Juicy meadows, wonderful peace...
...and an imposing panorama of peaks - that is the alm summer in the Salzburger Saalachtal. It is time to forget everyday stress for a moment and tank new energy. Enjoy bread with bacon and a glass of cool buttermilk followed by a farmer´s doughnut straight out of the pan. If the farmer gets out his accordion, everything is perfect.
The alm summer has been a part of the agricultural year for centuries. The cattle are brought up to the alpine pastures in early summer where they are cared for from June to September by the alpine herdsmen. The working day of the people on the alm begins before sunrise with the milking of the cows. The fresh milk is brought down to the valley to be collected by the dairy. A few mountain farmers process the milk directly on the alm to produce alm butter or cheese.
Walkers and mountain climbers have always enjoyed feasting on the home-made alm products in Salzburger Land. Over the years and with the development of mountain tourism, managed alm huts and cosy snack stations have arisen. However, the warm hospitality on the alm has never changed over the course of time. Many Alm huts have the ”Alm Summer certificate“. This guarantees an authentic Alm experience.
ALM Summer Opening 2020
When the cows, horses, sheep and goats have relocated to their lush, green summer quarters on the Salzburg alpine pastures after a successful alpine pasture lift, the official start of the alm summer is heralded with numerous opening festivals throughout SalzburgerLand.
Every year on the weekend before the summer solstice, a different region in the SalzburgerLand has the honor of hosting a lavish festival for the opening of the summer in the Alps. The opening of the country in summer is a fun get-together of musicians and hikers. You can spoil yourself with regional delicacies and classic alpine delicacies. Visitors have the opportunity to look over the shoulder of traditional artisans at work or to have fun with the alpine dance. When the big alpine summer bell rings over the mountain pastures, the new alpine summer season has officially opened.
The alm summer 2020 will open on June 14th in the Almenwelt Lofer
The official nationwide Alm summer opening will be celebrated on Sunday, June 14th, 2020 at the Kechtalm in the Almenwelt Lofer.
"Families on the alpine pasture" is the motto of the Alm Summer 2020 and this year's opening of the Salzburg Alm Summer. The rustic hut of the Flatscher family is a real gem at 1,530 m above sea level in the enchanting nature of the Almenwelt Lofer.
The official festival starts at 9 am. with a guided hike and after the official ringing in of the Alm summer at 11 am., guests are spoiled with culinary highlights of the region. The finest alpine delicacies and homemade delicacies from the Salzburg Saalachtal await the guests in the surrounding alpine huts as well as folk music sounds. Families are brought closer to nature on guided themed hikes in the Almenwelt Lofer. Healing from the TEH Unken (traditional European medicine) and local handicrafts as well as a guided e-bike tour complete the program. The moderation is in the proven hands of Herbert Gschwendtner.
Celebrate the opening of the Salzburg Alpine Summer with us!
The following Alm Summer huts are guaranteed to spoil you in the Salzburger Saalachtal: