If you’ve seen The Third Man, the ubiquitous Vienna movie – which we adore since all the main sites are steps away from our home and the longer we live here, the more sites we recognize – you’ll surely recognize the line “I’m at Sacher’s Hotel”. At the time, the Sacher was the headquarters for British occupation troops – not shabby digs, I must say. But then again, Hitler installed himself at the Imperial, so marching into Vienna and settling on a nice hotel has been a trend around here.
The Sacher Hotel is arguably one of the most, if not the most, classy venues in Vienna. Grand in every sense of the word, where it was notorious for denying service to non-aristocrats while extending lines of credit to former old-money has-beens. But most of all, it’s known for the classic Sachertorte, a chocolate cake layered with apricot jam based on a secret, in-house recipe (note: do not accept imposter Sachertortes!). In fact, we love to grab a slice of the torte for me, and strudel for my husband with accompanying coffees after a performance at the opera (along with every other opera patron in attendance at the same performance).
And what better place for the happy couple to celebrate their wedding than at the Sacher Restaurant in the Green Room. While the service seemed confused at one point on the difference between oysters and venison (“Venison is a fish madame!), the food was impeccable. A starter of cream of potato soup with a lobster topped crouton was followed by a very classic Beef Wellington. And for dessert? Sachertorte of course!
All photography from the Hotel Sacher.