Nine Sweet Tooth Sensations To Try on the Danube River

July 2, 2024

Embark on a delightful journey down the Danube River, indulging in some of the finest sweet treats Europe has to offer. For example, from Austria’s historic Linzer Torte to Germany’s indulgent Danube Waves Cake, each destination along this famed river brings its own unique flavors to the table. Whether you’re a dedicated foodie or just have a sweet tooth, these nine desserts promise to make your river cruising experience even more memorable. Let’s dive in and explore these nine must-try sweet tooth sensations while cruising down the Danube River.

1) Linzer Torte

The Linzer Torte is a traditional Austrian pastry named after the city Linz, a UNESCO City of Media Arts. It’s made from a short crust pastry, filled with jam or preserves, and topped with a lattice design. The oldest recipe found dates back over 300 years, so enjoy a slice of cake and a slice of history at the same time.


2) Danube Waves Cake


A Danube Waves Cake, or Donauwellen Kuchen, is a German marble cake made with chocolate, vanilla, and cherries. Grab a slice of cake for your adventures if you’re visiting Germany for Oktoberfest or the Christmas Markets.


3) Vargabeles


Vargabeles is a Hungarian sweet noodle cheese pie, and before you say “pass” give it a shot. There are a few variations of ingredients, but it’s traditionally made with egg noodles soaked in milk, mixed with whipped egg and cheese, and layered in phyllo dough. Some people also add raisins, vanilla, or cinnamon for an extra flavor before baking.


4) Pralines(filled chocolates)


When passing through Passau, Germany, stop for gold-capped pralines; it’s a specialty. These chocolates are topped with 23-carat gold leaves. Moreover, they are a rich treat and a wonderful gift from your travels.


5) Apricots


​​In Austria, the apricots are called Marille and have a “protected designation of origin” similar to the wines of Italy and France. It is believed that apricots were first brought to the Danube region around the 1st century and have been a large source of income for the area since the early 1900s.

In the village of Dürnstein, you will find many shops to sample apricots in various ways, like jams, liquors, and even dumplings, called Marillenknoedel.


6) Sacher Torte


Deemed the World’s Most Famous Cake, the Sacher-Torte originated in 1832 in the Hotel Sacher in Vienna. The cake is simple and has several ingredients, including eggs, chocolate, and apricot jam. Visit the Sacher Hotel’s cafe and enjoy the iconic treat. Bring a few home to share with friends and family if you’re looking for a souvenir.


7) Doboška


When in Bratislava, plan a trip to Konditorei Kormuth patisserie. Not only will you be blown away by the assortment of cakes, but the decor is also quite literally otherworldly. Sip on Italian coffees and munch on Doboška, a multilayered sponge cake with chocolate buttercream, or Esterhazy made with Hazelnut creme; all served on antique porcelain china.


8) Chimney Cakes

You’ve probably seen many images of these chimney cakes, known as kürtőskalács in Hungary and Trdelník in Prague, while strolling the streets of Budapest or exploring the Prague Christmas Markets but never knew what they were—or how to say them. Originating in Transylvania, these traditional pastries are sliced into strips and rolled around a stick. They are then topped with sugar and spices, like cinnamon, before being cooked over a flame. Delicious!


9) Palačinky


Palačinky is essentially a crêpe that can be found in Prague and other cities along the Danube. The fillings are sweet cheese covered in vanilla sauce or a fruity jam with sugar. If you’re feeling frisky, top it off with liquor!

Pro Tip: make sure to pack comfortable clothes. You’re going to need them after eating all of these sweets! As you sail down the stunning Danube River, make sure to treat yourself to these delectable desserts, each offering a unique taste of the regions they represent. From the historic Linzer Torte in Austria to the indulgent Doboška in Bratislava, these sweet sensations are more than just delicious treats—they’re a delightful way to embrace the diverse cultures along the way. So, loosen your belts, savor each bite, and create lasting memories with every mouthful on your culinary river cruise adventure.

Bon appétit!

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