Just how have mountain huts and restaurants been influenced by trends in contemporary architecture? For insights, check out the following mountain restaurants and ski huts, which blend creative finesse with attention to detail in setting new benchmarks for Alpine style world’s away from typical cliché architecture. These Vorarlberg establishments emphasise good food in a contemporary atmosphere. We recommend that gourmet fans check out the following mountain restaurants and ski huts for a rustic, yet contemporary, culinary experience.
C Skihuette Der Wolf, Lech/Arlberg © Dietmar Denger / Vorarlberg Tourismus
01 Balmalp, Lech
The “Balmalp” is setting new standards in gastronomy and is undoubtedly one of the most spectacular Alpine huts in Lech. This establishment garners rave reviews for its dizzying views into the valley from great heights and its exceptional atmosphere. Cool beats from the DJ on the heated outdoor terrace ensure a lively atmosphere. Those who love to party won’t want to miss the fun!
02 "Der Wolf” ski hut, Lech
Perfectly positioned on the ridgeline, “Der Wolf” ski hut features two cosy parlours and a lively bar. From an architectural and culinary perspective, these hip spaces breathe fresh air into Lech’s mountain world. This small archetypical house boasts a concrete foundation, plenty of wood, and the clever use of interior light to create a homely atmosphere. Guests can choose from a variety-filled menu with local and international cuisine.
03 Trittkopf BBQ Station, Zürs
With creativity and craftsmanship, a cable car mountain station that had fallen into disuse was transformed into an extraordinary gastronomic location at 2,423 m. Red drive sheaves and the technical installations in the interior are a reminder of the building’s original use. Large panorama windows showcase the snow-covered mountain world. The speciality of the kitchen: original-quality barbecued meat specialities, which are slightly smoky with a finely spicy aroma.
04 Frööd restaurant, Brand
The “Frööd” is amongst the most exceptional mountain huts in all of Vorarlberg. This CO2-neutral restaurant effortlessly unites modern design and energy efficiency. The food served here at nearly 1,700 m above sea level is a delight and the kitchen emphasises the use regionally sourced ingredients. Locals and visitors agree, the “Frööd” doesn’t disappoint.
05 Goona restaurant, Brand
Located right at the mountain station of Palüdbahn cable car in Brand, the “Goona” turns heads with its dynamic gastronomy concept. At the ‘chill-out’ area, guests can relax and recharge, both physically and literally, whilst taking advantage of the Smartphone charging stations. The “Goona” is a CO2-neutral establishment that features modern, fresh food from proven classics to international favourites.
06 Baumgarten panorama restaurant, Bezau
The name of the game here is ‘panorama’ and the views that extend all the way to Lake Constance won’t let you down! The spacious glass facade is a key part of the bright and inviting interior design concept that showcases panoramic views. The mountain station and restaurant area is the perfect place to start winter hikes and sledging excursions in the “Niedere” area of Bregenzerwald.
07 M1 restaurant, Mellau
A hip, contemporary bar-restaurant concept awaits guests in the interior of the newly built valley station of the Bergbahnen Mellau cable car in Bregenzerwald. The menu features burgers, mixed-grill and snack platters, strudels and more served in a modern ambiance. The restaurant regularly hosts music and events so stop on by!
08 Jagdgasthaus Egender restaurant, Schönenbach
This beautiful new addition to the tradition-rich inn, which is located in Schönenbach in Bregenzerwald, continues the Egender family’s tradition of hospitality as they welcome winter adventurers, ski tourers as well as snowshoe and leisurely hikers. The establishment serves legendary Käsknöpfle cheese spaetzle, self-hunted game meat (venison burger!) and other local specialities in their wonderfully fragrant wooden parlours.
09 Seilbahn Stuba, Sonntag-Stein
The “Seilbahn Stuba” at the mountain station of the Sonntag-Stein cable car in Grosses Walsertal has a new shining star. Modern elements unite with the charms of a ‘Walser’ style parlour to create a harmonious ambiance. Vorarlberg specialities are served on the spacious sun terrace or in a cosy parlour atmosphere with great views.
10 Kanzelwandbahn panorama restaurant, Riezlern
Situated on high, an eponymous panorama restaurant is located directly at the mountain station of the Kanzelwandbahn cable car in Kleinwalsertal. The family-operated establishment is run with enthusiasm and passion, proving that a congenial atmosphere of hospitality serving local specialities is also possible even when very busy. Guests will fall in love with the fantastic mountain views.
11 “Falba Stuba” restaurant, Laterns
The “Falba Stube” restaurant located in the Gapfohl ski area in Laternsertal is well known and well loved. The cosy atmosphere unites traditional elements with modern design accents where homemade specialties, such as Kässpätzle and apple strudel, are perfectly at home. The kitchen emphasises the use of fresh regional products.
12 Lindauer Hütte mountain hut, Tschagguns
Traditional, homely and modern – three words that aptly describe the Lindauer Hütte mountain hut. Stylish and clever design elements ensure a cosy and warm atmosphere. In wintertime, the food tastes best in the traditional parlour. The hut boasts a prime location at the foot of the “Three Towers” at the end of the Gauertal valley in Montafon. It is accessible to winter hikers and ski tourers and even offers overnight stays.