Restaurant Wirtschaft has opened some weeks ago and is located in an old farmhouse just on the main street going through Altaussee. It may not have lake-view - however, it has a nice terrace with some lounge garden furniture from where you can spot the church spire and the farmhouses in the neighbourhood at least :). It is small and tastefully decorated in a very original way - they combine modern things with antiquities and the one or the other oddity - like the wasps` nest or old portraits on the wall. There is also a nice tiled stove.
The food was good - a had sheep`s cheese with tomatoes and field salad and I also tried the Spaghetti Busara with prawns. The chocolate cake served with cream and fresh berries was good as well. They have just a small menu, which should be a good sign. Prices are more than ok (mains between 8 for pasta and 22 EUR for the scotch fillet) - usually prices in restaurants in Altaussee tend to be relatively high.
Altaussee Local Customs
"Kirtag" is the name for traditional Austrian festivities. The origins are to be found in religion - it is actually a festivity to honour the church patron of the village and used to take place on the day of the church anniversary.
In Altaussee a rather famous Kirtag takes place every year on the first weekend of September. About 80 % of the people partying there are wearing traditional Austrian costumes - meaning a so called "Dirndl" for women and leather trousers for men. Lot of young handsome people there, and loads of people from Vienna. Also our ex-financial minister as well as actor Klaus Maria Brandauer like to attend the Kirtag. It starts on Saturday at noon with the beer tent and selling various food. At about 4 p.m. the music starts and at 7 p.m. the Kirtag is officially opened by the mayor :). It lasts till Monday night. It was really really funny there, although they strangely do not have any dance hall. With all those people traditionally dressed I felt like 50 years switched back in time :).