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Not just great food and drink, but also a stylish ambience is on the menu at these establishments. Many of Austria's mountain top restaurants, lodges and hotels are true showpieces of alpine architecture.

Kristallhütte Zillertal © Österreich Werbung/Wolfgang Zajc

Tirol

IceQ Design Restaurant in Sölden
Located at the top of the Gaislachkogel at 3048m, the innovative design restaurant IceQ opened in Sölden at the start of the ski season 2013/14. A testiment to modern architecture, the glass exterior projects a transparent feeling that makes visitors feel up close and personal with the spectacular mountain scenery. The technical masterpiece goes one step further, as the roof terrace is connected to the Gaislachkogel mountain peak via a suspension bridge. The stylish high-end restaurant is a gourmet experience, taking Austrian cuisine to new heights. A special highlight is the signature wine ‘Pino3000’, a cross-border wine project, seeing three top wine growers bring their best Pinot Noir from Austria, South Tyrol and Germany to be matured in a special wine cellar at the Gaislachkogel.
www.soelden.com

Café 3.440 on the Pitztal Glacier - Austria's Highest Café
Enjoy the view to Tirol's highest mountain, the Wildspitze and the surrounding peaks from Austria's highest café. Unwind over coffee and cake on the free-floating terrace or from a panoramic seat behind the wide glass frontage.
www.pitztaler-gletscher.at

Drink at the Swarovski-Encrusted TOP Mountain Star in Obergurgl
At over 3000m, this architectural masterpiece is perched on a narrow ridge of the Wurmkogel. The continuous glass face alllows a 360° view, and thousands of Swarovski crystals glitter at the designer bar.
www.tophochgurgl.com

Zillertal's Kristallhütte Experience
Experience the unique mountain atmosphere at the Kristallhütte in the Zillertal Alps and get away from it all. Allow yourself to be pampered at 2147m above sea level, surrounded by the breathtaking scenery of Tirol. Whether dining in glorious sunshine on the terrace, cuddling around the crackling fire with a glass of red wine during a storm, or staying overnight in a waterbed room, simply enjoy the time well away from the stress of everyday life.
www.zillertal.at

Above it all at the Adler Lounge
Amidst the spectacular Grossglockner mountain scenery, modern architecture reaches towards the clouds of style and enjoyment. With more than 60 three-thousand meter peaks in front of you, chilling, dining, staying overnight or simply "being above it all" is easy at the Adler Lounge. A holiday in the Grossglockner resort of Kals/Matrei is invariably a superlative mountain holiday. In winter, the region boasts more than 110 km of ski runs (East Tirol’s largest ski area), and in summer National Park Hohe Tauern (Central Europe’s largest national park) invites you to hike and mountain bike through adventure worlds and trails of alpine traditions. The Adler Lounge is enthroned at about 2500m altitude, right by the cable car station. In blissfully quiet, comfortable all-glass cabins you float from Kals to the heights. Designer furniture, wood floors and modern art make après-ski as much of an experience as the summer jazz brunch or a stylish afternoon meal at the Adler Lounge. And if, after all that enjoyment, you cannot tear yourself away, why not stay for the night?
www.adlerlounge.at

The Crystal Lifestyle Hotel, Obergurgl
At almost 2000m above sea level, right next to the gondolas and slopes of the Obergurgl ski resort, the Crystal is the perfect base for a winter holiday amidst the mountains.
www.thecrystal.at

Josl Mountain Lounging
The Josl is one of the unique design hotels in the midst of the Tirolean Alps, offering a welcoming lounge, spectacular views from the rooms, and a luxury spa on the top floor.
www.josl.at

Wedelhütte Zillertal
As a guest at the Wedelhütte you will be staying in an alpine hut yet with all the luxurious five-star comforts. At 2350m above sea level the Wedelhütte is located at the highest point of the Hochzillertal hiking / skiing area.
www.wedelhuette.at

Fine Dining at the Hospiz Alm
Treat yourself to a gourmet menu at the Gault Millau awarded Hospiz Alm in St. Christoph. A perfect symbiosis of excellent cuisine and alpine lifestyle, sit back on the sun terrace and let your gaze wander over the majestic mountains.
www.arlberghospiz.at


SalzburgerLand

Berghotel Rudolfshütte, Uttendorf
The 3* Berghotel Rudolfshütte is located at 2315m above sea level in the National Park Hohe Tauern, surrounded by 22 imposing 3000m peaks and numerous glaciers. It is only reachable by cable car and has no street access. This doesn’t keep it from offering amenities such as a panorama indoor swimming pool, saunas and an indoor climbing hall.
www.alpinzentrum-rudolfshuette.at

Gipfel Restaurant Kitzsteinhorn - Salzburg's Highest Restaurant
At 3029m the stylish Gipfel Restaurant is the highest in SalzburgerLand. The restaurant design signifies contemporary alpine style based on natural elements, which are in a harmonious setting with snow, ice and sky. The breathtaking panoramic view of Austria's highest peaks completes the contemporary alpine atmosphere.
www.kitzsteinhorn.at

Steinbockalm Hochkönig
Tradition and modernity are not a contradiction at the Steinbockalm. Two authentic huts are connected by a chill out bar and lounge area. The big panorama window - facing the direction of the sunset - and inviting panorama terrace make it the perfect place for a sundowner.
www.steinbockalm.at

Krallerhof Fine Dining and Europe's Highest Brewery
Der Krallerhof is one of the finest wellness hotels in SalzburgerLand, located on a sunny plateau in Leogang. Guests not only enjoy dishes from the hotel kitchen, but should also pay a visit to the historic Alte Schmiede restaurant at Asitz. Glide up to the mountain by cable car and experience local and international cuisine in a place surrounded by nature and nostalgic flair. Beer lovers will be drawn to the nearby AsitzBräu, Europe's highest brewery.
www.krallerhof.com


Vorarlberg

Coffee at the Milchbar in Zürs am Arlberg
Modern but welcoming, the Milchbar lifestyle café next to the Zürsersee lift in Zürs am Arlberg serves a wide range of coffees, milkshakes and home-made specialities to keep you fuelled for the day and après-ski come winter!
www.thurnhers.com

Elegant Accommodation and Award-Winning Food on the Slopes at Aurelio Lech
Spend the night right on the Schlegelkopf slope in one of the individually designed rooms or suites at Aurelio Lech. Those just here for the day can dine in the intimate ambience of the Licca Lounge or Restaurant Aurelio’s, or outside on the large sun deck where the southerly views of  Lech village are breathtaking.
www.aureliolech.com