5 March 2014 from Gareth in 'Tips'' | 1 Comments

Germknodel index

How much does lunch cost on the slopes in Austria? The answer lies in the Germknodel index! Snowplaza has launched an index to compare food prices in ski resorts in Austria in an fun way. The Germknodel, a yeast dumpling with vanilla sauce, is one of the British skier’s favorite treats when skiing in Austria. Its price is a good indicator of the cost of food in the ski resort. We've listed the prices of a Germknodels in the highest mountain restaurant in 20 of the most popular ski resorts in Austria. Read more about the Germknodel index and how it can help you find the right Austrian ski resort for your next ski holidays.

What is the Germknodel index?

The Germknodel index shows, first of all, how much this yeast dumpling with vanilla sauce costs in the highest mountain restaurant or hut in the ski areas of 20 of the most popular ski resorts in Austria. So why the Germknodel I hear you ask? The first reason is that this filling, sweet dish is one of the most popular desserts and/or snacks consumed on skiing holidays in Austria. Another reason we chose this delicious treat is because it is simple to prepare and the ingredients do not vary, so we can easily compare different Germknodels in different restaurants. We have made no difference between a self-service mountain restaurant, snack bar or a luxury mountain restaurant. It was the price and not the quality of the food we compared as it is our experience that the Germknödel tastes pretty much the same everywhere. Therefore, to provide the most objective comparison possible, we always asked for the price of a Germknodel in the highest mountain restaurant in each ski resort’s ski area.

Germknodel index

How expensive is a Germknodel in Austria?

At first glance you can see the big price differences in the price of a Germknodel between the different ski areas. The prices vary between €4.60 in Solden in the highest restaurant at 2,796 m of altitude up to €10 in Lech am Arlberg at 2,350 m of altitude. Among the most expensive Germknodels at the highest point in the ski area can be found in the ski resorts of Mayrhofen, in the Zillertal, Ischgl and St. Anton am Alberg. The cheapest Germknodels you can eat at altitude are in Solden, Saalbach, Kitzbuhel and the Innsbruck Olympic Skiworld. The average price for a Germknodel in Austria is €6.49 which is a reasonable price to pay for such a delicious snack in my opinion.

Solden highest restaurant

Germknodel index vs ski pass prices

Also interesting is a possible comparison between Germknodel prices and other prices such as ski pass prices in the Austrian ski resorts. The question that we asked ourselves was do the prices for Germknodels give a good comparison with the ski lift pass prices in the same resort? It turns out that no, there is no connection and that often, as is the case in Solden, the cheapest Germknodel will become one of the most expensive once you have paid the high price of the ski pass to get up to the highest restaurant! The same applies to Saalbach - Hinterglemm, Serfaus and Kitzbuhel, where the Germknodel in the highest mountain restaurant is relatively cheap, but the ride in the ski lifts are comparitively expensive.

Lech mountain restaurant

Rüfikopf - Lech

So which is the cheapest Austrian ski resort?

Of course we cannot rely on the Germknodel index soley to give us the answer to this question, but it does give us a good indicator. According to Snowplaza’s Germknodel index, Lech am Arlberg is the most expensive ski resort for skiing holidays in Austria. For the ski pass and a Germknodel at the highest mountain restaurant, you pay on average more than in other Austrian ski resorts. If it’s cheap ski holidays in Austria you’re looking for then head to the 279 kilometers of pistes in the Wilder Kaiser - Brixental and in Obertauern, where prices for Germknodels and ski passes are below average. We are aware that to have a clear, objective idea of the price of a ski resort, we must calculate even more different prices, such as the price per kilometer of pistes compared with the height of the restaurant where the Germknodel price has been taken, etc… The quality and size of the Germknodels should also be taken as an analysis criteria – we maybe take our investigations further! In the meantime, if you’re on your ski holidays in Austria please try the Germknodel from the highest mountain restaurant and be sure to let us know whether it was worth the journey!


SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser - Brixental

So, getting hungry for your next ski holidays? Your next trip starts here!

Snowplaza.co.uk is the ski website you need when planning your ski holidays. We offer ski resort and ski area information, piste maps, current snow and weather reports, ski accommodation, live webcams, traveler’s reviews and photos of over 550 ski resorts in Europe and the US. You don’t need to look any further when planning your ski holiday and with the help of the Germknodel index, you’ll find the best ski resort for your next ski holidays.


from Julie on 25 March

What a fun idea! I remember these from my childhood days in the Austrian Alps!

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Skiing was something that was sort of forced on me as a child. When my parents signed me up for the school ski trip when I was 11, I think I sulked for a whole month! However, I have no idea how to thank them as I haven’t looked back since!

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