Drunk Augustin and the plague pit
While strolling through Vienna’s first district you shouldn’t miss out on visiting the Griechenbeisl, a restaurant that can be found in the Griechengasse 9.
A name you will stumble upon in many Viennese sagas is the “lovely Augustin”, a bagpipe player and improviser from the 17th century. Augustin got famous due to falling into a plague pit
while being drunk. Augustin survived his night in the pit without any problems, the following morning he wandered through the streets again, singing his songs.
Every child in Vienna knows the song “Oh du lieber Augustin” (oh lovely Augustin), a song that found its way to Vienna around the year 1800.
The Griechenbeisl has a long tradition of more than 500 years and even Augustin has performed his songs there. Take a picture of Augustin in the pit, if you step into the restaurant, you can find a replica of it.
For more information about their opening hours visit https://www.griechenbeisl.at