Culinary hiking in the Paznaun

Culinary Way of St. James

Hiking in Ischgl at the Paznaun equals pleasure for all senses. A true highlight for your taste buds is the Culinary Way of St. James. Hiking with a hefty serving of culinary delights, so to speak! 

Hiking, eating, enjoying 

When the first "Culinary Way of St. James" took place in 2008, nobody knew just how successful it would become. In cooperation with the chef of the century, Eckart Witzigmann, the "Culinary Way of St. James" started as an endeavour to improve the quality of the food served at the local Alpine Association huts. Today the event attracts gourmets and gourmands from all over the world. 

The idea behind it: local top chefs are supposed to bring a breath of fresh air into the kitchens of seven selected mountain huts in the Paznaun. Then, the dishes created for the event remain on the respective hut’s menu for the rest of summer season. 

Hike, stop and eat

The huts

The recipe for an unforgettable day in the mountains? Take one of Austria’s most beautiful hiking regions, season it with incredible scenic views no matter which direction you look. Then add some picturesque and rustic mountain huts and a pinch of culinary highlights – well, would you just look at that! Your perfect culinary hiking day in the Paznaun is served – and it’ll be one you’ll remember for a long time coming! 

And the best part: after the prelude to the "Culinary Way of St. James", all the dishes created by the top chefs stay on the menu of the respective huts for the rest of summer season! 

The seven culinary routes through the Paznaun 

When seven top chefs cook their finest food at seven selected mountain inns in Paznaun, that can only mean pure indulgence! 

By the way: Lovers of nature are going to enjoy every single one of the six routes. And there’s every reason for that – because the hiking routes offer some truly unique experiences! Thanks to the different levels of difficulty, every hiker can select the route that’s perfect for them. 

Connect your time outside in nature with some of the best culinary impressions of the Paznaun region and explore the "Culinary Way of St. James"! You’ve got some more questions? Please contact our holiday experts at the Tourist Office Paznaun – Ischgl! 

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Culinary pleasures in the Paznaun

Regional culinary delights have always been a priority in Paznaun. Hence, it’s no surprise that, at the restaurants and mountain huts of the region, plenty of regional products – sometimes products of their own making – end up in the pots and pans. Some mountain huts exclusively serve dishes made with products of their own farming.

The secret star: the Paznaun mountain cheese 

The Paznaun mountain cheese is exclusively made with raw milk from the valley and mountain pastures of the region. Thanks to its mildly aromatic to savoury taste, the ripe, yellow cheese with pea-sized holes has plenty of fans. It has to ripen for about six weeks before it can be enjoyed. And then, the cheese gourmets get to savour not just a piece of the best Tyrolean cheese but also a piece of Tyrolean culture. 

On the seven routes to the respective huts of the "Culinary Way of St. James", the gourmet chefs present the best of their creations. The motto being: “leisurely hikes and culinary delights”. 

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