The oldest restaurant in Europe makes no secret of the lore surrounding it. Faust and Mephistopheles are said to have met here, in the same abbey that brought Christianity to Austria. You'll have to reattach your jaw after glimpsing the breathtaking Baroque banquet rooms and their ceiling frescoes. An inner courtyard with vaults cut from the rock has charming mulled-wine stands during Advent. Guests can choose from dignified wood-paneled rooms and a vaulted cellar lit by chandeliers. Benedictine monks started this tavern, and in addition to wine from the abbey's own vineyards, the kitchen serves good homestyle Austrian cooking with an Italian twist. There might be roast pork in gravy with parsley and walnut risotto, veal ragout with mushrooms and cognac mousse, or the classic Tafelspitz (boiled beef) with spinach. Vegetarian dishes, such as tagliatelle with red beets and horseradish, or a red paprika risotto, are also featured. Desserts are well-loved—most guests try the house version of famed soufflé Salzburger Nockerln . As a tourist you won't be alone here, and the prices are definitely on the higher end of moderate, but the goulash may be the best in Austria.