Who: Annabelle Countess of Oeynhausen-Sierstorpff Where: Gräflicher Park Hotel &…
What: Klösterle, Inn
Where: Lech, Austria
Frequent Lech travelers might be familiar – but for me as a Lech newbie – this restaurant is a very special discovery – and one of the most rustic ones I found: The Klösterle, an institution among the restaurants in Lech am Arlberg, a bit of the beaten path, in the contemplative district Zug.
Away from the buzzing ski pistes and Après-Ski-Parties, the listed building is located at the end of Zug. In the evenings it is almost too romantic to get driven from Lech to Zug in a horse-drawn sleigh by torchlight. I have booked a table for lunch at the Klösterle so I could use the nice weather for a hike into the magnificent countryside. Instead of a horse-drawn sleigh I took the bus from Lech to the last stop Zug. Not so romantic but useful. Zug is more tranquil and contemplative than Lech and therefore a welcome change. At the so-called Lechquellengebiet (The region around the Lech river-source) I walk around a little, and from time to time sit down at a bench and enjoy the amazing view of the mountain scenery.
So much fresh air generates hunger. Generally while in the mountains I feel like I could eat all the time. Do you feel the same?
With a lot of lovingly details and furnished with old farm furniture the Klösterle looks exactly how you imagine a cabin in the mountains: flat ceilings in the wood paneled parlors, brawny tiled fireplaces and sheltered shrines, plaid curtains and tablecloths. In the afternoon the Klösterle is not as strongly frequented as in the evenings – nevertheless I still recommend to book a table. The lunch menu is small and down-to-earth. We are a group of three and start with a ‘Brotzeit’. After we asked the very friendly waiter to convince the chef to prepare one of the famous – and how it turned out amazingly delicious – cheese fondues, the day seemed to be successful.
The Klösterle is special in every respect. The first time the original maintained ‘Walserhaus’ has been mentioned in documents in 1554 and it is led today by Lore Schneider. It is only opened from December to April. After that the entire household goods, furniture and tableware are being packed up, because during the summer months the building is being used as a farm.
Very satisfied and with a big lump of cheese fondue in my stomach I hike the 4.1 kilometers back to Lech and enjoy the magnificent view at the panoramic trail. BvH
So yummy: the cheese fondue
Not only for VIPs
Zug 27 in Zug
+43 (5583) 3190
December to April: Wed – Mon, 2 pm to 5.30 pm, from 7 pm with reservation only