It’s a free 10-minute shuttle ride to get to the edge of town. Then, it’s time to work up an appetite by climbing the cobblestone path up to Castel Roncolo, (aka Runkelstein Schloß). After pausing to catch your breath — and admire the valley view — you cross the drawbridge to enter the castle and tavern.
For lunch, start with canederli, the regional specialty: bread dumplings made with speck — the local ham— and cheese, served in a butter sauce. Follow that with gröstl: fried potatoes, onions and meat, served in an iron skillet. Also delicious is anything with finferli, the flavorful chanterelle mushrooms grown nearby. Wash it all down with a glass or two of Lagrein, a local red wine, and finish with a slice of the housemade apple struedel.
Castle eating at its best.
— Contributed by Lee McIntyre, Freelance writer and photographer. Author of the book A Year of One a Days.