeth and Herbert are sharing the hospitality they found aboard Crystal ships with an exclusive invitation to lunch in their home.
During this special experience, you’ll be transported from your Crystal River ship to their home, regaled with expert insights into Vienna’s most significant points along the way. Once you arrive, you’ll find yourself almost within arms’ distance from one of Vienna’s architectural jewels: Schönbrunn Palace (see featured image). Take in the sweeping views of the city from their home, as they point out significant sites and share stories of their lifetimes lived in this historical epicenter of art and culture.
Herbert’s long career as a journalist and radio host has taken him throughout the country on in-depth special assignments, from the famous Lipizzaner Horses to the Viennese coffeehouse culture, and the Viennese Opera Ball. Prior to her chef training, Elisabeth also worked as a journalist, but studied ballroom dance and choreography at University. Their passion for dancing and culture brought them together more than 35 years ago. Spending the afternoon with the two, you’ll enjoy fascinating perspectives on Vienna that can only be shared by locals.
The centerpiece of your experience is found at the dining table, where you’ll sit down to a multi-course feast prepared by Elisabeth. Savor appetizers, main courses and desserts, all paired perfectly with the couple’s other passion: local Viennese wines.
Local expertise, warm hospitality, and new friends made over a home-cooked feast…what a delicious way to spend an afternoon in Vienna.
The private feast with Herbert and Elisabeth is available to reserve aboard Crystal River Cruises itineraries visiting Vienna in 2018. This exclusive experience is part of Crystal’s recently introduced Crystal Collection of shoreside experiences with a “Personal Connection” focus.