Salzburg Alpine Summer
Lush green meadows, sunshine, and mountains—that's what Alpine Summer is like in Grossarltal. Life has returned to the mountain huts, temperatures are rising, and the sound of cowbells can be heard everywhere. In the summer, hikers enjoy the cool mountain air, the shady spots in the forest, and the comfy, sunny terraces at mountain huts..
In the past, a mountain hut served as a summer abode for dairymaids and herdsmen. Over decades, without electricity, they hand-milked cows and – between milking stand, stable, and the traditional “smoke kitchen” – produced delicious butter and cheese. Many of these mountain huts are still operational today, continuing to provide for the animals grazing the alpine pastures..
But what's been added to the mix nowadays are hikers, who are treated to a mouthwatering selection of homemade delicacies by their hut hosts. Grossarltal alone is home to 40 such huts, giving this valley the highest density of active huts in the province of Salzburg—and earning it the nickname "The Valley of Mountain Huts."
The perfect mountain hut
rustic - authentic - traditional
Rustic, authentic and traditional. That's how the ideal mountain hut should be. After making their way up there, hikers should be pampered with local delicacies that were made right there. A Brettljause platter, a glass of fresh buttermilk, perhaps even a tasty farmhouse doughnut. Meanwhile, the cows should be allowed to graze around the hut, enjoying an Alpine Summer of their own..
If the hut hosts add to the atmosphere by singing, and maybe even playing the accordion, then the idyllic scene of a Salzburg Alpine Summer is truly raised to perfection.
In Salzburg province, there are around 170 certified Alpine Summer Huts. This "Alpine Summer Certificate" guarantees the authentic mountain experience you are looking for. Many huts in Grossarltal have likewise been awarded this "Alpine Summer Certificate.".
What distinguishes an Alpine Summer Hut?
- Genuine: Mountain huts are original, authentic and rustic
- Tradition: Summer grazing at the hut is traditional, with cows, sheep or horses nearby
- Cuisine: Hikers are treated to homemade delicacies or regional specialties
- Cleanliness: The water at a mountain hut is pure enough to drink, and all hygiene regulations are complied with
- Paths: The hut is reachable via a hiking path or with the help of a mountain lift (in some cases, people with mobility restrictions may be able to ride up on the hiking bus)
Experience the authenticity, tradition, culinary delights, and cleanliness of the Salzburg Alpine Summer Huts in Grossarltal for yourself. Come visit us right here in the Valley of Mountain Huts..