Fresh mountain air, lots of exercise and fantastic alpine landscapes – that makes you hungry. An eventful hiking day includes a cozy stop anyway. After hundreds of meters of altitude difference, the food tastes twice as good and secretly you have been thinking about what you want to try for several kilometers: homemade mountain cheese, fluffy Kaiserschmarrn, hearty dumplings or would you prefer a fancy menu? In this collection, we have selected nine hikes in Tyrol, where gourmets get their money's worth – magnificent views of the impressive mountains including.
The culinary highlights of the routes differ: three hikes focus on traditional pastures with their own production, three more tours are perfect for family adventures and the next three routes lead you to restaurants with a high level of culinary artistry.
The Tyrolean mountains await you with plenty of culinary highlights from the Angerer Alm to the Zillertal. And best of all, since you do not need to carry your own food on the mountain, you have enough space in your backpack to take home some mountain cheese.
Are you into cheese? Then this tour is perfect for you. The short hike takes you to the Aussermelang Alm in the Watten Valley, which is known for its first-class cheese production. The starting point of the seven-kilometer hike is at the parking lot of the military training area in Walchen. Much of the route takes you through the Federal Army camp - which is important information regarding the shooting times. But don't worry, if you follow the advice below, nothing stands in the way of your hiking pleasure.From the parking lot you turn onto a dirt road, the Wattentaler Zirbenweg. You run relaxed uphill, with a total of 440 vertical meters in front of you. On economic trails you hike past the Stieralm and into the forest. On hot summer days, the trees offer you a shady climb.You will soon have reached the Aussermelang Alm and can look forward to an enjoyable break. In the rustic alpine village with its 20 huts, around 100,000 liters of milk are processed into excellent alpine cheese every summer. In the snack station you can convince yourself of the pure quality - and pack your backpack for home with even more cheese. The way back is the same way as the way there.Important: Before you plan to do this tour, definitely check the shooting times of the military training area. The hiking trails may not be used during military exercises, as there is a risk to life. You can find all the necessary information here: wattenberg.tirol.gv.at/Truppenuebungsplatz.
Fans of James Bond know it, all are impressed: The gourmet restaurant "ice Q" at 3,048 meters is unique. But before you treat yourself to a vodka martini in the futuristic glass building - shaken, not stirred - of course, this little hike from the Gaislachkogel to the Gaislacher See, one of the most beautiful mountain lakes in the rear Ötztal valley, is worthwhile.From Sölden you take the cable car to the Gaislachkogel, the actual starting point of the hike at 3,056 meters. From the summit cross you can already enjoy a magnificent view of the surrounding peaks.The path leads you over a gently sloping mountain ridge past the "ice Q". The downhill route gets steeper and takes you quickly to the Gaislacher See on a rocky, uncultivated surface. Sit on the shore and enjoy the fabulous view of the royal blue water and the beautiful mountain landscape.Return to the "ice Q" on the same route - now uphill. After 300 meters you have made it. Now you can indulge in the world-class restaurant and enjoy the mesmerizing views, just like James Bond did in "Specter" back then.
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Dinos in the mountains? On the Kammerköralm in the Pillerseetal you can actually discover some of the extinct lizards, if only as a replica. The Triassic Trail, the adventure trail of the Triassic Park, not only takes you to the tops of the stone slab, but also into the ancient Triassic with its prehistoric sea Tethys. Fun for the whole family.Start of the hike is at the mountain station Steinplatte on the Kammerköralm. Once you pass the neighboring restaurant, the culinary reward comes after the more than four kilometers long circuit. You enter the prehistoric Triassic Trail. On always well-paved roads, you first pass by the Speichersee and then south to the summit of the Steinplatte. Here you can expect a great view of the surrounding peaks.The way back leads you past the "red wall" and on the north side of the mountain. You walk back to the mountain station and the Kammerköralm. At the end of your tour, treat yourself to a refreshing snack in the panoramic restaurant at 1,666 meters altitude.
No question, the Ötztal mountains around Sölden have much more to offer than ski slopes - for example, excellent cuisine on the Gampe Thaya. On a short but quite steep hike, you can climb from Sölden through the forest to the alpine pasture and look forward to the food all along the way. In addition to Tyrolean classics such as cheese dumplings and Kaiserschmarrn you get in the quaint parlor or on the sun terrace, some special delicacies: lukewarm stripes of beef are served to the colorful salad and who pre-orders, enjoys the great cheese fondue - of course, only with regional cheese. Speaking of cheese: In the summer, master carpenter Jakob Prantl still produces his own Gampe Kaas from Tyrolean gray milk. You can then buy the same then in the Almladen.At the towering church in Sölden begins your hike to Gampe Thaya. First it goes steeply up to the district of Plöden and then past a small lake into the forest. Here you will meet a little later on the wild and romantic ladder mountain trail. You follow this steadily uphill, crosses the Hochsöldenstraße and reach the Gampe Thaya a little later. Here is princely geschaust, before it goes on the same way back down to Sölden.
Is mountain cooking only spartan? Not at all huts: Because in the Wedelhütte high above the Zillertal, you are also culinary high. Exquisite 4-course menus are served here in a wildly romantic mountain setting. Chef Christian Siegele surprises you with sophisticated creations - and excellent wines are available to accompany. If you want to end the evening with a dinner in the mountains, no problem: you can also spend the night comfortably at the Wedelhütte.Before the meal, of course, the hike awaits you first and it is no less dreamy. Your tour begins at the Hirschbichlalm in the mountain village of Zellberg, which is located directly on the Zillertaler Höhenstraße. After you have parked your car in the hiking car park, follow the road for a few meters until the signposted path to the Wedelhütte soon branches off. Now you hike across wide alpine pastures and with a wonderful mountain panorama steadily uphill to the hut. After the excellent meal, you go back to the starting point in the same way.
The Burgeralm is the perfect hiking destination for lovers of excellent cheese. Because up here in the Chiemgau Alps, first-class cheese made from fresh hay milk is processed directly on site. The cows are grazing all around the pasture, and you can watch them on the hut terrace while having a snack. And for this tour, leave a little more space in your backpack, because you can not only try the different cheeses here, but also buy them in the farm shop.The hike to the Burgeralm starts at the hiking car park Feistenau. From here you can hike very comfortably on a wide farm road up to Burgeralm. The trail over wide alpine meadows is signposted throughout and rises only gently - perfect for a real pleasure hike. After a long rest on the Burgeralm it goes the same way back to the starting point.
The Muttereralm lies on the wide slopes of the Nockspitze not far from Innsbruck and attracts mountaineers, families and leisurely hikers alike with the easy hiking trails, the wonderful view of the Inn Valley and of course the Tyrolean delicacies. While sporty hikers ascend to the Pfriemeswand and the Nockspitze before a stop, the others stroll on our leisurely tour across open alpine meadows and through light mountain forests. At the end everyone meets again on the terrace of the Muttereralm, before finally taking the cable car down to the valley.The tour starts at the top station of the Muttereralmbahn. From here you follow our route through beautiful forests and on wide paths across promising mountain meadows. After you have circled the small reservoir, the tour ends where it started: at the Muttereralm. Here you take a seat on the sun terrace and let yourself be spoiled with Tyrolean specialties with a magnificent panorama.If you still want a little more action, you can rent one of the cool mountain carts on the mountain pasture and wind your way around the five kilometers from the mountain station down to the valley.
A leisurely mountain hike, a wonderful view, excellent food and excellent wines - all this is offered by our tour to the Angerer Alm. Up here in the Kitzbüheler Alpen you will find one of the highest - and most praised - wine cellars in the Alps. Hut manager Annemarie Foidl is not only a wine connoisseur, but also president of the Austrian Sommelier Association. You see, only the finest drops are served here. Since the Angerer Alm is only a few meters away from the middle station of the Harschbichl cable car, you can also treat yourself to a second glass. A cozy evening at sunset is of course even nicer - thanks to the cozy rooms on the Angerer Alm also an option.Your hike to the Angerer Alm begins at the valley station of the Harschbichl cable car. The tour takes you steadily uphill on broad, comfortable hiking trails, sometimes across meadows and through light mountain forests. Thanks to the moderate incline and good trails, the tour is also suitable for leisurely hikers and families. From the Hochfeldalm you will also be accompanied by a wonderful view of the rugged peaks of the Wilder Kaiser. When you arrive at the alp, you can enjoy the panorama and, of course, Tyrolean specialties with a glass of wine. After your stop, you go down the same way back to the starting point of the hike.
A trip to Seealm Hög in the Tyrolean Oberland is the perfect day out for you and your children. You comfortably float with the gondola of the Alpkopfbahn to the middle station and explore here the Six Senses way and the adventure playgrounds around the Högsee. As a conclusion, you then enter the stylish Seealm and let yourself be pampered. Above all, the menu includes first-class fish dishes, supplemented with vegetarian and vegan dishes. And if your kids want to play in the playground, watch them having a cup of coffee from the terrace.From Serfaus you can take the Alpkopfbahn to the middle station, the starting point of your tour. From here you can take the broad, pram-friendly trail around the lake. Always with you: the magnificent view of the mountains of the Tyrolean Oberland. A small round through the light mountain forest will take you past the romantically located "Familien Lichter Kapelle" and back to the lakeshore. Another tour by pedal boat or a jump into the water, before it goes to the Seealm? No problem, the adventure park Hög offers variety for children of all ages - and the parents may of course lunch. After your retreat, you will float happily and happily down the gondola into the valley.