Closing Weekend: 30 Seconds to Mars
This year rock band 30 seconds to Mars will perform at the Top of the Mountain concert in Ischgl. Honestly, I’ve never heard of this band. Had to look it up on Wiki and Spotify to get a clue what to expect on the Idalp. I must say, it’s quite different from last year when Robbie Williams hit the stage. But hey! If you’re a fan of alternative, rock music and like to catch a glimpse of good looking front man Jared Leto, you should definitely be there on the Idalp.
Of course the concert is one of the great things to go to, during Closing Weekend. But for those of you who are not that much into this music, there are loads of other great things to do and places to go to in Ischgl. I’ve selected my favorite ones and love to share them with you. It’s a combination of fine restaurants, nice spots for a drink and/or dance and experiencing the brand new, state-of-art gondola lift.
Enjoy it all just once more
Because everyone knows it’s the last weekend to hit the slopes this ski season, you can sense this vibrant and exciting vibe in the village. Smile, drink, dance, party – and ski of course – that’s what you do during Closing Weekend. Here are my favorites to enjoy it all once more on the slopes and in the village.
On the Slopes
#1. Alpenhaus & VIP Lounge. I would say, this is one of the most stylish venues in the Tyrolean Alps. I love this contemporary, lodge style Haus on the Idalp. This gourmet hub– one of the highest in the Alps – can be reached in just a few minutes from the mountain stations of the Silvretta and Fimbabahn cable cars. Inside, Alpine style meets sophisticated, pure design. Cowhides, wood and glass merge to create a harmonious and stylish atmosphere. The fireplace and the wonderful mountain backdrop, which you can enjoy from the panoramic windows, will tempt you to stay a while longer.
On the ground floor of the restaurant the self-service area offers space for some 430 guests and has everything that a skier’s heart craves – from ‘Kaiserschmarrn’ to ‘Jagatee’ and tasty delights from the charcoal grill.
The VIP lounge is located on the first floor. In complete tranquillity, with lots of privacy, sophisticated service and a refined atmosphere, this is a place for you to relax, as is the sun terrace. Unfortunately – during Closing Weekend and the Top of the Mountain concert – you can’t get in here and it’s not possible to book a table. Only Mountain VIP Club members have the privilege to get in this last weekend of the season.
#2. Paznauner Taja. In the middle of the Silvretta Arena. This is definitely one of Ischgl’s most popular lodges to meet-up in, set in the middle of the Silvretta Arena. Here it’s all about getting to know new people, flirting, dancing, laughing… just having fun, relaxing and partying and experiencing the ultimate ‘Après-ski vibe’!
Want to relax a bit? Then head for the serviced restaurant inside!
#3. New: State of the art Gondola: 3-S PARDATSCHGRAT A2. A total of 45 lift and cable car facilities and over 238 km. prepared pistes make sure you will have the time of your life, on the slopes of Ischgl. Standing in a queue is not what happens here. They make sure that skiers spend a lot more of their time on the slopes, than anywhere else while they are on holiday.
After two summers of hard work Ischgl presented, the brand new three-cable gondola lift this winter. The 3-S Pardatschgratbahn A2 starts at 1,365 m. and spans a record high of 1,251 m. A total of 28 skiers fit into the wind stable booths, to the mountain station placed at 2,616 m altitude. With a speed of 7.5 m / s and 31 gondolas available are hourly 2800 skiers brought up within 10 minutes.
In the village
Days before the actual Top of the Mountain concert takes place on Saturday, the village is already getting steamed up for this last event of the ski season. Last year we arrived on Thursday and the streets were already packed with party people and live bands. Such a great atmosphere.
Let’s not keep you waiting any longer. Here are my favorite spots in the village. Enjoy!
#4. Balcony hotel room Trofana Royal. Make friends with guests staying in this 5 star hotel, (but first find out if the’ve booked the right room, with the balcony on the ‘party’ side :-). If you succeed to get up there, you will have the best view overlooking the crowd, partying in the streets in front of Trofana Alm.
#5. Champagnerhütte. Craving for a crisp glass of bubbles? This place is the one for you. They serve the best Champagne brands in the world.
#6. Käfer Alm. A very popular meeting place for gourmets and probably well known to those of you who have been to Oktoberfest in München. Käfer is one of the most famous Zelts at the Wiesn and this winter the’ve opened a venue in Ischgl, right at the base of the Pardatschgratbahn. From 2pm you can relax here after the sporting part of the day. In the evening from 7pm the Käfer Alm turns into an Alpine charm restaurant and offers excellent cuisine. I have to admit. I haven’t been to this one in Ischgl yet, but I know the dishes they serve are the best. So tasteful. I will definitely pay them a visit during Closing Weekend. Keep you posted on my findings, okay?
#7. Lucy Wang. Jens Liebhauser owns Lucy, the stylish brasserie where you can have delicious sushi, but you can also just go there to have a drink at the bar. Only 4 km away – in Kappl – you find Zhero Hotel (you will pass it on your way to Ischgl). This beautiful hotel also belongs to Jens. He is responsible for the design of both Lucy and Zhero. Would you love to stay at Zhero Hotel during Closing Weekend? You won’t regret it, the hotel is known for its great in-house parties. And if you still want to party in Ischgl, the shuttle will take you there in just a couple of minutes.
#8. Plangger. Recently I’ve been to their venue in Serfaus, but my first experience with Plangger was in Ischgl. Love their concept. They have the most beautiful wines in store. You can order per glass and enjoy it standing outside on the street.
#9. Schatzi Bar. I’m pretty sure this bar needs no introduction. If you’ve been to Ischgl before, you’ve been to the Schatzi’s. Between 4pm and 7pm original Tyrolean girls provide the right Après-ski vibe and show what a proper party in the Tyrolean Mountains should include.
#10. Café Salner. This restaurant is not so easy to find and it’s not fancy at all, but if you get there, you can look forward to eating one of the best Wiener Schnitzels in Austria. They serve Schnitzels from ‘heimischen Kalb’. Try it, you will love it. Besides my good memories of the Schnitzel, I still remember how hot it is inside this restaurant. Don’t go there in your ski-gear, change first into something light and more comfortable!
#12. Stüva. This restaurant is one of the best in Ischgl and has been awarded by GaultMillau. It’s located in Hotel Yscla and run by one of the youngest two Hauben chefs of Europe, Benjamin Parth. Good to know: You don’t have to be a hotel guest to book a table and enjoy Benjamin’s creations.
#13. Trofana Alm. This one reminds me so much of Patschi Pub in Serfaus. Earlier I wrote a blog about my top 5 Après-ski party places. Of course Trofana Alm is on this list. It’s so much fun to be here. Either in or outside on the balcony. Great vibe, good music and lots of happy people singing and dancing. Exactly what you want it to be!
#14. Urreza. This 4 star hotel is central located, yet very quiet… Ideal to rest a bit after a long day on the slopes and then go out for a drink again.
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