St. Anton Information – A guide to St. Anton & the Arlberg
Unsurprisingly St. Anton is rated in the top 5 resorts in the Alps – know for its amazing ski terrain, for its apres ski and endless off piste playground. This year with the opening of the new Flexenbahn cablecar linking Zürs to Stuben/Rauz it has become the largest contiguous ski area in Austria, with 340km piste, 200km off-piste itineraries and 55kmsq pure offpiste. The opening of the new Trittkopfbahn 1 & 2 and Albonabahn 2 (no more freezing chairlift) provides quick and easy access to all the stations.
St Anton itself is the authentic attractive ski town nestled between two mountain ranges on either side divided by the Rosanna river. The main pedestrianized street offers something for everyone, from glitzy hotels to small local pensions, spas and the state of the art Arlberg Well.com centre with pools, sauna and gym and the large climbing centre at the Arlrock. The town proudly boasts the best apres ski in the world, originating from the famous Mooserwirt and Krazy Kanguruh, but now with a host of great live music venues in town including Murrmel Bar and Anthonys. Dinners can choose from traditional Tyrolean food (hearty and filling), to every kind of international cuisine.
We’d like to present you some helpful information about St. Anton covering those topics:
- Getting to St Anton
- Getting around St Anton
- Lift passes
- Lunch on the piste
- Eating out in the evening
- Other Activities
1. Getting To St Anton
It is easy to fly and take a train direct into St Anton as there are a host of airports to choose from – the closest being Innsbruck (95 km). BA and Easyjet offer daily scheduled flights into and out of Innsbruck, so getting here is even easier now for short breaks.
Other airports include Zurich (200 km) which is well connected by a beautiful train ride (2-3 hours) into St Anton, Memmingham (170km – best to hire a car) and Friedrichshafen (130km) (connected by a beautiful train ride but requires a couple of changes).
New this season BA flights to Innsbruck:
This season take a look at the new scheduled flights with BA from Heathrow and Gatwick starting as low as £44 (one way). Innsbruck is the closest airport for st Anton and is easy to transfer in a 1 hour train journey through spectacular scenery into the town itself. The train has a restaurant car so you can start your journey in style! This means you arrive relaxed and ready or guiding next day! The best thing is it means you can afford to take less time off work and squeeze in that extra offpiste weekend!
From UK take ferry to Dunkirk or Calais (DFDS/P&O), then cheapest is through Luxembourg, Germany – Stuttgart, Ulm – Bregenz – Bludenz- Anton. However there can be lots of heavy traffic. More relaxed is to take the French Route – Calais/Dunkirk to Reims – Strasbourg -Stuttgart -Ulm- Bregenz – Bludenz – Anton. The French roads have tolls around 45 euros for the trip but well worth it for the clear stress free highways. You can also pop into Switzerland for a scenic route but you will need a Vignette so pricey. You also require a Vignette for Austrian highways which you can buy at petrol stations close to the border. A 10 day pass is around 8 euros, there is also a toll for the Arlberg tunnel into St Anton, make sure you get in the right lane at the exit to go straight to st Anton. The pass can be very snowy and slippery in winter, you will need winter tyres and you should carry chains.
Make sure you have a shovel, warm rugs and hot drinks in the car plus details of your european rescue in case of break down. The AA are very good. (note this does not apply on the French motorways – you need to take their rescue services)
Easiest and most stress free way is to arrive on the fast scenic trains – straight into the mainstation in St Anton. Trains from Innsbruck (1 hour), Zurich (2 hours), Munich (change in Innsbruck). Also connected to Vienna (overnight sleeper) and Salzburg. There is a public bus from Innsbruck airport to the station (couple of euros – 30 minutes) or take a taxi. From Zurich airport take the 10 minute connection to Zurich mainline station. You can buy your ticket at the airport there is a travel agents just by the station or use one of the many ticket machines.
2. Getting around in St Anton
St Anton is comprised of several villages all connected by a regular free bus service. Central St Anton – you can walk to the lifts and never need take a bus. If you are up the hill then there is a bus shuttle no 3 which takes you to Mooserkreutz and is regularly used by non-skiers who want to access the mountain Apres bars by foot.
Nasserein is also walking distance but there is again a free bus shuttle if you are staying further up the hill. Pettneu is a lovely village that is cheaper to stay in than central anton, and is connected by a fast bus service (8 minutes) that runs until 2am. The bus is free until around 7pm. Other villages include St Jacob, Flirsch and Schnann.
3. Lift Passes
Lift passes can be bought for half day, full day or any number up to a full season. Zurs, Lech and Warth are included in the main pass and all now are interconnected by the new gondolas.
Guide to prices:
Half day from 3pm – 23 euros
Half day from 12pm – 40 euros
Full day – 50 euros
7 days – 295 euros
Full season – 805 euros
You could also consider one of the flexible points cards.
These allow you to choose the days – and use a points systems – before 11.50am – 3 points, after 11.50 am – 2 points, after 3 pm – 1 point. These do not need to be taken on consecutive days and are useful for those on short breaks etc.
15 points – 245 euros
30 points – 458 euros
If you are skiing more than 2 weeks consider a season pass – you could then also look at the Pistetopowder season pass!
4. Where to Eat
St Anton like many Austrian resorts, offers a wide range of culinary delights – from spanish tapas, to steaks, Sushi, Thai and Austrian cuisine, St Anton has it all.
Cosy, log fires and Austrian charm
Right opposite the Galzig, Anton cafe serves up the best breakfasts and delicious nutritious lunches and after 7pm becomes a cosy candle lit restaurant focusing on locally sourced regional food.It has a great friendly atmosphere and has a unique mezzanine play area for toddlers.It’s also where you will meet the Piste To Powder team in the mornings and where we head out from. Come early and have a full breakfast!
+43 5446 2408
Kaminstube am Moos
A hidden delight – Kaminstube has a lovely outdoor bar and sun terrace, offering more gentile apres ski from 4pm. Try the wonderful Tyrloean Rostis or hearty Käsespätzle. Great Austrian cuisine at a good price. – You can also dine here in the evenings and ski or taxi down.
+43 5446 2681
A personal favourite! The Rodelam has oodles of rustic charm, situated on the piste just above Nasserein. A huge sun terrace and inside a crackling log fire and inviting atmosphere. Specialities include the simply enormous pork knuckle, Tyrolean Grosti, Kaiserscmarren and grilled chicken. In the evening the Rodelalm-shuttle will take you to the hut. Try hammer bashing at the Rodellstall in the evening – the sister restaurant top of Nasserein (not on the Piste).
+43 676 886486000
Opposite the Mooserwirt, Griabli has a large outdoor bar and cosy restaurant with log fire offering Tyrolean and International cuisine and great steaks. It doesn’t try to compete with The Mooser at apres but offers live rock music and is a great quiet place to dine after the Moser in a cosy ambience. +43 5446 3673
Situated at the base of route 4, just above Kaminstube and Moserwirt. With a large sun terrace and plenty of space – Sennhutte offers hearty Tyrolean cuisine. Try the duck for something different. +43 5446 2048
Historic and Famous for its incredible wine cellar and slide to the toilets. Hospiz alm has a large outdoor terrace and inside is very rustic. It can get very busy and crowded at lunchtimes so come early or late! Situated in St christoph just above the lifts.
+43 (0)5446 3625
Renovated last year, Gampen situated unsurprisingly at the top of the Gampen chair, offers a choice from self service to fine dining and a large bar. Tuesdays and Thursday evenings offers tobogganing and live music. The toilets have to be experienced – they are vast!
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5. Where to Eat in the evening
From Tapas, to Thai, authentic Tyrolean cuisine to Sushi – St Anton can offer just about every type of food you can think of. But it’s a good idea to book as from 8pm restaurants get very busy as the apres ski revellers descend into town.
For delicious spanish tapas and fine wines, Bodega remains a firm favourite amongst tourists and locals alike. Sample exquisite Iberian pork, sizzling chorizo, garlic prawns, spanish Tortilla, Pimientos (green peppers) and platters of Manchego and Jamon. The chocolate pudding is to die for. Located at the top of town opposite the Postkeller this gets very busy so either come early or late – or be prepared to wait.
For all round excellent dining – at a good price. The Galzig Bistro is also a great apres bar is you still want to be able to speak and enjoy company of others, with a great atmosphere. International cuisine from around the world – try the Thai curry soup with prawn, the Galzig bistro burger and in the evening, juicy steaks
+43 5446 26252
For fabulous Thai food at some of the best prices in St Anton(10-20 euros for main courses). Plenty of space and easy to book. Staff are friendly and serve up authentic Thai cuisine as the head chef comes over from Thailand. In the spring enjoy the open barbecues.
Found in the Arlrock sports centre – next to the train station so combine sport with dinner!.
+43 5446 26252
Possibly the best kept secret in Anton. This cosy restaurant situated above Petes ski shop in the centre of town, serves up authentic Austrian food in a friendly local ambience – Try the Schnitzel – these are to die for and huge!. Book early as this place fills up fast. The restaurant also has a snug lounge with open fireplace and comfy chairs. Or try breakfast on the balcony, for a chance to check out the Anton street life!
+43 (0) 5446 3710
If you are looking for traditional style, and gourmet dining in the uniquely historical atmosphere of the “Koutzouglou- House” this is it! Nested in the trees just above the Galzig, the Museum is perfect for that special celebration.
+43 (0)5446 2475
Anthonys Happy Valley Steakhaus
If you love steak – Anthony’s steak house situated in the basement of Antony’s hotel serves up hungry man Steaks and even a Lady Steak . This grill diner in an American style, opens up later for five music and apres dancing into the wee hours. Not for Vegetarians!
+43 5446 42600
Delight your tastebuds with top quality cuisine in an elegant ambience. This is a gourmet experience that will leave you wanting to come back! You are in for a treat – preferably someone else’s!! Definitely book!
+43 (0) 5446 2968 22
6. Apres Ski
St Anton is renowned for its wild apres ski – however there are also plenty of great music venues and quieter places for a beer and a chat with friends. We have grouped our favourites so you can decide what mood you are in from the party to the quiet contemplative!
Perhaps the most famous mountain apres ski bar you will have heard of long before you visit St Anton. Groups gather around 4pm for the final countdown when the shutters descend and DJ Gerhard blasts out sounds from German schlepper to club to 80s hits. Revellers climb up onto the tables to stomp in ski boots. At 8pm, as the music ends drunken skiers attempt to get back into their skis to attempt the final run back to town.
Expect crowds and loud music and more dancing on the tables. A different set to the Mooser crowd. You can always check this out first then ski down to Moserwirt, the other way around is more tricky! Beware – drunken skiers descending this hill which can get icy and very mogully at night.
A firm favourite of seasonnaires and tourists. Expect to see chalet girls dancing on the bar on their weekly night out. Taps serves up great apres pizzas and hamburgers, and there is the all important happy hour. Music of similar genre to KKs.
For great live music check out rock icon, Gunar and other great musicians playing in Murrmel bar just down from the end of the main street (5-8pm) followed by more live music in the club downstairs until the wee hours.. This classy, friendly bar serves up great range of beers, fine wines and cocktails. The fun continues in the club through the night ….
This is where the locals hang out and you find out all the gos. Small, friendly bar in the main street opposite Murrmel, go there alone and you will come out with new friends! Now no smoking – hurrah!
Refurbished last year, Jules has a great vibe with cool cocktails and classy music. Many locals hang out here and is good for people watching from the sun terrace. Top end of town…
Late night from 11pm this is a great place for live music and dancing in a large American style bar. Bands rotate monthly which keeps a fresh scene. Popular with seasonaires.
Situated at the Nassereinbahn, Fang House is a friendly fun bar offering copious Jaegar shots, beer, sport and burgers on the terrace. Live music from the awesome Tony.
8. Non Ski Activities
St. Anton has a host of non ski activities. Most are centred in 2 main places, the Welcome centre with spa and pool and The Arlrock sports centre (next to the train station)
– Climbing – indoor climbing wall, bouldering and outdoor ice wall at the Arlock
– Short Tennis and bowling – at the Arlrock
– Swimming, Spa and Sauna – at the Welcome centre.
– Tobogganing – Tuesdays and Thursday nights from Gampen or down from the Rodelalm.
– Snowshoeing – rent snow shoes and guides from ski rental
– Fixed rope climbing at the Klettersteig (possible to combine with off piste skiing)
– Arlrock (climbing, bouldering, tennis, bowling, Thai restaurant)