I am writing this post with difficulty thanks to breaking my thumb while skiing in St Anton. I guess if you are going to break a bone a thumb is better than a leg. Still, I am now sporting an attractive cast and both writing and typing are a challenge. It wasn’t all bad news in St Anton though, the mountain scenery was stunning, the sun was shining for the whole weekend and the aprés ski scene had to be seen to be believed. Those Austrians know how to enjoy themselves.
Mountains surrounding St Anton
This was our regular breakfast spot, a cheery cafe right on St Anton’s main street. The cafe is cosy with walls lined with wood and displaying vintage ski photographs. If you get there before 10am there is a breakfast deal of juice, coffee and toast for €6 but a better option was the omelette (€5) filled with melted cheese and shredded ham and served with a crusty bread roll.
Details: Dorfstraße 20, 6580 St. Anton, Austria (Ph +43 (5446) 3988)
Damage: Such a bargain my mother would approve
Cafe Haferl breakfast omlette
It is almost impossible to think of a restaurant which more embodies a typical Austrian ski lodge than Fuhrmannstube. The walls are wood panelled, the staff jolly and the food hearty. The menu features classic mountain fodder of thin, crisp bread crumbed Wiener schnitzel (€17.60) and dark, glossy goulash served with butterspatzle which is an Austrian noodle (€13.90). One tip is to avoid the salads, they come slathered in mayonnaise.
Details: Dorfstraße 74, 6580 St. Anton, Austria (Ph +43 (5446) 2921)
Goulash at Fuhrmannstube
Testa Rossa cafe was not the worst way to satisfy cravings for cheap and filling Italian fare post ski slope. Testa Rossa is part of an Austrian chain which also has one outpost in London. I will not be visiting the London branch anytime soon but the simple bruschettas and pizzas were inoffensive enough.
Details: Testa Rossa caffèbar, Dorfstraße 58, 6580 St. Anton, Austria (Ph +43 (5446) 29685)
Schnitzel at Fuhrmannstube
Gourmet Travel Tips
We stayed at the Walter Klimmer apartments which were basic but in an excellent location right next to the lifts and very cheap for a ski resort. The apartments also have a great boots and ski room with a boot dryer so your ski boots are always nice and toasty warm in the morning.
Details: Walter Klimmer
, Dorfstraße 34, A-6580 St. Anton am Arlberg, Austria (Ph +43(5446)2435)
Damage: A bargain for a ski resort. Double rooms from €100 and single rooms from €40. Breakfast not included.
Pizza at Testa Rossa
- Other things to do in St Anton are (obviously) skiing and exploring the great bars. In particular the Mooserwirt and Krazy Kanguruh have to be seen to be believed. Both bars which are part of the way down the home run see everyone dancing in their ski boots on the tables by about 6pm at night.
- We flew with Swiss Air from London City to Zurich and drove from there. Flights were about £250 return. A closer option would be to fly to Innsbruck.
If you liked reading this you might be interested in my recommendations for Vienna
or tips for another ski resort, Sestiere