Tirol is really the place to be. With its amazing nature, culture and delicious food it’s become one of my favorite place in the world. There is nothing better to eat Kasspressknödel or Kaiserschmarrn after half day of hiking. Especially the food that you can order in alpine pasture is amazing! I really rather hike in Austrian then in German Alps. They just have such great dishes.

Each year we are going on holiday to the Alps and each time we try to eat something new. After these years we came with the list of the dishes that you should consider trying while being in Tirol. Just choose what you like and go for it! You wont regrat it!

1. Kasspressknödel

Kasspressknödel is the first austrian speciality on our list. Those little flat dumplings are made of bread and Bergkäse which is an alp cheese. The Kasspressknödel can be served in a soup, with a salad or sauer kraut. They make perfect starter or main course.

2. Speckknödel

Speckknödel – similar to Kasspressknödel are dumplings made of bread. Those once contain cubes of bacon instead of cheese. The dumplings can be boiled in salty water or baked in the oven. Speckknödel can be served in many different ways: as side dish, main course or in the soup. I have eaten them with Sauerkraut and this is how I would recommend trying them!

3. Spinatknödel

Spinatknödel main ingeredients are: bread and spinach. The best Spinatknödel we have eaten were Spinatknödel with butter and parmesan. Just look at them! They were soft, well seasoned and very tasty! I thinik those are my favorite Knödel that I have ever had so far.

4. Schlutzkrapfen

Those little dumplings are very similar to ravioli or pierogi. Typical fillings incluge spinach, mushrooms, ricotta, quark or mozarella. We have eaten Schlutzkrapfen in two differen places in the austrian Alps and both of them served them with spinach filling, melted butter and parmesan on the top. You certainly cannot miss them while being in the Alps!

5. Tiroler Gröstl

This is traditionall austrian one plate dish which contains cooked potatoes, beef or pork slices, chopped onion and lots of clarified butter. The Tirol-Version is also served with fried egg on the top. The dish origanlly was served on Mondays and made from the rest of the sunday roast.

6. Marillenknödel

Those small and delicious dumpligns are filled with apricots and served with fried breadcrumbs and powdered sugar. The dough is usually made of quark and potatoes. The dumplings are not only well known in Austria, but also in Czech Republic.

8. Kaiserschmarrn

Kaiserschmarrn become one of my favorite austrian dish. This huge plate with beautifully prepared dough with raisins, apple sauce and vanilla ice cream tastes really special. From the outside the dough is crispy and sweet, from the inside soft and just mouthwatering! Some restaurants serve the dish without the raisins, having in mind that not everybody likes them, so if you like raisins make sure you say that while ordering it. Raisins give this dish particular taste as they are normally soaked in rum overnight. This is seriously heaven on earth! If you cannot wait to go to Austria and try them there you can try this recipe: Kaiserschmarrn like Austrians do!

I hope you will enjoy your trip to Austra and will manage to try all those wonderful dishes, that are waiting there for you!


I am a Web Designer & Developer on a daily basis. Travelling and cooking sre my biggest hobbies and thats how I spend the most of my free time. Discovering new cultures and most of all - new eating culutres has been a lot of fun and I am always looking forward to cooking something traditional from every part of our planet.

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