Up to the mountains to hike and gather in the Tyrolean Stube.
Hike through forests and rhododendron fields, along mountain ditches and over Alpine meadows. A stop at one of the traditional Alpine huts, where rare regional delicacies are on offer, such as buckwheat dumplings, Riebl or chicory noodles.
The innkeepers who have been awarded the "Real Quality in the Mountains" seal focus on regional products and prepare all of their dishes in a fresh and traditional manner. Therefore, do not be surprised if the menu is completely different every time, because only fresh ingredients are wanted and used for preparing local dishes up here. As much as possible comes from the innkeeper‘s own garden. So when tomatoes are ripe and in season, the dish of the day at the Mahdalm mountain hut
above Merano/Meran could be just dumpling and fresh tomato carpaccio. And if it is wild garlic time, then you should try the wild garlic Cordon Bleu at the Hoferhof inn
above Marlengo/Marling. Every host has their own special dishes and secret recipes.
No mass market grocery products such as industrial cheese can be found here! Speaking of cheese: you should absolutely try the award-winning cheese of the Schwemmalm mountain dairy
in the Ultental Valley. In summer or winter, this Alpine farm is open year-round. It is located in the ski and hiking area at Schwemmalm. And if you are already in the Ultental Valley, you should definitely make a stop at the Steinrast inn
. There, dishes are prepared by Brunhilde, who never thought she would be a cook one day, and who now prpares dumplings in many diiferent ways: with gray cheese and rucola, with celery and goat's cheese and much more. She even gives dumpling cooking lessons today.
The huts awarded with the "Real Quality in the Mountains" seal not only offer authentic food, but are places with unique character where you can meet people with a mind all their own. Like Karl, the asparagus farmer at the Tschigg inn
in Marlengo, who formerly did not even know what asparagus tasted like, but once he got into it, started to grow these tender vegetables himself.
Or Irene at the Waldbichl inn
in Verano/Vöran, who is sure that one should sow vegetables only according to the moon, otherwise they will not be the same.