Top 5 On Mountain Restaurants – Austria

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1. Hospiz Alm, St Christoph

hospiz-alm-st-christoph Descending down the world-famous wine cellar on the ski-boot friendly staircase is the easy part. Leaving this culinary haven is more of a challenge. This piste-side Hospiz Alm is the beating heart of the Arlberg: stylish alpine lifestyle, sexy lederhosened waiters and the added bonus of Bacchanalian quaffing from the largest big bottle Bordeaux collection in the Alps. From Franz Klammer to Princess Caroline to a rash of F1 drivers, a long lunch here is the stuff of many a story. A thin buttery schnitzel followed by a sweet Kaiserschmarren omelette (too large and lovely not to share) will never disappoint. Food, fun, flare and lots of it.



2. Ice Q, Sölden

ice-q-so%cc%88lden[the_ad id=”15538″]The ideal perch for a baddie’s nest or a sexy assignation, Ice Q drips with James Bond cool. The futuristic glass cube mountain-top restaurant is one of the prime reasons Sölden was chosen as location shoot for the most recent Bond film: the panorama over Tirol’s 3000m peaks combined with superb food and wine are pure Bond standard. The mountain-top cuboid is a clear-glass testament to innovative modern architecture and the kitchen more than keeps up its side. From shellfish linguine to entrecote, each dish is a work of art. The signature Pino3000 wine is an interesting cross-border effort: three top vintners from Austria, South Tyrol and Germany blend their best Pinot Noir matured in a special cellar at the Gaislachkogel.



3. Alter Goldener Berg, Oberlech

alter-goldener-berg-oberlechDespite a reputation for chic exclusivity, Lech-Zürs are essentially old farming villages-done-good. No corner is more postcard-pretty than the wooden chalets of Oberlech: outside all snowy and white, and inside the Alter Goldener Berg it’s pure romance, pine-lined candle light and low-ceiling cosiness. This iconic inn represents no less than 500 years of Austrian Gemutlichkeit; original and comfortable, this is Austria at its most authentic. Settle in for a bowl of zesty homemade goulash or some of Oma’s cheese ravioli. If you have apple strudel on your mind this, my friends, is the place.




4. Schaufelspitz, Stubai

top 5 austria restuarantsThe snowy jewel in the crown, the slopes of Stubai Glacier rise above 3,200m with stunning views of over 100 peaks. And while we’re counting, sophisticated dishes at Schaufelspitz have earned this peak-top destination restaurant an impressive 15 Gault-Millau points and two toques. Its sleek modern-style pine-panelled parlour showcases an open fireplace and full show-me-how-it’s-done kitchen. Outside, lambskin chairs on the terrace deliver dreamlike panorama. Inside, glass and steel let the Alps in, focusing the spotlight on glistening stemware, dishes of stylish truffle pasta and dry aged beef, and occasional smoke that licks from glass bell jars raised by white-gloved waiters. International takes on old classics.




5. Rosi’s Sonnbergstuben, Kitzbühel

rosis-sonnbergstuben-kitzbu%cc%88helRosi is a legend, as is her über-cozy restaurant and hotel. Located piste-side at Bichlalm high above the pretty medieval town of Kitzbühel, breathtaking views of the Kitzbühel Alps come first, followed by the unbelievably warm welcome of glamourous Rosi Schipflinger and her guitar. Traditional Tyrolean dishes prepared to a high standard and with great flourish, accompanied by top wines and the “Singing Hostess”. An authentic Alpine experience that can’t be replicated, Rosi’s is something to write home about.