Eating Your Way Around Innsbruck: Schöneck


Austrian Arrows at Innsbruck Airport

Home Is Where The Food Is

I love Schöneck.  This special place is located above Innsbruck on the valley’s northern slope and has been a beloved restaurant for more than 150 years.  Intimate in scale, known to few tourists, Schöneck is more reminiscent of an ancestral home than a commercial undertaking—and that’s just how chef/owner Alfred Miller likes it.  Herr Miller is just as often in the dining room as in the kitchen, ensuring his guests are enjoying themselves to the fullest, which is exactly how you feel when finally, regrettably, pushing your chair away from the table after another exquisite dining experience.  There is a certain conviviality here among the diners, almost all of them regulars who return Alfred’s familial welcome with filial loyalty.

Part of Schoneck’s allure is its simplicity.  No cavernous dining hall here; the dining area’s cosy corners leave no room for pretension, only satisfaction.  In summer, an outdoor deck offers open-air dining amidst the greenery of huge trees kind enough to leave some of the view of the valley below visible from the restaurant.  Even Herr Miller’s recipes are simple yet effective in coaxing the maximum of flavour from his ingredients.

And then there is the food and the wine.  What can you say?  Both are divine.  One flavour enhancing the other, one dish perfectly complementing the next, with a variety of wines complementing all of it.  Ever accommodating, Schöneck’s gracious staff are not hesitant in opening bottles to allow guests to try wines to make sure they are perfectly satisfied with their selections.

Schöneck embodies the best of Tyrol.  Isn’t that why you are here?  Or is it because of Innsbruck’s imperial vestiges, dramatic mountain scenery, and unique history?  You decide; visit the Innsbruck Tourism website and see if the multitude of offerings can rival one perfect dinner in an Alpine hideaway.  Would you fly to Innsbruck for dinner?  You wouldn’t be the first.  Austrian Airlines‘ flights from Vienna take less than an hour to reach Innsbruck.  It sure beats fighting traffic at home.
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: R.L.B
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