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Viking Cuisine

The scent of rosemary on roasted lamb. The sight of scarlet tomatoes, plump and ripe. The way the pastry flakes in your fingers and melts in your mouth. You experience travel with all your senses and food that indulges every one of them is food that you never forget. With Viking, you celebrate food in all its glory. On board and on shore, you discover that food is something to be sampled, savored and, above all, enjoyed! With Viking, fine food is fresh food. Sorbet made with lemons from the orchards of Provence. Hungarian goulash with paprika from the produce market in Budapest. And with your trout? Hand-picked dill from the organic herb garden on the sun deck of a Viking Longship. Our chefs use fresh locally sourced ingredients in the creation of authentic dishes bursting with flavor. 


Greet the morning with a sumptuous breakfast buffet in the dining room. Or pick up a croissant and cappuccino and head off to the sun deck to watch the river come to life. Lunch presents yet more choice with a selection of inspiring dishes. When evening falls, the artistry in the kitchen transforms into a masterpiece of a five-course dinner, with a menu that incorporates traditional influences as well as contemporary cuisine. To be an occasion, it must be shared. And there is no more relaxing place to share good food, good wine and stories with friends, both old and new, than in our intimate dining rooms.


With an array of lighter choices or vegetarian dishes, our chefs work with nutritionists to provide a selection of balanced options. And, because some days you feel like a simple supper, a perfectly grilled steak or chicken breast or grilled salmon and Caesar salad is always an option.


Freshly brewed coffee in the lounge as you gaze at the river's early morning mist. Iced tea on the sun deck as you pass villages shaped by time. A bottle of fine local wine with lunch or dinner. You can enjoy it all, included in your cruise fare.


Viking's signature "Taste of..." events are a great introduction to the food and drink of the region. This delightfully informal gathering is as much a visual feast as it is an edible one. Displays of colorful fruit sit alongside a smorgasbord of delicacies, such as you might find in a traditional cafe. Pretzels and sweet mustard, leberwurst and Kölsch are some of the many tasty treats at "A Taste of Germany." Surrounded by glorious riverside scenery, it is a wonderful opportunity to mingle with fellow guests, chat with Viking chefs and enjoy a taste of the world.


Accompany the chef on a food shopping trip to the local market. Discover why herbs are a cook’s best friend. Meet local producers of fine food and wine. With Viking, food is never just for sustenance, it’s a joy to be shared. Whether you are making an apple strudel or whipping up a fondant au chocolat, our tastings, cooking classes and hands-on demonstrations are the perfect way to expand your mind and satisfy your taste buds.


Guests have the opportunity to dine al fresco on the sun deck or the Viking Longships Aquavit Terrace. Relaxing amidst ever-changing landscapes, it is the perfect casual dining experience.


Viking’s pledge to bring you exceptional choice extends to your dining experience, with a variety of cuisine that you can enjoy where and when you like. Have a leisurely breakfast in the restaurant. Or, take a plate of freshly baked pastries to the sun deck. For a lunch less ordinary, enjoy one of the daily specials in the restaurant or something lighter in the lounge.

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