Zum Weissen Rauchfangkehrer: The White Chimney Sweep

One of our dining highlights during our visit to the city of Vienna was a lovely little gem in the Innere Stadt or Old City section near St Stephens Cathedral.  Tucked away on a side street we found a sweet little restaurant with warm and charming atmosphere.  The White Chimney Sweep, one of the oldest and most renowned restaurants in all of Vienna, was established in 1848  as the guild pub for the old Vienna chimney sweeps.  Legend has it that the name is based on a chimney sweep that was having an affair with a pretty baker next door to the pub.  He frequented the bakery so often that he had more flour on his clothes than soot.  He was seen so often at the pub covered in flour that the locals began calling it the place "Zum  weissen Rauchfangkehrer."

Frequented by famous actors, artists, and musicians beginning in the 1920's it was considered "the place to be seen".  The walls are covered with photos of famous patrons.

 The menu consists of classic Viennese dishes, including Szengediner Gulasch,  Paprika Chicken,  and Sauerkraut Soup. Its here at the White Chimney Sweep that we had the best Weiner Schnitzel in all of Vienna.  Trust me we did our homework !

We highly recommend a dinner at this treasure in the Old City, you will feel as though you have been transported back in time to the guilded age of old Austria.  Reservations recommended.

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