Holidays in a Traditional Mountain Cabin
If you check in at one of the traditional mountain cabins in Austria, you’re stepping in the VIP area of nature. 24 hours a day. Golden sunrises, spectacular starry skies and roaring winds - here, ideas about the significance of time are changing. There’s a close connection to Mother Earth that you’ll feel with all your senses.
Where People Return to Every Summer
Alpine transhumance has been practiced in the Alps for centuries. On 15 June, St Vitus’ Day, the livestock is driven to the high mountain pastures where it grazes during summer. In former times, a herdsman and a dairywoman were in charge of taking care. The herdsman looked after the animals whereas the dairywoman worked with them and produced butter and cheese.
In large mountain cabins that were surrounded by extensive alpine pastures, sheep were also held. The traditional mountain cabins were the only shelters were people could take refuge in case of harsh weather. In most cases, they only consisted of two rooms, a fireplace and an attic. The cabins were usually built next to a spring, the only source of water. A dairywoman’s life may sound idyllic but in reality, it involved hard, strenuous and often dangerous work. It was the freedom and the yearning for nature that made them forget the stresses and strains. That’s why they returned to the alpine pastures summer after summer, year after year.
A Place to Stay for Everyone
COSY ACCOMMODATION IN THE MOUNTAINS
Up to this day, the mountain cabins in Austria are a symbol of German Romanticism which emphasized the glory and beauty of nature. They are a sanctuary for everyone who’s looking for the ultimate freedom. These former simple dwellings of the alpine dairymen and herdsmen are not in traditional use any longer. They have been renovated and transformed into convenient accommodation.
Choose from a variety of styles, locations and functions: cottages in picturesque and remote locations or private spa retreats, rustic log cabins once used as a shelter for loggers or hunting lodges. Wherever you go, premium chalets, traditional mountain cabins in ski resorts or, if you’re looking for good company, cottages in chalet resorts are scattered all across the country.
The Ultimate Self-Catering Holiday
LET US TAKE YOU BACK TO YOUR CHILDHOOD
In the end, the things you’ve experienced and the stories you can share make a holiday unforgettable. In a traditional mountain cabin, every daily meal is a little adventure. That’s what all these properties have in common: You have to cater for yourselves and cook your own meals. There’s no staff.
Getting there is the first part of the adventure. Some of the cabins are accessible only by 4WD. But don’t worry, your hosts will be happy to help you. Once you’ve arrived, it’s time to stir up the fire in the wood-fired stove and make coffee, tea and a warm meal.
Sit around the campfire and gaze at the stars. What a marvellous night! A beautiful memory for kids and grown-ups alike. During the day, nature has a great many of activities in store: go mushrooming, collect wild berries, climb the nearest mountain peak, take a refreshing dip in the lake or build a camp in the forest. Everything’s possible. Nothing’s imperative. Let us take you back to your childhood, remind you of the old times and allow you to spend quality time with your family.
Culinary Delicacies from the Mountain Farms in the Surroundings
In most regions, a delightful culinary experience is not far. Take a beautiful country walk to a nearby farm and get some fresh butter, home-made bread, cheese and bacon. The best ingredients for a hearty snack.
The good things are so close. You only need to bring weatherproof clothing, sturdy boots and a curious mind. Embark on adventures far from the noise of the city and indoor playgrounds.
The Ultimate Joy: Quality Time with the Family
A guest in one of Carinthia’s mountain cabins once said: “As a parent, if you’d like to make your kids connect with nature, you have to establish a relationship with the environment first. A holiday in a mountain cabin will bring you close the most authentic of things. Simply let the day go by, make your plans depending on the weather and enjoy nature’s multimedia programme.
Gaze at the stars! The spectacular night sky is definitely more exciting than prime time on TV. Listen to the peaceful burbling of the stream behind the cabin. You have to show your own children nature in all its glory. If they’ve never seen it, they won’t be able to notice it.” High up in the mountains, you just have to let nature take its course.
The Mountains - An Oasis of Peace
Watch the last sunrays of the day cast their golden hue on the hillsides as you sit down next to the cabin. Step into an oasis of peace. It will make you realise what really counts in life.
In those moments, your own childhood feels so close. Those experiences touch you deep inside. All the artificial entertainment can never compete with pure, pristine nature. Here, it’s authenticity that counts. The many facets of our natural surroundings: rare animal and plant species, stunning weather events, special times of the day and night. Everything it takes to embrace life. All those who are looking for moments of joy, will find them here, at the mountain cabins and chalets in Austria.
Where nature’s multimedia programme is on, 24 hours a day. Without adverse side effects. Free of charge for everyone. In return, nature only asks for one thing: treat it with respect and mindfulness. It’s the one right attitude towards nature.