A big part of any holiday and experiencing a new culture is the food and the Tirol region of Austria certainly has plenty to offer! During a week’s walking in the Zugspitze Arena you are sure to work up an appetite, fortunately the routes pass by some fantastic mountain huts and restaurants to keep your energy levels high. Here’s some local favourites for you to try.
Kaiserschmarren is sweet dish of thick shredded pancake served with apple sauce or fruit compote. These large dishes definitely make for a good lunch option and are usually big enough to share between two. Available at most mountain huts and restaurants but we’d recommend the Zugsplitzblick (on the beautiful 3 Lakes walk) or the Coburger Hutter (above the Seeben See lake) for a dish with a view.
Strudel has long been popular across Austria, with a number of flavours and styles, however we think we have found a true winner here in the Zugspitz Arena. The Apple & Raspberry Strudel at Wolfratshausen has been the favourite of many guests and is so popular we now call ahead to make sure they have enough for our hungry hikers.
One also cannot forget the fantastic bakeries in the region, from pretzels and pastries to the fantastic selection of cakes available. A favourite spot of ours for a post walk slice is the Pure Hotel in Lermoos with fantastic views over the arena meadows. Definitely deserved after a long walk day!
Despite being high up in the mountains we get some lovely hot days out here and a cool refreshing drink can definitely help put a spring in your step. We recommend a nice glass of Ski Wasser (Ski Water), a berry concentrate with sparkling water or lemonade, or a bottle of Alm Dudler, an apple and elderflower drink if you prefer something sweet.
On a more savoury note, the mountains are home to a range of delicious and filling meals to fuel your expeditions. Classics include Wiener schnitzel, dumplings and goulash however you may not have tried Tiroler Grӧstl. This traditional Austrian dish consists of a mix of potatoes, bacon and onion fried with cayenne pepper paprika and served with fresh parsley and a fried egg on top (or two if you’re lucky).
And finally although not food, most tend to enjoy a good drink whilst on holiday, we are lucky enough that Ehrwald is home to the Linzgieseder Schnapps factory, producing a range of fruity, herbal and fiery spirits to the Tirol region. They open for factory tours on Wednesdays, and have a gift shop that is open every afternoon except Sundays, pick up a bottle for a perfect holiday gift or souvenir.
Whatever your taste there’s plenty to sample in Austria, so treat yourself. Guten-Appetit!!