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Modern Würstelstand at the Albertina

A Würstelstand (literally "sausage stand"; plural Würstelstände) is a traditional Austrian street food retail outlet selling hot dogs, sausages, and side dishes.[1] They are a ubiquitous sight in Vienna.[2]


Würstelstände were initially movable stalls created during the period of the Austro-Hungarian Empire to provide a source of income for disabled veterans.[citation needed] Not until the 1960s were the sales stands allowed to become stationary. Especially in Vienna's inner city, many of them can be found near transit hubs and around subway stations,[3] providing a late evening catering for night owls. In some Austrian cities, mobile Würstelstände hold operating licenses only for nighttime sales.

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  1. ^ Rick Steves, Rick Steves' Vienna, Salzburg & Tirol (PublicAffairs, 2009), ISBN 978-1-59880-216-0, p. 157. Excerpt available at Google Books.
  2. ^ Time Out Vienna (Time Out Guides, 2011), ISBN 978-1-84670-143-6, p. 132. Excerpt available at Google Books.
  3. ^ ProtoCity Urban object of the month: the Würstelstand

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