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Ed Sheeran celebrates his 26th birthday in Austria with schnitzel and beer

He may be one of the hottest musicians in the world right now, clocking up around half a million plays every hour on music-streaming websites, but British singer songwriter Ed Sheeran has celebrated his 26th birthday in understated style – with a schnitzel and beer in Austria.

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Ahead of his new album ÷, the Castle on the Hill and You Don’t Need Me, I Don’t Need You singer uploaded an Instagram post of him holding two Steins of lager in front of a plate of schnitzel and chips with the caption, ‘Spent my birthday in Austria with beer and fried stuff, yep yep yep’.

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This isn’t the first time that Sheeran has extoled a love for Austria. Speaking in the country to Ö3 radio, Sheeran said recently: ‘I love Austria – the people, the beer, and the food.’ The singer is set to perform at the Open Air Arena in Vienna on 17 July 2017.

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Alongside apple strudel, Sacher Torte (a rich chocolate cake) and saftgulasch (a goulash-style stew made with beef), the Weiner Schnitzel is one of Austria’s national dishes. It is made of thin cutlet of breaded veal that has been pan fried. Among the best places to try Weiner Schnitzel in Austria are in the capital Vienna are Finkh in the sixth district and Zum Blauen Esel, the other side of the Wien river.

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The capital is also famed for its Kaffeehäuser (Coffee Houses), which Unesco added to their Intangible Cultural Heritage list back in 2011. These grandiose, 18th-century establishments were often frequented by creative thinkers like architect Otto Wagner, Russian politician Leon Trotsky and artist Gustav Klimt, and they still retain some of the original décor today. Among the most famous Kaffeehäuser are Café Central, Café Landtmann and Café Griensteidl.
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