Ski huts and après ski bars
Ski huts and refreshments on the mountain
During an action-packed day of winter sports, you'll be glad of the chance to make a pit-stop on the Kreischberg either for a hearty lunch with typical alpine dishes, or for small snacks and warming drinks to keep you going in between. Settling down on the sun terrace with the family at one of the eateries depends on the weather, so you may find yourself looking for a table in the warm, cosy rooms inside. Almost all restaurants offer these two choices, such as the Kreischbergwirt situated by the mountain station for the 6-seater gondola lift, or the Rieglerhütte and Berg7 which are just a stone's throw away. At the halfway station for the same gondola, you will come across the Gasthaus Grillboden and the Edelweißhütte on the Kreischberg. The Schluckspecht ("guzzler") does its name justice and is located right by the Rosenkranz lifts. For perfect views as you eat, check out the Panorama Schirmbar on the peak of the Kreischberg, which gives you direct access to the slopes at the orange Sixpack chairlift. Not quite at the bottom of the mountain is the JagaAlm, which also has a sun terrace, and table service.
A good après ski party with a relaxed atmosphere is as much a part of a winter holiday for some people as ski poles for skiing. The Murau-Kreischberg region may not be famed as an après ski heartland, but it still offers a fun, relaxed atmosphere with great parties off the slopes. Once you're back in the valley after a busy day on one board or two, you can meet friends old and new in the aptly named Einkehrschwung (a German expression for stopping at a bar or restaurant during skiing) at the foot of the Kreischberg. The pace starts to pick up in the afternoon, and there's a brilliant atmosphere to enjoy. Right next door is the well-known Kastanienbar, where you can live it up après ski style from the afternoon and in the evening until the early hours.