Winter is coming!!! But we don’t need to fear the winter as the people from Games of Thrones, because for us ski enthusiasts or snowboarders, this means POWDER ALARM!!! Every year I’m looking forward to getting ready for at least one snow experience, even though this means I have to use my indoor trainer for triathlon training. But I have to admit, I really enjoy  these cold and sunny days with my snowboard every now and then. That surely is one thing I miss about old times, back when I used to live in Munich.

Well , while I was writing the other post about the gourmet Ski-Schaukel in the Zillertal region, I was getting curious about the respective mountain huts and reorganized my bucket list. :-)  – Those who enjoy active holidays in Zillertal with hikes or mountain bike rides take in plenty of fresh mountain air – and we all know how hungry that can make you! However, stopping off at one of the over 150 Zillertal lodges and mountain restaurants does more than just quieten rumbling stomachs – the home-made Zillertal specialities also tantalise the taste buds and delight the soul! These are by far my favorite mountain huts.

Firnhütte (Hochzillertal / Kaltenbach) – Cozy Atmosphere

The Firnhütte is located at the Neuhütten lift base station and was build in 2012 out of untreated wood, in addition to the existing small “Schirmbar”, where only drinks and snacks were served. The cozy Firnhütte with the FirnBar offers sophisticate cuisine. The dishes cooked on the hot stone are very recommendable. The bread served here is freshly baked.


Kristallhütte (Hochzillertal / Kaltenbach) – Wellness, Gourmet, Chill Out & Art

The Kristallhütte can be described as a gourmet restaurant with attractive prices – curry wurst and french fries will not be found here. The chef earns points for the young, creative cuisine! Great value is placed on the freshness and origin of the products used at the Kristallhütte, so top quality regional products are served here. A typical hut atmosphere is found at the open fireplace and in the rustic dining rooms. When the weather is nice, the large sun terrace with its own bar, water beds and lounge chairs welcomes you to relax. You can enjoy the beautiful panorama view on the wind protected terrace. Since the 2013/2014 season, there is also a new wine cellar at the Kristallhütte.

My personal highlight: a 360 degree panoramic view from an altitude of 2.147m – breathtakingly beautiful. Simply relax on the terrace, enjoying the sun, listening to chill-out sounds provided by various DJs.


Wedelhütte (Tyrol / Zillertal) – Culinaric Highlights, Sports, Wellness & Gourmet

The Wedelhütte invites you to an extravagant chalet atmosphere for relaxation and happy feasting. The upper floor offers something special. In the exclusive Premium Wedel Lounge, you can experience the cultivated service of a gourmet restaurant. Rustic dining rooms and sun terraces are of course also available. The highest wine cellar in Austria is also found at the Wedelhütte. It is located in the “cellar” of the Wedelhütte, but still offers a gorgeous view of the Zillertal mountain landscape. Where else can you enjoy the best wines while also enjoying a breathtaking view? There is a reason why the Wedelhütte was honored with the “Best Wine Cellar” award.


Adler Lounge (East Tyrol / Großglockner) – Modern Architecture meets Traditional Style

If you want to sleep at an altitude of 2.500m and love modern architecture combined with traditional style elements, then the Adler Lounge is your place to be. I haven’t been there, yet, but am hooked by this impressive floor-to-ceiling glass and steel box, at the top of the Cimaross peak, with views across both resorts and north-east to Austria’s highest mountain, Grossglockner (3,798m). It has three restaurants, including a gourmet dining room where your ski boots are replaced with slippers, and rooms and apartments to hire from €204 a night.

Vanessa will be visiting the area later this year, together with her brother. So, I am pretty sure she can then provide you with more insights, including her personal recommendation. I myself cannot wait to book my next trip. Although it’s quite a tough choice, I am pretty sure I’ll pick East Tyrol. ;-)


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in collaboration with the Schultz Gruppe Austria