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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For good value and a great seasonal selection we recommend the Platzstub’n located next to the town church approximately 10 minutes easy walk away. There you will be given a choice of local specialities as well as pizzas, pasta and salad.
The Gasthof Metzgestub’n is a little further away and in an excellent position affording the most fabulous views of the valley. Expect to find seasonal dishes and local specialities. For information, this restaurant has a good enclosed playground next to it with swings, slide and a zip wire.
The Michaeli Stub’n can be found across the road from Haus Bellevue, less than 5 minutes walk. With a diverse menu, the restaurant caters to a wide variety of tastes and is frequently host to local events and gatherings.
At the foot of the Sonnenbahn in St Michael, the Sonnzeit is worth a visit. Everything is freshly cooked in an open kitchen for all to see. The layout is also very open to cater for skiers in the winter daytime but the food is fantastic. Expect a more modern menu including wraps and diverse salads, also pizza and pasta.
The Hapimag Herzstub'n is located just up the road from Haus Bellevue and caters to those suffering from allergies with a very well written and clear menu, available to download upon request.
Prodingers Wirtshaus located a few minutes away provides a lovely location to enjoy a beer in the sunshine or renowned gourmet meals and house specialities with an excellent in-house chef.
A short drive away, one of the most versatile restaurants can be found at the Lungau Golfclub. The 19er offers everything from a coffee and ice cream to hearty austrian meals and a glass of wine or two.
For a good cup of coffee and a snack or sweet treat we recommend the Cafe Mandl in the town centre, which is a family run music cafe and bar steeped in tradition and offering fresh home-made cakes, ice creams, sausages and drinks including their own brand of beer and delicious Gluhwein.
Also not to be overlooked is the Cafe Korni which can be found within a few minutes walk in the same area as the closest supermarket. The Korni conveniently offers it’s services daily from 6am until 7pm selling fresh bread, cakes and dairy products including milk and ice cream, and also operates as a very popular cafe.
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.
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.