Osttirol is not only an inside tip for those who like skiing without waiting at the ski lift or without too many people on the slope, but also for those who are looking for real authentic and traditional Austrian food – on and off the slope.
Even if the slopes seem to be empty, in one of the many mountain chalets you will always be in good company to enjoy dishes like “Kaesspaetzle” (kind of cheese noodles with fried onions on top and green salad), “Germknoedel” (yeast dumpling filled with plum jam and poppy seeds sprinkled on top, served in melted butter or vanilla sauce), or “Berner Wuerstel mit Pommes Frittes” (“Bernese” sausage with cheese and bacon, served with French fries). The delicacies shall be accompanied by the appropriate drinks, like a “Skiwasser” (0,5l of raspberry juice with water) or a “Helles” (wheat beer). As the Austrian cuisine is not exactly a light one, it might be a good idea to taste one of the homemade schnapps, e.g. pine schnapps, as a digestive. In the afternoon, don’t forget to come back for some hot chocolate (with whipped cream) and maybe some sweet dish, like apple strudel, or a salty snack! And the best thing is: in not even one chalet in whole Osttirol is self-service, but you can just come in, sit down, and relax!
In the evening, once the ski day is finished, Osttirol is waiting with a great choice of award-winning restaurants for its guests. Yes, the region is actually the one region in Austria with the highest density of award-winning restaurants! Just to give one example: the “Rauter Stube”, the oldest restaurant in Matrei and holding the Gault-Millau-star since more than 30 years! Traditional cuisine meets excellency, prepared out of seasonal fresh and local products.