Thursday, October 25, 2012

Knodl-Alm restaurant in Salzburg

Austria has so much to offer, it’s no wonder its visitors get hungry for some sustenance from time to time. And since Salzburg is one of the highlights for many people, it’s worth knowing a traditional ‘gasthaus’ called Knodl-Alm awaits you in Pichl-Kainisch.

We all long to find a restaurant that has everything – well this one comes pretty close to it. Fresh food, a warm welcome and even a distillery on site, what more could you ask for? No matter what time of day you read this, I guarantee you’ll feel your stomach responding to the mere idea of Alp-lamb and roast pork cooked in their wood fired oven. This is real Alpine goodness at its very best. The hardest part about visiting the Knodl-Alm is leaving!

They also make a point of serving a range of delectable dumplings all day long, so whatever time you visit you’ve got the opportunity to sample one of their most famous dishes. They’ve really gone all out to make the most of their menu, their surroundings and their service, and they haven’t fallen short in any respect at all.

When you’re out exploring this part of Austria you might think the best restaurants are in the heart of Salzburg itself. But while you’ll find some delights there, the Knodl-Alm gives all of them a serious run for their money. I reckon once you’ve tried it, you’ll be going back for more time and again while you’re in Austria. It’s certainly worth going out of your way for.

Knoppen 3, Pichl-Kainisch 8984, Austria
Tel: 43362421132 

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

The Bergisel Ski Jump in Innsbruck

You’ll need a head for heights to make the most of Bergisel, the location of Innsbruck’s famous ski jump – not to mention the panoramic restaurant Cafe im Turm that awaits you at the top. You may not want to throw yourself down the ski jump with a couple of skis strapped to your feet, but it’s still worth getting an idea of how brave (or mad) the skiers are who’ve done it before.

Of course one of the highlights of visiting Bergisel is enjoying a meal in the restaurant, which enjoys a panoramic view of the surrounding mountains. I think you’ll agree Innsbruck has never looked as stunning as it does from this height. You can tuck into one of four tasty breakfasts (look out for the signature Bergisel breakfast, complete with a glass of prosecco), or opt for a full three course lunch. That’s just perfect if you want to enjoy that view for a while longer. With the likes of smoked trout, steak sandwiches and iced coffee with cream to look forward to this is a day out that provides a real assault on all the senses. With Innsbruck laid out below, you’ll want to take a long lingering look over everything that comes with a visit to the Bergisel ski jump.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Ambras Castle – Watching Over Innsbruck

Ambras Castle Innsbruck

There are many things to do in Innsbruck, but one of the best is to climb the hills that hug the city and explore Ambras Castle. Known locally as Schloss Ambras, it has watched over the city for several hundred years, although a fort took its place before it was built. Indeed, it is thought some of the stone in the existing castle harks back to the original fort.

You don’t need to climb up to the castle to see it. It sits majestically above the city and was once owned by Archduke Ferdinand, whose name is still linked with it today. Indeed if you do visit the castle be sure to take a closer look at the Chamber of Art and Curiosities, which is apparently inspired by him and contains some of the items he collected during his lifetime.

As you can probably tell, this castle isn’t just a classic on the outside. It contains many delights and treasures too, many of which are on display for you to see. For example you can see dozens of paintings in the Upper Castle, including some by Titian among other well known names.

Ambras Castle is priceless in many ways – from the history of its occupants to the history of the items held within its walls today. From its armories to the splendid Spanish Hall, it has the power to make you view it in an entirely different way once you’ve been inside. Seeing it from below in Innsbruck is simply not enough for the average visitor who appreciates the history this castle has to share.

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