Live like Heidi & Grandpa Almöhi in the Salzburger Saalachtal

Alpine adventure in the mountains


Enjoy the alm summer in the Salzburger Saalachtal, up close and personal, on a hut holiday with the whole family.


Karin and Gerhard make use of the day for more peak victories while we return to the hut where we build a dam wall in the little stream nearby. Time races by and when Karin and Gerhard return we decide to fire up the barbecue. Meat and sausages sizzle aromatically over the flames and my husband shows the children how to make stick bread on the open fire. It is a long time since we have had quality time with each other like this. The tired children clear off to bed voluntarily – this must be the fresh country air because it is impossible to get them to go to bed at home. We enjoy the starry night – how close the mountains seem to be to the sky. Up here, where no light pollution encroaches on the darkness, the milky way seems to be so near that we cannot tear our eyes away.

A cosy rainy day
The next day the rain taps quietly on the window and thick wisps of mist hang between the pines. The air is cold and clean, as though freshly washed. After a particularly extensive breakfast we fire up the stove and decide to go for a gentle stroll in the rain all together. We pull on thick jumpers, raincoats and wellies so that the rain can't touch us. Laughing we jump through the puddles on the way and breathe in the spicy scent of the forest. I am the first to discover the little yellow caps and shout out joyfully, “Mushrooms!“ Here in the Salzburger Saalachtal these are known as 'Eierschwammerl' and we eagerly pick a couple of handfuls from the wet moss. Now nothing can beat returning to the warm hut, washing the mushrooms and cooking! We relish the mushrooms in sauce with dumplings and in the afternoon we return to bed with our books. The rain still drums quietly on the roof and the regular sound makes us sleepy.  A rainy day can only be so snug and cozy in a hut!
The next day the sun shines down on us again and Karin and Gerhard ride down into the valley on the e-mountain bikes to collect fresh bread and to recharge the batteries. The children have already been outside in front of the hut for a while and are playing with my husband in the neighbouring forest. I use the time to be alone and sit down on the hut bench in the sun. I close my eyes, sighing, and notice how quickly I have adjusted to the rhythm of alm life: getting up at first light; being active in the sunshine; resting when it rains and going to bed as night falls. The day is truly relaxing without a clock or alarm!  I only wake up from my peaceful daydream when Karin and Gerhard cheerfully arrive at the hut again, ringing the bell. The sound draws the rest of the family back and we decide to visit a nearby managed hut for hearty alm refreshments.  

Simple but good
Farmer's bread, butter, bacon, cheese and milk – the proprietor of the hut places all of this on the table. Fresh chives, which he has picked from the herb bed behind the hut, complete the meal. With satisfied lip-smacking we all pitch into the homemade products.  How good simple food tastes! The host sits down next to us and tells the children stories of the many summers which he has spent on the alm. Only as dusk falls do we set off on the short way back to our hut. It is our last evening in our alm summer hut in the Salzburger Saalachtal. Before the children scamper into bed yawning, they want to know whether we can spend our next holiday in the hut. Laughing, I glance at my husband and say “The word 'boring' has never crossed your lips once; you've never asked about Wi-Fi or television and you've collapsed into bed every day happy and tired. I think we should definitely spend our next summer holiday in a hut high above the Salzburger Saalachtal so we can feel like Heidi and her Grandpa “Almöhi“ again.

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Edith Danzer
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