From Apfelstrudel to Zirbenschnaps, the Kitzbüheler Alps is a destination for foodies as well as snowlovers
Resorts in the heart of the of the Tirol region, including Kitzbühel, St Johann, and Westendorf, serve up much more than just delectable pistes. They are also part of a strong and centuries old culinary tradition. Not all of the following dishes are strictly indigenous to the Kitzbüheler Alps, but with a strong tradition of Gastfreundlichkeit (hospitality), and excellent homegrown produce, there's no better place in Austria to tempt the tastebuds. Here's the A-Z (admittedly with a few gaps) of what to look out for on the menu, and the best places to find it. All dishes best paired with the Kitzbüheler Alps undeniably spectacular scenery.
'A' is for 'Apfelstrudel'
A logical place to start, not just alphabetically-speaking, but also because this is one of Austria's national dishes. Crispy pastry, cinnamon-infused apples, this is the perfect warming treat on a cold afternoon. Best served with lashings of vanilla sauce.
Where to find it: Head to the Hornköpflhütte on the Kitzbüheler Horn, which is well away from the crowds swooping down the famed Hahnenkamm. Enjoy deserted pistes along with your dessert.
'B' is for 'Bauernbrot'Not necessarily a standalone dish, but a sturdy accompaniment to many soups, and often simply served with cured meats and cheeses, 'Farmers' Bread' is a robust, dense rye that puts your normal toast slice to shame.
Where to find it: The Stanglalm, slopeside at St Johann in Tirol, prides itself on its local dishes made with local ingredients. And rightly so.