Culinary delights are at the heart of the Lungau with numerous cafes, restaurants and alpine huts, many offering their very own secret speciality dishes.
Commonly seen on a menu, you may find a traditional Gröstl which is a hot fry-up of bacon, onions and sliced potato cooked in oil and garlic and served in an iron skillet with a fried egg on top - a nice hearty winter dish.
Schnitzel is a very popular choice and although typically a pork recipe you may also find beef and chicken in the selection. Traditional Wiener Schnitzel is battered and deep fried, usually served with parsley potatoes or chips, cranberry sauce and a wedge of lemon. You may also see breaded, as opposed to battered schnitzel on the menu.
It is rare that you will find a menu not offering a selection of local sausage. Many homes and restaurants even have their own sausage recipes. It is typical to see sausage served with mustard, bread and sauerkraut.
Brettljause is another very common menu item. Essentially a snack on a board, the Brettljause is a selection of cold meats and cheese, usually served with slices of boiled egg, pickled gurkens, chillis and hard bread.
Local Restaurants, Bars and Cafes
There are a number of very good restaurants, a handful of cafes and a few bars located locally in St Michael.
Each restaurant mentioned here has a link for further information, menus, location and opening times.
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Further afield in Mauterndof, meat lovers will enjoy an afternoon or evening at the Gasthof Brunnerwirt. The Pizzeria Stamperl on Katschberg offer amazing pizzas and burger dishes.
These recommendations are by no means exclusive and there are many more great restaurants, bars and cafes throughout the valley, ready and waiting to invite you to sample their menu.
Mountain Huts and Refuge for Skiers, Mountain Bikers and Hikers
In convenient locations through the valley’s network of trails and pistes you can find a selection of staffed alpine huts offering a mouthwatering menu of traditional dishes served in healthy measures. Typically there will be a selection of soups, sausage, salads and also hearty potato and meat dishes. Enjoy a warming mug of hot chocolate on a winter ski day or a cold beer in the summer sunshine at an elevation of up to 1,800 meters.