Water and cheese on the sunny slopes of the Ahrntal valley
From cascading waterfalls to alpine pastures and mountain farms on the sunny southern slopes of the Zillertal Alps
Exploring the sunny slopes of the Ahrntal valley, where old mountain farms are nestled on the slopes like eagles' aeries, has always been something special. Here, the air is different, the light, and the people. Our hike leads past wild water to locally produced cheese on a trail through a wondrous and somewhat mysterious world. You have not experienced the Ahrntal valley until you have seen this authentic side of it. The tour starts in the village of Luttach and takes us up to cascading waterfalls washing over slate in a thundering spectacle of nature. From the waterfalls we hike on to the Schwarzbachalm with its weathered wood-clad facade - the ideal place for a break, more so because most of the elevation gain has already been made. Relax in the sun (terrace) or indoors in the old 'Stube' where visitors are served. The trail leads on through a fantastic landscape which makes you want to stop and stare. This is the crème de la crème of mountain views. You can see the Rieserferner group, the glaciers of the Zillertal Alps, and the deep cut in the landscape which is the Ahrntal valley. If the weather and your stamina allow it, continue in the direction of Rotbach until you reach the Kleinstahlhof. Now that's where Heidi, Peter and Schnucki live, together with about a hundred goats. The goats belong to Helmuth Großgasteiger, who took over his parents' farm at a young age, changing from cattle to goats. Ever since, he has been producing prize-winning cheese. Seize the opportunity to try an authentic piece of South Tyrolean culture and culinary tradition (cheese tasting for visitors). If you like it, take a piece of South Tyrol home with you. Cheese is sold on-site and makes for a tasty souvenir.