Alpine Pastures

On weekends, my wife and I love going to the mountains. The Austrian-Bavarian Alps are just a one- to two-hour drive from our home. Part of the fun is that you come across Alpine pastures, i.e. cattle ranches that are in operation just during summer. Some farmers even open their huts to guests, offering refreshments and accommodation.

 

The Alpine cuisine leans unmistakably towards the meat-and-potatoes side. Still, some of the dishes should be OK with vegetarians too. Think of classics such as Kaspressknödelsuppe (soup with a fried, bread-and-cheese patty) or Kaiserschmarrn (sugared pancake, often with raisins).

Spending time in the open countryside has become more and more popular in recent years. We use to go late in the day, thus enjoying a relative solitude on our way back. Just avoid Sundays. Trails and huts are much less crowded on Saturdays, when people are still busy with their household chores.

 

In the Bavarian Alps, our favorites are Brünnsteinhaus and Lenggrieser Hütte. We also love Austria’s Hohe Tauern where we most enjoyed our rests at Postalm and Sennigerbräualm.