Discovering a world of desserts in Innsbruck

The majestic Alps

Food for me is more than just a passion; it's the love of my life and, quite simply, my livelihood. As a chef, travelling to foreign places to find the perfect bite to eat is what’s made me successful. Thanks to my American Express Cathay Pacific Elite Credit Card, I get to fly for less using my Asia Miles™, meaning I can go on my food pilgrimages more often.

My latest travels took me to Innsbruck in Austria on a dessert discovery. Austrian cuisine is not often noted on most 'must taste' lists but it has an incredible array of desserts – in fact, I believe they are the highlight of the national cuisine.

Innsbruck is a small city but there is a lot to discover and eat in the surrounding countryside. Having a car gave me

the opportunity to discover more restaurants and cafes to taste more dishes with the short amount of time I had. I even managed to stumble onto a few bed and breakfasts on the country roads that served homemade Austrian favourites!

On my final night in Innsbruck, I headed to what turned out to be my favourite restaurant on my trip. It was slightly out of town, very authentic and extremely down-to-earth. The chef came out and explained the ins and outs of Austrian pastries and even let me in on a little secret for the perfect Apfelstrudel!

I had so much fun wining and dining that I lost track of time and almost missed my flight. Thankfully, my complimentary Marco Polo Club Green tier membership gave me access to Designated Club counters at the airport and I was able cut down my check-in waiting time and made my flight in the nick of time.

This adventure was probably my most memorable. I made so many culinary discoveries including the traditional Linzer Torte, which I will adapt with my own filling in order to bring a bit of Austria back to my customers. And because I paid for almost everything on this trip with my Card, I was able to earn lots of miles with the 2 Asia Miles for every HK$8 spent overseas earn rate, meaning I'll be going on another food pilgrimage soon. Thanks, American Express – I think I owe you dessert!

Travel Tips:

There is no direct flight from Hong Kong to Innsbruck, Austria. Travellers departing from Hong Kong can transit at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. Cathay Pacific Airways operates several flights to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol daily. Flight time is approximately 12 hours.

I've never eaten so many desserts in my entire life. My sweet tooth was definitely satisfied during this trip! - Jennifer

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