Featured writer: austriakat
When I moved to Vienna, one of the first things someone told me was, “The Viennese are very proud of their water.” Viennese water comes from springs in the mountains, apparently, and is very clean. I filed that under, “Check. Can drink the tap water.” Maybe for this reason, servers in Vienna don’t look at you too strangely if you ask for “Leitungswasser” in a restaurant, and actually serve you a glass of tap water whenever you order a coffee or a glass of wine.
Last weekend, I inadvertently ended up hiking around the magical alpine landscape where Viennese water comes from. I took the train down to the Rax mountain about an hour outside Vienna, to do some hiking and climb some klettersteig with a friend from work. Turns out besides the hiking and the giant cable car (the Raxseilbahn) the Water Main Museum is one of the main attractions. I did not actually go to the museum, so instead I will have to use my incomplete information and powers of deduction to explain to you how Viennese water gets its amazing flavors.*
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