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Ischgl has been described by gourmet guides as a food Mecca in the Tirol. How long have you got to try the glut of fine restaurants? NEW


Ischgl is one of the Tirol's most glamorous and up market resorts so it is unsurprising that it has risen to become a stronghold in terms of cuisine in the Alps.

There is something for every kind of foodie, from charming ski lodges to sophisticated, fine dining restaurants serving regional dishes and international delights.

But before we get into some of the resort's top picks for eating and drinking, here's something about Ischgl for those who it's escaped it so far.

First thing to say is that the town has soul.

The events the resort hosts are legendary, the Top of the Mountain music festivals that frame the season to celebrate opening and closing are huge.

The likes of Bob Dylan, Muse, Rod Stewart, Elton John, Tina Turner, Sting and Lionel Richie have played in the past and the resort is full with music lovers, brimming with an awesome atmosphere.

But it's not contained to just these events and the ski village has a year-round good party vibe.

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Onto the eating...

Benjamin Parth's YSCLA Stüva and Martin Sieberer's Paznauner Stube are world-class restaurants.

Martin Sieberer is the most decorated Tyrolean chef and has been awarded three toques for the Paznauner Stube by Gault & Millau.

His restaurant in the 5* superior hotel, the Trofana Royal, offers a real culinary extravaganza from aperitif to digestif in a perfect environment.

Sieberer's second restaurant, Heimatbühne, is also lauded and toques-awarded, and found under the same Trofana Royal roof.

Make sure you have the entire evening to enjoy a gourmet experience in the impressive hotel in any of its wonderful rooms, halls or conservatory.

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The Schlossherrenstube in Schlosshotel Romantica, Martin Sieberer's Heimatbühne, Fliana Gourmet, MAD in Hotel Madlein are held very highly.

How long do you have to try out these Ischgl treats?

The Lucy Wang Restaurant for innovative Japanese and French fusion cuisine is thought to be 'star worthy'.

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The 'A la Carte' guide recently said Ischgl to be a 'culinary Mecca in the Alps'.

Now that's a title...

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Want something sophisticated on the slopes?

The contemporary Alpenhaus on the Idalp is probably the most stylish ski lodge in the Tyrolean Alps.

This 'gourmet hub' can be accessed by the Silvretta and Fimbabahn cable cars.

It is modern yet still alpine in style with cow hides, wood and glass, ensuring panoramic views of the mountains.


To deserve all this fine food

Not that you need to;

It's a winter holiday, which is all about taking in the mountains and it's done perfectly from a good table full of food and wine.

But clip into some skis and you can see it all!

Dip into Switzerland (without even realising!) with the same ski pass and have a drink in Samnaun - also a duty free haven.

The ski area offers 238km of pistes and there is always the charming resort of Galtur a short bus ride up the road for a ski-excursion.

Or challenge yourself and see if you can top-to-bottom the resort's longest piste at 11 km.

And to complete these impressive numbers, we'll drop in the 1,100 snow machines and 45 state-of-the-art cable cars and lifts the ski area boasts.

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Due to its position on the border of Switzerland, the old farming vilage of Ischgl has an interesting history in smuggling following the war.

Read more of the history here:

As well as the backstory, the decent skiing and top views have lead to the resort mapping out skiing routes that were once those of the smugglers through the mountains on either side of the border.

There are three set up, each for a different level of skier.

The Smuggler's Run Gold takes you via piste no. 80 directly to the Swiss village of Samnaun, with its many duty free shops.

This smuggler run will take you about 4 hours to complete - a good challenge for a day on the slopes.

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Back to the ultimate winter holiday, if skiing isn't your game then snow shoeing is an amazing option as a way to see the mountains.

Winter hiking tours around Ischgl, Mathon, Mutta, up to the Heidelberger Lodge or the Smugglers' Tour into Switzerland are signposted and there to take on. 

Tobogganing under floodlights and cross country skiing are there to raise the game, and we're not to forget the double zip line from way up high down into the town (and almost directly into the busiest apres bar...)

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For more Tirol features, click below for information on the world class ski destination, Kitzbuhel:

Or if food is what you like, check out PlanetSKI's James Rampton at his year's highlight - the gourmet food festival in St Moritz:

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More on cuisine, skiing and winter activities on the Ischgl website

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