Many mountaineers live by the motto “I’ve got to make it to the top!” as the goal for each hike. Usually, the reward for having fought their way up to the summits in SalzburgerLand – step by step – is the thrilling view across the mountains into the valley. But the next worthwhile goal after the summit victory awaits already: the mountain hut. It should be rustic, cosy and traditional. And the empty stomach of course longs for the finest local delicacies and a cold glass of buttermilk with cranberry jam!
“Hello” on the Alpine Summer mountain pasture
The endorphins pump through the body on the way down from the summit and with each step, the anticipation increases at the thought of a nice rest and refreshments in the mountain hut. The cowbells provide the soundtrack on the way to the mountain hut and even before the wooden fence of the hut is reached, you know that you’re in the right place! The orange “Certified Alpine Summer Hut” symbol signals from afar that you’re approaching a hut with authentic quality. As you open the gate, you’re greeted by the aroma of genuine, regional mountain hut delicacies and the hosts welcome you with a warm ‘hello’. Steaming bowls of soup with Pinzgauer Kaspressknödel dumplings, Bauernkrapfen doughnuts with sauerkraut, elderberry compote and Kaiserschmarrn entice any hungry guest to get settled comfortably on the sunny patio.
Some Alpine Summer mountain huts are devoted to a specific topic. Pram-friendly huts are particularly popular amongst families with small children, because the paths to the hut can easily be accessed with prams. Child-friendly huts focus on the kids and put a smile on their little faces with a petting zoo, wooden children’s playground equipment, adventure trails and various playgrounds. Mountain bike-friendly huts offer special mountain bike trails and the many bikes leaning at the fence mark the spot from the distance! Arts & culture huts are all about music, fine arts, literature and the theatre.
After enjoying the hospitable service and regional delicacies, you should not forget one thing: to pick up your Alpine Summer stamp! Once you’ve collected 10 different stamps in your stamp passbook, you receive your own typical Austrian cutting board to remind you of your wonderful days up on the mountain pastures and the delectable food you had once you’ve returned home.
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Alpine Summer Hut of the Year
Every year, ten cabins from all regions of SalzburgerLand are nominated by an experienced panel and presented in an Austrian daily newspaper. Readers of Krone newpaper and guests of the Alpine Summer huts vote for their favourite Alpine Summer hut during the summer months. The Alpine Summer Bell is awarded to the winning hut at the official award ceremony in autumn. This coveted bell can then be heard at the “Alpine Summer Hut of the Year” until the next one is chosen.