Alpine Pastures

My wife and I love going hiking in the Bavarian-Austrian Alps. It is just a one- to two-hour drive from our home. Part of the fun is that you come across Alpine pastures, that is, cattle ranches that are used during summer season only. Some farmers open their huts to guests, offering refreshments and accommodation. On the menu, just look for Kaspressknödel (fried bread patty with cheese) or Kaiserschmarrn (sugared pancake).


Our favorite places are Gindlalm and Neureuth in Bavaria’s Tegernsee area and Postalm and Sennigerbräualm at Austria’s Hohe Tauern. Just avoid peak time on fine weekends. Better go early or late to bypass the crowds.