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Top 10 Austrian Foods

Tiroler Groestl Top 10 Austrian foods

The Hochkönig region is renouned for it’s culinary delights, and has many mountain restaurants with a great choice of food.  Here are our top 10 Austrian foods we recommend that you try during your stay

Tiroler Groestl Top 10 Austrian foods

Tiroler Gröstl

Great when you are skiing on the piste, or hiking up the mountain as very filling!

Fried potatoes, ham, onion, sausage chunks, herbs, topped with a fried egg.

Wiener Schnitzel Top 10 Austrian Foods

Wiener Schnitzel

The traditional Wiener Schnitzel, from Vienna, is made from thin veal cutlets, breaded and fried in butter. However, due to the cost, and personal tastes, Schnitzel is also made from pork, chicken or turkey. The dish is served piping hot with a garnish of lemon and parsley. You can squeeze a little bit of the lemon over the schnitzel. The dish is usually served with either a traditional potato salad, parsley potatoes, or chips.  You will be able to find Wiener Schnitzel in literally every place, so don’t worry about missing out!

Kaisersmarrn Top 10 Austrian Foods


Our favourite Austrian food!

Kaisersmarr’n is fluffy pancakes – made with a pancake batter, and then with whisked egg white mixed in to make it fluffy.  

It is then shredded in the pan, and served with icing sugar, and either Zwetschgen (plum), apple, or lingonberry (like cranberry) sauce

Schweinbraten Top 10 Austrian Foods


This is a traditional  Austrian dish that families tend to eat at the weekends. 

It is usually 2 different cuts of roast pork, served with crackling, and a thin pork gravy sauce.  It is usually served with semmerlknödel (bread dumpling), and sauerkraut (pickled cabbage)

Kasnocken Top 10 Austrian foods


Kasnocken are small dumplings combined with melted cheese. In Germany, “Nocken” are called “Spaetzle”. they are served as a side dish to roasts. People from Austria and from the Allgaeu, a district of Bavaria next to the Austrian border, refined the original Spaetzle and made up their own variety. They added cheese instead of meat and thus created a main dish. In Germany, this dish is called “Kaesspaetzle”, whereas in Austria it is called “Kasnocken”. Today, the Pinzgauer Kasnocken are probably the most famous type of cheese dumplings in Austria, and they are popular among both locals and tourists.


Leberkaese Top 10 Austrian foods


Leberkäse is like a meatloaf – made from chopped pork, corned beef and bacon, ground up and formed in a loaf shape.

It is either served in a roll as a quick lunch, or with roast potatoes or chips, and a fried egg on top.

Brettljause Top 10 Austrian foods


A type of ploughmans lunch, or tapas, made from local produce of cooked and cured hams, cheese, pickled vegetables. 

It sometimes has Kren – grated horseradish as an accompaniment. 

It is usually served with some local bread

Bauern Knoedl Top 10 Austrian foods


Austria is famous for it’s dumplings, and as well as them being accompaniments to a meal, they sometimes are the star of the meal.

The one pictured is a Bauern dumpling – filled with ham, cheese, and onion, and served with a gravy. You can also get Spinat Knödel – a dumpling with spinach and served with a creamy sauce.

There are also sweet dumplings – for example filled with apricot jam (Marillen), and served with a vanilla custard.

Apfelstrudel Top 10 Austrian Foods


Apfelstrudel, or apple strudel, is probably one of the best known Austrian foods abroad. Apfelstrudel consists of a very thin sheet of pastry, stuffed with apples, cinnamon, breadcrumbs, and often raisins. It’s usually served on its own but may also come with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream, or vanilla custard. Other variants of strudel also exist, including Topfenstrudel (quark strudel), Nussstrudel (nut strudel), and many more.

Germknoedl Top 10 Austrian foods


Germknödel is a big yeast dumpling filled with Powidl (plum jam) and served with melted butter and poppy seeds. It may also be served with vanilla sauce.

You see many Austrians have this as a  snack on the pistes as it is great for refueling you!

There are many more tasty dishes, but these are our Top 10 Austrian foods that we recommend you try when you are here!

If you would like some more recommendations, then please let us know and we will happily provide!

Other favourites include Goulash, Fritatten soup, Leberknödel soup, Wurst (sausage, of which there are many varieties!), and of course Sacher Torte.

The Hochkönig region offer culinary tours along the Königstour on their website.  This is a great way to try out the local foods whilst you ski the mountains!

Our Favourite Mountain Restaurants in the Hochkönig

Zachofalm Dienten

The Hochkönig region is renouned for it’s culinary delights, and we highly recommend you try out a few of the mountain restaurants during your stay.  Here are a few of our favourite mountain restaurants!

Tiergartenalm Muehlbach am Hochkoenig

Tiergartenalm Mühlbach am Hochkönig

On the piste down from the top of Kings Cab towards Mühlbach.

Great on a sunny day as it has a south facing terrace, and newly opened for the 2016 season is the extended indoor eating area with traditional decor and fantastic views. There is a self service area and a serviced area. We recommend the daily specials – we have never been disappointed! It is popular for Apres Ski, and on Wednesdays during the ski season, the pistes are open late so you can ski tour to the alm for an evening meal.

Zachofalm Dienten

Zachhofalm, Dienten

Under the Zachhof lift, Dienten.

This alm offers organic, local produce. In the summer they have a herb garden, which they use in their tasty dishes all year around. They also have some home made product for sale such as oils and herbs. We love the pancakes with cream cheese and pickled vegetables, and the homemade gluhwien, and they quite often have a home made special for desert!

You need to book a table to eat here – you can do this directly on their website


Steinbockalm, Dienten

Steinbockalm, Dienten

At the top of Gabühel, in between Dienten and Hinterthal.

They pride themselves on top quality gourmet food, and employ 2 gourmet chefs. The Schweinsbraten (roast pork) is in our opinion, the best in the region. It also has fantastic views, a great outside sitting area, and when it’s snowing, a lovely roaring fire inside. Expect to be seated with others as it gets very busy and they try to ensure everyone gets to eat!

It also is open late on Thursday evenings in the ski season so you can finish off your skiing day with a meal and ski down after the pistes have closed. Note that there are no buses in between Dienten and Mühlbach in the winter, so you will need alternative transport to get back to the village after the ski lifts close.

Hochmaisalm, Hinthertal

Hochmaisalm, Hinterthal

Situated on the red piste above Hintertal.

The Rostis are our favourite meal! They also organise evening events where you can take the Pisten Bully (piste machine) up from Hintertal to the restaurant on Wednesdays and Fridays. Booking is essential for evenings, and they have a separate evening menu. There are a few meals you must prebook in advance for evening meals– ribs, pork shank, meat cooked on a hot pyramid stone, steak cooked on a stone.

Zapferlalm, Muehlbach am Hochkoenig

Zapferlalm, Mühlbach am Hochkönig

Next to the bottom of Kings Cab

Great for Apres Ski- fantastic atmosphere with great staff!

You can reserve for an evening meal, and get a ride up and down with the skidoo!

Scheppalalm, Muehlbach am Hochkoenig

Scheppal Alm, Mühlbach am Hochkönig

On the 1a blue family run down to Mühlbach.

A good last stop for Apres Ski, and has the best Kaiserschmarren (fluffy pancakes) in the area (in our opinion!)

It is approx. a 45 min walk from  Haus Schneeberg, so you can also eat here in the evening and have a digestive walk back, or stop here at the end of your ski day and ski back via the skiweg, subject to snow conditions!

Hochkoenigalm, Dienten

Hochkönig Alm, Dienten

In between Mühlbach and Dienten.

Excellent food for a large Alm, and great if you are in a hurry. It offers both self service and waiter service. Good for daily specials. We like the Hirsch Burger (venison burger)!

Gabhuelhuette Dienten

Gabühelhütte, Dienten

On the 21 red piste from the top of Gabühel towards Dienten.

We love the Black pudding Gröstl! (black pudding in mixture of fried potato, onions, bacon bits and vegetables.

Schweizerhuette Muehlbach am Hochkoenig

Schweizerhütte, Mühlbach am Hochkönig

Up at Hochkeil, behind Arthurhaus

A fantastic experience for cheese lovers! Every Thursday night the cosy restaurant opens to do cheese fondues with their own blend of cheeses. You will need to reserve, as seating is limited and it is very popular! The restaurant will also provide free taxis to and from the restaurant on request.