Grieralm tavern: Rustic Alpine perfection!
How could you fail to fall in love with a rustic inn where the light fittings are made out of vintage milking machines?
The Grieralm is the start of the longest toboggan run in the Hintertux area, and is a wonderful place. Its atmosphere is everything that you would hope for in an Alpine inn - rustic, warm and welcoming - and it is a marvellous refuge from the icy conditions outside. There is a huge open fireplace, which is splendid for drying out wet clothing and gently easing frozen extremities back into functionality whilst you wait for your order to arrive!
In summer, you can apparently do some wonderful hikes from here.
The menu is typical hearty Austrian fare, served in generous portions which will more than satisfy your exercise-enhanced appetite. We visited in early December, and (free) plates of Christmas biscuits were offered on the bar, which our children took turns in raiding!
There are various evening activities throughout the week (including live music on a Tuesday and a fondue evening on a Friday at the time of writing), so check the website below for more details.
Perhaps the nicest way to experience this place in winter would be to come for supper, and then hire a toboggan to return down to the valley, from where you can stagger back to your hotel, shaken and stirred!
Kirchlerhof Hotel Restaurant: Very big portions
This is actually a 4 star hotel in Vorderlanersbach, 50 meters from our guesthouse. And this hotel has a restaurant separated for the one for guests. It only has six tables, but the food .. the food .. if you are hungry after a day of skiing .. then you can come here and enjoy the menu. This restaurant is well known for their big portions. By example, a simple Vienner Schnitzel comes in three plates .. one for the schnitzel, one for the garnish/salad, and one for the cooked potatoes. Next days I have tried the salad, but this is also a big thing, in a larger than a plate leaf shaped bowl. There are also traditional tirolean food, which are nevertheless bigger. So it is more probably you won't finish eating from the plate .. believe me. Oh, and try the soups: onion and tomato soups.
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