This is an unofficial guide for tourists' knife/MT shopping in Salzburg and Vienna, Austria. It is merely based on my own tourist experience, and by no means an exhaustive list. Do view these as my humble service to those who has a little time to visit, and like to do a little knife/MT buying on the side. If any locals could provide better guidance, I am all ears.
To begin, I like to thank those who had made suggestions on my travelling thread
and also dks writeup
for Vienna. The following shop names/addresses should be accurate. But if I have mistaken it, please feel free to correct me.
I visited Salzburg for two days, and did get to visit and do recommend the following for a short trip:
Salzburg Dom/Christmas Market
I have located two
knife/MT shops in this town.JA Zwilling Henckels (dealership)
5020 Salzburg, Austria
This shop is located at the very west end of Getreidegasse, it carries varous well known brand of knives and like many other shops on the street, it opens till about 6pm.
I bought a Mozart SAK there, since Mozart is born in this town and spent a good amount of his life in Salzburg.
But they run out of the Salzburg themed SAK.Schebor(?)
5020 Salzburg, Austria
This shop is in a small shopping strip, and quite close to the Mozart residence. I didn't get a chance to visit it, but judging from the window, it looks like it might be around the same size of the last shop or a tad larger.
Vienna is a beautiful city, and has a lot to offer. I found most of their audiotours in most musuems well structured and are easy to visit for foreigners.
I did visit the following and do recommend them:
Kunst historisches museum wein
The following knife/MT shops are close to the Stephaplatz(St. Stephan's Cathedral or Stephaplatz subway station), all are within walking distance and the distance varies from 1 min walk to 15 min walk. If you are interested, do click onto each map under the name of the shops, and notice its relative distance to St. Stephan's Cathedral(next to the Stephaplatz subway station).
1) ZWILLING SHOP DECKENBACHER & BLUMNER
Frau Marianne Niederhofer
Phone: +43-1 5 32 69 45
Fax: +43-1 533 96 57
Mo - Fr 09:30 - 18:30
Sa 09:30 - 18:00
This shop is extremely close to the Stephaplatz subway station, literally 1 min walk from it. But it has very little victorinox products here and mainly carries kitchen knives. The female salesperson is extremely snappy
and with the worst attitude
I have seen in my entire Europe trip(despite my absolute best effort to remain polite, and all I did was to politely ask whether they carry any Linz or Salzburg themed SAK), I won't go in again even my life depends on getting a kitchen knife immediately.
2) DECKENBACHER & BLUMNER
Karntner Str. 21-23
Phone: ++43 1 512 31 90
Fax: ++43 1 512 31 90
Mo - Fr 09:30 - 18:30 Uhr
Sa 09:30 - 18:00 Uh
This shop is situated not far from the Stephaplatz subway station(probably a 10 min walk), and could be easily located on the main street. South(SSW) of the St. Stephan's Cathedral, following the Karntner Strasse(a pedestrian walking-only street) and walk down south, it should be on your left-hand side. As Dks mentioned in his thread
, if you kept walking and see a big intersection with starbuck at left corner, you have walked way too far.(in fact, twice the distance it should be)
It is a large knife/MT shop that sells well known European/US brand knifes. Some shopkeeper could speak in English and is easy to communicate with. I got the Vienna themed and Austria flag SAK here.
3) Joh. Springer’s Erben
Weihburggasse 27, A - 1010 Vienna
Mo-Fr: 9.30 - 18.30
Sa: 10.00 - 17.00
This shop is approximately SE of St. Stephan's Cathedral, about 15-20 min walk from the church.
I went to this shop based on dks suggestion, and I would categorize it mainly as a 'hunting shop' which carries expensive hunting appearal, expensive knives, guns, and watches. There are a only few selection of MT or commonly known brands of knives.
(Sorry, I forgotten to take the pictures, but it is an upscale hunting shop and probably best I don't take pictures inside)
4) Besteck Kistl
Lichtensteg 5, 1010 Wein
Next to Topazz hotel
This shop is within 5-10 min walk from the Stephaplatz subway station(St. Stephan's Cathedral), almost directly N of St. Stephan's Cathedral on the map.
Maybe not as large as "DECKENBACHER & BLUMNER" but it is still a decent sized knife/MT/SAK shop. It does carry the Austria flag, Mozart and Vienna themed SAK. I arrived a little late(6:30) and they close at 6. The shopkeeper is rather nice and ask me what I want as he departed the shop, but I already gotten what I could, and did thank him for his offer of the Austrian themed SAK.
5) Springer's club
Facing Besteck Kistl, just turn and you will see this branch. It is a much smaller shop than the main flagship store, Joh. Springer’s Erben. It has even fewer selection(or almost none) for knives/MT, no guns, and mainly fashion only.
I also went and visited Kagran station-Douzentrum shopping center
, but after walking around for an hour, asking two info desks and three different outdoor shops, I couldn't find any dedicated knife shops
there except kitchen knives.
I also came across a fun looking comic shop, but it closed earlier. Maybe someone could go visit them next time:
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAATips of finding/buying knife/MT as a tourist:
--Before you go, it best to find local friends/Conceirge of your hotel to verify the shop address/hours
--Again, name a few well known European brands of knives and check with hotel concerige to see whether the knife shop you are going does carry them.
--Not everything listed on BF/MTO are accurate or up-to-date, I have found some shops relocated or disappeared.
--Most shops close early, and on average, I'd suggest to go before 6pm
--There is correlation between knife/MT shop vs "JA Zwilling Henckels" kitchen knife brand. Personally, it is about 70% chance of finding a knife shop while it is also a JA Zwilling Henckels dealer, in all the cities I visited.
--Use google map and 'street view' to see whether there is an actual shop there on the street, and check to see what's the walking distance to best plan your visits.Good luck, and safe travelling!