The region surrounding the Austrian city of Salzburg will look familiar to anyone who has ever watched The Sound of Music—even if you only made it through the opening scene with Julie Andrew bursting into song atop the unbelievably green hills. If your travels are motivated more by your palate than by your love of Broadway musicals, however, the main appeal of this region will likely be the freshwater fish from its streams and lakes, the cheese produced at its farmhouses and dairies, and the local farm-raised meats.
Pinzgauer beef is one of the many local ingredients that are rarely found beyond this part of the Alps. The ancestors of Pinzgauer cattle are believed to have been introduced into the region by Celtic settlers who arrived between 600 and 400 B.C.E. Today it is known among connoisseurs for its excellent marbling and richness. The 300-year-old Restaurant Meilinger Taverne on Mittersill's town square is not only a historically atmospheric place to have a meal, but also known for its dishes using Pinzgauer beef. It is one of more than 260 culinary stops on the nine different themed trails that comprise the Via Culinaria.
For an itinerary to the gourmet highlights of the Alps, visit AFAR Journeys.