Information & Facts
Skiing, snowboarding and partying are the main activities on the
holiday agenda in St Anton, but the town does offer some vacation
alternatives. The Arlberg is a venue that offers spas and swimming
facilities, and there are indoor sports facilities for racquetball,
bowling and tennis. A unique open-air heated pool on the wooded
mountainside, with its playground and waterslide, is extremely
popular in the summer.
The official language in Austria is German.
The unit of currency is the Euro (EUR), which is divided into
100 cents. Currency can be exchanged at banks and bureaux de change
available in all towns, but it may be easier to use the ATMs. Banks
are closed on Saturdays and Sundays, but exchange offices at
airports and major city rail terminals are open seven days a week.
Major credit and debit cards are widely accepted though some small
hotels and restaurants may only accept cash. Travellers cheques are
St Anton's south-facing slopes can get slushy by the end of the
day, particularly in spring, and the lower beginner slopes can get
The club and bar scene in St Anton is very lively, and less
expensive than some of the other European ski resorts. The 'in'
places while on holiday in St Anton are the Krazy Kangaroo Bar on
the mountainside, and the Moosewirt Bar, both usually packed with
skiers and snowboarders after a day on the slopes. Alcohol flows
freely to the tune of rock and hip-hop in St Anton. The night is
long at the numerous other discos and clubs, but for those seeking
something more sedate there are quieter, more sophisticated bars in
the St Anton hotels.
Dining out while on holiday in St Anton is a diverse and
satisfying experience, with everything from burgers to vegetarian
meals on offer at establishments that keep cooking until well after
midnight. For five-star dining in St Anton, try the luxury hotels
like the St Antoner Hof or Alte Post. Traditional Austrian fare is
sought after by active skiers wanting a hearty meal; some of the
best in St Anton is served up at the Sporthotel, where a variety of
sausages can be savoured with an accompaniment of potatoes and
sauerkraut, all reasonably priced. Game and dumplings also appear
on most St Anton menus. Fondue can be enjoyed at The Montjola, one
of the oldest restaurants in the area.
Shopping along St Anton's pedestrianised main street is a
holiday must and quite laid-back, with plenty of cosy bars and
cafés where shoppers can rest their feet. St Anton's shops tend to
be expensive, but the quality of merchandise is good. There are
numerous ski wear and ski equipment outlets stocking the name-brand
goods, as well as good jewellers, music stores, antique stores and
clothing boutiques. It is well worth checking out the local arts
and crafts work while in St Anton on holiday, particularly
Local time in Austria is GMT +1 (GMT +2 from the last Sunday
in March to the last Sunday in October).