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November 07, 2008


The name itself is already the first mystery -- is it "Bosna" or "Bosner"? You can read both variants, but only one is apparently correct (the former). It has nothing to do with "Bosnier" (Bosnians), that much is certain. And as many sausage stands have trouble spelling it correctly, they have even greater problems making them from the correct ingredients. So here's the deal: two thin grill sausages (Bratwürstel), fresh onion, mustard, ketchup (optional) and lots of curry powder (mandatory). All of this ends up in a hot dog bun that has been grilled to a flat, crispy something.

Fact #1: the best Bosna are available in and around Salzburg. The most legendary Bosna place is the "Balkan-Grill Walter" located inside the passageway of the building no. 33 Getreidegasse, and the Bosna there are highly recommended. Still, even the Turkish kebab place at Salzburg railway station (ground level, next to the entrance has decent Bosna, much better than anything served under this name 60 miles to the east.

The capital of Upper Austria, Linz, which is about 60 miles to the east of Salzburg, used to have numerous sausage stands with excellent Bosna, but all of them seem to have closed now, and the Bosna available there at the moment are rather disappointing; they are, however, still better than anything offered under that name another 60 miles to the east.

Fact #2: East of the river Enns nothing served as "Bosna" even remotely deserves that name. If you are, as I am, a person who grew up near Salzburg now living in Vienna and have an occasional craving for Bosna, what can you do, other than be thoroughly frustrated by inedible sausage products masquerading as Bosna? You spend a lot of time testing sausage stands and torturing your gastrointestinal tract. It is a long, tedius, painful quest.

So far I have found three sausage stands whose "Bosna" are kind of acceptable, so here are my recommendations for fellow Bosna-ites:

  • The sausage stand right outside Währinger Straße-Volksoper station, on the the outer Gürtel side.
  • The sausage stand at the intersection of Albertgasse and Josefstädter Strasse, where tram lines 2 and 5 meet. The younger, more talkative sausage seller claims to have worked in Salzburg and makes decent Bosna even though he says that neither the sausages nor the buns that he gets are the authentic ones.
  • The sausage stand near Ottakring station, under the subway bridge right next to the tram stop of lines 2 and 46. If you're asked if you want two thin sausages or one thick sausage, demand the thin ones, by all means.

Every other Bosna I've tried in Vienna so far was anything between forgettable and terrible. The bigger and the brighter the "Bosna" sign, the worse the product. If you have found good Bosna somewhere in Vienna, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Posted by Horst on November 7, 2008 12:27 PM to reviews | Tell-a-friend
Robert Bachner said on November 10, 2008 11:46 PM:

It is really hard to find good Bosna in Vienna and I had the same thoughts when I moved to Vienna 12 year ago. Another solution to this Bosna "misery" is simply to do your on home made bosna. So, what about a little special Bosna dinner at my place sometime?

Horst said on November 11, 2008 10:40 AM:

I am making my own homemade Bosna, but I find that it's not as good as the ones you get in Salzburg either. I will, however, gladly accept your invitation. :-)

Stephan said on November 11, 2008 12:38 PM:

I just found out accidentally when talking to some people from former Yugoslavia that those Bosna don't have anything to do with Bosnia, and funnily enough that was exactly on the same day that you posted this (although it was about 12 hours later, at the sausage stand near Josefstädter Straße metro station).

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