Ischgl’s reputation for being at the pinnacle of Austrian apres ski wildness is well known, so we were keen to sample it’s delights. Certainly the area around the base of the village runs was abundant in lively bars, and ample people were still wandering around in ski boots long into the evening.
Of course we had to sample the famous go-go dancers in the Schatzi bar in the Hotel Elisabeth. We wandered down about 7pm after a couple of sedate beers in our hotel. The dancers were still going strong though, along with the enthusiastic apres revellers. It was highly entertaining for a beer, as the video below depicts:
Food-wise we mostly stuck to the more traditional Austrian restaurants that clustered around the middle of the village. The food was typical Austrian – hearty, tasty, filing and in the 9-13 Euro range per dish. Favorite was the Bauernkueche LOBA. Magnificently surly waitresses – in that friendly Austrian way – reluctantly lead you to a table, and serve excellent food and good wine for very reasonable prices. We went twice and were not disappointed.
We did splurge once in the restaurant at the Hotel Nevada. I had chamois for the first time, which was beautifully delicate and tender. Jan’s duck was top quality too. For a less than bank-account breaking 90 Euros with a decent bottle of red, it was a fine dinner.
We stayed in the Hotel Lamtana. I booked this about a month before on the Internet, and it turned out to be an excellent choice. It was a 400m walk to the Silvrettabahn in the morning, and you could ski back to within 10m of the front door. The rooms were spacious, modern and very comfortable. The breakfast buffet was wonderful, including smoked salmon, fresh breads, D-I-Y muesli and all the usual Austrian breakfast staples. And really good coffee. The small bar was adequate for a quiet apres beer and the wellness area had a sauna and steam room which worked for me. And they had a gorgeous sedate ‘guard wolf’ 🙂