Baking with Granny:
apfelstrudel or Pastry Class
"The class was top notch. Karen really knows her strudel..."
Learn to bake apfelstrudel or traditional pastries just like a Viennese grandmother! This hands-on cooking class is run in cooperation with a local coffee shop that helps seniors to earn an income and supplement their minimum pensions.
Try your hand at making authentic Austrian cakes and cookies
Follow the expert guidance of a local grandma (or grandpa) as they share traditional recipes
Make classic treats like delicious Apfelstrudel or fluffy Austrian buchteln, paired with a glass of eggnog
Take your treat home with you in a cake box
Support local seniors to earn additional income and combat isolation
Time: 2PM, 5PM every Saturday
Duration: 2.5 hours
Ages: From 12 years onwards
Meeting Point: In front of Vollpension café Schleifmühlgasse 16
End Point: At the Vollpension café
Tour group size: Maximum 15 guests per guide
Tour Type: Walking
Inclusions: Local English-speaking guide, Hands-on instruction by a local senior, ingredients, utensils, apron for use during the class, non-alcoholic beverages, recipe certificate, small surprise gift. You will get to take the sweet you baked home with you, in a cardboard cake box
Exclusions: Transportation to and from the class, Any souvenirs or personal shopping, Additional food or drink, Tips for your guide
You’ll meet your grandma or grandpa instructor at a brand-new baking studio on Mariahilferstraße, Vienna’s main shopping street. Our open loft space with a charming studio kitchen is the perfect place to roll up your sleeves and practice your baking skills.
Your lesson will feature a classic Viennese treat, using your host’s own personal recipe. You could make an Apfelstrudel, sweet flaky pastry filled with delicious baked apples or maybe a traditional Austrian buchteln — sweet yeast buns filled with delicious plum jam.
You’ll also get to enjoy a glass of eggnog as you bake.
Chat with your host and learn their personal story, like where they learned to bake, what this recipe means to them, and what they love about living in Vienna.
After you’ve finished your class, our seniors will take care of all the clean-up for you. You’ll get to take your masterpiece home with you, packed up safely in a cake box. No previous baking or cooking experience needed. Your hosts will explain everything slowly and with plenty of detail, so you can focus on enjoying the treats!
what else you shoulD know:
All guests participating in this experience must be 12+ years of age.
Our tours run rain or shine, so please dress accordingly! Bring an umbrella or raincoat with you if it’s raining. In winter months, temperatures can dip quite low, so dress warmly. But this is also your tour, so if you’re too uncomfortable along the way, just let your guide know — we can always adjust the itinerary and pop into a nearby café to warm up.
Our tours involve a fair amount of walking, however, we’re always happy to accommodate. Let us know in advance if you have any mobility issues, and we can adjust the itinerary to suit your needs.
Allergies and dietary restrictions
We are happy to accommodate vegetarians and vegans on all our tours. Unfortunately, gluten allergies are bit more difficult to accommodate, especially on our pastry tour. Please contact us in advance, and we can let you know what options are available. While traditional Austrian cuisine has become lighter over the years, we still rely on meat, milk, butter
Your tour price includes all food and drink tastings, as well as a tip for the restaurant staff on your behalf.