Families are welcome at these restaurants with excellent cuisine.
Many of Tirol’s finest restaurants and inns are surprisingly accommodating to children, so gather the whole family and take them out to eat at one of these child-friendly spots. They supply children’s menus and activities to keep the kids amused. Some also have lovely outdoor areas and indoor play areas, giving the grown-ups time to eat in peace. Here’s our pick of interesting restaurants where children will be made more than welcome—and what you’ll get on your plate is fresh and tasty local specialties!
1 · Drei Tannen Hotel in Tannheim: For Nature Lovers and Vivid Kids
An elegant Spa Hotel in Tannheimer Tal Valley with friendly staff that are well used to kids wandering around the restaurant, laughing out loud and eating noisily: Drei Tannen Hotel’s unique combination of family-friendliness and tradition is truly exemplary. Serving home brewed beer, home-cured bacon and local cheese specialties, the dedicated kitchen team offers traditional Tirolean fare with a modern twist. Little ones will go wild in the nature-themed playground and a slow train takes visitors to Vilsalpsee Lake, an aquatic jewel.
2 · Der Engel in Tannheimer Tal Valley: It’s Culinary Heaven
Mountain lake trout with horseradish, ginger and garden-grown chili peppers made in culinary heaven—Der Engel finds innovative ways to present food and provides a sensory dining experience. The exquisite setting of the restaurant is not the kind of place you’d expect to find little eaters. However, this brilliant establishment makes a point of saying it welcomes children — and deserves another award just for that. Plus, there’s an ample natural outdoor area where you can let the children run free!
3 · The Post Hotel in Steeg: Award-Winning Cuisine in Pristine Lechtal Valley
An award-winning hotel restaurant that is second-to-none has arrived in the serene village of Steeg, sprawling along the pristine riverside sandbanks of Lech, Europe’s last untamed river. Featuring innovative dishes dictated by what’s growing on the flower-strewn pastures, “Postalm” offers the ultimate Alpine Cuisine experience, highly appreciated by Gault Millau and Falstaff! Little tykes will love the kids’ menu, the indoor play area and the playground with riding ground.
4 · The Tirol Hotel in Ischgl: A Four Star Hotel Where Kids Are King
Homemade porcini ravioli with nutty butter sauce or venison medaillons with glazed apples: Paznaun Valley’s celebrity chefs do their best to delicately cook, steam, roast, flambé and garnish what you’ll get on your plate at Tirol Hotel in Ischgl. The hotel garden has a splish-splash play area with pipes and water wheels, rocks to climb on and a unique lookout. It’ll be hard to prise any child out of this playscape—except maybe with wild berry ice cream.
5 · Wirtshaus Natterer Boden Inn: Finest Tirolean Farm To Table Cuisine
From tasty spaetzle over delicious buckwheat dumplings to finest venison specialties—discover what nature can provide and enjoy the bounty on your plate. Gasthof Natterer Boden’s farm is ideal entertainment (and education) for children, and comes with a particularly appealing restaurant. Set in a peaceful opening in forests and within a few minutes by car from Innsbruck, kids can feed the animals, ride ponies and roam about the playground.
6 · Gasthof Groebenhof Inn in Fulpmes: The Best Place for Foodies in Stubai Valley
Enjoy some of the finest foods along with some of the best views in the Stubai Valley. Schueller Family takes fine Austrian Cuisine to another level. Fondue Bourguignonne and walnut glazed duck breast with apples continue to receive rave reviews by acclaimed and international food critics. There isn’t a kids’ menu as such, but the chef will happily send out smaller versions of existing dishes to suit younger appetites at Groebenhof Inn, situated on the outskirts of Fulpmes. The indoor play area and the outdoor playground are certain to put a smile on kids’ faces.
7 · Gasthof Walzl Inn in Lans: Where Discerning Gourmets can Have It All
The award-winning chef’s exceptional use of local produce ensures that each dish is of the finest quality. The menu changes with the season to offer guests the best options from the area, including rare cheese specialties from the dairy at Axams, tender beef from Ellboegen and finest wild game meats from the surrounding forests. Recommended by the Falstaff Gourmet Guide, foodies appreciate the refined atmosphere in the pine-panelled dining rooms that exude rustic charm. However, little ones are king in this place, they have a dedicated kids menu and a wonderful outdoor play area.
8 · Gartenhotel Maria Theresia in Hall: Walk Through a Sea of Flowers
Treat yourself to pasta with vegetable sauce or indulge in regional specialties such as “Groestl” and then top it off with one of their deadly desserts. As the hotel is located in the heart of Tirol’s major vegetable growing region, the most local ingredients are prized to offer diners a new taste on Tirolean cuisine. Afterwards you can have a wander around the hotel’s delightful landscape garden and bring the kids to the ample outdoor playground. They will love the petting zoo on premises where they can mix and mingle with smaller animals such as monkeys, goats and sheep.
9 · Geisterburg Restaurant in Hall: The Child-Friendliest Place in Town
Situated at Hall’s historic old town district, Geisterburg Restaurant has a menu that contains a sprawling palette of global flavours in each dish. Their burgers are legendary, pizzas with fresh herbs are decadently tasty and the lemonade is freshly made of strawberries and melissa. They have put together a special kids’ menu offering healthy and tasty options that little tykes will enjoy. After eating, kids are welcomed to the indoor play area and to the shady outdoor beer garden.
10 · Hofer Stubn Inn at Kolsassberg: Hearty Delicacies and Fun Activities for Kids
This restaurant at Kolsassberg Mountain is for those who want it all – rich dishes, fun-filled moments of play and nature exploration. The restaurant is happy to host hordes of little feet in the indoor play areas while the mums and dads get stuck into the delicious menu full of regional specialties. An indoor swimming pool is available upon prior arrangement. If the weather is fine, little ones can slide from the playground right into the farm grounds and stables, where they can help feeding the animals (Highland cattle, sheep, horses, rabbits) or enjoy rides on “Holly” the tractor.
11 · Goglhof Inn in Fuegen: Elevated Farm-to-Table Dining
Changing with the season, Goglhof Inn has created an exciting menu that showcases substantial, varied and robust food based on the natural abundance of the area. This is fine and hearty dining at its best and a destination unto itself. The stately farmstead is enveloped by natural beauty and the lofty and rugged mountains of Zillertal Valley. Kids will love to get close up and personal with farm animals and go wild in the spacious outdoor playground. In the winter, Goglhof Inn is the start of the sledding run; in the summer you can speed down the hill in a mountain cart.
12 · Hintertuxerhof Children’s and Glacier Hotel: Glacier Skiing, Epicurean Delights and Health
Deeply rooted in tradition, the restaurant at family-operated Hintertuxerhof Hotel happily accommodates kids, serves hearty food and affords stunning views of Hintertux Glacier. Portions are humungous to sate those ravenous skiers’ appetites, including locally-sourced meat and fresh, healthy ingredients. Parents can retire to the ample sunlit patio and watch the fun and frolics on the awesome playground from their elevated position. On rainy days, kids are welcome to enjoy the lovely indoor play facilities. At 1,500 metres, the high elevation provides relief for allergy sufferers.
13 · Kaiserhaus Lodge in Brandenberg: Empress Sissi’s Summer Sojourn
For its awesome natural beauty, the lodge at the valley end on the banks of Brandenberger Ache River is the locals favourite place. Even Emperor Franz Josef’s beautiful wife, Empress Sissi, loved the romantic lodge and spent a night here, giving the place its name: Emperor meaning ‘Kaiser’ in German. Today, this beautiful place is a popular destination for hikers and mountain bikers who replenish with hearty tidbits and authentic specialties, such as the famous Brandenberger Pruegeltorte cake. Little ones can romp about the wonderful, nature-themed playground and the delightful Alpine garden and observe ponies, rabbits and goats.
14 · Großlehen Hotel in Fieberbrunn: A Rich Microcosm for Children
Nestled amid wildflower-filled meadows and the wilderness of the Kitzbuehel Alps, this stately and beautiful farmstead offers hearty comfort cuisine. The menu is determined by available produce and provisions from their own farm for a true “farm to fork” dining experience. Innkeeper Bettina offers finest Austrian wines and serves Salzburger Nockerl, a sweet soufflé, as a dessert. The farm’s private aerial forest park, miniature golf course, natural swimming pond and petting zoo make Großlehen an excellent destination for family outings and celebrations.
15 · Gasthof Oberweissbach Inn: A Unique Dining and Outdoor Experience
The tender beef they serve was raised on premises, the herbs are grown on farm grounds and the fresh milk comes from their cows – Oberweissbach Inn provides a unique Tirol dining experience that caters to your mind, body and soul. Tucked away in a forest opening, the working farm with restaurant boasts a mountain meadow with swings, slides, climbing structures and more just outside. Plus, there’s an archery course in spruce forest and thrilling rides down the hill in mountain carts.
16 · Gasthaus Marinelli Inn in Doelsach: Talented Young Chefs in East Tirol
Embraced as a top destination for contemporary cuisine inspired by flavours from around the world, this is a home for chef-driven, surprising dishes and decent burgers with an emphasis on fresh local ingredients. The dedicated staff, with the help of local farmers and purveyors, provides a seasonal dining experience in Doelsach, a friendly village on the Drau Cycle Path. Their original “Pregler”, a high-quality spirit made from locally grown apples and pears, is unique so you can enjoy one or two in the outdoor beer garden while keeping an eye on the kids as they enjoy the play facilities.