When we were planning our ski trip to Austria, we knew it would be an expensive holiday, but when it was all said and done and we discovered our expenses totaled more than our last three trips combined, we were pretty shocked. It is not cheap to take a family ski vacation – lesson learned! But one area we were still able to keep within our budget was food. In both Alpbach and Innsbruck, we were lucky enough to find plenty of budget-friendly, yet still very tasty places to eat at. The following are five places to eat in Alpbach that really stood out to us in terms of quality, price, atmosphere, and friendly service!
The Berggasthof Hornboden is located just downhill from the lift station on Wiedersbergerhornbahn. (That’s a mouthful!) This is where we skied in Alpbach on Gmahkopf for three days. We only went to the Hornboden once, but I loved the relaxed atmosphere here. Besides the lively, outdoor bar area, inside you’ll find a sit-down restaurant on the upper level and a cafeteria-style eatery on the ground floor. The views from pretty much anywhere you sit are outstanding, and the food isn’t half bad either!
Address: House Number 387, 6236 Alpbach
The Ferienwohnung Dorfcafe is a konditorei cafe (German for a pâtisserie/confectionery shop) near the center of Alpbach. The front of the cafe faces the mountains, providing some pretty stellar views from nearly every table. I say nearly because we were placed at the only table in the whole restaurant without a view, but at least the food was good! I call the kind of food served here, comfort food. It’s not exactly healthy, but it’s filling. Just what you need after a day on the slopes. The desserts looked especially delectable, but I couldn’t possibly eat another bite after finishing off that gigantic sandwich pictured above. It’s called a Farmer’s Sandwich – bacon, onions, and melted cheese on toasted bread. Yum!
Address: House Number 641, 6236 Alpbach
I knew we would eat at the Jakober Gasthaus at some point during our stay since it is the restaurant associated with the guest house we were staying at. We came here for lunch one afternoon and I fell in love with the homey, country-style decor, similar to what we’re used to seeing back in Tennessee. Like the guest house, the restaurant resembles an old cabin with its knotty pine floors and wood paneling covering the walls. It’s a cozy sort of place you could hole up in for hours over a good meal. Their menu is extensive, but since it was lunchtime we went with a traditional Austrian snack of pork sausages with horseradish mustard, sauerkraut, and rolls. I wasn’t a big fan of the sauerkraut, but everything else gets two thumbs up!
Address: House Number 169, 6236 Alpbach
Messner’s Cafe & Pizzeria
Messner’s Cafe & Pizzeria is located right next door to the Jakober Gasthaus in the center of Alpbach. It’s where we ate our breakfast every morning before catching the bus to the slopes, which is only steps away from this restaurant, by the way. Messner’s is beautiful on the inside with lots of comfy chairs and benches to sit on. Their choices of pizzas are top notch as well. I went with the Provenziale – it was loaded with bacon, ham, cheese, chili peppers, and corn on a perfectly toasted thin pizza crust. Best pizza I’ve had in a long time, maybe ever. Lex chose the cheese dumpling soup and said it was delicious as well!
Address: House Number 170, 6236 Alpbach
Hotel Zur Post
I saved the best for last – Hotel Zur Post, also in the center of Alpbach. It was by chance that we ended up eating here. The place we’d intended on trying out was fully booked, so we had to go in search of an open table somewhere else. Hotel Zur Post was full when we arrived as well, but the hostess moved a couple who were already seated to a different table so they could fit us in. (Talk about accommodating!) The menu had so many enticing options that it was difficult to choose just one to try. I went with the Kartoffelpuffer auf Cremigem Blattspinat, aka potato pancakes with creamy leaf spinach. Roasted mushrooms, cocktail tomatoes, green onions, and a light sauce were poured over the top. It was so packed with flavor that if I hadn’t been in a nice restaurant, I might have licked my plate. No joke. This meal definitely holds a firm spot in my top five favorite meals ever. I’m a little sad knowing I’ll likely never have the opportunity to enjoy it again!
Address: House Number 184, 6236 Alpbach
Save for the one dinner at Hotel Zur Post, all three of us were able to eat a filling meal at each of these places for under €25. Our meal at Hotel Zur Post was a bit more expensive at €35, but I believe the quality of the food was worth the extra expense. There were still many more places to eat in Alpbach that we didn’t get the opportunity to try out, but I can personally attest to these five. If you get the chance to try any of these cafes for yourself, come back and let me know what you thought!
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