Kleinwalsertal Eating and drinking

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Kleinwalsertal Eating and drinking is hearty and homemade. When the invitation to the Walser Gourmet Days fluttered into our house, we knew immediately that this is something we want to experience. There was something about the gourmet region of game and beef, a weekly market and hotels in which enjoyment and wellness play a role. So exactly the combination of experiences that we are looking for on our travels. We shouldn't be disappointed. The three and a half days we're in Kleinwalsertal spent was pure enjoyment! Maybe our experiences will also whet your appetite for enjoyment in this valley Austria? We would be glad. We discovered this on our trip:


Walser weekly market
The Walser weekly market takes place every Friday in front of the Walserhaus in Hirschegg

Try Kleinwalsertal food at the weekly market in Hirschegg

A visit to the market goes wonderfully with a weekend full of indulgence. The Walser weekly market takes place every Friday on the village square of Hirschegg in front of the Walserhaus. On the occasion of the Walser Gourmet Days, specialties from the Farms from the Kleinwalsertal and other culinary regions in Austria. So here we come across it again Vulcano ham from Styria or the apricots from the Wachau.


Walser snack
Enjoy food at the gala concert on the Kleinwalsertal meadow




The most important products on the market, however, are the meat and sausage products from the Genuss Region Wild and Rind – and they are available in variations. The smell lures me to the sausage stand with Landjäger and types of ham. It smells intensely of smoked meat. The types of ham make my mouth water. Until then I had thought that there was only one type of Landjäger sausage, but here I was proven wrong. There are dry and hard land hunters, but also those that are easy to chew. They're all good.


Sorts of ham at the weekly Walser market are part of Kleinwalsertal Essen


Herbs from mountain meadows

There are also herbal mixtures and herbal salts that come with herbs from the mountain meadows. The mixtures and salts look colorful. There are specialists in the valley who are very familiar with the effects of herbs. They make herbal pastes that help with ailments. If you want, you can make your body butter or Allgäu rubbing alcohol in the Travel Charme Ifen Hotel together with the Walser herbalist Lydia Fritz-Ilg. You just have to let them know in good time.


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herbal blends
Herbal mixtures at the weekly market in Wals spice up Kleinwalsertal food



The types of honey at one stand further show how diverse the landscape and flora in the Kleinwalsertal is. There is mountain blossom honey, fir honey, chestnut honey and forest honey. We can see for ourselves where the bees collect the nectar for it. The wildflowers are blooming everywhere in the valley, around which the bees and bumblebees buzz. There they collect the raw material for the types of honey that are sold on the market. Their flavors range from delicately creamy to aromatic to strong and bitter. So there is something for every taste.


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Homemade jams

The situation is similar with the jams: here too, the fruits from the valley are enriched. There is strawberry-rhubarb jam or jam made from strawberries with mint. In another glass I discover Aperol Spritz with pure orange or rhubarb jam. The types of jam are seasonal. Strawberries are included almost everywhere, although sometimes mixed with fruits and spices like strawberry-pineapple jam or bourbon vanilla. They all sound tempting!


Jams at the Walser weekly market - eat Kleinwalsertal - homemade


A home-distilled wine or fruit wine

A lavish and sometimes hearty snack made from these products naturally requires a “schnapps” to digest. The selection of spirits and wines that we discover on the market is impressive. We see wines made from rose hips, quinces, blueberries, honey mead and cherries. If you want to be stronger, you can find quince brandy, vanilla cream liqueur or Goij berry liqueur. The imagination knows no limits.


Various "Schnapps" at the Walser weekly market - Kleinwalsertal Drink


Vegetables and fruit are not typical for Kleinwalsertal food

I find the fabric baskets with vegetables and the fruit stalls the most appetizing. The products look so crisp that I want to bite into them right away. However, not all fruits and vegetables come from the area. The grapes, peaches and nectarines come from Italy, the apricots from France. Strawberries, beer radish and carrots grew in Germany. Here demand determines supply.


Vegetable basket - fresh Kleinwalsertal food
Fresh vegetables from the region - Kleinwalsertal Essen

Game, beef and cheese are part of the Kleinwalsertal food

It looks different with meat and sausage. On the second day of our stay in Vorarlberg Let's go looking for specialty shops in the valley. These offer regional products. We almost only discover products from the valley. There are types of sausages such as the Walser Gamswurst, deer salami or deer ham, lamb sausage, beef ham, Kaminwurzen or Gams-Pfefferbeisser. It's similar with cheeses. We discover Walser and Hittisauer mountain cheese, Allgäu mountain cheese or mountain herb cheese.


Mountain cheese is part of the Kleinwalsertal Essen
Mountain cheese from the "smokehouse"


Kleinwalsertal food for connoisseurs – the smokehouse in Riezlern

The owner of the “smokehouse” in Riezlern tells us that only some of his cheeses come from the dairy farmers in the valley. “We buy cheese from dairy farmers. There aren’t enough of them in the valley anymore,” he explains to us. “However, we still smoke the meat ourselves.” The fact that his ham and sausages taste good was confirmed to us by a family who was just leaving the shop and gave the advice to a group of customers: “You should definitely do it here snack. It's sooo good! "


Smokehouse - Kleinwalsertal Food to try
Specialties from the Kleinwalsertal


Kleinwalsertal Eating in Walser Hotels

We find that you can eat well in Kleinwalsertal in our hotel, the Travel Charme Ifen Hotel. The valley's star chef works there. He is on vacation during our stay. Therefore his restaurant, the “Kilian Stuba”, is closed. The hotel's restaurant is also impressive with its cuisine. Variety is very important here. One evening we get tavern food at the appetizer buffet. The next day we pick up the starters in the show kitchen and on the third there is an antipasti buffet. The main courses and soups vary in the same way: there is always the choice between fish, meat or vegetarian. As a meat lover, I enjoy veal, venison and a sea bream on the three evenings (because lamb is not one of the types of meat I like).


Veal - Kleinwalsertal Food in the restaurant
Veal with heart cherry sauce is Kleinwalsertal food


Gourmet hosts and gourmet huts serve Kleinwalsertal food

If you prefer something hearty, you're in good hands with the Genusswirts as well as the Genusshütten. There are 14 gourmet inns and five gourmet huts in the valley. Sascha Kemmerer, the head chef at the Travel Charme Ifen Hotel, has a Michelin star and 16 points in Gault Millau. He follows his teacher Ortwin Adam, who received the first Michelin star for a hotel in 1978. So it's no wonder that the Kleinwalsertal was the best gourmet region in Austria in 2014 and is both national and state winner.

To Guada!

We recommend the night in:

Travel Charme Hotel Ifen
Top street 6
6992 Hirschegg
Information, availability query and online booking*
 Hotels in the Kleinwalsertal*



Elena Paschinger's tips look a little different. You can read what she recommends here:
Gourmet Travel Tips from the Kleinwalsertal: Walser Genuss Tage
Christina from CitySeaCountry gives tips for vegetarians in Kleinwalsertal
Leisure days in the Kleinwalsertal - From the Fäll ufs Tällar - From the meadow to the plate
Clemens Sehi thinks that
Kleinwalsertal is the most beautiful dead end in the world



Travel Arrangements

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Arrival by plane, car, bus and train

Compare and book flights here*. The nearest airport is Munich. Arrival by train is also possible. The train goes to Oberstdorf. From there, bus #1 will take you down to the valley: Timetable and booking*

Car Rentals:

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Rent Motorhomes:

Book Motorhomes in Europe here! *  Or do you like traveling with it instead? roof tent on the car? In addition, the overnight stay in camping tents possible. For example, you can find a campsite at Alpencamping Haller, Köpfleweg 10a, 6991 Riezlern, Austria. With our Motorhome packing list Plus, you'll never forget anything again.

Accommodations in the region:

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Kleinwalsertal Eating and drinking

Monika Fuchs

Monika Fuchs and Petar Fuchs are the authors and publishers of the Slow Travel and Enjoyment travel blog TravelWorldOnline Traveller. You have been publishing this blog since 2005. TravelWorldOnline has been online since 2001. Your topics are Trips to Savor and wine tourism worldwide and Slow Travel. During her studies, Monika Fuchs spent some time in North America, where she traveled to the USA and Canada - sometimes together with Petar Fuchs - and spent a research year in British Columbia. This strengthened her thirst for knowledge, which she pursued for 6 years Adventure Guide for Rotel Tours and then for 11 years as Study tour guide for Studiosus Reisen tried to breastfeed all over the world. She constantly expanded her travel regions, but curiosity still gnawed at her: “What is beyond the horizon? What else is there to discover in this city? Which people are interesting here? What do you eat in this region?” These are the questions she is now trying to answer as a freelance travel journalist (her articles have appeared in DIE ZEIT, 360° Canada, 360° USA, etc.), among others. travel writer and travel blogger answers in many countries around the world. Petar Fuchs produces the videos on this blog as well as on YouTube. Monika Fuchs from TravelWorldOnline is below Germany's top 50 bloggers in 2021 Other Information about Monika and Petar Fuchs. Recommendations on LinkedIn from tourism experts Further recommendations from cooperation partners and tourism experts Professional experience Monika on LinkedIn