Dumplings: well served, well deserved
Get a taste of South Tyrol: On this snowshoe hike we will take you to try a local specialty, our dumplings
Peaceful quiet in a popular skiing area, does that even exist? We can make it possible. In an effortless elevation gain, a ropeway ride (Bergbahn Klausberg) from Steinhaus in the Ahrntal valley will comfortably take you up to the lonely heights of the Klausberg. Once you step out of the cable car, the surrounding mountain world will leave you speechless for a moment. The view is breathtaking, and while it overwhelms first-time visitors, it also never fails to bewitch people who have seen it many times before. The impressive mountains and glaciers of the Zillertal Alps line up like beads on a string, a majestic parade of some of the finest mountain scenery the Alps have to offer. Because of their outstanding beauty, these mighty three-thousanders are appreciated by locals just as much as by tourists.
Do not forget your hike over admiring the mighty peaks, though. Our meeting point is the mountain station of the ropeway (Klausberg). As soon as you step off the cable car, we will see to fitting your snowshoes and get you ready for the hike. Then we hike to the mountain station of the Sonnenlift, another ropeway. From the station, a short but steep ascent will take us to a viewpoint called Breite Rast ("broad rest"). Here, the views of the surrounding Alpine world are even more stunning. It takes a moment to take it all in. Then our rumbling stomachs will lead the way. Swiftly, and with a lot of fun, we will descend to the Baurschaftalm, an alpine hut where Franzl is already waiting for us with a very special dish, the Pressknödel, which are called "Pressa" in the local dialect. Here, these flattened ("pressed") dumplings are still made following the traditional recipes. That tradition, as well as the authenticity of the place, can be savoured with every bite. Franzl will also explain different ways of preparing dumpling dishes. Of course, a proper meal will have to be accompanied by some tasty red wine of South Tyrolean produce. Finally, the meals ends with a "Schnapsl" (schnapps) for good digestion. After one last glance at the beauty of the surrounding alpine world, we will descend to the mountain station, from where we will take the ropeway down into the valley, all sated, satisfied, and also a little tired.